Welcome to the NBA Rundown for DraftKings DFS contests on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
We have a solid 6 game slate on DraftKings today (Feb 16, 2021).
We’re here to break down the slate with some of our top plays at each key position, anchoring players in the first part of their eligible slots.
Kemba Walker – While the price is still in the mid-$6,000s, you have to take advantage of Walker with the way he’s playing. He’s now eclipsed the 33 DKP mark in back to back games for the Celtics, and faces one of the position’s worst defenders in Jamal Murray on the other end tonight. He should have a pretty easy path to a big night thanks to a usage rate that will likely threaten for 30%.
Facundo Campazzo – He’s only really come into fantasy relevance lately as the PG situation has been a little murky for the Nuggets, but at $3,300 and with Monte Morris iffy – he could be in line for 20+ minutes. I only want him in your player pool if Morris is a scratch because otherwise he should be fairly useless. That said in his last 3 games seeing double digit minutes, he’s had 21.5, 16 and 27.75 points.
Bryn Forbes – He’s started each of the last 4 games for the Bucks while Jrue Holiday’s been sidelined, and he’s eclipsed the 17 fantasy point mark in what is now 6 of 8. He isn’t going to reach the 30 DKP mark most nights, but he was better than 1.0 FPPM against the Raptors in late January and has a pretty easy path to a 4.5+ ROI floor with a 6+ ceiling. At the price, you can’t go wrong as a punt.
Kyle Kuzma – Kuzma (and to a certain extent, Marc Gasol) have been the biggest fantasy beneficiaries with Davis off the floor. Kuzma’s usage has jumped +2.1% to 21.7% and his DKP per 36 minutes is just shy of 1.0. Gasol’s produced at a 34.36 FP/36 minute rate, but he often won’t see more than ~20 minutes and hasn’t scored 20 DKP in a long time. Kuzma can light it up, and you need him to do just that given the hefty price jump – but I still like him a lot for the upside here.
Brandon Ingram – He’s on a roll right now for the Pelicans, and while he’s playing as well as he is, I’m all in. He has at least 45 DKP in back to back outings against DAL and DET, and dropped 58.5 against MEM when they last met just over a week ago. His rebounding abilities will play nicely against MEM who aside from Jonas Valanciunas is pretty soft in that regard, and if he’s able to be effective in the hustle stat categories as well, the sky’s the limit given the usage rate should continue to stay in the 26-28% range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Nevermind the $11,000 price tag. He’s worth the price of admission right now, and I just don’t see that letting up against the Raptors. He’s averaging 70.2 fantasy points per game in his last 3, and he’s absolutely owned the Raptors of late (77.25, 61.25 and 63 points in his last 3 games against them). Especially with Jrue Holiday off the floor and the Raps having little success defending bigs these days (rumored to be going after Andre Drummond to prove that point), he should go full throttle into beast mode tonight and be a terror in all facets of the game.
Zeke Nnaji – He had some nice additional run with Millsap hurt on Valentine’s Day, and with a 16-3 line (23.75 DKP) in 24 minutes off the bench, is firmly entrenched as a strong value in my eyes right now for $3,100. Millsap has been ruled out already, so Nnaji could see another 20+ minute outing at a near site minimum price with some PF/C flexibility.
Enes Kanter / Al Horford – If you want to spend up a little higher than Nnaji or play Giannis at a position other than C here, Kanter or Horford are not bad targets in this one. Kanter is coming off a 26 fantasy point dud in 23 minutes with just 14 points and 8 boards, but had 13 points and 23 (yes, twenty three) rebounds when he last faced the Thunder in late January. That was when OKC was without Al Horford though, who is healthy and playing pretty big minutes these days. So it wouldn’t surprise me if things level out quite a bit here (making Horford an interesting GPP pivot given Kanter’s defensive liabilities) – but both of these guys have potential for big games and need some consideration in GPP player pools.