3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on 2/3/20
Basketball is the most consistent sport for daily fantasy purposes.
A top slugger in baseball will have his fair share of 0-for-4 days, and an elite fantasy football player is at risk of having games where his team's offense as a whole is shut down. A high-priced NBA stud is generally going to get his, though. With so many possessions in a game providing opportunities to produce, top fantasy basketball options will be posting high scores just about every night.
While this consistency puts us in a good position to identify top plays, it also means you can't afford to miss when you're paying up for someone. Even with strong value plays in your lineup, paying up and getting a dud is likely going to leave your lineup drawing pretty close to dead.
Let's get right into it and look at which top players should be the focal points of your lineups tonight.
Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards ($10,500)
There's no one in the true top pricing tier on this slate, and Bradley Beal is worth paying up for as Monday's most expensive option.
Beal can be a risky low-floor fantasy producer, as we've seen with his pair of sub-30-fantasy-point performances in his last 12 games. He's also topped 57.0 fantasy points in four of his last six, though, and even with those duds, he's averaging 45.3 per game over the last 15.
A scoring-heavy fantasy producer -- averaging 31.0 points on 21.9 field goal attempts per game over those 15 -- a matchup with the Golden State Warriors is ideal for Beal. The Warriors rank 24th in defensive rating on the season, and they're surrendering the fourth-highest effective field goal percentage in the NBA.
Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Dallas Mavericks ($8,000)
Kristaps Porzingis sat out the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday as he works his way back from injury, but it looks like when he's on the court, the Dallas Mavericks are done easing him back in.
Porzingis played 35.6 minutes with Luka Doncic on the shelf on Friday, marking his first time playing more than even 28 since his mid-January return. He was the focal point of a thinned-out Mavs offense, attempting 20 field goals and scoring a season-best 35, helping him to 54.5 FanDuel points. He had also topped 50 fantasy points in three of his finals seven games before the injury.
Averaging 1.27 FanDuel points per minute on 29.4% usage with Doncic off the floor (up from 0.94 on 24.1% usage with Doncic on), Porzingis is way too cheap for another Doncic-less outing tonight.
Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Brooklyn Nets ($7,100)
With Kyrie Irving back on the shelf, Spencer Dinwiddie finds himself once again underpriced as the Brooklyn Nets' top guard. With/without splits don't get much more dramatic (or come over a much better sample) than Dinwiddie's with regards to Kyrie's health.
In 20 games playing alongside Irving, Dinwiddie averages 28.4 FanDuel points in 28.4 minutes per game on 26.4% usage. In 28 games without Irving, that jumps to 40.2 fantasy points in 33.1 minutes per game on 33.4% usage. That huge jump is the difference between being way overpriced and way underpriced at $7,100.
As an added bonus, he's up against the Phoenix Suns, who check in with a below-average defensive rating and a top-10 pace on the year.
Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.