3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on 2/6/20
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.
Anthony Davis, PF, Los Angeles Lakers ($9,800)
This is the first time all season we've seen the Brow priced in the four-figures, and his 25.7 fantasy points in his last game are a big part of why. He's still showing his usual upside, though, having gone off for 79.2 FanDuel points just three games ago and eclipsing the 70-fantasy-point mark three times in his last 10.
This now-tiny Rockets team has a 47.7% rebound rate in 1,133 minutes with Clint Capela off the floor this year, which falls short of the NBA's worst season-long mark of 48.1%. Look for Davis to take full advantage of Houston's small-ball lineups.
Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers ($9,000)
He's certainly been in a bit of a slump since returning from injury, but none of the four games he's played have been decided by fewer than 10 points, so he's played an average of only 29.2 minutes (down from 31.1 in his 31 games before that).
A 9.0-point spread suggests there is blowout risk to worry about tonight, as well, but on a relatively short five-game slate, that's a gamble worth taking to get exposure to Embiid's upside. He had averaged 49.5 FanDuel points per game in his final 12 games before the injury, which is good for 5.5 per $1,000 of salary tonight.
Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans ($8,200)
BI was down below 30 FanDuel points for the first three games Zion played, but he's bounced back with an average of 41.1 per game (a shade over 5-times value on this salary) in the last four. His minutes have also remained strong, playing 38.2 and 36.6 in his last two outings, getting up 23 and 19 field goal attempts in those two.
The Chicago Bulls have played solid defense this year, but their rebounding woes (tied for dead-last in rebound rate) have them struggling against forwards, giving up top-10 fantasy numbers to opposing small forwards.
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.