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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for February 17

Matt LaMarca gives his top studs and values at each position for Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The NBA is offering up a huge slate of basketball on Wednesday. There have been three postponements, but that still leaves us with 10 different games to choose from. The DraftKings slate starts at 7:00 p.m. ET, so let’s break down some of the top studs and values at each position to help you build your DraftKings lineups.

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Point Guard

Stud

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers @ New Orleans Pelicans ($10,300) – There are plenty of expensive options to consider on today’s slate, but Lillard is near the top of the list. He’s scored at least 57.75 DraftKings points in back-to-back games, and he should continue to carry a larger workload than usual with CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic out of the lineup. The Blazers also relied on just eight players yesterday vs. the Thunder, so Lillard should also see plenty of minutes.

He’s in an elite spot tonight vs. the Pelicans. They’ve struggled defensively – they rank tied for 28th in defensive efficiency – and they’ve hemorrhaged fantasy points to opposing point guards in particular. This game also figures to be one of the best of the day from a fantasy perspective, leading the slate with a total of 236.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Other Options – John Wall ($7,800), Malcolm Brogdon ($7,700)

Value

Facu Campazzo, Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards ($3,500) – Campazzo earned a spot start yesterday for the Nuggets, who are dealing with a bunch of absences at the moment. They were missing Will Barton, Monte Morris, Gary Harris, and P.J. Dozier, and there’s a chance that all four players will be out of the lineup again today.

If Campazzo earns another start, he’s going to be tough to fade against the lowly Wizards. They’ve been one of the best possible matchups in fantasy this season, and Campazzo racked up 37.75 DKFP in a much tougher matchup yesterday vs. the Celtics.

Other Options – Delon Wright ($6,000), Payton Pritchard ($4,200)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks ($7,900) – Brown has put together the best season of his career in 2020-21, and he’s scored at least 38.0 DKFP in four straight games. He’ll have the opportunity for another big game tonight vs. the Hawks. This is the second leg of a back-to-back for the Celtics, which means Kemba Walker will likely get the night off. Brown has increased his production to 1.23 DKFP per minute with Walker and Smart off the court this season, and the Hawks are below-average defensively.

Other Options – Zach LaVine ($9,400), Tyler Herro ($6,000)

Value

David Nwaba, Houston Rockets @ Philadelphia 76ers ($4,300) – The Rockets are another team that will likely be shorthanded today. Christian Wood remains out with an ankle injury, while Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon are both doubtful. P.J. Tucker is also questionable.

All four players were out of the lineup in their last game, and Nwaba moved into the starting lineup. He led the team with nearly 41 minutes, and he racked up 40.75 DKFP. I wouldn’t expect that many fantasy points against the 76ers, but that kind of playing time potential is impossible to ignore at $4,300.

Other Options – Seth Curry ($4,600), Wayne Ellington ($3,000)


Small Forward

Stud

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors ($8,800) – Butler has been insanely good since returning from the league’s health and safety protocols nine games ago. He’s scored at least 44.5 DKFP in all but one of those contests, including at least 56.0 DKFP in three of his past four. Overall, he’s increased his production to 1.44 DKFP per minute over the past month, which puts him on par with some of the best fantasy producers in the game.

He’s in an excellent spot tonight vs. the Warriors. Golden State has actually been solid defensively this season, but they’ve played at the second-fastest pace. The Heat are well below-average in that department, so this is a massive pace-up spot.

Other Options – Jayson Tatum ($8,700), Jerami Grant ($7,600)

Value

Derrick Jones Jr., Portland Trail Blazers @ New Orleans Pelicans ($4,000) – The Blazers simply don’t have a ton of bodies at the forward position at the moment. Jones, Robert Covington, and Carmelo Anthony handled most of the forward minutes in their game yesterday, and Jones responded with 25.75 DKFP over 30.5 minutes. He’s a cheap way to grab some exposure to the best game on the slate.

Other Options – Michael Carter-Williams ($4,900), Aaron Nesmith ($3,000)


Power Forward

Stud

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers @ Minnesota Timberwolves ($9,700) – This is a bit pricy for Sabonis, but it’s hard to argue against his recent results. He’s scored at least 52.5 DKFP in two of his past three games, and he should be able to do some more damage tonight vs. the Timberwolves. They’ve been better defensively with Karl-Anthony Towns back in the lineup, but they still rank just 22nd in defensive efficiency this season. They also rank sixth in pace, giving the Pacers a significantly higher implied team total than usual (115.5 points).

Other Options – Zion Williamson ($8,200), Tobias Harris ($7,600)

Value

Isaiah Roby, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies ($4,000) – Roby was excellent last night vs. the Blazers, finishing with 29.5 DKFP over 23.6 minutes, and he could see a larger workload tonight. Al Horford has sat on one leg of most back-to-backs this season, and Roby will likely move into the starting lineup if Horford rests vs. the Grizzlies. He’s averaged 1.00 DKFP per minute over the past month, so he has the ability to do some damage with extra playing time.

Other Options – Daniel Theis ($4,500), Semi Ojeleye ($3,400)


Center

Stud

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards ($11,000) – Jokic is having an MVP-caliber season for the Nuggets, and he’s coming off back-to-back huge games. He finished with 64.0 DKFP last night vs. the Celtics, and he did it in a bit different manner than usual. He dominated as a scorer – he racked up 43 points – but his assists and rebounds were down. He should carry another expanded usage rate tonight vs. the Wizards, and his ceiling is astronomical if he can add some production in the peripheral categories.

Other Options – Joel Embiid ($10,800), Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,300)

Value

Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors ($4,900) – Olynyk had been providing excellent value recently, but his production fell off a cliff in his last outing. He finished with just 5.5 DKFP over 14.4 minutes after scoring at least 22.75 DKFP in his previous eight games. However, his role hasn’t fundamentally changed, so this seems like a nice time to buy low on him. He should return to his usual 30 minutes vs. the Warriors, so expect the fantasy production to return as well.

Other Options – Myles Turner ($6,300), Mike Muscala ($3,900)

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