NBA DFS Saturday 1.5.19

4 Jan 2019 - 11:44pm | DFS_Tom | Updated: 4 Jan 2019 - 11:44pm | Likes: 35 Like 

NBA DFS Saturday 1.5.19

We have a seven-game slate tonight where we should be in for plenty of high scoring games, which is perfect for DFS. There are a ton of high-priced players on the slate tonight, so let’s look at some cheaper options, which should allow you the salary relief to jam in those top studs.

Fred VanVleet, Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

The Raptors announced yesterday that Kyle Lowry is doubtful for tonight’s game, which means VanVleet will be drawing the start as usual in this scenario. He comes in under $6K on both sites tonight and should be locked in for about 30 minutes, which is what he’s been averaging in the five games Lowry has missed. It’s a bit of a tougher matchup versus the Bucks who are only giving up 42 DraftKings points per game to point guards, which is fourth lowest in the league. He really only needs about 27 fantasy points to pay off 5x value, which is something he should be able to do in those 30 minutes.

Jordan Clarkson, Shooting Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers

Clarkson is another player who is cheap and in a good spot, since he is up against the Pelicans, who are giving up 41 fantasy points per game to shooting guards, which is 11th worst in the league. Clarkson comes in with a 30% usage rate, along with producing 1.00 fantasy points per minute. Generally, his game on the court isn’t too much to get excited about, but this spot seems too good to pass up. We have an over-under sitting at 222 points tonight, which is one of the highest ones on the slate, so the fantasy points will be flowing on both sides.

Nemanja Bjelica, Small Forward, Sacramento Kings

Bjelica is under $6K on DraftKings, while over $6K on FanDuel, which puts him in the middle overall. We have a massive, massive over-under in this Kings versus Warriors game, up at 238 points, which is simply amazing. There could be a good amount of ownership on this game since the total is just too good to pass up, but boy oh boy, should you want there players in your lineups. Bjelica has 29 fantasy points or more in four of his last five games, which comes from over one fantasy point per minute in three of those games. Love the production from him, especially from the other stat categories, which makes him all the more interesting on DraftKings tonight.

PJ Tucker, Power Forward, Houston Rockets

Listen, Tucker clearly isn’t the best players in the league, but he is very cheap tonight and is playing over 34 minutes in each of his last 11 games. That is something we HAVE to pay attention to, even if he is only producing 0.57 fantasy points per minute this season. You are basically punting with him in a sense to allow your lineups to have the salary for a Durant or Harden type player. He is up against the Trail Blazers where the over-under is set at 216 points and sees the Trail Blazers giving up 49 fantasy points per game to power forwards this season.

Greg Monroe, Center, Toronto Raptors

If you are playing on FanDuel tonight and are looking for a player who can either go off or will be the score which is dropped from your lineup, Monroe might be that guy tonight. He has produced over one fantasy point per minute in each of his last two games but hasn’t played more than 20 minutes in either of those games. The new roster format on FanDuel allows you to take risks like this since Monroe is minimum salary and will allow you to spend up at multiple other spots. He is the same price on DraftKings but doesn’t offer the same type of value to your roster overall. 

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