FanDuel NBA Picks – January 8th

Monday starts a new week in daily fantasy basketball and there is a lot of money to be made at FanDuel. FD is pushing out a massive GPP with first place winning a whopping $150,000, so if you piece together the right 9-man squad, you could exit tonight with a hefty payday.

That’s always the plan when I put together my favorite picks for GPP contests and tonight is a challenge with a long line of studs to try to fit onto your roster. A strong 8-game slate only complicates matters, but hopefully that helps open the door to some elite value.

Let’s see what my favorite team looks like for Monday night’s NBA DFS action:

PG: Spencer Dinwiddie – Brooklyn Nets ($6k)

There are some viable cheap point guards on tonight’s slate and I think Dinwiddie is one of them. I get that he’s facing Kyle Lowry, but Dinwiddie thrives at home (12+ fantasy points differential on the year) and has put up two strong performances (20 and 26 actual points) over his last two games.

I don’t love targeting Lowry, but I like the value here and with this tilt at the Barclays Center, I can see the Nets making a game of it. If you want more value, consider De’Aaron Fox. George Hill and Frank Mason are both out tonight, so he’s viable and saves a little extra cash.

PG: Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors ($9.8k)

Kevin Durant has already been ruled out for tonight, so Curry feels like a must. That could have been the case, regardless, as Chef Curry has been lights out (47+ fantasy points) in every game since returning from his own injury.

On top of it all, Curry is an elite pivot off of the more expensive CP3 and he also could go lower owned on a slate that includes LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Getting Curry at low ownership is all of the fun.

SG: Bryn Forbes – San Antonio Spurs ($3.5k)

I’m not enamored with Forbes, but he’s looking at a pretty nice role tonight. Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard have all been ruled out, while Forbes gets a sweet date against a weak Kings defense (dead last in overall defensive efficiency).

Forbes is far from an elite talent, but he’s proven he can score a bit at the NBA level and the Spurs trust him. I’ll look at Brandon Paul in this spot, as well, and my interest will likely hinge to whoever gets the starting nod. Considering Forbes has logged 40, 32 and 27 minutes over his last three games, he’s the leading candidate.

This isn’t a safe play, but he’s the bare minimum and this is a GPP gamble. He posted 28 fantasy points two games ago and if he can get close to that, he’d be a huge win.

SG: Andrew Wiggins – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.4k)

Perhaps this is the night where Wiggins’ vengeful nature against the team that drafted him finally wears off. I doubt it, though. Wiggins has always been known for his scoring and he’s also been known for big games (has never scored fewer than 20 points) against Cleveland.

I’m sure he’ll be up for this one, while Minnesota is also trying to take down the Cavs for the first time in their last 7 tries. It only helps that Wiggins has improved his peripherals lately, while Cleveland ranks just 23rd against shooting guards.

SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($11.1k)

You can’t lose with The Greek Freak or King James tonight, but I’d rather roll with the guy that doesn’t have to face Jimmy Butler. Giannis is in a solid groove right now, as he’s fresh off of a 64-point fantasy gem and has topped 56+ fantasy points in two of his last three games. One of those came against these very Pacers, in fact.

I don’t think you can go wrong either way tonight, but I feel better about Giannis on this slate.

SF: Kyle Anderson – San Antonio Spurs ($5.7k)

With so many dead bodies in San Antonio, Anderson is again looking at a pretty big role. He is not an elite or explosive talent, but he can do a little bit of everything and there is always something to be said about a concrete role with the Spurs.

If that doesn’t do the trick for you, consider Anderson faces a bad Kings defense (27th versus SFs) and that he’s been relatively safe (22+ fantasy points) in 5 of his last 7 contests.

PF: Ryan Anderson – Houston Rockets ($4.1k)

The minutes can be shaky with Rando, but he plays way better on the road for some reason and gets a solid matchup tonight against the Bulls. Chicago does not defend well as a whole (24th in efficiency), while they rank just 17th against power forwards, specifically.

Anderson can run hot and cold and you never know when he’ll get the run you want, but with James Harden out, you know he’ll have the green light to shoot when he’s on the floor. The Bulls are just 18th in the league at stopping the three ball, too, so there is plenty to like about Anderson at this cheap price tag.

PF: Serge Ibaka – Toronto Raptors ($5.9k)

Ibaka is never a sexy play, but he’s still coming in at a good price and draws an exploitable matchup against the Nets. Brooklyn plays fast and doesn’t defend, while Serge dropped 33 fantasy points on them earlier this year.

There are numerous cheap PF options to consider, while the only studs worth a look appear to be Anthony Davis and LaMarcus Aldridge. I have no problem punting both PF spots, but Ibaka offers solid value and hopefully some safety given the elite matchup.

C: Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers ($7.4k)

Center probably looks a little more loaded than it actually is tonight. There are some viable options up top, but I like the idea of paying down with Love, who is a solid lock for 33-35 fantasy points most nights. I’m shooting for 40+ as he returns home to take on his former Timberwolves squad, while KAT hasn’t posed a risk in terms of defensive ability this season.

Love can get hot from outside and crush the glass, while he comes in at a discounted price. Part of that is due to him having his minutes yanked around, but in a GPP I’ll roll the dice with him tonight.