NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 5/20/19
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge.
We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's one-game slate, which follows a different format than typical NBA contests on FanDuel. Your lineup consists of five position-less slots, with one designated "MVP" having their fantasy score multiplied by 2.0, a "STAR" multiplied by 1.5 and a "PRO" multiplied by 1.2, as well as two utility slots receiving their usual points.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors ($17,000)
Curry remains the highest-priced player in this series, and he continues to be well worth paying up for.
His Kevin Durant-less workload has been something to marvel at as he's averaging 23.7 field goal attempts per night, including 15.0 from beyond the arc in 37.1 minutes per game in this series. He's adding 6.0 assists per game and sporting a massive 37.3% usage rate.
The workload is no surprise, considering Curry has a 37.3% usage rate in all minutes without KD on the floor this season, and his fantasy efficiency this series (1.36 FanDuel points per minute) is right in line with what he has done in those minutes without KD all year (1.40).
The workload gives Steph an outstanding floor, but what's really appealing is how high his ceiling can get if he gets hot -- as he showed with nine triples in Game 1. The unmatched upside makes it tough to roll with anyone else in your MVP spot on this slate.
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