Need a jump start on your lineups before Awesemo’s NBA DFS rankings or projections? No worries, Damien Mathews has you covered his Pick 5! favorite NBA DFS Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel for Monday, Jan. 20. Almost every team is in action so we have a myriad of options to choose from. Damien has some takes on Kevin Love and more!
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NBA DFS Point Guard: Lonzo Ball $6,700 FanDuel $7,000 DraftKings
For his price, Lonzo Ball grades out as my top play regardless of position on this 11-game main slate, as he is averaging 1.15 fantasy points per minute over the last month. He has been outstanding, distributing at a 28% assist rate, shooting 39.4%, grabbing 5.7 rebounds and adding one steal. The Pelicans will head to Memphis in a game that has real shootout potential, as both teams rank in the top six in pace and bottom 10 defensively.
*Honorable Mention: Kendrick Nunn $5,100 FanDuel $5,800 DraftKings
**Honorable Mention: Collin Sexton $5,800 FanDuel $6,100 DraftKings
***Honorable Mention: Markelle Fultz $5,400 FanDuel $6,300 DraftKings
NBA DFS Shooting Guard: Devin Booker $8,900 FanDuel $8,600 DraftKings
Devin Booker has a usage rate of 32.5, which has led to 1.30 fantasy points per minute over the past month. Booker averages 36 minutes and 26.5 points per game, shooting 50% from the field with a 28.6 assist percentage. Nothing looks likely to change as the Suns will host the Spurs who allow the fourth-most points to opposing offenses. With a 228 over/under and three-point spread, this game looks great for NBA DFS.
*Honorable Mention: DeMar DeRozan $8,800 FanDuel $8,200 DraftKings
**Honorable Mention: D’Angelo Russell $7,600 FanDuel $7,600 DraftKings
***Honorable Mention: Dillon Brooks $5,600 FanDuel $5,800 DraftKings
NBA DFS Small Forward: Brandon Ingram $9,000 FanDuel $8,800 DraftKings
These are the type of fast-paced games where Brandon Ingram excels in. As mentioned earlier, both New Orleans and Memphis rank top six in pace this year. Ingram has been playing at an All Star level, averaging 1.27 fantasy points per minute with a 29.7 usage percentage over the last month.
*Honorable Mention: Kelly Oubre $7,200 FanDuel $7,100 DraftKings
**Honorable Mention: Gordon Hayward $5,700 FanDuel $5,600 DraftKings
***Honorable Mention: Danilo Gallinari $5,900 FanDuel $6,600 DraftKings
NBA DFS Power Forward: Kevin Love $6,900 FanDuel $7,900 DraftKings
Kevin Love is severely underpriced for the double-double upside he possesses. Over the last month, Love is sporting a 25.5 usage percentage and averaging 1.15 fantasy points per minute. Also, he is hitting the boards with a 29.9 defensive rebounding percentage and shooting 45.6 percent from the field. For his price, Love looks like a steal.
*Honorable Mention: Julius Randle $8,000 FanDuel $7,700 DraftKings
**Honorable Mention: Robert Covington $6,100 FanDuel $6,000 DraftKings
***Honorable Mention: Bam Adebayo $8,700 FanDuel $8,500 DraftKings
NBA DFS Center: Deandre Ayton $8,000 FanDuel $8,300 DraftKings
Deandre Ayton is averaging 1.19 fantasy points per minute thanks in large part to a 23.3 usage percentage over the last month. He is shooting extremely well — 53.4 percent — and on the season, Ayton is averaging a double-double with 17.6 points and 12.3 rebounds. With a slate of this size, Ayton could go under the radar so keep in mind he went for 50-plus fantasy points in back-to-back games.
*Honorable Mention: Jonas Valanciunas $6,500 FanDuel $7,100 DraftKings
**Honorable Mention: Rudy Gobert $9,700 FanDuel $8,100 DraftKings
***Honorable Mention: Hassan Whiteside $9,000 FanDuel $7,500 DraftKings