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.
NBA Daily Fantasy Rankings & Big Board Projections
Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
DraftKings Points Rating: 99 | FanDuel Points Rating: 99
Jokic had his triple-double streak broken in his last game, but fantasy players will not mind too much. He still finished with 35 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, resulting in 75.25 DraftKings points. It was his fourth straight game with at least 62 DraftKings points, and he unsurprisingly leads all players on Monday in Awesemo’s NBA Projections. He is projected for more than 57 DraftKings points, and no other player is projected for more than 50.75. That gives him a sizable edge from a raw points perspective.
Jokic could be asked to carry an even larger workload depending on the Nuggets’ injuries. Will Barton and Aaron Gordon are both listed as questionable, which would leave Jokic is essentially the last man standing in Denver. Jokic has posted an absurd 50% usage rate over 31 minutes without Barton, Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. this season, resulting in an average of 2.5 DraftKings points per minute. Those numbers are obviously unattainable over a full game, but it is fair to say that Jokic would have even more upside than usual.
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Jalen Brunson, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks
DraftKings Value Rating: 100 | FanDuel Value Rating: 98
Luka Doncic remains out of the lineup for the Mavericks, so Brunson can be trusted in another spot start. Brunson is coming off 33.25 DraftKings points in place of Doncic on Saturday, and he did it in just 30.5 minutes. The Mavericks ultimately won that game by 19 points, so Brunson could see even more playing time on Monday. Awesemo projects him for 34.1 minutes, and Brunson has averaged 1.07 DraftKings points per minute with Doncic off the court. That makes him simply too cheap at his current salary across the industry.
Brunson also stands out as an elite target in the player prop market. The Awesemo Player Prop Tool gives him a 72% chance to hit the over on his scoring prop and a 65% chance of hitting the over on his assist prop. That makes both wagers profitable.
Chris Boucher, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
DraftKings Value Rating: 98 | FanDuel Value Rating: 95
It is finally Boucher season. He was expected to take on a larger role for the Raptors this year, but that has largely not materialized. However, the Raptors have no choice but to lean on Boucher on Monday. They are currently down O.G. Anunoby, Khem Birch and Precious Achiuwa, which leaves Boucher as the lone remaining big man. Boucher has averaged 1.13 DraftKings points per minute over the past month, so he does not need a ton of playing time to be fantasy relevant. He played 27.1 minutes in the Raptors’ last outing and responded with 26.0 DraftKings points.
Boucher stands out as a strong option using the Boom/Bust Probability Tool. He owns an optimal lineup rate of 30.0% on DraftKings, which trails only Brunson’s on Monday’s slate. His projected ownership is also around 30%, so he does not stand out as over-owned either.
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