NBA DFS Plays for Monday, 2/10: King James
After a wild week with numerous trades and injuries, we’re finally starting to settle down with these new-look rosters. That allowed us to have a big night on Friday, recommending guys like Reggie Jackson, Mike Conley, Tim Hardaway Jr, Serge Ibaka, and Enes Kanter. All of these trades have opened up a ton of value, so, let’s go ahead and get into our 2/10 NBA DFS plays of the day!
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2/10 NBA DFS Point Guards
Fred VanVleet, TOR vs. MIN
DK ($7,600) FD ($6,700)
With Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell all out, FVV should be in for a monster role. In the 12 games without Lowry this season, VanVleet has scored at least 34 fantasy points in all but one of them while averaging 41.4 DraftKings points per outing. What’s more, is the fact that he owns a 28.2 percent usage rate with this current roster, second behind only Pascal Siakam. That’s stellar news against a Minnesota team who ranks 27th in defensive efficiency and now has a defensively inept D’Angelo Russell at PG.
Reggie Jackson, DET vs. CHA
DK ($6,600) FD ($5,900)
Jackson has become a fixture in these articles and he’s going to remain in them until he’s above $7,000. Injuries to Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, and Luke Kennard have really opened things up for R-Jax and the trade of Andre Drummond only adds to his value. That has forced Jackson into a 29 percent usage rate which obviously leads the team. A usage like that has led to him scoring at least 33 DraftKings points in four of his last five games while averaging over 30 fantasy points per game for the season. Getting to face a 28th ranked Hornets defense is simply the icing on the cake.
2/10 NBA DFS Shooting Guards
Kendrick Nunn, MIA at GS
DK ($6,000) FD ($4,600)
With Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Meyers Leonard all missing this game, Nunn should be one of the primary ball-handlers. In the seven games without Butler this season, Nunn is averaging 31.1 DraftKings points per game. That’s a huge total from someone priced so reasonably and it’s scary to think how big his usage could be with all of these other guys out too. The matchup only adds to his intrigue, with Golden State owning a 26th OPRK against opposing shooting guards this season. Don’t forget about Goran Dragic in an expanded role as well.
Terence Davis, TOR vs. MIN
DK ($4,800) FD ($4,400)
With all of the injuries mentioned in the FVV write-up, Davis has found himself in a nice role. In fact, it appears that he’s usurped OG Anunoby in terms of usage. Amazingly, the rookie has scored at least 32 fantasy points in three of his last four games. That’s unbelievable production from someone priced so affordably and it’s clear that he’s a stud in the making. It’s also hard to overlook the fact that he faces a 27th-ranked T’Wolves defense as well.
2/10 NBA DFS Small Forwards
LeBron James, LAL vs. PHX
DK ($10,900) FD ($10,500)
I really had a hard time picking some small forwards on this slate, so, let’s go with one of the most reliable players in the league. King James is just that, scoring at least 42 DK points in 41-straight fixtures. That’s an unbelievable run of consistency and its really no surprise when you see that he’s averaging 55 fantasy points per game for the season as well. When you’re unsure of who to pick, riding a consistency monster like this is your best alternative. Facing a 20th-ranked Suns defense is simply a bonus, with LBJ averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 11.5 assists in two games against them this season.
Aaron Gordon, ORL vs. ATL
DK ($6,400) FD ($6,300)
Gordon is quietly having a nice stretch for the Magic and it’s clear that his value is much higher with Jonathan Isaac off the floor. That’s really shown recently, with AG averaging 36.8 DK points per game across his last five fixtures. It looks even less surprising when you see that he’s scored at least 24 fantasy points in 16 of his last 18 games in total. What we really love is this matchup though, with Atlanta sitting 29th in points allowed and 28th in defensive efficiency.
2/10 NBA DFS Power Forwards
Christian Wood, DET vs CHA
DK ($7,200) FD ($8,100)
With Drummond shipped off and Griffin injured, Wood is the go-to guy in this frontcourt right now. In the two games since that trade, Wood is averaging 43.5 DraftKings points across 36 minutes a game. That’s the per-minute monster we’ve seen all year and he’s essentially turned into Drummond in his absence. The biggest reason we like him today is the matchup though, with the Hornets surrendering the most fantasy points in the league to opposing centers this season which is where Wood will play most of his minutes.
Marquese Chriss, GS vs. MIA
DK ($5,800) FD ($5,800)
The Warriors sent away Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Omari Spellman, and Alec Burks off at the trade deadline and it’s opened up the door for Chriss to have a monster role. In the first game without those guys, Chriss dropped 47.3 fantasy points in the game of his career against an elite Lakers defense. That extended a streak in which he scored at least 22 DraftKings points in nine-straight, doing that damage with all of those guys on the roster. The simple fact is, Chriss is one of the only guys left and that should make him a double-double threat every night and a near guarantee to play 30-plus minutes on a nightly basis.
2/10 NBA DFS Centers
Bam Adebayo, MIA at GS
DK ($8,200) FD ($8,500)
Adebayo was in this article a ton at the beginning of the season when these DFS sites didn’t know how to price this beast and they’ve finally gotten his price to a point where it belongs. What we really love about him is his floor, scoring at least 33 fantasy points in 16 of his last 18 games while scoring 40-plus in six of his last seven. That’s really no surprise when you see all the aforementioned injuries in the Nunn write-up and he’s actually become a focal point of this offense with so many players out. The best part about all of this is the matchup though, with Golden State sitting 25th in defensive efficiency.
Myles Turner, IND vs. BRK
DK ($5,100) FD ($5,800)
Honestly, this DraftKings price on Turner is just too cheap. While he’s struggled all year, anyone averaging 27 fantasy points per game should not be priced this affordably. This is a guy who’s shown 40 and 50-point potential in the past and that makes him really hard to fade in this price range. The matchup makes us believe that he can surpass that average, facing a Nets team that surrenders the most fantasy points in the league to opposing centers according to FanDuel.
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