Welcome to the NBA Rundown for DraftKings & FanDuel contests on Saturday, January 23, 2021.
Some of our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s seven-game slate.
Note: We will be using FanDuel’s position eligibility for today’s article but will not if a player has multiple position eligibility on DraftKings. All fantasy point scoring will also reference FanDuel scoring.
Chris Paul ($6,900 FD/$7,100 DK)– There is so much to like about Paul tonight starting with the fact that Devin Booker is not expected to play for the Suns. With Booker out, we are going to see the ball in Paul’s hands a lot more. This season when not sharing the court with Booker, Paul has seen an increase in usage of two percent which I expect to be higher over a full game and he is averaging 1.14 fantasy points per minute with Booker off the court as well. Another reason I like Paul tonight is the match-up with the Nuggets. The Nuggets have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to point guards this season and Paul has played well against them in his two previous games. In those games, Paul is averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, 10.5 assists, and 37.15 fantasy points.
Delon Wright (PG/SG on DK) ($5,600 FD/$5,000 DK )– Wright continues to play for the Pistons with Killian Hayes out. In his past seven games, Wright is averaging 8.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.3 steals+blocks. Wright has at least 28 fantasy points in six of those games. Wright would also see a boost if Derrick Rose were to sit out on the second end of the back-to-back. If Rose were to miss Wright would see a couple of extra minutes as well as see an increase in usage.
Kendrick Nunn (PG/SG on DK) ($6,500 FD/$5,600 DK )– It is hard not to like Nunn tonight with Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler out for the Heat. In the past three games with those two out, Nunn has played at least 34 minutes in each game and is averaging a stat line of 22.7/5.7/4.3 with two steals and a usage rate of 25.5%. Nunn has 35 fantasy points in each of those three games and is averaging 39.63 fantasy points during this stretch. The match-up with the Nets also is one that doesn’t scare me away from anyone as they have struggled defensively since the trade for James Harden especially against shooting guards as they are allowing the third-most fantasy points to the position over their past seven games.
Gary Harris (SG/SF on DK) ($4,600 FD/$4,000 DK )– I am not sure I am going to roster Harris on FanDuel tonight where he is priced a bit up but on DraftKings tonight where he is only $4,000 in salary I am going to have a ton of exposure to him. Harris is just too cheap at that salary for him to have produced at least 17 fantasy points in each of his past seven games with six of those games being games in which he produced over 20 fantasy points.
Tobias Harris (SF/PF on DK) ($7,500 FD/$7,100 DK )– There are a lot of great small forwards on this slate but I wanted to talk about one guy who could fly under the radar a bit in Harris. Harris doesn’t have the name or role as some of the other small forwards on this slate but has been excellent this season especially in his four games since his return from the Covid List. In those four games, Harris is averaging 21 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists, and 1.75 blocks+steals. Harris has at least 28 fantasy points in each of those games and has back-to-back games with over 37 fantasy points. Tonight we should see similar production from Harris as he gets to face a Pistons tame that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to power forwards over their past seven games.
Eric Gordon (SG/SF on DK) ($5,200 FD/$6,000 DK )– Since his return to the Rocket’s lineup Gordon has played really well. In those three games, Gordon has a usage rate of 24.6% and is averaging 21 points, 1.7 rebounds, three assists, and 26.17 fantasy points. Tonight we should see similar production from Gordon as the Rockets are going to be without John Wall once again and the match-up against the Mavs is a solid one as they have struggled against wing players especially as of late with Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith out.
Zion Williamson (PF/C on DK) ($7,90 FD/$7,600 DK )– Zion is coming off a not so great game against the Jazz in which he only produced 32 fantasy points but that shouldn’t bother you tonight as he had been playing excellent basketball. Zion had at least 37 fantasy points in each of his previous five games. The match-up against the Wolves is also one that I love to target. This season the Wolves are allowing the fifth-most points per game and over their past seven games they have allowed the 11th most fantasy points per game to power forwards and most fantasy points per game overall to centers.
Thaddeus Young ($3,800 FD/$4,600 DK )– Young is a FanDuel only play for me as his salary on that site is ridiculous compared to what we have seen from him the past three games. In those three games, Young is averaging 11.67 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals+locks. Young has at least 27 fantasy points in each of those games and has produced at least 23 fantasy points in five of his past six games. While the Lakers are not the best match-up for Young I don’t see a reason why he doesn’t continue his strong play especially if Wendell Carter Jr. is out as expected.
DeMarcus Cousins ($4,900 FD/$5,100 DK)– I am a little worried about the back-to-back for Cousins tonight after he played 32 minutes last night. With that being said at Cousins’ salary I am having a hard time not rostering him as Christian Wood is not expected to play again tonight. In the two previous games with Wood out, Cousins is averaging seven points, 14.5 rebounds, four assists, a steal, and three blocks. Cousins has at least 34 fantasy points in each of those games. The Mavs are also a decent match-up for Cousins as they rank in the bottom half of the NBA in defensive efficiency and fantasy points allowed per game to centers this season.