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NBA Daily Fantasy Rankings from Awesemo’s Premium Big Board Tool Today | Franz Wager 12/18/21

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The NBA DFS Big Board is a one-stop shop for building lineups. It gives each player on the slate a Points Rating, Value Rating and Leverage Rating on a scale from 1 to 100, which allows you to easily decipher some of the top options on the slate. Let us dive into some of the NBA daily fantasy rankings using the Big Board and Awesemo’s NBA Projections.

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Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics

DraftKings Points Rating: 96 | FanDuel Points Rating: 95

We’ve had some wild NBA slates recently, but I’m not sure any of them can hold a candle to Saturday. I would call it a clear “stars and scrubs” night, but there are approximately a million scrubs and very few stars.

With that in mind, locking in the production of Tatum seems like a wise choice. He’s projected for the most fantasy points on today’s slate, and that has value. Salary isn’t all that important since there is so much value available. The goal is to score the most points, and locking in Tatum’s production seems like a good start.

This is reflected in the Boom/Bust Probability tool. Tatum has a higher bust percentage than boom percentage on DraftKings, but he’s still showing up in the optimal lineup more than 40% of the time. When many low-priced options can give you massive value, locking in as many raw points as possible with your studs is the correct decision. Tatum should provide us with plenty of raw points on Saturday.


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Franz Wagner, SF/PF, Orlando Magic

DraftKings Value Rating: 98 | FanDuel Value Rating: 100

Wagner is an excellent combination of value and raw scoring on tonight’s slate. Not only does he own a near-perfect value rating on the Big Board, but he also owns one of the top points ratings. Only four players are expected to provide more scoring, and all of those players are significantly more expensive.

No team has been hit harder by injuries and COVID than the Magic. They’ve listed 12 players as “out” on their injury report, leaving Wagner and Chuma Okeke to carry massive workloads. Wagner led the team with 27 points and a 33.9% usage rate in their last contest, so he should serve as their primary scoring threat vs. the Nets.

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Wagner is also currently projected for just 38.7% ownership on DraftKings, which is well below his optimal lineup rate in the Boom/Bust Probability tool. He’s one of the most straightforward plays on the slate.

Gary Payton II, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors

DraftKings Value Rating: 100 | FanDuel Value Rating: 99

The Warriors are another team with massive holes to fill on Saturday’s slate. They’re going to be without Steph Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Otto Porter, and Andre Iguodala, which is basically their entire starting lineup and top bench players.

“The Mitten” should be asked to take on a more prominent role in their absence. He’s been a quality producer this season when given a chance, averaging 0.98 DraftKings points per minute, and he should see well over 30 minutes on Saturday’s slate. That makes him way too cheap at his current salary across the industry.

All of the value on today’s slate also creates plenty of opportunities in the player prop market. Payton’s scoring prop doesn’t grade out particularly well in the Awesemo Player Prop tool, but there are a handful of wagers with an expected return on investment of greater than 30%. Make sure to take advantage.


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Our NBA projections DFS are updated regularly, including whenever any relevant news breaks. View our FanDuel NBA ownership, our DraftKings NBA ownership and our Yahoo! ownership projections. We also have FanDuel NBA ownership rankings, Yahoo! NBA rankings and DraftKings NBA ownership rankings for today's slate. Check out our daily fantasy rankings NBA for fantasy points and values that are derived directly from Alex Baker's own most accurate NBA DFS projections. Looking for more NBA DFS plays today and the top NBA DFS picks for today?
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