Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel contests on Saturday, January 9, 2021.
Our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s seven-game slate.
Malcolm Brogdon ($8,400)– I know the match-up against the Suns is an awful one and one that I personally tend to avoid but I am going to ride the hot hand that is Brogdon. Over his past three games, Brogdon is averaging 29.7 points, four rebounds, 8.3 assists, and three steals+blocks. Brogdon has at least 50 fantasy points in each of those three games and is averaging 55.3 fantasy points in those games.
Raul Neto ($4,200)– Russell Westbrook is scheduled to sit one of the games in each back-to-back set this season. With Westbrook playing last night that means he should sit out tonight’s game. If that is indeed the case then I love Neto as a value play. In the two previous games that Westbrook missed this season, Neto is averaging 17 points, two rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals. Neto is averaging 30.65 fantasy points per game in 27.3 minutes of action and for the season is averaging 0.92 fantasy points per minute.
Tyrese Haliburton ($5,400)– De’Aaron Fox was limited in last night’s game with his injury and there is a chance that he is limited or misses the second game of the back-to-back tonight. If that is the case Haliburton would be an excellent play once again as he has put up huge numbers in the past two games with Fox dealing with this injury. In those two games, Haliburton is averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, seven assists, a block, and 2.5 steals. Haliburton has played at least 29 minutes in each of those games and has produced at least 37 fantasy points in each of those games as well. Haliburton is not just playing well but the Trail Blazers are also an excellent match-up for the rookie as they have allowed the most fantasy points per game and have the third-worst defensive efficiency to the position and point guard is the position that Haliburton actually plays.
Donte DiVincenzo ($4,500)– If the Bucks blowout the Cavs which is very likely DiVincenzo is not going to be a great play as he doesn’t play a lot of minutes in that situation. However, if the Cavs are able to keep it close then DiVincenzo would be one of the best value plays on this slate as he has played extremely well when given his full allotment of minutes. DiVincenzo has played at least 25 minutes in four games this season. In those four games, he is averaging 11.5 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three blocks+steals. DiVincenzo has at least 30 fantasy points in each of those games and for the season is averaging just shy of a fantasy point per minute this season at 0.95.
De’Andre Hunter ($6,100)– I love Hunter with Danilo Gallinari out for the Hawks. In his past seven games with Gallinari playing a total of five minutes, Hunter has played over 30 minutes in each game and is averaging 16.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals+blocks. Hunter has at least 28 fantasy points in six of those seven games and has four straight games with at least 30 fantasy points. One of those games was against the Hornets who he faces tonight. With the Hornets ranking in the middle of the pack in terms of defensive efficiency while allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to small forwards there really is no reason to believe that Hunter doesn’t have another 30 plus fantasy point night again in this one.
LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,400)– Aldridge returned from his injury two games ago and has looked good in his return. In those two games which includes a game he was able to play 31 minutes, Aldridge is averaging 1.14 fantasy points per minute. That is the kind of production we have seen from Aldridge throughout his career and I am expecting we see similar production from him tonight against a Wolves team that has struggled against centers which is Aldridge’s actual position. This season the Wolves rank dead last in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to centers.
P.J. Washington ($5,800)– Washington has had a bad stretch of games recently but has bounced back nicely in his past three games. In those games, Washington has produced at least 28 fantasy points in each game. One of those three games was against the Hawks and in that game, Washington was excellent with nine points, ten rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals on his way to 39 fantasy points. With the Hawks’s struggles against power forwards this season (dead last in defensive efficiency and 26th in fantasy points allowed per game to the position) I am expecting another great game from Washington in this one.
Willie Cauley-Stein ($4,100)– Cauley-Stein has started the last two games for the Mavs and played well. In those two starts, Cauley-Stein is averaging ten points, eight rebounds, and a block in 25 minutes of action. Cauley-Stein has at least 20 fantasy points in each of those games and has hit the 20 fantasy point mark in each of the three games he has played at least 18 minutes which is a lock now that he is starting. Tonight I am expecting similar production even in a bad match-up against the Magic which would make Cauley-Stein one of the better dirt cheap plays on this slate.