4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA FanDuel Lineup (1/6/20)

Welcome back, everyone. After a wild weekend of NFL playoff action, we have a nine-game NBA slate tonight.

Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA FanDuel lineup for tonight’s main slate.

As always, keep an eye out for news throughout the day, and feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions.

 

Top Play

 

Nikola Vucevic (C, $8,500)

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic projects as a tremendous option on tonight’s slate at $8,500 on FanDuel. Since Jonathan Isaac’s injury on January 1, Vucevic has stepped up his game with 44+ points in tough matchups against the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz.

Tonight, the Magic have a friendly matchup at home against the Brooklyn Nets. This season, the Nets are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to centers. They also rank tenth in the league in pace, which will allow Vucevic to see more possessions. Brooklyn has two centers that generally split playing time in Jarret Allen and DeAndre Jordan, and their presences will further secure low to mid-30s minutes for Vucevic tonight.

Despite notching double-doubles in three straight games, Vucevic’s price has only risen $100 since Isaac’s injury. Although he will likely be popular, Vucevic is a high-floor play with upside at a discounted salary tonight.

 

GPP Play

 

De’Aaron Fox (PG, $7,700)

Since returning from a back injury on New Year’s Eve, De’Aaron Fox has had an up-and-down, four-game stretch. After two games below 35 FanDuel fantasy points against tough opponents in the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, Fox exploded for 65.3 FanDuel fantasy points in a matchup against Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. He came back down to earth, however, with 28.1 FanDuel fantasy points in his most recent game.

Tonight, Fox has a matchup against the Golden State Warriors. This season, the Warriors are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points in the league to opposing point guards. The Kings also have an implied team total of 113, which is 7.1 points higher than their season average.

He will not project as one of the best point-per-dollar values on tonight’s slate, and game-log watchers could be scared away after his last game. These factors combined with his matchup make Fox a solid GPP option tonight.

 

Value Plays

 

Thaddeus Young (PF, $4,200)

Thaddeus Young will receive a significant increase in playing time tonight with power forward Lauri Markkanen listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. This season, Young has essentially been Markkanen’s direct backup. In the Chicago Bulls’ recent game against the Utah Jazz, the pair subbed in for each other in each rotation and did not share any time on the court.

This season, Young is averaging 0.91 FanDuel fantasy points per minute with Markkanen off the court. He has shown flashes of upside when given extended minutes. On December 11, against the Atlanta Hawks, Young played 32 minutes, scoring 41.8 FanDuel fantasy points.

Tonight, Young should see at minimum low-30 minutes, making him a standout play on FanDuel. He will also allow fantasy owners to spend up on some of the high-priced stars on tonight’s slate.

 

Marcus Smart (SG, $4,900)

Always, target teams that are playing the Washington Wizards. Tonight is no different, as shooting guard Marcus Smart is underpriced for his expected role.

Tonight, Celtics’ points guard Kemba Walker will miss his third straight game with an illness. This season, Walker is averaging a 28.5% usage rate and 26.1% assist percentage in 32 minutes per game. With Walker off the court this season, Smart sees the highest fantasy point increase on the team at 0.17 FanDuel fantasy points per minute.

Despite a poor performance last game against the Chicago Bulls, fantasy owners have seen what Smart can do with an expanded role this season. Two games ago, Smart erupted for 49.7 FanDuel fantasy points in a win against the Atlanta Hawks. A pace-up spot against the worst defense in the league would be appealing even if Smart was priced efficiently. With Walker out, Smart is drastically underpriced for his expected 30-34 minutes.

The GIF below accurately depicts the Wizards’ defense this season.