The NBA scene changes on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.
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We'll be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each position.
Donovan Mitchell, PG/SG, (FanDuel Salary: $8,300) - Mitchell has a stellar matchup tonight against the Sacramento Kings, a team allowing the most FanDuel points per game to two-guards (45.55). The Utah Jazz are 6.5-point road favorites, so the blowout risk isn't too bad, and Utah's 115.50-point implied total is the second-highest on the slate. Both of these teams rank in the top 10 in pace. Mitchell has posted 47.2, 47.0 and 46.1 FanDuel points in his last three non-blowout games.
De'Aaron Fox, PG, $7,600 - If you're playing Mitchell and banking on the Kings to keep it competitive, you can use Fox, as well, since he will likely have something to do with Sacramento keeping it close. The matchup with the Jazz is a tough one, but at least Utah checks in seventh in pace. Fox had a dud last time out in a blowout loss, but prior to that game, he'd seen at least 33 minutes in six straight and owns a team-best 27.3% usage rate over the last three. Our model projects Fox for 38.3 FanDuel points, which is good for 5.04 per $1,000.
Terry Rozier, PG/SG, $6,100 - Rozier is a standout play, per our projections, as of early Saturday. The Charlotte Hornets' clash with the Atlanta Hawks looks like the DFS game of the night as it boasts a 6.0-point spread (in the Hawks' favor) and slate-high 226.0-point total. the Hawks are ninth in pace while the Hornets play at the sixth-fastest pace. Atlanta has permitted the fifth-most FanDuel points per game to shooting guards (42.03). Rozier has seen at least 32 minutes in Charlotte's last three non-blowouts, and he holds a decent 22.5% usage rate over the last five. We project him for 32.6 FanDuel points (5.34 per $1,000) and rate him as one of the premier point-per-dollar plays at either guard spot.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, $11,500 - Giannis has been insane in his last two games, producing 64.3 and 67.3 FanDuel points. He should bully the Orlando Magic tonight. Blowout risk is a legit concern as the Milwaukee Bucks are 11.0-point favorites. But if Orlando can keep it close enough to force Giannis to play into the fourth quarter, he could give us another ceiling game. Orlando is fifth-worst in defensive efficiency and gives up the fifth-most FanDuel points per game to power forwards (48.23).
Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, $8,500 - Sabonis' last two games have been putrid. He flopped with 27.7 FanDuel points in a dope matchup with the Detroit Pistons earlier this week and then busted last night with 18.7 FanDuel points while getting only 22 minutes in a loss to Charlotte. I'm hoping that scares people away, because I like him a lot tonight versus a New Orleans Pelicans squad that is last in defensive efficiency. Indiana's 111.0-point implied total is an enticing number, and our algorithm forecasts Sabonis 42.4 FanDuel points (4.99 per $1,000).
Tobias Harris, SF/PF, $7,500 - Harris continues to be a solid option while the Philadelphia 76ers are short-handed. He leads Philly with a 28.3% usage rate over the past five, which is 5.2 percentage points clear of anyone else on the Sixers. He needs to amass 37.5 FanDuel points tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers to hit 5.0 points per $1,000, and Harris is averaging 36.9 FanDuel points per night for the campaign, including 36.8 over the last four. At a projection of 39.3 FanDuel points, Harris once again makes a lot of sense as a mid-range play.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, $8,000 - Valanciunas rates out as one of the slate's best plays, per our model. He's up against the Pacers and is coming off a game of 46.6 FanDuel points against the Los Angeles Clippers last time out. We project him for a similar showing in this one, pegging him to score 44.8 FanDuel points -- which amounts to a sparkling 5.60 per $1,000. JV has logged 37 and 38 minutes in two of his past three games.
Clint Capela, C, $7,000 - Capela is another center our model is really into. I haven't dug into the Hawks' side of the fantasy-friendly game between Charlotte and Atlanta, but Capela is my favorite way to get exposure to them. The Hornets have struggled against the five spot, surrendering the fifth-most FanDuel points per game to centers (57.29). Capela went nuts in a 57.7-point explosion two games ago, but even if you remove that outlier, Capela has averaged 35.4 FanDuel points per game over his previous four contests, which puts him right at 5.0 per $1,000 at this salary. We project Capela for 39.4 FanDuel points (5.63 per $1,000).