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NBA DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Tues., Jan. 17

After a robust recreation in opposition to the 76ers earlier this season, Kawhi Leonard is a participant to observe in opposition to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

That Monday card was mayhem. I am an evening owl, so I did not play a lot yesterday. In any case, I nonetheless made some lineups and had blended outcomes. The performs in yesterday’s article did rather well, although, and the method continues to be on level. With that mentioned, we solely have 4 video games on this Tuesday card so let’s get began.

Harm Report

As of 10:30 a.m. ET –

  • Kevin Durant (knee) OUT
  • Devin Vassell (knee) OUT
  • Jamal Murray (ankle) Seemingly
  • Paul George (hamstring) Questionable
  • John Wall (abs) OUT

Core Performs

Joel Embiid (PF/C – PHI): $11,300 DraftKings, $11,600 FanDuel
Not sufficient individuals are speaking about Embiid within the MVP race. The large man is second within the NBA in scoring, averaging over 57 DraftKings factors per recreation. His current type is much more ridiculous, averaging 61 DK factors per recreation throughout his final 24 outings. He is additionally established a 46-point flooring in that span and should not have any points reaching 60-plus in opposition to a Clippers workforce that owns a twentieth OPRK in opposition to opposing facilities.

Damian Lillard (PG–POR): $9,500 DraftKings, $9,900 FanDuel
It is unusual to see Lillard sitting beneath $10K on each websites. The sharpshooter has scored no less than 55 fantasy factors in 4 of his final 5 video games, producing a 57-point common in that span. That is absurd from a four-figure participant, particularly since Denver permits the fifth-most fantasy factors to opposing level guards. Of their three matchups this yr, Lillard is averaging over 61 DraftKings factors per recreation!

Money Recreation Consideratiso

Nikola Jokic (C–DEN): $12,000 DraftKings, $11,500 FanDuel
The Joker is the frontrunner for MVP but once more, which might mark his third straight award. That is an unprecedented mark, with Jokic averaging over 60 fantasy factors per recreation in that three-year span. He is actually turned it on lately, scoring no less than 51 DK factors in 23 of his final 26 video games. He is additionally scored over 80 fantasy factors in a handful of these, and he is merely the most secure play on each slate. To not point out, he is bought 60 DK factors in back-to-back video games in opposition to Portland.

Kyrie Irving (PG–BKN): $9,900 DraftKings, $9,300 FanDuel
Irving will probably be robust to fade so long as Durant stays out. With Durant off the ground this yr, Kyrie posts a 36% utilization fee whereas averaging 1.5 DK factors per minute. That is enormous if you have a look at his current type, scoring no less than 35 fantasy factors in 18 straight video games. Irving can be flirting with a 50-point common in that span, and we genuinely imagine that’ll be his flooring so long as Durant is sidelined. The matchup is the icing on the cake, with the Spurs sitting final in factors allowed and defensive effectivity.

Kawhi Leonard (SF/PF – LAC): $10,300 DraftKings, $9,400 FanDuel
It was a slower begin for the previous Finals MVP, however Kawhi seems to be again to regular now. He has scored no less than 37 DraftKings factors in 11 of his final 13 video games, posting a 43-point common in that span. Extra importantly, he is taking part in roughly 35 minutes whereas working the offense within the absence of Paul George. The 76ers is usually a horrifying matchup for many, however Kawhi collected 28 factors, three rebounds, and 5 assists in that matchup simply three weeks in the past.

GPP Targets

Ben Simmons (PG/SF – BKN): $5,900 DraftKings, $6,900 FanDuel
Simmons is not scoring many uncooked factors, however this man continues to be a fantasy asset. The stat-stuffing guard has scored no less than 28 DraftKings factors in 19 of 31 video games this season, averaging 37 DK factors per recreation in these outings. We love that since he is being requested to do extra with Durant out, scoring 35 DK factors in two of his final three video games. Dealing with the Spurs is sensational, too, surrendering essentially the most fantasy factors to their opponents.

Michael Porter Jr. (SF/PF – DEN): $5,400 DraftKings, $6,100 FanDuel
Porter has been inconsistent at instances this season, however seeing him sit round $6K on each websites is unusual. This teenager has performed at an $8K degree at instances all through his profession, scoring no less than 26 fantasy factors in 4 of his final 5 video games. That is proper on par together with his 28-point common for the yr, and that is actually all you possibly can hope for from a participant on this worth vary. He is additionally had success in opposition to Portland this yr, averaging 29 DK factors per recreation throughout simply 26 minutes an evening of their two matchups.

Worth Performs

Nic Claxton (C–BKN): $7,200 DraftKings, $7,200 FanDuel
Claxton has been the most effective facilities within the NBA this season. The large man has scored no less than 29 DraftKings factors in eight of his final 10 video games, totaling a 38-point common in that span. That is no shock since he is taken on extra accountability within the absence of Durant, producing a 39-point common since Durant went down. All of that makes him robust to fade in opposition to the Spurs.

Jusuf Nurkic (C – POR): $7,600 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel
Nurkic has been rolling lately. The Bosnian has no less than 25 DK factors in 26 of his final 27 video games, with the outlier being his first recreation again from an damage. He is additionally averaging 40 fantasy factors per recreation in these different 26 outings, getting into this matchup scoring 31 or extra fantasy factors in seven straight outings. Dealing with Denver is dandy, too, with the Nuggets ranked twenty third in defensive effectivity scores. Of their three matchups this season, Nurkic scored 38 DK factors per recreation.

OG Anunoby (SG/SF – TOR): $7,100 DraftKings, $7,000 FanDuel
Anunoby is taking part in the third-most minutes within the NBA, taking part in practically 40 minutes a recreation. That is established an elite flooring for OG, scoring no less than 31 fantasy factors in eight of his final 9 video games. Anunoby can be averaging 35 fantasy factors per recreation for the season, and it is laborious to grasp why he is remained so reasonably priced all season. A matchup with Milwaukee seems to be robust, however Anuniby has no less than 33 DK factors in three straight video games in opposition to them, taking part in practically 42 minutes an evening!

Advantageous Pricing

  • Kawhi Leonard (SF/PF – LAC): $10,300 DraftKings, $9,400 FanDuel
  • Ben Simmons (PG/SF – BKN): $5,900 DraftKings, $6,900 FanDuel
  • Treasured Achiuwa (PF/C – PHI): $3,300 DraftKings, $4,600 FanDuel
  • Keldon Johnson (SF/PF – SAS): $7,400 DraftKings, $6,600 FanDuel
  • Josh Richardson (SG/SF – SAS): $4,500 DraftKings, $5,800 FanDuel


Joel Bartilotta is a featured author at FantasyPros. For extra from Joel, try his archive and observe him @Bartilottajoel.


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