Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday, where you’re eagerly awaiting today’s…daily fantasy basketball slate? I know, it feels odd, but with all of today’s NBA games coming well before the Eagles and Patriots face off, the two actually won’t overlap.
That means you can enjoy both and do so separately. Time is running out for you to piece together a team at FanDuel, as the first set of NBA contests tip off at 12:00 pm CT. I don’t always put up weekend NBA DFS picks and I’m a bit crammed for time on this specific day, but I thought I’d quickly run through each main position and give you my favorite play.
This is a condensed version of my daily fantasy basketball picks, but hopefully it’ll help point you in the right direction. Let’s dive in:
PG: Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors ($7k)
Lowry is simply too cheap. Everyone will flock to Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard ($8.1k) is also an amazing price, but Lowry is ridiculously cheap today. I know he hasn’t been amazing lately, but he’s still an elite talent and he faces a banged up Memphis team.
The Grizz are not the same defensive monster without Mike Conley on the floor and these days they’re holding out Tyreke Evans due to trade rumors. Lowry went off two games ago (52 fantasy points) and for all of his faults, has safely topped 30 fantasy points in each of his last four contests.
The floor is lower than usual, but at this price, you shouldn’t be too bashful about rostering Lowry.
If you’re not interested in Lowry, just step up to Thrillard. Personally, I’m fading Russ and pairing the two.
SG: C.J. McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers ($6.5k)
Portland players are severely priced down due to what normally would be a tough road tilt against the Boston Celtics. However, with both Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart out for this game, I think Boston’s defense takes a considerable hit up front.
McCollum went nuts two games ago and regardless of what matchup he’d be running into, he’s just way too cheap here. I’m sure he could flat-line in theory, but he’s just $300 more than Tim Hardaway Jr. and inexplicably $500 cheaper than Norman Powell.
McCollum is not a guy I’ve been on the right side of much this year, but he’s better than this pricing.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($11.5k)
Paul George is a fine pivot if you really don’t want to pay up to land The Greek Freak, but fading Giannis feels like a mistake. He dropped 70+ fantasy points on the Nets the last time he faced them and he obviously has insane upside.
He’s not cheap, but I don’t think PG-13 comes close to matching him and Russ is the only other guy on this slate that probably could. He’s a tough fade for me and without a doubt the top SF option to chase on Sunday.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis – New York Knicks ($8.7k)
Certainly note some cheap options (specifically Serge Ibaka at $4.5k) but there is no denying that the Unicorn is the top PF option on this slate. Power forward is really weak on Sunday and while he’s not an amazing price, this is actually a discount compared to what you had to pay to roster Zinger earlier this year.
Porzingis has a very favorable matchup at home against a bad Hawks defense, so I have no issue backing him. I might consider fading on a bigger slate with more viable PF options, but today’s is not that slate.
C: Jusuf Nurkic – Portland Trail Blazers ($5.6k)
Usually when I vouch for Nurk Alert, he’s at $6.5k or even over $7k. Today you get him at a steep discount, as FanDuel and other DFS sites clearly don’t love Portland on the road against the Celtics. It’s true this matchup could end up being a bad one, but Boston isn’t healthy and doesn’t tend to be quite themselves when they’re missing key bodies.
Nurkic can be a beast down low regardless of the matchup and comes into today’s slate in a solid groove. His run can be shaky, but with the Celtics keeping Al Horford on the floor for much of the game, I bet he’ll be needed for close to 30 minutes. He’s packed a lot in 20-25 minutes, though, so he feels like one of the best center plays, regardless.
This is my favorite core to start building out GPP lineups on FanDuel today. Skip the guys you don’t love and mix in these plays as you see fit. Whatever you do, I wish you luck in your NBA DFS contests!