Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel & DraftKings contests on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Some of our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s 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. The below just gives a taste for the guys that we’re really prioritizing for different reasons on the slate.
John Wall – In 13 games without Victor Oladipo on the floor this year, Wall has a 30.7% usage rate and is rocking a 20.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.2 APG and 1.8 S+B in just over 32 minutes of action. He’s playing closer to 35 minutes these days and should continue to crush value on both sites at the current salary. Get him active tonight, especially on DK where the price is fantastic.
De’Anthony Melton – With all the injuries the Grizzlies are dealing with right now, Melton will continue to get a chance to show what he’s capable of in a fairly significant bench role. It’s expected that he’ll slide back down to the bench with Grayson Allen seemingly ready to go here, but a solid 27 minute showing with 20% usage in his last game deliver a pretty attractive floor for the price nonetheless. He’s not a must play given the role may decrease slightly from where it was over the weekend, but the value and upside are still rock solid in a game where they should be pace-plus keeping up with the Mavs.
Zach LaVine – In a split situation like Wall where LaVine excels without one of his higher-usage teammates, he’s averaging 34.2% usage when Lauri Markkanen is off the floor. In those games, he’s delivering 32.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 5.0 APG and 1.5 S+B. Truly elite numbers for LaVine, and the kind of guy that you will no doubt be happy to pay up for on a slate like this.
Devin Booker – In his last 3 games, Booker’s usage has been fantastic (32.6%) even though the production has failed to follow suit to its fullest potential. The good news is that tonight is a really strong matchup for him, and he should easily get into the 35-40 point territory assuming there isn’t a blowout situation (the last 2 games had tempered minutes as a result). He’ll always be scoring dependant, but this matchup with POR should bring out the best in him – and a line of 25-5-5 is not out of the question. He’s a great price-based play on FD for $7.7K.
Garrett Temple – Temple is really taking advantage of the Bulls’ short-handedness right now and is outplaying the likes of Denzel Valentine and Tomas Satoransky, keeping his minutes in the 30+ range which we love for DFS purposes. For under $5K on both FD and DK we can roster him here, and he’s averaging 24.6 FP (DK) / 26.3 FP (FD) in his last 4 games. At the price, he’s a nice high floor option for cash games at minimum on a night where the HOU/CHI game is one that we should covet for exposure.
Justise Winslow – Another spend-down option on both sites tonight (under $4K on both FanDuel and DraftKings), Winslow should see his role continue to grow for the Grizz as they remain shorthanded but also looking to get him back up to game speed. Despite the blowout on the weekend, losing by 31 points, he showed that a 20 minute role off the bench with high usage (35.3% in that one) is one that may be a regular occurrence for him. He’s still rusty but a great price just in case 18+ minutes and 25%+ usage continue to flow his way – as he could hustle-stat his way to 20+ FP. Keep him exclusively for GPPs and don’t feel the need to go all-in.
Kristaps Porzingis – I know the world and landscape was different the last few times he faced Memphis, but hear me out really quick. In those 3 games, he had 58.5, 58.4 and 65.2 fantasy points with less than 34 minutes played in each thanks to some big scoring and hustle stat nights. For the price it takes to roster him (FD in particular), he’s as close to a must-start for me as it gets on this slate for a middle-tier player. He’s been playing well of late but seems to be alternating big and average nights over the last week or so. Something in the range of 22-25 points, 8-10 boards and 2-3 steals+blocks are within reach here at a very fair price point.
Kyle Kuzma – He reached his season high in scoring last game (23) but was just about empty other than 4 rebounds in that one on his way to a sub-30 FP night. The nice part? The price remains reasonable, and the 31% usage rate displayed in the last game without Anthony Davis shows there’s further ceiling to tap into. In a game against WAS that should feature plenty of scoring, he should have no problem reaching the 30+ FP mark here as long as he’s able to do just a tad more than shoot.
Deandre Ayton – I like the situation for him on FD just a bit more than DK based on price, and the fact that he had a disappointing 21.7 FP in his last game was as much about how much PHX dominated MEM as anything else. He only needed to play 22 minutes in that one. But in the prior 2 games where he saw 35 minutes, he was producing at a 1.0 FPPM level, and he’s dominated vs Enes Kanter in his career. In those 3 games, he’s averaging 22.7 PPG, 12 RPG and 1.3 APG (just shy of 1.0 BPG as well). For the price, he’s in a prime spot to do serious damage where the field could be fading him after getting burned over the weekend.
Montrezl Harrell – In 8 games without Anthony Davis this year, Harrell has 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals+blocks in 24 minutes of action. He beasted last game with 18-10-1-2 in 24 minutes (28% usage) and should continue to wreak havoc against a WAS club that has all sorts of trouble in the bigs departmet defensively. He’s an elite play on DK for under $6K and is a good contingency play or pivot off Ayton in MME GPP situations.