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.

Next game:

Time:

Odds:

C

Jonas Valanciunas

New Orleans Pelicans

Salary: 7,400 7,900
FPPG: 38.23 40.30
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
IND @ NOP Mon, 24 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,500 39.40 8,300 42.00
NOP @ NYK Thu, 20 Jan 2022, 7:30PM ET 7,300 39.00 7,700 40.00
NOP @ BOS Mon, 17 Jan 2022, 12:30PM ET 7,400 41.80 7,800 46.50
NOP @ BRO Sat, 15 Jan 2022, 7:30PM ET 7,600 21.00 8,300 21.75
LAC @ NOP Thu, 13 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,700 35.20 8,600 39.50
MIN @ NOP Tue, 11 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,900 30.90 8,500 35.00
NOP @ TOR Sun, 9 Jan 2022, 6:00PM ET 7,600 44.90 8,400 47.25
GSW @ NOP Thu, 6 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,900 31.00 8,800 30.50
PHX @ NOP Tue, 4 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,500 44.20 9,300 48.00
UTA @ NOP Mon, 3 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,700 36.80 9,600 39.75
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2021 REG NOP 18.3 12.0 2.5 0.5 0.9 31.7
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
24 Jan 2022 NOP IND @ NOP 113:117 16 12 6 0 1 30:10 39.40 42.00
20 Jan 2022 NOP NOP @ NYK 102:91 18 10 2 1 2 33:2 39.00 40.00
17 Jan 2022 NOP NOP @ BOS 92:104 22 14 4 0 0 33:18 41.80 46.50
15 Jan 2022 NOP NOP @ BRO 105:120 13 5 2 0 0 30:28 21.00 21.75
13 Jan 2022 NOP LAC @ NOP 89:113 18 16 0 0 0 31:50 35.20 39.50
11 Jan 2022 NOP MIN @ NOP 125:128 13 12 5 0 0 28:17 30.90 35.00
9 Jan 2022 NOP NOP @ TOR 101:105 20 17 1 1 1 33:43 44.90 47.25
6 Jan 2022 NOP GSW @ NOP 96:101 8 10 4 1 2 31:34 31.00 30.50
4 Jan 2022 NOP PHX @ NOP 123:110 25 16 2 0 0 35:24 44.20 48.00
3 Jan 2022 NOP UTA @ NOP 115:104 25 9 2 0 0 30:9 36.80 39.75

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.

Next game:

CHA @ IND

Time:

Wed, 26th Jan, 07:00PM ET

Odds:

SG

Caris LeVert

Indiana Pacers

Salary: 7,800 8,600
FPPG: 31.66 32.20
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
IND @ NOP Mon, 24 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 7,900 34.20 8,700 38.00
IND @ LAL Wed, 19 Jan 2022, 10:30PM ET 8,200 42.60 7,900 45.00
IND @ LAC Mon, 17 Jan 2022, 3:30PM ET 8,200 43.80 8,100 45.25
PHX @ IND Fri, 14 Jan 2022, 7:00PM ET 8,200 39.50 8,300 41.25
BOS @ IND Wed, 12 Jan 2022, 7:00PM ET 9,100 25.20 8,600 25.25
CHI @ IND Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 3:00PM ET 8,500 46.20 8,900 46.50
CHA @ IND Wed, 29 Dec 2021, 7:00PM ET 6,600 47.40 9,100 49.25
IND @ CHI Sun, 26 Dec 2021, 8:00PM ET 6,600 50.30 8,800 50.50
HOU @ IND Thu, 23 Dec 2021, 7:00PM ET 6,400 59.10 7,700 59.50
IND @ MIA Tue, 21 Dec 2021, 7:30PM ET 6,500 25.30 7,800 27.50
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2021 REG IND 18.5 3.6 4.2 1.0 0.5 30.7
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
24 Jan 2022 IND IND @ NOP 113:117 19 6 8 0 0 32:20 34.20 38.00
19 Jan 2022 IND IND @ LAL 111:104 30 8 2 1 0 27:14 42.60 45.00
17 Jan 2022 IND IND @ LAC 133:139 26 9 4 1 0 34:41 43.80 45.25
14 Jan 2022 IND PHX @ IND 112:94 20 5 9 1 0 38:54 39.50 41.25
12 Jan 2022 IND BOS @ IND 119:100 16 1 4 0 1 28:53 25.20 25.25
31 Dec 2021 IND CHI @ IND 108:106 27 6 6 1 1 37:1 46.20 46.50
29 Dec 2021 IND CHA @ IND 116:108 27 7 6 2 0 39:22 47.40 49.25
26 Dec 2021 IND IND @ CHI 105:113 27 4 9 1 1 39:17 50.30 50.50
23 Dec 2021 IND HOU @ IND 106:118 24 8 11 3 1 35:52 59.10 59.50
21 Dec 2021 IND IND @ MIA 96:125 17 4 3 0 0 30:25 25.30 27.50

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.

Next game:

DAL @ POR

Time:

Wed, 26th Jan, 10:00PM ET

Odds:

PG

Jalen Brunson

Dallas Mavericks

Salary: 5,400 5,700
FPPG: 29.81 30.50
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
DAL @ GSW Tue, 25 Jan 2022, 10:00PM ET 5,400 27.30 6,100 27.00
MEM @ DAL Sun, 23 Jan 2022, 7:30PM ET 6,200 19.70 6,400 19.75
PHX @ DAL Thu, 20 Jan 2022, 7:30PM ET 7,100 20.50 6,500 24.25
TOR @ DAL Wed, 19 Jan 2022, 8:30PM ET 7,000 19.60 6,800 19.25
OKL @ DAL Mon, 17 Jan 2022, 8:30PM ET 6,500 36.00 7,200 35.25
ORL @ DAL Sat, 15 Jan 2022, 9:30PM ET 6,000 35.50 7,400 34.25
DAL @ MEM Fri, 14 Jan 2022, 10:00PM ET 6,000 48.50 7,500 44.25
DAL @ NYK Wed, 12 Jan 2022, 7:30PM ET 5,800 30.40 7,700 31.75
CHI @ DAL Sun, 9 Jan 2022, 7:30PM ET 5,300 29.80 7,400 30.00
DAL @ HOU Fri, 7 Jan 2022, 8:00PM ET 5,300 35.80 7,000 37.50
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2021 REG DAL 15.7 3.8 5.5 0.9 0.1 31.3
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
25 Jan 2022 DAL DAL @ GSW 92:130 11 4 5 1 1 36:4 27.30 27.00
23 Jan 2022 DAL MEM @ DAL 91:104 13 1 3 1 0 30:30 19.70 19.75
20 Jan 2022 DAL PHX @ DAL 109:101 19 5 1 0 0 34:45 20.50 24.25
19 Jan 2022 DAL TOR @ DAL 98:102 8 3 4 1 0 33:13 19.60 19.25
17 Jan 2022 DAL OKL @ DAL 102:104 14 5 8 2 0 37:47 36.00 35.25
15 Jan 2022 DAL ORL @ DAL 92:108 19 5 3 2 0 27:49 35.50 34.25
14 Jan 2022 DAL DAL @ MEM 112:85 15 5 9 5 0 32:6 48.50 44.25
12 Jan 2022 DAL DAL @ NYK 85:108 14 7 6 0 0 37:7 30.40 31.75
9 Jan 2022 DAL CHI @ DAL 99:113 17 4 4 1 0 27:54 29.80 30.00
7 Jan 2022 DAL DAL @ HOU 130:106 15 4 10 1 0 25:29 35.80 37.50