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February 11, 2018 – FanDuel NBA DFS Expert Lineup Picks – The Starting 5

FanDuel Expert NBA DFS Cash Game & GPP Lineup Picks for the Sunday, February 11, 2018 main slate.

Daily fantasy basketball lineup advice, picks and plays (2/11) to help you win your NBA DFS contests.

Let’s take a closer look at some FanDuel plays for tonight’s contests with our “Starting 5” picks for the day’s main slate.

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In this column, we give you a play to consider at each position and then our Sixth Man, who is a key play we believe you should spend up for on the slate.

Note that on a busy Sunday in the NBA with the slates pretty weirdly split into 2 – I decided to write up a Starting 5 column for you all. We typically don’t do this on days with a 4 game main slate, but we hope you enjoy this article as you sweat out the games tonight!

PG – De’Aaron Fox, MIN, $5,400

With Fox coming back to start his last game against the Blazers and play 33 quality minutes with a 22.2% usage rate (30.9 FDP), I am more than happy to roster him tonight as well. The projected total between the Wolves and Kings has a pretty large spread (-13 for MIN), but that really doesn’t mean that the starting group of youngsters is going to see their floor time cut significantly short. Fox has really settled into his starting role and has now scored at least 28 FDP in 5 straight games where he’s been healthy and played a full game. His usage rate into the low to mid-20s is excellent for a guy that only costs $5,400 to roster – so I would recommend going out there and locking him in on the slate.

SG – Wesley Matthews, DAL, $5,800

This game with the Mavs and Rockets should be a high scoring one on the slate, but one that Houston should be able to run away with. They are significant -13 point home favorites here, but I do want a bit of exposure to both sides in GPPs at minimum. Matthews is a decent SG to consider in cash games today, as a solid minute and high floor player with a decent level of upside. He’s scored at least 20 FDP in each of his last 7 outings, and could be looking at extra responsibility if Dirk Nowitzki is rested on a B2B (possible – but he should at least be limited to < 20 minutes). In that same 7 game stretch, Wes has also hit the 32+ FanDuel point mark in 3 of those outings. It really all depends on how he plays defensively, as he has the ability to be a multi-steal contributor thanks to a very strong game on that side of the ball. If he can hit his open 3s and nab 2-3 balls on the defensive end, he’ll be a really nice DFS asset on a small slate.

Update: Matthews has been ruled out. As a pivot, we recommend Donovan Mitchell who looked great in his last start and is a top SG on a small slate.

SF – Dillon Brooks, MEM, $4,100

With Tyreke Evans expected back, his usage could take a bit of a hit. That being said, it’s clear that the Grizzlies are going to focus on developing their younger talent in what is turning out to be a fairly lost season. At the $4,100 price point, I have no issue playing Brooks in cash games. He has seen his usage rate climb up to over 20% in 3 straight and 5 of his last 6 games, and while that could dip back down into the high-teens with Evans on the floor, his 25-30 minutes and expected contributions in the 18-23 FDP range are still very much there. He chips in across the board and should still finish with a line around 10-5-3-2 when all is said and done.

PF – Ed Davis, POR, $3,800

I really don’t like the PF options on this slate, so my recommendation is to spend down under $4K in at least one spot. Davis and the Blazers face off against the new look Jazz here, and I’m a big fan of the level of consistency Davis plays with off the bench for his club. He will see 17-20 minutes with regularity, and contribute right around that mark with FDP. The odd time he’ll pop for high-20s or even low-30s should his rebounding and blocks spike in a given situation – but that isn’t too likely in a pace-down game against the Jazz in my opinion. That said, he is a safe 5.0 ROI candidate for cash games, and will help you roster some of the bigger names you’ll want to spend up for.

C – Rudy Gobert, UTA, $7,700

Julius Randle made us proud last night as a big play, and Gobert should do the same for us here one day later. He went off for 43.7 FDP in his last game against the Hornets, and was one of our top recommendations on the Cheat Sheet as well. He has now put together 4 games of 35+ FDP in his last 5, using the rebounding, efficient scoring and elite blocks to do so. This is a game that Vegas is yet to come out with a total in, but I expect it to be a close game when all is said and done (think within 4-5 points), and I’ll never shy away from rostering a guy with a high floor like Gobert on FD in cash games at this price. He should be into the $8,000s before long, and until that time, I am more than happy to take full advantage.

The Sixth Man

SF – Jimmy Butler, MIN, $10,400

Russell Westbrook is questionable as of this moment, and I’m not convinced Chris Paul or James Harden are must-plays considering their price points. Butler has a bit of a red flag from my point of view considering the heavy favorites the Wolves are (-13) – but he’s been a very solid contributor in historic match-ups of this variety with 48.3, 53.6, 54.9 and 44.7 FDP in 4 of his last 5 games in this split (the other being a 28.2 FDP output against the Suns in what actually turned out to be a 2 point loss). Butler has just been playing too elite of late to ignore, with 54+ FDP in 3 straight games for the Wolves while continuing to log heavy minutes with a great usage rate. He has scored 30+ (real) points in each of those outings and contributes 11+ REB+AST and 2+ STL with a high degree of regularity. He scored 54.9 FDP in his last game against the Kings this year across 35 productive minutes, and while I do think that Minnesota runs away with it, he should still get at least 45-50 points for you again in this one. That keeps him to a cash game only option for me here, but one that you can safely spend up for on a short slate.

About Jared Kwart

Jared is an expert fantasy sports player for both DFS and season-long formats. Specializing in DFS Baseball, Football & Basketball, with tens of thousands of dollars in career DFS earnings. Active player on FanDuel, DraftKings & FantasyDraft. Annual NFBC high stakes league participant.

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