FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Cheat Sheet 2/28/20

Welcome to the wild world of NBA DFS. The final hour to lock can be a tiring with the injury news, but we hope to have you prepared with fill-in options and what to do when scenarios occur. The cheat sheet will fill you in on the top games to target, values, tournament picks, cash game options, and much more. Prices are set for DraftKings and FanDuel, and the focus will be on whatever the main slate is listed as for each site. Pricing is listed (FD/DK). Players with no designated listing are playable in cash and tournaments. Players with designated game styles are for those only. Keep up to date with the latest projected & Confirmed NBA starting lineups in real-time at @nbastartlineups. Also, check out our latest fantasy projections, salaries, and projected minutes on our DFS page.

Vegas Numbers

Highest Implied Team Totals

  • Pelicans (124)
  • Jazz (121)
  • Magic (120)
  • Bucks (120)
  • Nets (118)
  • Grizzlies (116)
  • Heat (116)

Lowest Implied Team Totals

  • Hornets (101)

Potential Blowouts

  • Raptors (-14)
  • Pelicans (-12.5)
  • Bucks (-11)
  • Jazz (-10.5)

Point Guards

  • Luka Doncic – GPP – If Healthy
  • Trae Young – If Healthy
  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Derrick Rose – GPP
  • Collin Sexton
  • Ja Morant
  • Markelle Fultz – GPP

lonzo ballAnalysis: A few injuries to breakdown, although Luka Doncic’s 21st birthday was last night and might truly be the reason for the questionable tag. Trae Young has an illness, but both are projected for over 50 fantasy points tonight. Young is in a good spot against the Nets, who rank 23rd against point guards. Spencer Dinwiddie gets Atlanta on the other side, and both guards are tremendous options. Atlanta ranks 22nd against opposing point guards this season. Lonzo Ball and Ricky Rubio are great mid-range plays. Cleveland ranks 30th against guards, and well the Pistons are just in horrendous shape. Ja Morant projects for one of the best values tonight, and is projected for over 40 fantasy points. Sacramento is middle of the road against opposing point guards.

Shooting Guards

  • Bradley Beal
  • D’Angelo Russell – GPP
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Devin Booker
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Caris LeVert
  • Buddy Hield
  • Malik Beasley
  • Dennis Schroder – GPP
  • Dillon Brooks

donovan mitchellAnalysis: A good balance of top end options and values here. Bradley Beal continues to produce monster games, and even against a tougher Jazz defense, I trust him again as a pay up play. Donovan Mitchell is in a great spot with Washington ranking 23rd against opposing shooting guards. He has a 31% usage rate over the last ten games, and projects for over five Pts/$1k. Caris LeVert continues to be at an excellent price tag, and gets a weak offense. Buddy Hield and Dillon Brooks both project for around 30 fantasy points tonight, and are in a good spot. Hield gets Memphis who rank 26th against shooting guards, and the Kings rank just 18th. Malik Beasley continues to produce, and I love the value again. He has a 23% usage rate over the last ten games, and Minnesota continues to be a great place for his fantasy production.

Small Forwards

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Will Barton – GPP
  • Mikal Bridges
  • Kent Bazemore – GPP
  • Bojan Bogdanvovic
  • Jae Crowder
  • Juancho Hernangomez

mikal bridgesAnalysis: Giannis is certainly a pay up option to look at tonight, projecting for nearly 60 fantasy points. He has a 35% usage rate over the last ten games, and has a floor of 54 fantasy points in that span. Brandon Ingram gets Cleveland, and really the entire Pelicans squad is in a good spot with a 125 total. The Cavaliers rank 23rd against opposing small forwards. Will Barton is a cheaper option with upside, but a floor I will pass on for cheaper options in cash games. Bojan Bogdanovic and Mikal Bridges are both two cheaper options that you can feel safe with in matchups with Detroit and Washington. Jae Crwoder continues to produce in Miami, and the price tag hasn’t caught up.

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Power Forwards

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Kristaps Porzingis – GPP
  • John Collins
  • Zion Williamson
  • Aaron Gordon
  • Christian Wood – GPP
  • Kevin Love
  • Jarrett Allen
  • Nemanja Bjelica
  • Harry Giles
  • Chris Boucher – GPP

kevin loveAnalysis: The Clippers have been a weird fantasy team of late, but Kawhi Leonard is still a strong play at power forward. He has over a 40 fantasy point floor, and over a 50 fantasy point ceiling. He projects for over 40 again tonight. Bam Adebayo and Kristaps Porzingis square off against each other, and both are playing very well of late. Porzingis is still more of a tournament move for me. Kevin Love at $6,200 on FD is quite the value, going up against New Orleans who rank 26th against opposing PF this season. Aaron Gordon has been excellent of late, and should enjoy another strong matchup. Jarrett Allen, Nemanja Bjelica, and Harry Giles are nice value to mid-range options in good spots. Allen gets the Hawks, who struggle against opposing bigs. If Serge Ibaka sits out, Chris Boucher is a cheap tournament value who will see a tick up in minutes.

Centers

  • Nikola Jokic
  • Nikola Vucevic – GPP
  • Deandre Ayton
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Montrezl Harrell – GPP
  • Gorgui Dieng

nikola jokicAnalysis: The Clippers rank just 21st against opposing centers this season, and Nikola Jokic is one of the top plays on the board. He has a 27% usage rate over the last ten games, and over a 60 fantasy point ceiling in that same span. Deandre Ayton has been playing well of late too, and gets the Pistons, who rank 20th against opposing centers. He is of the trio I like the most, with Rudy Gobert being the third. He gets Washington, who rank 26th against opposing centers. It is a great spot for these names, and if you are building lineups I don’t mind spreading the value. Nikola Vucevic should be the most overlooked, but is in a good spot against Minnesota, who struggle on defense as a whole. If you are looking cheaper Montrezl Harrell has some upside, but tough to trust in cash games. Gorgui Dieng is the value center I am looking at, as he continues to get minutes in the Memphis front court because of all the injuries at the moment.

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Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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