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NBA Daily Fantasy Rankings from Awesemo’s Premium Big Board Tool Today | Nikola Jokic 12/26/21

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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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Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets

DraftKings Points Rating: 99 | FanDuel Points Rating: 99

There is an abundance of value available on Sunday’s slate, so paying up for Jokic should be relatively easy. That’s great news for DFS players. Jokic has been easily the best player in fantasy this season, averaging 1.82 DraftKings points per minute. Last year’s MVP has arguably been even better this season, racking up 25.9 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 7.2 assists while shooting 57.5% from the field. Overall, he leads the league in a host of advanced metrics, including Player Efficiency Rating, Box Plus/Minus, and Value Over Replacement Player.

He’s taken his game to another level recently, scoring at least 61.5 DraftKings points in seven of his past nine games. The only times he hasn’t hit that threshold have been when he’s played reduced minutes. Jokic owns the highest point projection on Sunday’s slate, which is even more important than usual. On slates with tons of value, getting the highest-scoring player into your lineup is a priority.


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Guillermo Hernangomez, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans

DraftKings Value Rating: 100 | FanDuel Value Rating: 100

There have been plenty of wild slates during the COVID era, but Sunday’s is one of the wildest I can remember. Five players own a Value Rating of 100 on the DraftKings Big Board, and eight players earn that distinction on FanDuel. That’s easily the most I’ve seen this season.

Hernangomez stands out as one of the best values across the industry. He’s expected to make his second straight start in place of Jonas Valanciunas, and he racked up 32.4 minutes in his last game. His production in that contest was mediocre – he finished with 24.5 DraftKings points – but Hernangomez can do some serious damage with that much playing time. He’s averaged 1.31 DraftKings points per minute this season, which is one of the best marks in the entire league.

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Hernangomez also stands out using the Boom/Bust Probability tool. He owns a 79.0% boom rate compared to just a 2.9% bust rate, and he owns the second-highest optimal lineup percentage. He’s projected for the second-most ownership on the slate, but he’s tough to avoid.

Delano Banton, PG/PF, Toronto Raptors

DraftKings Value Rating: 100 | FanDuel Value Rating: 100

Banton is another elite value option. He’s a point guard on DraftKings and a power forward on FanDuel – gotta love the synchronicity – and he’s going to see a ton of minutes for the shorthanded Raptors. They’ve been decimated by COVID recently, and they’ll be without ten players due to health and safety protocols. That includes most of their usual top options, including Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, and Gary Trent Jr. Banton has averaged 1.05 FanDuel points per minute this season, so he should be able to make the most of his playing time.

Unfortunately, Banton doesn’t appear to have any player prop bets at the moment. He would’ve been a smash in that market, but we’ll have to focus on some other players as well. Make sure to utilize the Awesemo Player Prop tool, which highlights the most exploitable prop bets each day.


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