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FanDuel Cheat Sheet: NBA Picks for Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineups with Luka Doncic | 5/1/21

Nathan Joyce

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The following FREE NBA DFS picks for FanDuel fantasy basketball lineups are based directly on Awesemo’s industry-leading premium projections for Saturday, May 1. Early on, the FanDuel cheat sheet looks at some great top-end options like Luka Doncic, plus some excellent NBA daily fantasy value plays.

If you’re looking for a little extra help building your NBA FanDuel DFS lineups, be sure to read EMac’s NBA Building Blocks article, and check out the Awesemo NBA DFS Strategy Show on our YouTube channel.

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NBA Fantasy Point Projections (Premium)

Our NBA DFS fantasy point projections break down every element of a player’s projected performance and synthesize thousands of data points into one easy-to-use fantasy-point projection for each player that can be used as a reference for hand-building lineups or plugged into an optimizer to create hundreds of lineups within seconds. The player’s projections page also provides underlying data, including each player’s expected minutes played, usage rate and breakdowns for each statistical scoring category (points, rebounds, assists, etc.).

NBA Ownership Projections (Premium)

As the competition becomes increasingly sophisticated, it’s important to know who the best plays are and who the best players are that no one else is talking about. Ownership projections provide you insight into where the “field” (other players) will land and how you can pivot away from over-owned and target under-owned players to give yourself the competitive advantage you need to take down large GPPs.

Awesemo’s NBA Rankings (Express/Premium)

The world’s best DFS player releases his letter-grade rankings for each fantasy-relevant player on the day’s slates. Perfect for hand-building lineups or comparing to your own projections to test for accuracy, these grades are also featured in our Lineup Builder.

Ownership Rankings (Express/Premium)

Awesemo’s Ownership Rankings let you know how popular a player is compared to the other players at their position by ranking all players by ownership projection.

Awesemo’s Big Board (Express/Premium)

Awesemo ranks all of the top plays on the slate from best to worst based on projection and salary. Perfect for someone to build a cash game lineup.

NBA Lineup Builder (Express/Premium)

The Lineup Builder is the perfect tool for hand-building lineups. Equipped with Awesemo’s proprietary rankings and ownership projections, as well as Vegas implied totals, matchups, and lineup information, this tool aggregates all the information you need to build your best lineup onto a single page. Lineups you build on this page will receive both a GPA based on Awesemo’s rankings and a contrarian percentile ranking for evaluating whether your GPP lineups are too “chalky.”

Team Awesemo Survey (Express/Premium)

Want to know who our experts are playing in cash? Who do they think the biggest bust will be? Their top NBA DFS contrarian plays? We have you covered with our NEW Expert Survey, where the top players in DFS offer their top NBA DFS Picks on the slate and their favorite fades as well.

The NBA Boom Bust Tool (Premium)

In all DFS sports, comparing the strength of a player each day versus their popularity is key to success. In the NBA, correlations between players are less valuable, so each play’s strength can be considered individually. For each player, Awesemo calculates the standard deviation based on a variety of factors and uses that to calculate the ceiling (75th-percentile performance), the floor (25th-percentile performance), and the probability that they will bust (not meeting value) or boom (value plus 10 points). Combining these metrics, you will be able to gain an edge on everyone by identifying under-owned or over-owned players.

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I'm a wannabe athlete whose athletic career ended after a long tenure riding the bench through JV baseball. The fantasy sports and sports betting degen side of me blossomed at age 12 when I found fantasy baseball and football, and led to a 12-year submergence into the poker scene -- I started playing "secret" cash games in my parents' basements by age 14. Luckily, I've finally found what I love to do -- write about "fake sports," which my girlfriend refers to it as, though it only took me until age 30. If you decide you like the words I write and follow me on Twitter (@nd_joyce), I apologize in advance for the copious amounts of dog photos you will see.

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