Jimmy Butler and FanDuel’s Top NBA DFS Picks – January 15th

Last night didn’t go quite as planned, as chalky Celtics players burned a lot of people. Paying for James Harden was once again a wise move, but it wasn’t enough to push my favorite NBA DFS lineup into big money.

Things slow down for a tame six-game daily fantasy basketball slate on Tuesday. Let’s dive in and see what kind of team some of the top NBA DFS picks create over at FanDuel:

PG: Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers ($7.1k)

Ball has been playing really well and is locked into great minutes with both LeBron James and Rajon Rondo still on the shelf. He’s at home in what should be a favorable matchup against the Bulls and is still a reasonable price, too.

I look at the Lakers as being core plays on this slate. Chicago is not good defensively and the Lakers love to push the pace. Provided Chicago’s slow style doesn’t dictate the tempo here, I love starting things off with Lonzo and fitting in as many viable Lake Show pieces as makes sense.

Kris Dunn is the same price and enjoys a pace-up game, so you can pivot to him if you’d like as well.

PG: Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors ($10k)

Russell Westbrook is the top point guard on this slate and also has one of the best matchups in front of him. You probably need to pay for one of the elite point guards on this slate, but I’d rather save $2k and use Chef Curry.

Curry has plenty of upside and he’s also got a terrific floor. I personally get burned by Russ routinely, but I see the merit if you have the funds. Ben Simmons is the same price as Curry and is a viable pivot, while Jamal Murray and Jeff Teague are two spots you can save and get quality production.

SG: Jimmy Butler – Philadelphia 76ers ($8.2k)

This slate is loaded with revenge narratives and I will be buying into them for the most part. Jimmy Butler is a hot head, so I definitely believe he’s going to try to show up his former T’Wolves squad tonight.

Butler’s upside is curbed by two studs on his team, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Philly allow him to wreck in this spot. Butler has been churning out fine DFS production with 41+ fantasy points in two of his last three contests, too, while Minnesota does not look like a challenging matchup on paper.

This would mean more if it were in Minnesota, but Butler has not had the opportunity to face the Timberwolves in a meaningful game yet. I think he crushes this price tag.

Victor Oladipo is also pretty cheap and in a great spot, while Zach LaVine at just $6.8k versus the Lakers feels like a steal. I just can’t pass up on Jimmy Revenge Night.

SG: Dennis Schroder – Oklahoma City Thunder ($5.3k)

There’s more revenge to be had, as Schroder gets to face his former Hawks squad for the second time this season. He put up 36 fantasy points against them earlier this year, but this time around he’ll be in ATL and it arguably means a lot more.

With a lot of people likely spending on Russ, I’m going to bet the Thunder give the ball to Schroder a bit more and he ends up being the way to go when it comes to OKC. The value, upside and narrative demand you roster him at least a little bit tonight, regardless.

SF: Brandon Ingram – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.9k)

I told you I’m into the Lakers tonight, so I’ll continue my Lake Show love with Brandon Ingram. All of these guys see enhanced offensive roles with King James sidelined, so we need to soak up their value and upside while we can.

Ingram can be awful at times, but he’s a fine scorer and can rack up solid peripherals. Chicago is a great matchup at home and they really don’t have anyone that’s scary to put across from him.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George and Kevin Durant are all tough fades at SF, but this isn’t the position I feel like investing in. That, and I feel like a more balanced approach might be a good way to go in GPPs.

If more value opens up, you can reconsider that approach. I just don’t see enough cheap guys I love to pay up all over the place.

SF: Tyreke Evans – Indiana Pacers ($4k)

The Pacers get the Suns and could be down up to four bodies, so this might be the main spot to save some cash. Bojan Bogdanovic is a safer try and Doug McDermott could be worth a punt, but Evans is a nice price at $4k and could finally enjoy a big game here.

Phoenix is obviously an amazing matchup for all Pacers players, but Indy may be without a slew of guards. Hopefully the Pacers finally hand Evans some minutes and he can explode. If not, he’s a candidate to be my low score (and to be dropped) for the night.

PF: Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers ($7.3k)

John Collins could be worth paying up for and there’s always Domantas Sabonis if Myles Turner is out again. I also like Lauri Markkanen if you don’t want to pay up.

It’s tough to fade Kuz, though. He’s a good offensive player and has such an explosive scoring role with James sidelined. He’s a good play at this price even with James on the floor, but without him he probably has too much potential to fade.

PF: Dario Saric – Minnesota Timberwolves ($3.9k)

Revenge Night rages on for me here, as I’ll drop down and use Saric as he faces the 76ers in Philly for the first time since being traded. He doesn’t particularly strike me as a very vengeful guy, but he could still be motivated to show up in this one.

I don’t at all like his role with the clueless T’Wolves, as they continue to curb his upside with limited run. Perhaps they give him a little extra floor time in this one and/or he just balls out whenever he’s out there.

Either way, he’s so cheap that he’s lumped in with Evans as potential low-score guys that could erupt. The plan is for one of them to pay off and if they both work out, all the better.

C: Myles Turner – Indiana Pacers ($7k)

Turner is still iffy for tonight, but the fact that he’s got a mouth-watering matchup with the Suns has me building with him as a focal point for the moment. If he’s out I will likely pay up for Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic or KAT tonight, although I truly don’t know who I prefer out of that group yet.

I’d much rather just get Turner, who dropped 45 fantasy points against Phoenix earlier this year and has really been a fantastic DFS option for a while now.

Summary

This is not the best slate for value. If Turner is out that opens things up for Pacers spares in a great matchup, but I honestly like Curry as my stud and just balancing things out from there.

Guys like Butler, Turner and Schroder could all be viable studs on this slate and a three-man Lakers core could also help me climb the ladder to close out the night.

I don’t love fading Russ, Embiid, Giannis and all of the other studs, but I need more viable value to open things up to safely get to those guys. Until that happens, I’ll be spreading things out a bit and using Curry as my main elite option to build around.

Golden State has a huge game in Denver tonight and something tells me he and the Dubs come to play in a big way in this one.

Like usual, feel free to use this NBA DFS lineup as it stands or just use whatever NBA DFS picks of mine you agree with. Either way, thanks for reading and I wish you luck tonight. Enjoy the games!

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