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: 7,800 7,500
FPPG: 36.97 38.80
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
PHX @ NOP Thu, 28 Apr 2022, 7:30PM ET N/a 27.60 N/a 27.50
NOP @ PHX Tue, 26 Apr 2022, 10:00PM ET N/a 40.30 N/a 42.00
PHX @ NOP Sun, 24 Apr 2022, 9:30PM ET N/a 49.00 N/a 52.25
PHX @ NOP Fri, 22 Apr 2022, 9:30PM ET N/a 22.70 N/a 23.25
NOP @ PHX Tue, 19 Apr 2022, 10:00PM ET N/a 29.10 N/a 32.25
NOP @ PHX Sun, 17 Apr 2022, 9:00PM ET N/a 51.50 N/a 54.75
NOP @ LAC Fri, 15 Apr 2022, 10:00PM ET N/a 17.80 N/a 18.75
SAS @ NOP Wed, 13 Apr 2022, 9:30PM ET N/a 49.30 N/a 50.00
NOP @ MEM Sat, 9 Apr 2022, 6:00PM ET N/a 7.20 N/a 8.25
POR @ NOP Thu, 7 Apr 2022, 8:00PM ET N/a 24.60 N/a 26.00
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
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
28 Apr 2022 NOP PHX @ NOP 115:109 10 8 4 1 0 27:28 27.60 27.50
26 Apr 2022 NOP NOP @ PHX 97:112 17 14 3 1 0 31:52 40.30 42.00
24 Apr 2022 NOP PHX @ NOP 103:118 26 15 4 0 0 32:37 49.00 52.25
22 Apr 2022 NOP PHX @ NOP 114:111 6 11 1 1 1 26:2 22.70 23.25
19 Apr 2022 NOP NOP @ PHX 125:114 10 13 3 1 0 26:2 29.10 32.25
17 Apr 2022 NOP NOP @ PHX 99:110 18 25 3 0 0 30:35 51.50 54.75
15 Apr 2022 NOP NOP @ LAC 105:101 8 9 0 0 0 25:2 17.80 18.75
13 Apr 2022 NOP SAS @ NOP 103:113 22 14 3 1 2 36:26 49.30 50.00
9 Apr 2022 NOP NOP @ MEM 114:141 8 1 0 0 0 5:35 7.20 8.25
7 Apr 2022 NOP POR @ NOP 94:127 14 8 2 0 0 21:46 24.60 26.00

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: 6,800 6,500
FPPG: 29.94 30.50
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
ATL @ CLE Fri, 15 Apr 2022, 7:30PM ET N/a 28.10 N/a 30.25
CLE @ BRO Tue, 12 Apr 2022, 7:00PM ET N/a 37.90 N/a 36.75
MIL @ CLE Sun, 10 Apr 2022, 3:30PM ET N/a 20.00 N/a 18.50
CLE @ BRO Fri, 8 Apr 2022, 7:30PM ET N/a 28.80 N/a 28.50
CLE @ ORL Tue, 5 Apr 2022, 7:00PM ET N/a 18.80 N/a 20.50
PHI @ CLE Sun, 3 Apr 2022, 6:00PM ET N/a 33.10 N/a 34.25
CLE @ NYK Sat, 2 Apr 2022, 1:00PM ET N/a 39.20 N/a 40.00
CLE @ ATL Thu, 31 Mar 2022, 7:30PM ET N/a 23.50 N/a 21.75
DAL @ CLE Wed, 30 Mar 2022, 7:00PM ET N/a 43.20 N/a 46.00
ORL @ CLE Mon, 28 Mar 2022, 7:00PM ET N/a 29.40 N/a 28.75
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
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
15 Apr 2022 CLE ATL @ CLE 107:101 16 3 5 1 0 39:53 28.10 30.25
12 Apr 2022 CLE CLE @ BRO 108:115 12 7 7 3 0 40:0 37.90 36.75
10 Apr 2022 CLE MIL @ CLE 115:133 6 0 6 2 0 28:59 20.00 18.50
8 Apr 2022 CLE CLE @ BRO 107:118 16 4 4 0 1 33:35 28.80 28.50
5 Apr 2022 CLE CLE @ ORL 115:120 11 4 4 0 0 31:20 18.80 20.50
3 Apr 2022 CLE PHI @ CLE 112:108 18 3 7 1 0 37:30 33.10 34.25
2 Apr 2022 CLE CLE @ NYK 119:101 19 6 6 2 0 36:1 39.20 40.00
31 Mar 2022 CLE CLE @ ATL 107:131 9 5 1 2 1 24:21 23.50 21.75
30 Mar 2022 CLE DAL @ CLE 120:112 32 6 4 0 0 38:22 43.20 46.00
28 Mar 2022 CLE ORL @ CLE 101:107 8 7 6 1 1 32:51 29.40 28.75

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

Dallas Mavericks

Salary: 7,000 7,700
FPPG: 30.19 31.00
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
DAL @ GSW Thu, 26 May 2022, 9:00PM ET N/a 18.40 N/a 18.50
GSW @ DAL Tue, 24 May 2022, 9:00PM ET N/a 31.50 N/a 31.25
GSW @ DAL Sun, 22 May 2022, 9:00PM ET N/a 29.50 N/a 31.75
DAL @ GSW Fri, 20 May 2022, 9:00PM ET N/a 44.90 N/a 48.75
DAL @ GSW Wed, 18 May 2022, 9:00PM ET N/a 26.80 N/a 26.50
DAL @ PHX Sun, 15 May 2022, 8:00PM ET N/a 37.20 N/a 37.50
PHX @ DAL Thu, 12 May 2022, 9:30PM ET N/a 31.20 N/a 28.25
DAL @ PHX Tue, 10 May 2022, 10:00PM ET N/a 31.40 N/a 32.75
PHX @ DAL Sun, 8 May 2022, 3:30PM ET N/a 26.80 N/a 28.50
PHX @ DAL Fri, 6 May 2022, 9:30PM ET N/a 42.30 N/a 42.50
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
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
26 May 2022 DAL DAL @ GSW 110:120 10 2 4 0 0 30:9 18.40 18.50
24 May 2022 DAL GSW @ DAL 109:119 15 5 5 0 1 34:21 31.50 31.25
22 May 2022 DAL GSW @ DAL 109:100 20 5 3 0 0 36:35 29.50 31.75
20 May 2022 DAL DAL @ GSW 117:126 31 7 5 0 0 36:23 44.90 48.75
18 May 2022 DAL DAL @ GSW 87:112 14 4 4 1 0 31:43 26.80 26.50
15 May 2022 DAL DAL @ PHX 123:90 24 6 2 1 0 29:38 37.20 37.50
12 May 2022 DAL PHX @ DAL 86:113 18 1 2 3 0 35:19 31.20 28.25
10 May 2022 DAL DAL @ PHX 80:110 21 7 2 1 0 34:45 31.40 32.75
8 May 2022 DAL PHX @ DAL 101:111 18 4 4 0 0 37:37 26.80 28.50
6 May 2022 DAL PHX @ DAL 94:103 28 4 5 1 0 36:22 42.30 42.50