For those of you that don’t remember, I took a look at a unique Super Bowl NFL DFS contest on FanDuel a couple of weeks ago. I delivered a stud MVP play in Tom Brady (2x the points) and one of the best sleepers in Corey Clement.
I get the chance to do something similar, as FanDuel is again offering a fun one-game contest in an effort to take advantage of the 2018 NBA All-Star game. I wouldn’t go too hard at this game due to the volatility associated with it, but it should make Sunday’s shootout more fun and if things break right, you might win a bunch of money.
With that, let’s look over the roster set-up and my favorite NBA DFS picks for GPPs:
MVP (1.5x points): Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder ($14.5k)
I’m not getting cute with the MVP spot. Russell Westbrook has literally won the All-Star game MVP in two of the last three years and last season put up 41 points as a reserve. The dude puts up shots no matter what and everyone knows he’s as good of a stat-stuffer as it gets.
I hope LeBron James is a trendy play here, but I like Westbrook’s upside more in this game and he’s my favorite pick for the MVP spot, which almost doubles his production.
G: Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors ($8.5k)
I think I have the best guard available already, so I’m openly “wasting” this G slot in an effort to stack up the rest of this roster. I still think Lowry can put up some points, though, as he notched a double-double (10 dimes) two years ago and still put up 19 points off the bench last year.
Stephen Curry is probably the only other guard I feel like I “have” to roster, but you’ll see why I’m taking on the risk with Lowry in a second.
F: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($13.5k)
The Brow won the MVP and absolutely shredded last year, so he’s a strong candidate to again deliver a huge line. I think his performance last year had a lot to do with the All-Star game being in New Orleans, but like Russ, he’s still an elite stat machine that I am always going to gravitate toward.
The Brow is starting for Team LeBron and should see plenty of court time due to his status, as well as the fact that Team Steph has a few bigs they’ll run out onto the floor. The big thing here is The Brow can do a lot in a short amount of time and I’m banking on him being pretty busy.
UTIL: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($14k)
I want guys that can shoot, rebound and rack up all kinds of stats. Lowry is probably my only real weak point, but he at least can shoot and hopefully can rack up some dimes. Giannis isn’t the greatest shooter, but he’s certainly capable of getting hot from long range and gets you literally everything else you could want in daily fantasy basketball.
Everyone saw just how explosive The Greek Freak can be in last year’s All-Star game, when he handed in a nasty 30-6-3-3 line. Giannis is one of the best players in the world at getting easy buckets and he can luck his way into a litany of peripherals, as well.
UTIL: Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves ($9.5k)
My elite trio of Russ, The Brow and The Greek Freak could be popular, but these guys are regular dynamos in the NBA DFS scene and they absolutely could all wreck in this game. To make this roster happen, I’ll need Lowry (or you can pivot to Goran Dragic or Kemba Walker) and I also like KAT to close things out.
If you are fine with what I’m doing at the guard spot, perhaps guys like Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard will interest you here. I’m more into guys who can easily rack up rebounds and other stats, in addition to scoring. Towns is usually going to be the better play over those other options, so I won’t change course just because it’s an All-Star game.
Towns might go overlooked here, but he’ll be needed due to The Brow and Andre Drummond taking the court for Team LeBron. I think he gets solid run, regardless, and considering this is his first All-Star game appearance, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him blow up a bit. I’ll just have to hope he doesn’t get the short end of the stick when it comes to the minutes game. If Joel Embiid is at all limited in this contest, though, KAT could easily be a stud sleeper play.
Overall, I’m looking at elite value here. I do admit Lowry and Walker could probably be flipped depending on how you look at things, but Lowry seems a bit more reliable in this setting. This is my personal approach to the daily fantasy scene for this game, but like everyone else, this is also my first crack at it.
Feel free to offer your thoughts on my picks, your own picks or ask any questions in the comments below. Regardless of your strategy, I wish you luck on Sunday and enjoy the game!