Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel contests on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
Our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s five-game slate.
Mike Conley ($7,100)– Outside of Malcolm Brogdon I don’t personally love the point guard position tonight. There are a lot of question marks or the players are too expensive for my liking outside of Brogdon. Instead of writing up Brogdon for the fourth straight time, the Pacers were on a slate I am going to talk about Conley who is the player I have the most exposure to outside of Brogdon as of this writing. Conley can be inconsistent at this stage of his career but has averaged over a fantasy point per minute this season. Conley has also played really well in his past two games for the Jazz. Conley has scored in double-digits in each of those two games and is averaging 19.5 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and a steal in those games.
Caris LeVert ($7,900)– With Kyrie Irving still out for the Nets LeVert has to be on your radar. This season when not sharing the court with Irving, LeVert has seen a usage increase of four percent to 34.2% and is averaging 1.35 fantasy points per minute. In the four games that Irving has missed altogether, LeVert is averaging 28.5 points, five rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.8 steals, and 49.38 fantasy points. LeVert has not just put up big numbers with Irving out but the Nuggets are also a match-up that I love for LeVert. This season the Nuggets rank dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards which is the position LeVert plays with Irving out and have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the position.
Lonnie Walker ($5,200)– Walker played extremely well in the Spurs last game with DeMar DeRozan out and when I look at his numbers for the season when not sharing the court with DeRozan they tell me he should have another strong game in this one. This season in his 67 minutes when not sharing the court with DeRozan, Walker has a usage rate of 28.7% and is averaging 1.02 fantasy points per minute.
Kevin Durant ($10,100)– Durant is by far my favorite expensive player on this slate as he also sees a huge boost with Kyrie Irving out. This season when not sharing the court with Irving, Durant has a usage rate of 36.7% and is averaging 1.49 fantasy points per minute. In the only game, he played without Irving this season Durant played 37 minutes and had 36 points and 11 rebounds on his way to 54.2 fantasy points. While the Nuggets defend forwards better than they defend point guards they are just average in that department and really don’t have anyone in my eyes that can stop Durant.
Justin Holiday ($4,500)– Holiday is an excellent source of value on this slate. Holiday has played at least 28 minutes in five straight games for the Pacers and has at least 19 fantasy points in each of those five games. For the season, Holiday is averaging 20.9 fantasy points per game. Tonight we should see Holiday easily hit the 20 fantasy point mark with the potential for much more if Victor Oladipo gets a night of rest in the second game of the back-to-back. This season when not sharing the court with Oladipo, Holiday has seen an increase in usage and an increase in fantasy points per minute.
Trey Lyles ($3,600)– Lyles is going to be the chalk tonight with DeMar DeRozan out and I am okay with eating the chalk at a weak power forward position especially after what Lyles did in the last game without DeRozan. In that game, Lyles picked up the start for DeRozan played 35 minutes and had a nice performance with five points, ten rebounds, and two assists on his way to 20 fantasy points. If Lyles has that type of performance again tonight which I don’t see why he wouldn’t that would easily pay off his salary.
Rudy Gobert ($8,000)- If you wanted to spend up for Nikola Jokic on this slate I am not going to fault you for it as Jokic is an excellent play. With that being said Jokic is expensive and I prefer to spend up at other positions on this small slate. If you do decide to save some salary at the center position, Gobert is a great player to save with. Gobert has at least 30 fantasy points in each game and has produced at least 35 fantasy points in all but two games this season. Gobert is not only as consistent as they come but the match-up against the Cavs is a lot better than one would think. The Cavs even with Andre Drummond who might be the best rebounder in the NBA on their team still struggles to rebound the basketball ranking 21st in team rebounding rate this season. The Cavs are also middle of the pack in terms of defensive efficiency and fantasy points allowed per game to centers.