Welcome to the NBA Rundown for DraftKings & FanDuel contests on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Some of our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s five game slate.
Note: We will be using FanDuel’s position eligibility to slot the top plays. Be sure to check out our cheat sheets for a more exhaustive list helping to fuel our player pool on each site.
Jrue Holiday – You can spend higher at PG on the slate for a guy like Trae Young (who we’ll have in our cheat sheets), but as far as the middle-tier goes at PG, Holiday is a great target. He’s played over 35 minutes in each of his last 4 games with a usage rate of at least 18% in those tilts, averaging 39 DKP/G in that span. ATL’s biggest defensive weakness is vs PGs as well, where they’re 8% worse than average – so this is a good spot to play him today.
Kemba Walker – He’s played 3 games since getting healthy, accruing more minutes in each even though the usage has started to drop steadily (to more reasonable levels). He posted 29 minutes with nearly 28% usage and 36.25 DKP in his last outing against Philly and remains very reasonably priced across the industry here. With Jayson Tatum out he’ll continue to be a top option on offense, and for the price, is an elite target in my eyes here – especially while Cleveland is having all kinds of trouble defending PGs (53.8 FPPG in the last 2 weeks).
Bradley Beal – After basically 2 weeks off due to postponements (as a result of COVID-19 and related shorthandedness), Beal is going to be fresh and primed for big things now that he can take the court again. Through his first 10 games, he tops the league in usage (36.5%) with 60.8 TS% and solid AST% as well (24.1%). Despite being pricey, he’ll surely be worth the price of admission here.
DeMar DeRozan – He’s top 50% in usage this year (24.6% YTD), continues to play massive minutes in games where the Spurs are competitive, and has at least 44.4 FDP in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s doing a nice job creating for his teammates as well (6+ assists in 3 of 5, including an 11 dime outing against POR on the 18th of January) and in a game with a high total and projected pace, will be a great source of mid-tier value on both sites.
Rodney Hood – He’s a bit pricier on FD ($5K) but a great value on DK ($3.8K) where he should continue to see heavy minutes for the injured C.J. McCollum. In fact, he played 25 minutes of 30.1% usage against the Spurs in their last game while starting, and it wouldn’t shock me to see those minutes (at minimum) continue in McCollum’s absence. He’ll generally live and die by his ability to get the ball in the basket, but he’s a capable shooter and for the price on DraftKings is just about as strong of a value there as it gets.
Jaylen Brown – With 39.2% and 41.4% usage in their last 2 games, it’s clear who the alpha is on the Celtics even with Kemba Walker back and Tatum is sidelined. With how poorly CLE is defending the SF position these days (12.4% worse than average in the last 2 weeks), Brown should absolutely thrive today with the potential for 45+ fantasy points at a price that is very fair (under $8,600 on both sites). Loving him as a foundational play in all formats on this slate.
Evan Fournier – He’s starting to turn the heat back up this season after a chunk of time missed (nearly 3 weeks of action) and has at least 32 fantasy points in 2 straight games now with over 30% usage (average) in those outings. This is a nice matchup for the Magic, and 33+ minutes with 20%+ usage at a great SF2 price (FD) makes him attractive in all formats.
Khris Middleton – He’s a tad cheaper than Brown here, but doesn’t have the same raw ceiling thanks to a fairly capped role as the #2 or #3 option on the Bucks while Brown is the defacto #1. That said, he’s very consistent, will play 35+ minutes in a matchup like this and carry a 25% usage rate target (his YTD average) here. I prefer him for cash games on this slate as Brown/Fournier feels like the right tandem on FD in particular – but he’s a high floor play in a plus situation that deserves your attention.
Julius Randle – He continues to feast for the Knicks and has now put up big double-doubles in 4 straight games while chipping in nicely with steals and assists as well. He’s not cheap at all on both sites, but for a high floor play (4.5+ ROI at minimum) thanks to the nearly 40 minutes a night that he’s playing these days and a matchup where NYK will need every ounce of offensive help from him to keep pace with POR – he’s a premium target here. He’s a slightly better value on FD than DK.
Aaron Gordon – With the Magic asking him to handle a lot more of the ball-handling duties while Fultz has been sidelined, the TOs have been a bit more of an issue but the AST/G has really picked up lately with 7+ in 3 straight while also being able to complement that with 2+ blocks in each of those ones, too. When you can combine that with his ability to bring down boards at an elite clip thanks to size and athleticism to go along with 36+ MPG that we’re getting from him these days – he’s immediately become an insanely valuable fantasy asset. For the price on both sites, there’s a ton of implicit value here that needs rostering today.
P.J. Washington – Pivoting down a bit, we get a young PF who is only 22 years old but in the midst of a breakout this year. He’s 84th in the league in usage (21.1%) and despite being more scoring and blocks dependent, he’s starting to pull together some strong REB efforts as well with double digits in 3 of his last 4 games. A matchup with ORL should allow him to threaten for 16-10-2-0-2 here with 33 minutes and 20% usage. For the price on a 5 game slate, there’s nothing wrong with that if you need a bit of a pivot off Randle.
Clint Capela – I think it’s safe to say he’s found his Atlanta groove. He’s been a rebounding machine his entire career, but with 4, 3, 5 and 10 blocks in each of his last 4 games (yes, 10 just 2 nights ago against the T-Wolves) and 25, 23, 27 and 13 points to go along with 15+ rebounds in that span as well – he needs major love here. I don’t love the $10K price tag on FanDuel compared to only $8,500 on DraftKings – but he is one of the few players with true 60+ FP potential on this slate and could conceivably be labeled with a 50 fantasy point floor as well. Fire him up as a cornerstone on DK and don’t be shy to give him love in GPPs where his ownership will likely take a hit due to the price bump.
Enes Kanter – Even though his efficiency is taking a hit due to a starting role (as a result of the Jusuf Nurkic injury), the minutes could very well be doubling vs his earlier average moving forward with the opening unit. He’s played 28 MPG (average) in his last 2 games with a 14.5% usage rate average, but will continue to get opportunities to finish up around the glass, bring down rebounds at a team-leading clip and chip in with blocks here and there, too. For the price in case you don’t want to pay up for Capela, he’s a fine pivot with a pretty reasonable floor vs NYK.