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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA Snake DFS Strategy for February 23

Matt LaMarca breaks down Tuesday’s DraftKings NBA Snake contest, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The NBA season is in full swing, and DraftKings has released a new Snake Draft fantasy format! Below, we break down strategy for Tuesday’s DraftKings NBA Snake slate.

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Favorable Early Round Targets

James Harden, G, Brooklyn Nets
NBA Snake Rank: 4th

Tuesday’s slate is loaded with star power. Harden is quite often the No. 1 overall player in this format, but he’s ranked just fourth on today’s slate.

Harden should continue to put up huge numbers with Kevin Durant out of the lineup. There’s no timetable for Durant’s return, and he will miss his fifth straight game on Tuesday. Harden has scored at least 54.25 DKFP in each of his past four games, and he’s scored at least 67.25 DKFP in three of them.

Harden is also in an elite spot vs. the Sacramento Kings. They’ve been one of the best matchups in fantasy this season, which is not surprising since they rank dead last in defensive efficiency and ninth in pace. The Nets are currently implied for a whopping 124.25 points, which is the top mark on the slate.

The guys going earlier than Harden are definitely studs in their own right – Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Nikola Jokic – but I wouldn’t blame you for taking Harden with the first pick in the draft.

Clint Capela, F/C, Atlanta Hawks
NBA Snake Rank: 28th

Capela is ranked outside of the top two rounds in 12-team formats, but he deserves to come off the board much earlier than that. He has a massive ceiling, evidenced by the 56.75 DKFP he scored just two games ago vs. the Celtics. Capela has scored at least 43.25 DKFP in four of his past five games, so he has a relatively safe floor as well.

He should have no problems scoring fantasy points tonight vs. the Cavaliers. Cleveland is tied for 25th in terms of defensive efficiency, and they also rank 20th in points in the paint allowed.


Early Round Player to Avoid

Karl-Anthony Towns, F/C, Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Snake Rank: 11th

Towns is ranked 11th in the snake draft format, and his ADP is exactly 11.0. That means he’s coming off the board in the first round of most 12-team leagues. That feels like a mistake.

Towns is obviously one of the most talented players in the league, and he is coming off a monstrous 61.25 DKFP-point performance in his last game. That said, he’s just not playing all that much at the moment. He’s played 32.6 minutes or less in five of seven games since returning to the lineup after suffering from COVID-19, which has made it tough for him to return value. He’s averaging 1.40 DKFP per minute over that time frame, which puts him a tier below the truly elite producers in that category. He needs to play 36+ minutes to justify his current salary/ADP, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

Stephen Curry (rank 8) is also someone you can consider fading. He has a tough matchup vs. the Knicks – they’ve played at the slowest pace in the league this season – and he’s also listed as questionable. I’m not sure there’s enough upside to justify the risk of drafting a player who might not suit up in the first round.


Late Round Flyers

It should be noted that these players are ranked below the threshold of players that would be drafted. This section simply tries to exploit players who are in favorable matchups and are down the rank list.

Michael Porter Jr., F/C, Denver Nuggets
NBA Snake Rank: 53rd

Porter is being drafted significantly above his rank – he owns an ADP of 41.3 – but that still puts him on the cusp of being undrafted in everything but 12-team leagues. That’s a mistake. Porter is an excellent contributor when on the floor, averaging 1.01 DKFP per minute, and he’s been playing more than usual for the shorthanded Nuggets recently. Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, JaMychal Green, and P.J. Dozier have all been ruled out for tonight’s matchup vs. the Trail Blazers, which leaves plenty of minutes for Porter in an awesome matchup vs. the Blazers.

Kevin Huerter, G, Atlanta Hawks
NBA Snake Rank: 86th

Huerter has struggled recently, but he’s still playing a bunch of minutes for the Hawks. He’s logged at least 30.2 minutes in five straight games, but his fantasy production has been down due to some uncharacteristically bad shooting performances. He’s been dreadful from 3-point range in particular, shooting just 20% from downtown during that time frame. Huerter is closer to 40% from 3-point range for his career, so he’s a prime candidate for some positive regression moving forward.

Brook Lopez, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Snake Rank: 113th

Lopez is way down the board, and he doesn’t even have an ADP in the snake format at the moment. That means he is almost guaranteed to be available with your final pick in 12-team leagues, and he could have some merit in that spot. He has a nice matchup vs. the Timberwolves, who rank just 20th in defensive efficiency, and the Bucks’ implied team total of 121.0 ranks third on the slate. His playing time is down a bit, but he still has a ceiling of 30+ DraftKings points if he plays 25 minutes.

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