DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA FanDuel Initial Lineup – 1/2/19
Update (6:11 PM) - Made some changes! With Lamb now out for the Hornets, I think Devonte' Graham has better value than Tyus Jones and I'm putting him in my lineup. I decided to pay up for both Anthonty Davis & Julius Randle as the matchup is too good to pass against Brookyln. Davis is still a GTD but is listed as proable and did go through the AM shootaround. To make room for them, know how Jaylen Brown & Dario Saric in the lineups as they should see incresed time with the injury issues with both BOS/MIN. Image is updated below! Good Luck!
We had a solid start to the new year as our 296.6-point performance last night was enough in FanDuel to cash in both our GPP’s & 50/50’s.
As a reminder, especially for today’s initial lineup which currently features some value plays based on possible injuries, I’ll reevaluate my lineup up later and released an updated lineup around 6:30pm tonight!
Also, don't forget to check out our NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup for tonight!
Let’s keep that momentum going tonight as we take a look at the initial lineup for tonight’s 9-game NBA slate that starts at 7:00pm.
When it comes to our PG’s tonight, I’m currently going with the backup PG’s in the MIN/BOS matchup tonight in Terry Rozier & Tyus Jones.
Terry Rozier could be in a line for a start tonight as Kyrie Irving scratched a cornea late in their game agianst the Spurs on Monday night. Irving did come back in the game later, however, he is currently listed as a GTD and I wouldn’t be surprised if they hold him out tonight. If Irving is out, Rozier becomes an excellent play at just $4,300, concerning he’ll probably see 30+ minutes. Rozier is averaging 8.6 ppg, 2.6 apg, 3.9 rpg on the season however, has averaged 34.6 FanDuel points in the two games that Irving didn’t play in this season.
Jeff Teague & Derrick Rose are once against GTD’s with ankle injuries and currently it looks like Teague is questionable while Rose is doubtful. If both aren’t able to suit up, you have to continue to like Tyus Jones even though his price has gone up to $6,300. Jones has averaged 37 mpg over the Timberwolves last two games and he has made the most of his opportunity as he averaged 39.1 FanDuel points in those two games.
If Irving, Teague, & Rose sit, I think the duo of Rozier & Jones can get us 70-80 FanDuel points which would be about 7x value between the two.
It’s going to be interesting to see the rotations for the Wizards at the SF position with Porter Jr. likely back, however, with Wall out for the season, I think Beal is almost a must play tonight agianst the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta plays at a fast pace and has been awful agianst SG’s this season as they rank just 26th in DEFF agianst them. Beal is averaging 23.6 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.9 rpg, & 1.2 spg on the season and currently has a usage rate of 25.5% which should only increase now that Wall is out. Atlanta will be without two of their better defenders in Bazemore & Prince and I can see Beal going for 60+ FanDuel points tonight.
I think D’Angelo Russell is in a solid spot tonight as he should be well rested after getting a day off last Saturday and has one of the better matchups against the New Orleans. Russell is a bit of risky play as he generally needs to put up 30 points to have a monster night, and although he can have a low floor, he certainly has a high-upside as we’ve seen him top 41.8 FanDuel points in 3 of his last 8 games. On the season, Russell is averaging 17.9 ppg, 6.1 apg, 3.8 rpg however, as he is coming off a solid 33-point performance agianst Charlotte and should get plenty of shots up agianst the Pelicans, I like Russell at his price-point tonight.
We were all over Justice Winslow last week against the Cavaliers and he rewarded us with a monster 51.7 FanDuel point performance (24 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals) and was on his way for another big game agianst Minnesota on Sunday before getting into foul trouble in the 2nd half. Winslow has taken over the starting PG duties for the Heat while Dragic is out and as he is averaging 17.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, & 2.6 spg in 31.2 mpg over his last 5 games, I don’t see any way I don’t have Winslow in my lineup tonight in this matchup.
With all the injuries that the Hawks have right now, we’re confident that DeAndre’ Bembry is going to continue to see 25-30 minutes in the near feature and with his ability to fill out a stat sheet, he has some solid upside at his current price of $5,500. Bembry is averaging 6.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 bpg, & 1.4 spg in 27.4 mpg over his last 5 games and I think he can only go up when it comes to his scoring as he has shot just 36.1% from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc in that span. Bembry has put up an average of 10 shots per game over his last two games and as the matchup of the Wizards is a solid one as Washington ranks just 29th in DRPM vs. SF’s, I like Bembry tonight to get us at least 30 FanDuel points.
I’ve been stacking Lakers consistently since LeBron has been sidelined, however, as the matchup is a tough one agianst Oklahoma City tonight, I decided to just go with Kyle Kuzma. Over his last 5 games, Kuzma is averaging 21.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, & 4.4 apg in an incredible 38.0 mpg. Kuzma is put up on average, more than 20 shots per game over his last three games and I expect that he can hit value tonight at his $7,400 price tag.
As we’ve already mentioned earlier in this article, the Hawks will be without Bazemore & Prince which means that John Collins will have to do some heavy lifting tonight on the both ends of the court if Atlanta has any chance to pull out a victory on the road. Over his last 4 games, Collins is averaging 19.5 ppg, 12.3 rpg, & 2.5 apg in 32.5 mpg. Washington ranks just 28th in DEFF vs. opposing PF’s and I think Collins can flirt with a 20/20 game tonight if the Hawks can keep it close.
We’ll need to keep a close eye on the Orlando injury report as we currently have Mo Bamba in the lineup as Nikola Vucevic is currently questionable with a calf injury which forced him out early in the Magic’s game agianst the Hornets this past Monday. Bamba was solid in replacing Vucevic on Monday as in just 18 minutes of action, he posted a 25.4 FanDuel point performance (5 pts, 12 reb, 2 blk). Bamba put up a 30.6 FanDuel point performance when he filled in for Vucevic agianst the Spurs in mid-December and as the matchup against the Bulls doesn’t get much better, Bamba has great value tonight if Vucevic can’t go.
Please check back later for updates!