Daily Fantasy Rundown – January 2 NBA DFS Picks and Analysis
Welcome to Saturday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “dinkpiece”, “leonem” and “TheNumbersGuy”. Each day throughout the NBA season our daily NBA scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. Our goal is to bring analysis that will help you build rosters that put you in position to win consistently over the long term.
*Any time a player’s salary is reference as a discount or premium, it is relative to the average cost of a roster spot.
**Usage/Assist/Rebounding Rates courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
Slate Note: We’ve noted this in the past but Saturday slates usually come with a lot of late breaking information, some often beyond the initial lock time. The reason for this is a condensed NBA schedule where many teams play on Wednesday, Friday, and then Saturday. This week is a little unusual with the holiday but we still have a ton of key outstanding injury information and much of it is in the late games. If you play primarily on early lock sites, this is a good day to shift some exposure to tournaments over cash games and take some chances on news. It’s also not a bad day to lower overall exposure with the uncertainty.
Point Guard – Our featured site for the point guard position is FanDuel
Russell Westbrook (OKC)/Stephen Curry (GS) – Curry is listed as questionable and if we don’t have news on an early lock site like FanDuel, you simply can’t take the chance. We’ve listed him alongside Westbrook because the two project similarly but you can’t treat them similarly tonight. Westbrook is far safer and if paying all the way up at point guard, Westbrook represents the clear cut best option. The Thunder are on the road but they have the second highest team total on the slate (108.5 points). The matchup with Charlotte is neutral on paper (12th in defensive efficiency against point guards) but they yield the eighth most points per possession to pick-and-roll ball handlers. Westbrook is priced appropriately around the industry but even with his hefty $11,000 salary on FanDuel our value threshold of 50 FanDuel points is pretty attainable. Point guard is very messy today with no clear values so on softer pricing sites it may make more sense to take that approach. Westbrook projects as our top overall scorer on this slate.