The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – April 5, 2021 (4/5/21)
In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Please note that players on DraftKings have multi-position eligibility and may not always match their position on FanDuel. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses as NBA news changes the slate frequently.
Malachi Flynn – Sure, he played 31 minute in the blowout win against the Warriors over the weekend. But what really matters for fantasy purposes in the daily game is opportunity. With Kyle Lowry out and a very good chance that Fred VanVleet is going to miss at least this game as well, Flynn becomes the defacto point guard for the Raptors. He isn’t quite a FPPM guy at this point in his career, but does have a solid future ahead of him nonetheless. With 25-30+ minutes being a distinct possibility, the likelihood that he fails to deliver at least 6x value is pretty slim here.
Jordan McLaughlin – With D’Angelo Russell, Ricky Rubio and Jaylen Nowell all expected out today, that leaves McLaughlin as the last man standing in the backcourt for the Wolves. He put together a huge outing against the Sixers on Saturday, finishing with 39.7 FP in 42 minutes of work (14.2% usage) and was able to chip in with 9 assists and 3 steals to go along with 12 points and 6 boards. This is expected to be a barn burner tonight with 236.5 as the current (and slate-high) total – so for the price, he’s shaping up to be an elite high minutes option.
Gary Trent Jr – It’s pretty safe to say that he’s settling in with his new club. He now has at least 32 FP in each of his last 3 games with the Raptors, and prior to the blowout against the Warriors was playing at least 36 minutes a night with the starting unit. He’s way underpriced on FD for $5,400 for this kind of production, and could see extra usage with VanVleet expected out. Nearly 40 minutes and up to 30% usage isn’t out of the question here, making him a great option across the board this evening.
Hamidou Diallo – The lack of Wayne Ellington for the Pistons may not appear to be too significant at the outset. However, Diallo not only gets to face his former team, but also could see his minutes and usage both jump to the highest they’ve been as a member of Detroit. He’s incredibly well-rounded in how he delivers his fantasy production, and gets the revenge game narrative here as well. Don’t be shocked to see 32 minutes, 28% usage and 35+ FP out of him in what will be an emotional game for Diallo with the right kind of opportunity we like to invest in.
OG Anunoby – Small forward continues to be a pretty thin position in fantasy, so on a slate where we don’t have too many standout options, let’s roll with the more consistent players. Anunoby stands at the top of the slate for me here, riding a streak of 8 games now with at least 31 FP. He’s really seen his usage jump of late, sporting a 22.3% mark in that regard in his last 8 games. That’s a full +54% higher than his career 14.8% rate, my friends. He’s shooting with more confidence from the field and continues to be incredibly active on both sides of the floor with defensive and hustle stats. Just like Flynn and Trent Jr, the lack of Lowry and VanVleet only stands to benefit Anunoby as he continues his growth as a player for Toronto.
Kenrich Williams – Not the most exciting play here by any means, but he’s set to continue getting his 25-30 minutes a night with the injuries to Dort, Gilgeous-Alexander, Bazley, Roby and Muscala in particular. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the impact of a rested Al Horford for the remainder of the year, too. Regardless of if he’s in the starting unit or coming off the bench, he projects as a solid source of minutes and 18-23% usage with pretty well-rounded stat lines to keep the floor nice and high. He’s more of a 5-6 ROI bet than a 7+ candidate, but in a very nice matchup where DET ranks 11th worst in the league in defensive efficiency vs the position, he’s a good option here.
Isaiah Stewart – No Mason Plumlee tonight means plenty of Stewart. And in the right spot for the Pistons, that could lead to some nice production. In 649 minutes this year with Ellington and Plumlee off the floor, Stewart is averaging just shy of 1.0 FPPM, and should be an extremely popular option on both FD and DK given the salary he’s holding today. With the potential for 30+ minutes in this one, he could chip in with 25-28 fantasy points as a realistic expectation, doing a nice job on the glass and in the hustle stat department, too. Josh Jackson, Saddiq Bey and Diallo also stand to benefit from the DET absences.
Jaden McDaniels – Even though he was a little softer against the Grizzlies a couple of nights ago, he bounced back in a big way on Saturday with 34.1 FP in 35 minutes of action. Prior to that, he had 42.4 and 26.5 FP against BKN and NYK. His production is very much tied to the lineup approach that the Wolves proceed with on a given night, and my analysis tells me that we shouldn’t see them go too heavy with a Towns/Reid approach in a significant way. McDaniels is a nice versatile SF/PF type who should see big minutes here against the Kings who really only have one traditional big man (Richaun Holmes) and a banged up Hassan Whiteside/Marvin Bagley (both likely out here). They’re the softest team on the slate in terms of defensive efficiency vs PFs, and McDaniels’ price continues to have plenty of room for profit within it.
Kelly Olynyk – Despite being on the second half of a back to back here, Olynyk’s looking like a nice GPP option for the Rockets as Danuel House is now banged up and Olynyk’s fresh off a 43.1 FP night (33 minutes with 23% usage). Ranking in the bottom third defensively against the C position, his potential for another big game here thanks to his ability to stretch the floor as a big – not to mention what appears to be the green light for him from range – give shim plenty of ceiling and reason for tournament optimism.
Jakob Poeltl – I can’t quite shake Poeltl with the way he’s playing right now, and the path to minutes continues to be right there for the taking now that Aldridge is out of town. We recommended him against IND over the weekend, and he didn’t disappoint with 47.1 FP in 40 minutes (14-13-3-2-3). He had 32.9 FP against CLE in just 25 MP a few weeks ago, and with Jarrett Allen likely sidelined again here due to a concussion, his competition in the paint for rebounds and putbacks is likely to be pretty minimal. Another big minute outing is very likely heading his way, and a 15-15 night with 3-5 S+B isn’t out of the question once again.