FanDuel NBA Daily Fantasy Picks 2/21/19

Whether you are looking for top superstar players or in need of a value to fill out a lineup, we have you covered. FanDuel NBA DFS is a little bit different this season. Your lowest scoring player gets dropped from your lineup. While there are pros and cons to this, one of the major pros is that it helps negate the risk of taking a shot on a very boom-or-bust player for cheap. Below you will find a mix of cash and tournament style picks to suit your lineup needs.

Slate News

We are welcomed back to life with the NBA again, and six games await us tonight. It would not be the NBA without some injury news either. Joel Embiid is set to miss the next week with left knee soreness. Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward are also questionable. This is news that we want to follow, especially Lillard with his usage rate possibly being out against Brooklyn. The Rockets will get Clint Capela back tonight, who has been out for a few weeks now. He will get a prime matchup against the Lakers.

Top End Options

Jimmy Butler – SG – $8,200

Jimmy Butler has been pushed aside for other fantasy options most nights, but tonight is one I don’t mind getting exposure to both him and Ben Simmons. With Joel Embiid off the court (amongst players injured or no longer on the team), Butler has a 32% usage and averages 1.39 FPPM. Simmons is next best with 1.28 FPPM. We should expect both to carry some moderate to high ownership. Miami isn’t a glaring matchup for either, but the usage and production will be there.

Jusuf Nurkic – C – $8,100

Targeting centers against Brooklyn has been profitable this season, and heading into the second half there is no reason to change strategy. Jusuf Nurkic carries some small risk due to minutes fluctuating at times, but is a high upside option tonight. Brooklyn ranks 26th in defensive efficiency against opposing centers, allowing the third most fantasy points per game (59.8). Nurkic is floating around a few other similarly priced centers, but in terms of upside, he is my favorite.

Draymond Green – PF – $6,800

Draymond Green put together a strong stretch before the break, which was nice to see after a rather inconsistent first few months. Rarely do we get Green at a price like this, and because his ceiling isn’t as high as prior years, it makes it easier sliding him into lineups. He gets a strong up-tempo matchup, as both these teams are top ten in pace. The Kings are allowing over the league average in fantasy points per game to power forwards, and rank 19th in defensive efficiency.

Value Plays

Collin Sexton – PG – $5,500

Two tanking teams that feature two of the worst defenses in the league, this should be a fun one. Before the break, Collin Sexton was averaging 17-3-3 over the last ten games but is shooting 39% from the field. While the shots were not dropping, getting up 16.7 field goal attempts in that span makes me feel a bit better. Phoenix ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards this season, and allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game. If you are looking for a cheaper point guard to round out the two, Sexton is a viable option.

Mikal Bridges – SF – $5,000 

Staying within the same game, Mikal Bridges stands out as a cheaper small forward option. Over the last ten games, Bridges has averaged 34 minutes per game and has shot 49% from the field. He is averaging 11-4-2 in that span. Bridges is also chipping in with 2.1 steals per game, which is a nice addition on a site like FanDuel. Cleveland ranks 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing SF, and are bottom ten in fantasy points allowed.

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