FanDuel NBA DFS Picks: Josh Engleman’s Top 5 Plays, Including Jordan Clarkson (February 23)

Welcome to our FanDuel NBA DFS article, where Josh Engleman will share his top 5 picks of the day and provide expert analysis and insights to help you optimize your lineup for Thursday, Feb. 23. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, Josh’s picks and analysis will give you an edge in your FanDuel NBA DFS contests.

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5. Drew Eubanks, Portland Trail Blazers

Drew Eubanks has a projected score of 28.33 and power forward/center eligibility at a price of $4,900. Eubanks is projected to be in the optimal lineup 20% of the time due to his expected 27 minutes and around 1 fantasy point per minute. Though his stat line is not massive, Eubanks’ matchup against Sacramento and lack of depth on his team make him a valuable pick for those looking to fill out their lineup with a cheaper option. His positionality and value should keep him in contention for a solid DFS performance.

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4. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

Barnes is a small forward and power forward and comes at a price of $4,600, and he is projected to be in the optimal lineup 25% of the time. Barnes is playing over 34 minutes per game, but he’s not a high per-minute scorer. However, with a matchup against Portland’s weak defense, Barnes has a great chance to deliver value at his price point. Additionally, he has a stable role and is expected to play starter minutes, which makes him a safe and reliable pick for today’s slate. Overall, Barnes is a solid option for FanDuel NBA DFS contests, especially considering his low cost and high projected value.

3. Jerami Grant, Portland Trail Blazers

Grant is projected for 35 fantasy points at a salary of $6,100. He’s a small forward and power forward and with a projection of 36 minutes, he is expected to be in the optimal lineup 29% of the time. Barnes averages 0.95 fantasy point per minute, with 23% usage, 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists. With a great matchup against Sacramento, whose defense isn’t very strong, Grant is expected to shine. He’s also the primary scorer in the team, with no other player likely to take as many shots as he will. At $6,100, he’s underpriced and could be an excellent pick for any FanDuel NBA DFS team.

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2. Talen Horton-Tucker, Utah Jazz

Horton-Tucker is projected for 34.5 fantasy points with a goal of 37, placing him in the optimal lineup 33% of the time. Horton-Tucker is a shooting guard and small forward priced at $5,600. With Colin Sexton out and Jarred Vanderbilt and Mike Conley elsewhere, Horton-Tucker is expected to play over 32 minutes and has the potential for more. He is averaging over a fantasy point per minute, with a usage rate of 21%, 15 points, 6.5 assists, five rebounds and two stocks. Additionally, the matchup against Oklahoma City is favorable, as the Thunder have an average defense and present a pace-up spot. All things considered, Horton-Tucker is a great pick for his position, price and expected role.

1. Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz

Clarkson is a top FanDuel NBA DFS pick due to his projected 39.5 points and optimal placement in 38% of lineups. With no Conley or Sexton, Clarkson has a 33% usage rate and is projected to earn 1.17 fantasy points per minute. He is projected for 31 to 34 minutes and has been consistently averaging 26 real points, 4.5 rebounds and almost six assists, with a stock. He will face off against a good matchup and is priced well for his role, position and skill set. With his willingness to shoot and ability to deliver, Clarkson is the No. 1 ConTENder.

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Josh Engleman
Josh is Contributor for where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Stokastic's Premium Chalkboard. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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