Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel & DraftKings contests on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
Some of our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s five game slate, using FanDuel’s position eligibility for slotting purposes.
Be sure to catch our cheat sheets for the slate today, going over a more exhaustive list for each of FD, DK and Y! contests.
Damian Lillard – This is the kind of slate where you’re going to have a really hard time not paying up for the studs in the high-scoring games. Washington and Portland are playing to a 242 point total here (tops on the slate) with a mere -4 margin for the home Blazers. Against a team like WAS who is a severe liability at just about any spot on the floor, the number 7 guy in the league in terms of usage rate (32.2%) and tremendous true shooting (62.5%) is a fantastic target. He’s priced up across the industry, but is worth the price of admission regardless especially while the usage is sitting at nearly 40% (37.9% in his last 4 games).
LaMelo Ball – The rookie has really settled in for the Hornets and is thriving in his starting role right now. He’s scored at least 43.4 FDP in 3 of his last 4 games and 4 of 6, and hasn’t had less than 35 FDP in any game in that span. The Hornets haven’t played in a week due to a couple postponements, but a game for a well-rested group against the Warriors is a great spot to be. For the $7.8K tag on FD in particular, he’s an elite play having averaged 45.1 FDP in his last 6 GP.
Talen Horton-Tucker – There’s Bradley Beal at the top end and pretty much a bunch of middle-tier options that I think you can easily attack thereafter, with a couple lower-end price points as well. THT is one of those values that I am pretty high on here with Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis both sidelined here. He has averaged just shy of 20 FP in his last 2 games with at least 25 MP, and has a path to that again tonight thanks to contributions in a handful of categories (not to mention a USG% of around 20% when the opportunity presents itself). His $3,600 price on DK is a steal (SF eligibility) for a value with 25+ MP upside.
Gary Trent Jr – While Beal is a near 5-digit point of access to the WAS/POR tilt that we covet, Trent has seen his minutes continue to be excellent while the DFS price has slowly settled into a more reasonable level at $5,500 on FD in particular. He’s played at least 34 minutes in 5 straight games, has a steady 18-20% usage rate role, and continues to shoot well from deep. In a pace positive dynamic here against a WAS team that they played earlier this month and saw 253 total points scored (39.1 FP for Trent himself) – he’s high on my priority list at this price.
Kelly Oubre Jr – With back-to-back excellent outings and 4 of 5 over the 34 FP mark, Oubre remains a hot target this evening while the price is simply lower than it should be. He’s under $7K on both sites and is averaging over 38 FP on both sites in his last 4 games, and chips in beautifully with points, boards and steals (2+ S/G in each of his last 3). Prop him up nice and high in your player pools.
Jimmy Butler – I don’t mind some LeBron James tonight where the price makes sense, but Butler’s an even better value on both FD and DK by almost $2,000 in some situations. He continues to be a minutes beast for the Heat, and in the last 5 games Butler has played LeBron, he’s averaging 23.2 PPG with 4.8 RPG. 3.6 APG and 2.6 S+B while shooting better than 51% from the field. Those are some pretty nice baselines for the salary in a matchup that he’s proven to be highly effective of late.
Marvin Bagley III – In his last 3 games, Bagley is playing really well for the Kings with 18.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG and just shy of 1.0 S+B in that time. There’s not a ton of upside to speak of here, but at a fairly thin position this evening where the price is right and we’ll want access (smartly) to the SAC/CHI tilt that has a near 240 point total itself, there’s a lot to like about the 5+ ROI potential.
Robert Covington – Covington makes his hay on the defensive end, focusing on defensive rebounds and hustle stats while getting the benefit of playing massive minutes for the Blazers right now. He had 33.3 FP vs WAS when they last met and has eclipsed the 40+ FP mark in each of his last 2 games thanks to some ridiculous S+B totals (5.3 average in the last 3). That’s hard to bank on consistently, but 3 S+B is a fairly target with a 12-7 kind of line (PTS-REB) to back it up. For a thinner position today where his price is still reasonable, you won’t be upset with where he’ll most likely deliver in a pace-plus situation.
Enes Kanter – The last time these 2 teams played, Kanter dominated the glass for 15 boards and 14 points scored in 36 minutes of action. He’s been very up and down lately, but thrives in situations where there’s a clear weakness on the opposing end from a big man perspective. And that’s exactly why he should do well against an Alex Len/Moritz Wagner/Rui Hachimura front court who simply won’t do well containing Kanter’s style of play. He’s a nice value on FD at $6,200 but very much in play on DK ($6,900) as well.
Deandre Ayton – A pivot that I actually like a lot on this slate (DK in particular) is Ayton, who has a nice situation against the Grizzlies and is back to seeing minutes into the mid-30s right now for the Suns. He’s done a good job on the glass lately with 12.7 per game in his last 3 with back to back 16 points scored efforts, too. He’s fairly empty otherwise which is the major concern with his fantasy game, but the price is down to where it should be given his performance this year (formerly in the mid-$8,000s with regularity) and as a result, is primed to deliver a 5+ ROI kind of game with relative ease.