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For tonight’s 7-game NBA DFS slate on FanDuel, there is only one player priced over $11,000 and a lot of mid-tier players in great spots. Ownership should be rather diverse, but there are still some core players you will want to lock in your lineups.
Below are our FanCave Premium Core Four plays for FanDuel. These are plays that we strongly consider building your roster around. Results will be tweeted out tomorrow.
Damian Lillard | $10,000
It still feels odd not calling Westbrook the default top play, but for $500 less tonight, we prefer Damian Lillard. He’s been taking full charge of the offense this season, backed by his 31% usage rate and comes in with the best matchup on the board.
The Brooklyn Nets rank 1st in the NBA in pace at 109.2 possessions per game (per Hollinger’s Team Statistics, ESPN) and have also allowed 46.5 FDP per game to point guards over their last five games. How are those points being accumulated? 21.9 points, 8.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
This game has the second highest over/under of the night at 221. Combine that with Portland’s 114.75 implied total and Lillard’s 1.22 fantasy points per minute and you get your lock at point guard.
Lou Williams | $5,500
Even with his salary jump, the lack of depth for the Clippers launches Williams into an elite territory tonight.
Patrick Beverley has been ruled out, as has Milos Teodosic and Danilo Gallinari. Austin Rivers, another primary scorer, is also questionable with an ankle issue. Williams has already been named the starter in place of Beverley tonight and with those players off of the court, he sports an absurd 34.6% usage rate.
Going up against Russell Westbrook can be daunting, but he also averages 5 turnovers per game. With steals now 3 points on FanDuel, that’s roughly 15 extra points that Williams could accumulate. He also attempted 18 shots last game, a number that he should match, if not exceed tonight, so the volume only helps his case.
Bobby Portis | $5,000
Our third lock of the day is the backup power forward for the Bulls. Yes, the backup, but Bobby Portis had an extremely strong showing in his season debut last game. He put up 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes for 40.6 FanDuel points.
Lauri Markannen, the starting PF, was just reported to be active tonight, which some may think weakens Portis’ outlook, but that’s not necessarily true.
Off of the bench last game, Portis sported a 31% usage rate and still saw minutes in the mid 20s. With his performance last game, we expect the 24 minutes to rise a bit. He will also see matchups with the likes of TJ Leaf and Al Jefferson (Domantas Sabonis is currently a GTD), both of which he can exploit given his ability to both play in the post and on the perimeter.
5x value should be extremely easy for Portis to come by tonight, making him our lock at PF.
Jusuf Nurkic | $8,500
The final piece of our Core Four is the Portland center Jusuf Nurkic. His breakdown echoes Lillard’s above, but the matchup for Nurk is even nicer.
The Nets are the worst team in the league against opposing centers, allowing an average of 60.2 FanDuel points over their last 5 games, surrendering 24.6 points, 17.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. They have absolutely no strength down low in Timofey Mozgov and Tyler Zeller.
Nurkic’s role in the offense has also expanded this season, as he rocks the second highest usage rate on the team at 29.2%, ahead of CJ McCollum. While his minutes have been lower than desired, the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu may open up a couple more and the high total of this game suggests a ton of offensive opportunities. Lock and load.