NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 6/5/19
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 ($16,500)
It's really hard to fade Steph Curry in your MVP slot tonight. Kevin Durant has already been ruled out again, while Klay Thompson is questionable and looks to be on his way to being a game-time decision, meaning he's not likely to be near 100% even if he does play.
With Durant on the shelf over the last seven games, Curry is averaging 50.2 FanDuel points per game and sporting a 32.4% usage rate. That includes a couple Western Conference Finals games that saw him play slightly reduced minutes, too, and he's now played 40-plus in each of the first two games of this series against the Toronto Raptors.
His numbers without Durant this year are already huge, with a 35.7% usage rate and 1.37 FanDuel points per minute when Durant is off the floor. If we narrow our view further to the 374 minutes he's played with both Klay and Durant off, that jumps to a huge 1.57 FanDuel points per minute on an absurd 43.6% usage rate. Even if Klay does play and Curry doesn't get that full boost, a limited Klay should still funnel even more usage to Curry at the point.
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