FanDuel NBA DFS Picks: Josh Engleman’s Top 5 Plays, Including R.J. Barrett (February 7)

Welcome to our latest NBA DFS picks article for FanDuel! Today we’ll be taking a deep dive into five of the top picks for Tuesday, Feb. 7’s slate of games. Our aim is to provide you with the most up-to-date statistical information and analysis to help you make informed decisions when constructing your lineup. Before we begin, make sure to check out BetMGM, where you can get one free month of Stokastic+ Platinum and up to $1,000 in first bet insurance. Get ready to beat the competition!

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Top 5 FanDuel NBA DFS Picks Today

5. Xavier Tillman, Memphis Grizzlies

Tillman is a power forward/center who is priced at $5,300 and is projected to score 28 points, with a goal of 32 points. He has a 25% chance of being in the optimal lineup and is expected to play 28 minutes per game. Tillman is starting in place of Steven Adams and has been averaging around a fantasy point per minute. He is facing a favorable matchup against the Chicago Bulls and is expected to provide 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 stocks. While his price tag is starting to rise, he still provides great flexibility, as he can be played as both a power forward and center.

4. Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic

At $6,000, Wagner is projected to score 31 points with a goal of 36 points. He’s in the optimal line 25% of the time and is expected to play 33 minutes. Wagner has been playing a bit more lately and is facing a competitive matchup against the Knicks. He averages 0.95 fantasy points per minute, with an average of 19.5 points, 4.5 boards, 3 assists and a stock. Although it’s not a great pace matchup, Wagner could be a sneaky pick for today’s lineup, as he’s expected to play more than 33 minutes in a competitive game.

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3. Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks

Brunson is a top pick for FanDuel as a point guard or shooting guard. With a projected score of 42 and a goal of 45, Brunson has a 26% chance of being in the optimal lineup. He has a consistent starting rotation of 38 minutes per game and averages 1.1 fantasy points per minute. Brunson is expected to play a lot of minutes, as the matchup against the Pistons is expected to be competitive. With 28% usage, 6.5 assists and 4 boards plus a steal, Brunson’s price tag looks good for the six-game slate. He is likely to be top 3 in minutes today without any real risk, making him a solid choice for FanDuel lineups.

2. R.J. Barrett, New York Knicks

Barrett, a shooting guard/small forward, is a strong FanDuel pick with a projected 34 points and a goal of 39. He has positional flexibility, which increases his potential for points. In a competitive matchup, Barrett is expected to play between 37 to 40 minutes, with a 27% usage rate. This would give him an estimated 23 real points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Despite having a questionable tag due to being sick over the weekend, Barrett is expected to have a solid game and his playing time is not likely to be affected. His price tag of $6,600 is also reasonable.

1. John Collins, Atlanta Hawks

Collins is a strong FanDuel pick as a power forward/center at $5,600. He is projected for 30 points, a goal of 34, and is in the optimal lineup 27% of the time. Collins is similar in value to Tillman at the same price, with a higher ceiling due to playing 32 minutes per game instead of 28. Collins has 17 usage per game, with 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2 steals. The matchup against the Pelicans is pace neutral but expected to be competitive. Collins’ mid-level price tag, power forward/center eligibility and fantastic positional flexibility make him a strong option on the slate, especially with the lack of pay-down options available.

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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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