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1/21 NBA DFS: Fire up this Piston

1/21 NBA DFS: Fire up this Piston
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – January 21 NBA DFS Picks and Analysis

Welcome to Thursday’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: While we have five games tonight, we’d treat this like a small slate and scale back cash game exposure (or taking the night off entirely) while taking some more aggressive shots at tournaments. The Spurs, in particular, are a fun team to target in tournaments. On the front end of a back-to-back without Tony Parker and against a hapless Suns team, we could see the Spurs rest players tonight or at the very least provide extended minutes to some reserves. With most of the reserves hovering at the bare minimum, you can use a Spurs player as a punt to fill out a tournament lineup and have some more exposure to the studs on this slate.

Point Guard – Our featured site for the point guard position is FanDuel

Top Play:

Chris Paul (LAC) – Paul projects as the top scorer at the point guard position, but someone we feel is largely unnecessary in cash games. Paul’s price point has adjusted to his role without Blake Griffin and he gets a below average matchup against a good Cleveland defense that ranks 11th in defensive efficiency against point guards and fifth in overall defensive efficiency. The depth at the point guard position coupled with the elite options at other positions that are very thin, make it difficult to justify Paul in cash games. He’s a more reasonable target in tournaments.

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