NBA DFS TARGETS (12/15)

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11 games tonight on the NBA slate which means the DFS field is wide. If you’re having trouble setting your lineup, check out the guys we have our eye on. Our DFS tools and projections were built to maximize your edge in your next contest.

Jonas Valanciunas (NO) – Valanciunas is the perfect candidate to get the start down low for your DFS lineup tonight. He’s been utilized in 100% of our lineups across the board and has multiple factors working in his favor tonight. For starters, this is somebody capable of generating well over a fantasy point per minute on his own but tonight he’s likely to be guarded by Jeremiah Robinson Earl on the Thunder. This is a bottom tier defender when fantasy is concerned and should be easily exploited tonight. He tends to allow his guarded players 15% more fantasy points per minute then their average which of course lines up very well for Valanciunas. Tonight he’s also expected to see a noticeable increase in time spent on the floor which brings enormous upside into your lineup. He’s listed very reasonably on both platforms and regardless of where you play, you can expect a near 5.5x return on your investment in fantasy production. He’s also only expected to be owned by 13% of the field making him an excellent GPP look on a night like tonight.

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Jonas Valanciunas

New Orleans Pelicans

Salary: 5,500 5,900
FPPG: 27.25 28.80
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
NOP @ MEM Fri, 25 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 5,600 5.10 6,300 7.25
NOP @ SAS Wed, 23 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 5,600 37.00 6,000 41.50
GSW @ NOP Mon, 21 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 5,700 26.60 6,400 29.75
BOS @ NOP Fri, 18 Nov 2022, 8:30PM ET 6,200 17.30 6,800 18.50
CHI @ NOP Wed, 16 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 6,200 33.40 7,100 35.25
MEM @ NOP Tue, 15 Nov 2022, 7:30PM ET 6,200 4.60 7,200 6.75
HOU @ NOP Sat, 12 Nov 2022, 8:30PM ET 6,600 16.30 7,400 16.50
POR @ NOP Thu, 10 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 6,700 21.70 7,000 22.75
NOP @ CHI Wed, 9 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 6,900 42.10 7,000 44.25
NOP @ IND Mon, 7 Nov 2022, 7:45PM ET 6,900 25.40 7,000 25.75
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG NOP 13.2 9.0 2.1 0.4 0.3 23.4
2021 PST NOP 14.6 13.6 2.6 0.6 0.4 29.5
2021 REG NOP 17.8 11.4 2.6 0.6 0.8 30.4
2020 PST MEM 15.3 12.0 2.4 0.4 0.9 32.7
2020 REG MEM 17.1 12.5 1.8 0.5 0.9 28.4
Date Team Game Score Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk Min FD FPts DK FPts
25 Nov 2022 NOP NOP @ MEM 111:132 4 3 1 0 0 17:24 5.10 7.25
23 Nov 2022 NOP NOP @ SAS 129:110 22 10 2 0 1 26:7 37.00 41.50
21 Nov 2022 NOP GSW @ NOP 83:128 10 13 2 0 0 22:47 26.60 29.75
18 Nov 2022 NOP BOS @ NOP 117:109 10 4 3 0 0 21:15 17.30 18.50
16 Nov 2022 NOP CHI @ NOP 110:124 22 7 2 0 1 27:14 33.40 35.25
15 Nov 2022 NOP MEM @ NOP 102:113 2 3 2 0 0 13:41 4.60 6.75
12 Nov 2022 NOP HOU @ NOP 106:119 8 4 1 1 0 20:16 16.30 16.50
10 Nov 2022 NOP POR @ NOP 106:95 7 11 1 0 0 19:38 21.70 22.75
9 Nov 2022 NOP NOP @ CHI 115:111 21 13 3 1 0 29:38 42.10 44.25
7 Nov 2022 NOP NOP @ IND 122:129 14 7 2 0 0 21:49 25.40 25.75

Chris LeVert (IND) – LeVert is no stranger to our lineups and tonight he comes in as a top target yet again. He continues to generate north of a fantasy point per minute and also continues to exceed his listed salary on various DFS platforms. Tonight his matchup isn’t exactly favorable yet due to the time he spends on the floor and his potential to produce, he shouldn’t be limited by much. In terms of value, you’re not going to find a player who can generate as much bang for your buck as LeVert given his listed salary doesn’t exceed $7000 on either platform yet you can expect a return almost identical to Valanciunas at 5.5x the amount you’re investing. His projected ownership is much more flattering one DK where he comes in as a fantastic start for both cash and GPP but on Fanduel, it exceeds 20%. Proceed with caution and maybe look towards cash contests here.

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Caris LeVert

Cleveland Cavaliers

Salary: 5,600 5,100
FPPG: 24.96 26.10
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
MIA @ CLE Sun, 20 Nov 2022, 7:00PM ET 5,700 15.00 5,400 14.25
CHA @ CLE Fri, 18 Nov 2022, 7:30PM ET 6,300 13.60 5,800 12.75
CLE @ MIL Wed, 16 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 6,300 7.90 6,100 8.50
MIN @ CLE Sun, 13 Nov 2022, 6:00PM ET 6,300 27.50 6,100 28.25
CLE @ GSW Fri, 11 Nov 2022, 10:00PM ET 6,300 13.40 6,500 14.50
CLE @ SAC Wed, 9 Nov 2022, 10:00PM ET 6,000 43.00 6,600 46.00
CLE @ LAC Mon, 7 Nov 2022, 10:30PM ET 6,600 17.70 7,100 18.50
CLE @ LAL Sun, 6 Nov 2022, 3:30PM ET 6,500 23.30 N/a 23.50
CLE @ DET Fri, 4 Nov 2022, 7:00PM ET 6,500 29.20 6,500 31.00
BOS @ CLE Wed, 2 Nov 2022, 7:30PM ET 6,500 29.60 6,700 32.00
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG CLE 11.4 4.5 4.9 0.8 0.1 32.2
2021 PST CLE 14.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 0 39.9
2021 REG CLE 13.6 3.4 3.9 0.8 0.3 29.9
2021 REG IND 18.7 3.8 4.4 0.9 0.5 31.1
2020 REG BRO 18.5 4.3 6.0 1.1 0.5 28.5
2020 REG IND 20.7 4.6 4.9 1.5 0.7 32.9
Date Team Game Score Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk Min FD FPts DK FPts
20 Nov 2022 CLE MIA @ CLE 87:113 0 5 4 1 0 14:17 15.00 14.25
18 Nov 2022 CLE CHA @ CLE 122:132 4 3 2 1 0 30:19 13.60 12.75
16 Nov 2022 CLE CLE @ MIL 98:113 2 2 3 0 0 19:36 7.90 8.50
13 Nov 2022 CLE MIN @ CLE 129:124 13 5 5 0 1 27:35 27.50 28.25
11 Nov 2022 CLE CLE @ GSW 101:106 11 2 0 0 0 33:40 13.40 14.50
9 Nov 2022 CLE CLE @ SAC 120:127 21 10 6 2 0 38:21 43.00 46.00
7 Nov 2022 CLE CLE @ LAC 117:119 4 6 5 0 0 36:24 17.70 18.50
6 Nov 2022 CLE CLE @ LAL 114:100 12 4 3 1 0 29:34 23.30 23.50
4 Nov 2022 CLE CLE @ DET 112:88 15 6 6 0 0 30:13 29.20 31.00
2 Nov 2022 CLE BOS @ CLE 113:114 15 8 4 0 0 46:8 29.60 32.00

Jalen Brunson (DAL) – This isn’t somebody you might hear is carrying the workload for your fantasy team on a regular basis but we think Brunson is in a great spot tonight. On average he only generates about .90 fantasy points per minute but of course a few factors tonight make him appealing. Firstly Russel Westbrook has been in the league since Robinson Earls middle school days yet they still play defense on about the same level. He typically allows his guarded players about 10% more fantasy points per minute then their average which should only effect Brunson positively. To add on, he’s going to see a boost in time spent on the floor and is listed very reasonably which allows for a high inclusion rate. It’s worth noting that this is going to be one of the highest utilized players across the board where other DFS owners are concerned so it’s definitely a much better cash play than GPP.

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Jalen Brunson

New York Knicks

Salary: 7,600 7,300
FPPG: 37.49 38.10
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
MEM @ NYK Sun, 27 Nov 2022, 6:00PM ET 7,600 0 7,300 0
POR @ NYK Fri, 25 Nov 2022, 7:30PM ET 7,300 43.00 7,300 45.25
NYK @ OKL Mon, 21 Nov 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,300 48.50 7,100 49.00
NYK @ PHX Sun, 20 Nov 2022, 3:30PM ET 7,500 37.10 N/a 37.75
NYK @ GSW Fri, 18 Nov 2022, 10:00PM ET 7,500 29.00 7,100 28.75
NYK @ DEN Wed, 16 Nov 2022, 10:00PM ET 7,500 36.50 7,100 38.25
NYK @ UTA Tue, 15 Nov 2022, 9:00PM ET 7,400 45.60 6,800 45.25
OKL @ NYK Sun, 13 Nov 2022, 12:00PM ET 7,600 36.70 N/a 34.25
DET @ NYK Fri, 11 Nov 2022, 7:30PM ET 7,600 49.70 6,800 46.75
NYK @ BRO Wed, 9 Nov 2022, 7:30PM ET 7,800 18.80 7,100 21.00
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG NYK 21.4 3.5 6.5 1.1 0.2 33.0
2021 PST DAL 21.6 4.6 3.6 0.8 0.1 35.0
2021 REG DAL 16.3 3.9 4.8 0.8 0 32.0
2020 PST DAL 8.0 2.6 1.4 0 0 16.3
2020 REG DAL 12.6 3.4 3.5 0.5 0 25.0
Date Team Game Score Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk Min FD FPts DK FPts
27 Nov 2022 NYK MEM @ NYK 127:123 30 5 9 1 0 35:35 0 0
25 Nov 2022 NYK POR @ NYK 132:129 32 5 4 0 0 41:18 43.00 45.25
21 Nov 2022 NYK NYK @ OKL 129:119 34 0 9 1 0 34:15 48.50 49.00
20 Nov 2022 NYK NYK @ PHX 95:116 27 3 3 0 1 29:17 37.10 37.75
18 Nov 2022 NYK NYK @ GSW 101:111 13 5 4 2 0 31:41 29.00 28.75
16 Nov 2022 NYK NYK @ DEN 106:103 21 5 7 0 0 31:7 36.50 38.25
15 Nov 2022 NYK NYK @ UTA 118:111 25 3 8 3 0 34:24 45.60 45.25
13 Nov 2022 NYK OKL @ NYK 145:135 17 1 7 3 0 23:58 36.70 34.25
11 Nov 2022 NYK DET @ NYK 112:121 26 1 7 4 0 32:16 49.70 46.75
9 Nov 2022 NYK NYK @ BRO 85:112 14 4 2 0 0 30:57 18.80 21.00