DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Monday 2/3/20
With 10 games to choose from on tonight's NBA slate, let's take a look at how to utilize the DFS possibilities.
Here are some of the top plays and sleepers on DraftKings. As always, good luck.
Elfrid Payton ($6,500) -- Payton continued his impressive run for the New York Knicks with 15 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds, and 44.75 fantasy points versus the Grizzlies. Payton has recorded a near triple-double two games in a row, after also posting 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists versus the Hornets. Adding to the good news for Payton, the Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing the most fantasy points per game to point guards (51.69), too. Grab Payton with good value to pair him up with my must-play guard of the night coming up next.
Devin Booker ($8,600) -- Booker is averaging 45.98 fantasy points over his last five games, and the Brooklyn Nets without Kyrie Irving is the perfect team to continue that stretch against. The Nets allow opposing point guards to score 26.58 points per game (30th) and 22.21 points to shooting guards (14th), making Booker a threat to continue his dominant scoring stretch. Booker has recorded 30 or more points in 14 of his last 19 games and averaged 31.3 points over the month of January. He started February off with 32 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists versus Milwaukee and should have no problems with Brooklyn. Booker is projected by numberFire's model to record 39.6 fantasy points on 25.5 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds versus the Nets.
Jalen Brunson ($6,000) -- Brunson paid off big in his last game with 44.5 fantasy points at $5,300 value. Brunson was ball dominant, attempting 22 shots from the field in just 27 minutes of action. Since Luka Doncic and Seth Curry are out tonight, Brunson becomes a sleeper and potentially a steal at $6,000. He's now over one fantasy point per minute (1.03) and has surpassed 20 minutes in three straight games. numberFire projects Brunson to record 13.9 points, 5.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 28.7 fantasy points tonight versus the Indiana Pacers.
Jaylen Brown ($7,600) -- Brown nearly missed out on a double-double versus the Philadelphia 76ers with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Brown has started heating up for the Boston Celtics with 39 fantasy points per game over his last three. Brown's usage rating has increased the last five games by 14.53%, and he's increased his fantasy points per minute to 1.06 during that stretch. Brown has scored 18 points or more in seven straight games, recording 37 or more fantasy points in four of those contests. Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the only meeting this season versus the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks allow the seventh-most points to shooting guards (23.69) and the fourth-most rebounds (7.00) and fourth-most fantasy points per game (44.43). I like Brown over the rest of the Celtics' supporting cast tonight.
Kawhi Leonard ($10,300) -- Leonard faces his former squad, the San Antonio Spurs, and it's always fun to watch this matchup and think what could have been. Leonard has been on fire offensively, scoring 30 points in nine straight games and averaging 57.37 fantasy points over his last 10. The Spurs allow the seventh-most fantasy points per game to small forwards (42.63), and Leonard leads all available players tonight in fantasy points per minute over his last 5 games (1.86) and 10 games (1.71). Leonard is projected to finish with 28.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists for 49.3 fantasy points. He's my top play for a reason tonight.
DeMar DeRozan ($8,700) -- DeRozan has been heating up over his last three games, and it's the right in time for a meeting with the franchise player he was traded for. DeRozan has led the Spurs in scoring the past five games and averaged 32.6 points over his last three. He's put up 47.58 fantasy points per game over those last three contests, compared to his 39.40-point average on the season. He's increased his fantasy points per minute (1.24), and if he plays a little two-guard tonight to avoid Leonard, he may find some scoring success. The Los Angeles Clippers allow the 10th-most points to shooting guards (23.44) and are 16th in fantasy points per game (41.59). There is plenty of talent at the shooting guard and small forward position tonight, and DeRozan and Leonard are the cream of the crop.
Marquese Chriss ($5,500) -- Chriss has been hot for the Warriors, raising his fantasy points per game average to 26.84 from 20.37 over the last five games (+31.77%). He's recorded six straight games of 20 or more fantasy points, producing 32.75 in his previous game versus Cleveland. The Wizards are allowing the most rebounds (18.14) and fantasy points per game (59.14) to opposing centers this season. Chriss has averaged 26.3 minutes over his last three games and 1.06 fantasy points per minute in the past five. numberFire pegs him for 24.73 minutes and 27.7 fantasy points tonight.
Domantas Sabonis ($9,600) -- Sabonis' double-double streak of four games came to end with 25 points and 8 rebounds versus the Knicks. I think Sabonis gets thats streak started back up with the absence of Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas allows the fifth-most points to power forwards (23.35) and 47.63 fantasy points per game (14th), giving Sabonis a favorable matchup at home. Sabonis is averaging 1.27 fantasy points per minute over his last five games, and numberFire's model projects Sabonis to record 19.0 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for 44.4 fantasy points.
Dewayne Dedmon ($4,700) -- Dedmon saw his minutes increase in his past two games with Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes missing time for the Sacramento Kings. He played 31 minutes in his last game and recorded 41.75 fantasy points on 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks, and 1 assist versus the Los Angeles Clippers. His fantasy points per game has risen by 73.21% over the last five games (22.78), the highest-percentage increase of all centers. The Timberwolves allow their opponents to record a league-high 47.9 rebounds per game and 26.99 rebounds to forwards/centers specifically. With Holmes listed as doubtful, grab Dedmon as your sleeper tonight.
Andre Drummond ($9,400) -- Drummond may see his usage rating increase for the night if Derrick Rose is unable to go after suffering a groin injury versus the Denver Nuggets yesterday. Drummond has raised his usage rating to 28.37% over the last five games, as he's averaged 17.6 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 46.95 fantasy points during that stretch. Drummond has averaged 1.40 fantasy points per minute over his last 10 games, and he's averaging 18.3 points and 14.7 rebounds in the second game of a back-to-back. He's projected by numberFire's model to be the leading rebounder tonight (14.2) and third in projected fantasy points (46.6).
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