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:

NOP @ MIL

Time:

Sun, 29th Jan, 08:00PM ET

Odds:

NOP +9.5 / O/U 233.5

C

Jonas Valanciunas

New Orleans Pelicans

Salary: 7,200 7,100
FPPG: 29.10 30.90
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
WAS @ NOP Sat, 28 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 7,400 1.60 7,200 2.75
MIN @ NOP Wed, 25 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 7,500 30.40 7,300 33.00
DEN @ NOP Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 7,500 25.80 6,900 26.75
NOP @ MIA Sun, 22 Jan 2023, 3:30PM ET 7,700 35.70 7,000 38.00
NOP @ ORL Fri, 20 Jan 2023, 7:00PM ET 7,700 36.50 6,800 38.00
MIA @ NOP Wed, 18 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 7,700 26.00 6,900 30.00
NOP @ CLE Mon, 16 Jan 2023, 3:00PM ET 7,400 39.60 N/a 43.25
NOP @ DET Fri, 13 Jan 2023, 7:00PM ET 7,300 55.70 N/a 59.50
NOP @ BOS Wed, 11 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 7,200 18.80 6,600 20.50
NOP @ WAS Mon, 9 Jan 2023, 7:00PM ET 6,900 39.90 6,600 43.50
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG NOP 14.5 9.8 1.6 0.3 0.5 24.8
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 Jan 2023 NOP WAS @ NOP 113:103 0 3 0 0 0 8:46 1.60 2.75
25 Jan 2023 NOP MIN @ NOP 111:102 15 12 0 0 1 28:41 30.40 33.00
24 Jan 2023 NOP DEN @ NOP 99:98 14 9 0 0 1 18:2 25.80 26.75
22 Jan 2023 NOP NOP @ MIA 96:100 14 16 1 0 1 24:52 35.70 38.00
20 Jan 2023 NOP NOP @ ORL 110:123 20 10 1 0 1 28:4 36.50 38.00
18 Jan 2023 NOP MIA @ NOP 124:98 18 10 0 0 0 25:0 26.00 30.00
16 Jan 2023 NOP NOP @ CLE 103:113 22 13 2 0 1 34:58 39.60 43.25
13 Jan 2023 NOP NOP @ DET 116:110 33 16 3 0 1 29:51 55.70 59.50
11 Jan 2023 NOP NOP @ BOS 114:125 13 4 2 0 0 23:23 18.80 20.50
9 Jan 2023 NOP NOP @ WAS 132:112 27 12 1 0 0 28:15 39.90 43.50

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:

LAC @ CLE

Time:

Sun, 29th Jan, 07:00PM ET

Odds:

CLE -10.0 / O/U 214.0

SG

Caris LeVert

Cleveland Cavaliers

Salary: 5,500 5,500
FPPG: 24.23 25.10
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
CLE @ OKL Fri, 27 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 5,400 18.10 5,200 18.75
CLE @ HOU Thu, 26 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 5,500 25.70 5,600 25.25
CLE @ NYK Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 5,700 14.90 5,700 16.50
MIL @ CLE Sat, 21 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 5,600 29.10 5,300 30.25
GSW @ CLE Fri, 20 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 5,600 36.00 5,400 37.75
CLE @ MEM Wed, 18 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 5,200 38.80 5,100 41.00
NOP @ CLE Mon, 16 Jan 2023, 3:00PM ET 5,700 9.00 N/a 10.00
CLE @ MIN Sat, 14 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 5,800 22.30 N/a 22.50
CLE @ POR Thu, 12 Jan 2023, 10:00PM ET 6,100 11.30 5,700 12.50
CLE @ UTA Tue, 10 Jan 2023, 9:00PM ET 6,300 24.00 5,800 23.75
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG CLE 12.4 3.9 3.8 0.8 0.2 31.1
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
27 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ OKL 100:112 2 3 9 0 0 37:46 18.10 18.75
26 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ HOU 113:95 12 1 5 2 0 31:49 25.70 25.25
24 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ NYK 103:105 9 2 3 0 0 20:49 14.90 16.50
21 Jan 2023 CLE MIL @ CLE 102:114 13 3 7 1 0 28:33 29.10 30.25
20 Jan 2023 CLE GSW @ CLE 120:114 22 5 2 1 2 31:8 36.00 37.75
18 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ MEM 114:115 23 4 6 1 1 41:30 38.80 41.00
16 Jan 2023 CLE NOP @ CLE 103:113 8 0 2 0 0 15:17 9.00 10.00
14 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ MIN 102:110 12 4 3 1 0 31:13 22.30 22.50
12 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ POR 119:113 4 4 3 0 0 30:31 11.30 12.50
10 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ UTA 114:116 12 5 2 0 1 36:50 24.00 23.75

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.

Next game:

Time:

Odds:

PG

Jalen Brunson

New York Knicks

Salary: 7,900 8,100
FPPG: 37.64 38.70
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
NYK @ BRO Sat, 28 Jan 2023, 5:30PM ET 7,900 37.60 8,100 37.25
NYK @ BOS Thu, 26 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 7,900 49.30 8,000 49.00
CLE @ NYK Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 8,400 24.40 8,000 24.50
NYK @ TOR Sun, 22 Jan 2023, 6:00PM ET 8,600 29.70 N/a 32.25
NYK @ ATL Fri, 20 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 8,600 44.50 8,600 41.50
WAS @ NYK Wed, 18 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 8,600 46.60 8,500 46.25
TOR @ NYK Mon, 16 Jan 2023, 3:00PM ET 8,900 36.40 N/a 38.75
NYK @ DET Sun, 15 Jan 2023, 1:00PM ET 8,700 44.00 N/a 43.75
NYK @ WAS Fri, 13 Jan 2023, 7:00PM ET 8,500 60.60 N/a 61.00
IND @ NYK Wed, 11 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 8,300 42.60 8,200 44.75
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG NYK 22.5 3.5 6.2 1.0 0.3 34.4
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
28 Jan 2023 NYK NYK @ BRO 115:122 26 3 4 1 0 37:13 37.60 37.25
26 Jan 2023 NYK NYK @ BOS 120:117 29 4 7 0 2 40:21 49.30 49.00
24 Jan 2023 NYK CLE @ NYK 103:105 14 2 4 1 0 35:37 24.40 24.50
22 Jan 2023 NYK NYK @ TOR 116:125 21 1 5 1 0 37:41 29.70 32.25
20 Jan 2023 NYK NYK @ ATL 124:139 19 0 9 2 3 36:23 44.50 41.50
18 Jan 2023 NYK WAS @ NYK 116:105 32 3 4 2 0 37:54 46.60 46.25
16 Jan 2023 NYK TOR @ NYK 123:121 26 7 2 0 1 43:18 36.40 38.75
15 Jan 2023 NYK NYK @ DET 117:104 27 5 4 1 1 42:12 44.00 43.75
13 Jan 2023 NYK NYK @ WAS 112:108 34 8 8 1 1 40:23 60.60 61.00
11 Jan 2023 NYK IND @ NYK 113:119 34 3 4 0 0 41:37 42.60 44.75