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’s dive into some of the NBA daily fantasy rankings using the Big Board and Awesemo’s NBA Projections.
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NBA Daily Fantasy Rankings & Big Board Projections
Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
DraftKings Points Rating: 97 | FanDuel Points Rating: 98
Davis left the Lakers’ last game early due to a thumb injury, but he has been upgraded to probable for Monday’s matchup against the Hornets. Davis is also still dealing with an illness, but he is feeling better and has reportedly tested negative for COVID-19. If Davis is active, he stands out as one of the top options on Monday’s slate. He has increased his usage rate by 2.5% in games without LeBron James this season, who remains out of the lineup with an abdominal injury. Davis has averaged a team-high 1.45 DraftKings points per minute in those contests, and he has scored at least 65 DraftKings points in two of them.
Davis also benefits from an elite matchup Monday against the Hornets. They have been the worst team in the league in terms of defensive efficiency, and the Lakers’ implied team total of 115 ranks first on the slate. Davis and Nikola Jokic own the top two fantasy projections on Monday’s slate, but Davis is cheaper across the industry. That makes him the better pure value. He also could carry reduced ownership following Saturday’s injury-shortened outing. Every DFS player has been burned by Davis in the past, so some may be hesitant to plug him into their lineups.
Anthony Davis was a BIG portion of Terry McBride’s NBA Optimal Lineup Picks & Leverage Leaders article today, where he was showing up as one of the best leverage plays, according to our lineup optimizer.
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Andre Drummond, C, Philadelphia 76ers
DraftKings Value Rating: 100 | FanDuel Value Rating: 100
Drummond is going to draw the start at center for the 76ers on Monday. Joel Embiid was already scheduled to get the night off for rest purposes, but he has also reportedly entered the leagues health and safety protocols. Drummond is going to garner massive interest any time Embiid is unavailable. He has averaged 1.39 FanDuel points per minute this season, and he should see all the minutes he can handle against the Knicks. Drummond played 33.5 minutes in his first game without Embiid, and he responded with 54.5 FanDuel points.
Essentially, Drummond can be expected to produce like a $10,000 player on Monday, but he is less than $6,000 across the industry. That is simply too good to pass up. He is currently projected for approximately 75% ownership on DraftKings and 80% on FanDuel, and he leads the slate with an 80.2% boom percentage in the Boom/Bust Probability Tool. No one else is above even 38.9%.
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, Phoenix Suns
DraftKings Value Rating: 95 | FanDuel Value Rating: 95
Kaminsky is another elite value on Monday. He also has power forward eligibility on both DraftKings and FanDuel, which is huge on this slate. That means he can pair with Drummond across the industry instead of having to choose between the two.
Kaminsky should see another increased workload with Deandre Ayton out of the lineup. He has thrived in that situation this season, logging 31.2 and 39.1 FanDuel points in his previous two games without Ayton. JaVale McGee should also benefit, but it is hard to make a case for McGee over Kaminsky at this point. Both players have averaged 1.12 FanDuel points per minute this season, but Kaminsky has seen much more playing time. He has averaged 29 minutes in two games without Ayton, while McGee has averaged 18.6.
The over on Kaminsky’s scoring prop is also popping in the Awesemo Player Prop tool. It gives him a 61% chance of hitting the over, making it one of the most profitable wagers of the day.
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