3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on 2/10/20

Who are the top plays on Monday's nine-game NBA slate?

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.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Milwaukee Bucks ($11,600)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable for personal reasons tonight, but if he plays then he's worth every penny of $11,600.

The Greek Freak has topped 64 FanDuel points in four of his last five games, and he's now eclipsed 60.0 on 17 occasions this season. That is seven more than anyone else on the slate. He also has the most games with 70-plus (seven) on the slate, and the most games of 55-plus (27) in the NBA — 11 more than anyone else on the slate.

Giannis' floor and ceiling are both as good as it gets, and he gets a boost from a matchup with the Sacramento Kings and their 18th-ranked defensive rating.

If Giannis can't go, fire up Khris Middleton ($7,400) without hesitation, as he's averaged 47.7 FanDuel points per game in four contests with no Giannis this year.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves ($10,000)

The Toronto Raptors will still be without Marc Gasol (hamstring) tonight, making this matchup a bit softer on the interior.

The Raps' defensive rating is 6.1 points worse with Gasol off the court (107.9) than on (101.8).

Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 54.1 FanDuel points in his first game since Andrew Wiggins was traded, and we can expect him to continue seeing increased production. This season, KAT had a 28.8% usage rate and averaged 1.37 FanDuel points per minute with Wiggins on the floor. With Wiggins off, that jumps to 1.58 per minute on 30.9% usage.

Christian Wood, PF, Detroit Pistons ($8,100)

Another guy getting a boost from a trade, Andre Drummond leaving the Detroit Pistons has let Christian Wood become a budding stud.

His minutes and production were already up before Drummond left, with at least 35 FanDuel points in three of his last five games with Drummond, but he then blew up for 47.9 and 39.2 in his two games since Drummond was traded. He played at least 35 minutes in each of those two, as well.

He's still relatively unproven, but today he draws an ideal matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte ranks 26th in total rebound rate and 28th in defensive rating, and they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing power 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.