The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 11, 2021 (5/11/21)
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.
Delon Wright – De’Aaron Fox is still out due to Covid for the Kings and that makes Wright an elite play once again tonight as Tyrese Haliburton is also out. In the past four games with both of those players out, Wright is averaging 17 points, 7.8 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and 1.3 blocks. Wright has at least 30 fantasy points in each of those four games with two games over 59 fantasy points. Two of those four games including one of the 59 plus fantasy point games also came against the Thunder who the Kings play tonight. With the Thunder allowing the most fantasy points per game to point guards this season, there is no reason to believe that Wright doesn’t make it three straight big games against them.
Facundo Campazzo – The Nuggets have been ravaged by injuries in the backcourt and that is leaving Campazzo to play a lot of minutes. Campazzo has played at least 29 minutes in ten straight games for the Nuggets. Campazzo is not just playing a lot of minutes but he is producing when on the court especially over his past four games. In those four games, Campazzo is averaging 12 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 3.5 steals, and 39.4 fantasy points.
Malachi Flynn – The Raptors are sitting Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet tonight which makes Flynn a nice value play. With both of those players out Flynn is going to start and likely play heavy minutes. Whenever Flynn plays heavy minutes he tends to produce. In the 14 games that Flynn has played at least 25 minutes this season, Flynn is averaging 36.27 fantasy points per game. The Clippers also sound like a bad match-up for Flynn but in reality, they are a good match-up for him as they have struggled to defend point guards. This season the Clippers rank in the bottom ten in both fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to point guards.
Caris LeVert – I don’t think you need to spend up at the shooting guard position. There is a lot of value on this slate at the position and there are some other positions that I feel you really need to spend up for. With that being said if you are going to spend up at the position LeVert is the player that I would spend up for. It is highly unlikely that Malcolm Brogdon makes his return to the Pacers lineup tonight. Since joining the Pacers LeVert has a usage rate of 29.2% and is averaging 1.23 fantasy points per minute with Brogdon off the court. LeVert has really played well with Brogdon out or extremely limited in the Pacers’ past seven games. In those games, LeVert is averaging 27.7 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, 1.1 blocks, and 47.79 fantasy points.
Terence Davis – Davis is another Kings player that has benefited from De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton being out of the lineup. In the four games with both players out, Davis has played at least 29 minutes in three of those four games and is averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and two blocks+steals. Davis has at least 25 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 31.4 fantasy points in the two games against the Thunder who the Kings play again tonight.
Evan Fournier – Fournier looks to be finally getting his game back after his bout with Covid that he has stated has really affected him. In his past four games, Fournier is averaging 21.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals+blocks, and 38.45 fantasy points. Fournier’s game stepping up also couldn’t have come at a better time for Boston as they have been without Jaylen Brown for the past three games and just lost him for the rest of the season due to a torn ligament in his wrist.
Maurice Harkless – As you can tell I really like the Kings tonight for fantasy purposes as Harkless is my third Kings player in this article. Harkless makes this lineup due to Harrison Barnes being out. While Barnes has been out for the past half-dozen or so games it has been the past three games for Harkless that has opened my eyes to rostering him. In those three games, Harkless is averaging 12.7 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and 28.83 fantasy points.
Domantas Sabonis – Power forward is a position that I am going to be spending up for. Most of my lineups are going to have two studs in them and I don’t see myself having a lineup without at least one stud in it. While I like all five of the studs on this slate two of them jump out at me as the elite of the elite. The first of those studs is Sabonis. Sabonis missed six games due to injury at the end of April and since his return, in May he has been unstoppable. In those six games, Sabonis is averaging 26 points, 15.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, and 2.7 steals+blocks. Sabonis has at least 46 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 63.73 fantasy points during this stretch.
Jayson Tatum – The second stud power forward that stands out at me tonight is Tatum. Tatum stands out for me due to Jaylen Brown being done for the season in Boston. This season with Brown off the court, Tatum has a usage rate of 33.4% and is averaging 1.35 fantasy points per minute. If we look at just the ten games that Brown has missed completely this season that Tatum has played we will see that Tatum is averaging 28.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.2 steals+blocks, and 48.04 fantasy points.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – If you decide not to play a stud in both of your power forward positions tonight or just cannot afford to do it Triple-J is a great value play to pair with a stud. Jackson is still on a bit of a minute restriction after missing most of the season due to injury but has looked really good in his past three games. In those games, Jackson is averaging 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, an assist, 2.7 steals, 1.7 blocks, and 35.23 fantasy points. Now, Jackson is not without risk tonight as this is the second game of a back-to-back for Memphis. While Jackson is expected to play in his first back-to-back of the season we could see him play fewer minutes than normal. Just keep that in mind if you decide to roster Jackson tonight.
Nikola Vucevic – There are several elite centers on this slate and I don’t think you necessarily think you need to spend up at the position with some of the mid-range and value players at the position. With that being said I am going to have a lot of Vucevic in my lineups as he is not only my favorite stud at the center position but one of my favorite studs regardless of position on this slate. Vucevic has just been playing that well since before he went down with an injury and especially since coming back. In his three games since his return, Vucevic is averaging 25.3 points, 14.7 rebounds, five assists, 1.3 steals, and block. Vucevic has at least 54 fantasy points in each of those games. The Nets are also a team that I tend to pick on with centers as they have neglected to stop the position for years. This season the Nets rank in the bottom ten in both fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to the position.
Dwight Powell – Maxi Kleber is expected back for the Mavs tonight but I don’t expect Kleber to play a ton of minutes in his first game back. With Kleber likely limited and Kristaps Porzingis still out there is a lot to like about Powell. In his past five games, Powell is averaging 10.4 points, eight rebounds, three assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.2 blocks. Powell has over 33 fantasy points in four of those five games. The match-up against Memphis is also one that I really like. This season Memphis has the 11th worst defensive efficiency and is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to centers.