DraftKings NBA Expert Survey: Tuesday, February 13th

Want to know who Notorious is definitely paying up for in NBA DFS today? Wondering which value play STLCardinals84 is eyeing most? You’re in luck. Our daily fantasy sports experts will answer a handful of questions to help you make crucial lineup building decisions for tonight’s contests.

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Tuesday, February 13th

NOTE: Russell Westbrook did go through shootaround on Tuesday morning despite still being listed as a game-time decision.

Who is your must-play stud in cash games?

Notorious: James Harden
STLCardinals84: Jimmy Butler
Stevietpfl: Russell Westbrook
TheSeige: Russell Westbrook

Who is your must-play stud in tournaments?

Notorious: Jimmy Butler
STLCardinals84: Nikola Jokic
Stevietpfl: Chris Paul
TheSeige: Chris Paul

Who is your favorite salary saver on the board?

Notorious: Thon Maker
STLCardinals84: Thon Maker
Stevietpfl: Thon Maker
TheSeige: Davis Bertans

Which bench players (if any) are you considering playing in tournament lineups?

Notorious: J.J. Barea
STLCardinals84: James Johnson
Stevietpfl: Patty Mills
TheSeige: Trey Lyles

Which stud play are you fading in tournaments?

Notorious: Karl-Anthony Towns
STLCardinals84: James Harden
Stevietpfl: Nikola Jokic
TheSeige: Karl-Anthony Towns

Who’s your top contrarian play on the board?

Notorious: Kyle Anderson
STLCardinals84: Josh Richardson
Stevietpfl: De’Aaron Fox
TheSeige: Willie Cauley-Stein

Which NBA team are you targeting players from the most?

Notorious: SA
STLCardinals84: MIN
Stevietpfl: SA
TheSeige: SA

Which NBA team are you looking to avoid?

Notorious: None
STLCardinals84: None
Stevietpfl: DEN
TheSeige: CLE (outside of LeBron)

What is the most “stackable” game?

Notorious: HOU/MIN
STLCardinals84: HOU/MIN
Stevietpfl: HOU/MIN
TheSeige: SA/DEN

What’s the best position to spend up on tonight?

Notorious: SF
STLCardinals84: SF
Stevietpfl: SF
TheSeige: SF

What’s the best position to save salary on?

Notorious: PF
STLCardinals84: PF
Stevietpfl: PF
TheSeige: PF

Which player are you afraid of being underweight on compared to the field?

Notorious: LeBron James
STLCardinals84: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Stevietpfl: Jimmy Butler
TheSeige: LeBron James

Which useful trend or statistic stuck out most during your research?

Notorious: The line in the Thunder-Cavaliers game (1.5 points) suggests that Russell Westbrook is more than likely to suit up tonight. Assuming he is active, he makes a tremendous tournament play, as he has scored 65 fantasy points in each of his last two meetings with LeBron James.

STLCardinals84: Even though this is a relatively small slate, we might see some chaos on the news wires. Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are still uncertain to return tonight, and the Spurs are on the second game of a back to back set. Optimal lineups at lunch time might not be optimal lineups at lock time. This is a night where keeping eyes tuned for news will be vital.

Stevietpfl: Pau Gasol played 33 minutes last night against Utah, and has sat out in two of the last four back-to-backs for the Spurs. He sat the front end of the last back-to-back and then played 34 minutes in the back end of it. I think we see some more of the Spurs sit out tonight.

TheSeige: When Pau Gasol does play back-to-backs, he normally plays only a half. With Tony Parker just returning from an injury and lots of other old guys on the roster, I can see the Spurs giving them all the day off instead of flying into Denver on the back-to-back, creating a ton of value.

What’s your hot take of the day?

Notorious: Jimmy Butler outscores both LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

STLCardinals84: Despite the tough matchup, we see a 60+ fantasy point game from the thriving Nikola Jokic.

Stevietpfl: Thon Maker goes for 25+ fantasy points

TheSeige: Davis Bertans goes for 30+ fantasy points

Who will you be most overweight on compared to the field and why?

Notorious: Taurean Prince – It’s not going to take much to be overweight on Prince, as he has burned a lot of bridges in the past. However, his price is sitting at playable levels across the industry and he draws a nice matchup against the Bucks. He’ll likely be tasked with defending Giannis Antetokounmpo, so I like his chances to top 30 minutes.

STLCardinals84: Nikola Jokic – People naturally get scared of matchups against the Spurs, but Jokic is simply a different breed. His all-around skill set gives him a solid floor against any opponent, and the Spurs are not at full strength. Without Leonard and Aldridge, I’m not going to shy away from targeting a guy who will be under-owned and has the upside to be the highest scoring player on the slate.

Stevietpfl: Thon Maker – With John Henson already ruled out for tonight’s game, I like the value of Thon Maker. We don’t have a ton of value on this slate, so I’m willing to go heavy on him against Atlanta. The Hawks rank 22nd in defensive efficiency against centers this season.

TheSeige: Davis Bertans – We know Aldridge is out for sure, which makes Bertans a great play in a pace-up game. He’s averaging .8 fantasy points per minute with Kawhi/LMA off the floor this season.

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