Slam Dunks for DraftKings and FanDuel, 2/1

The one major piece of news that came down today was that Eric Bledsoe has been ruled out making Malcolm Brogdon a decent play.  Other than that, my focus here will be on the Memphis Grizzlies.  Although they only have a 97 point implied total, that’s still 97 points that need to be scored by a collection of bench warmers and Marc Gasol.   Here are my top plays for the DraftKings and FanDuel main slates.

Note: Top value is determined for DraftKings and FanDuel by being excess points above 5x and 4.75x salary, respectively.


Andrew Harrison

With yesterday’s news that Tyreke Evans is being held for the foreseeable future while Memphis shops him to contenders, the list of Grizzlies who are either out or questionable has grown to eight.  This creates an opportunity for numerous Memphis players, including Harrison, who sports a 27% usage rate when Tyreke, Parsons, Conley, and Chalmers (all designated “out”) are off the floor and is line for big minutes.  Chance of top-3 value: 27.3%.

Nikola Jokic

Jokic is in the midst of a cold streak which has driven down his price on DK to 8100 but I expect him to bust out of his slump in this one given Denver’s 108 point implied total.  He’ll still be one of the most popular center plays given the attractive price, but his ownership will be lower than it should be.   Chance of top-3 value: 25%

Blake Griffin

Blake should thrive in Detroit surrounded by low usage players.  Expect Detroit to go to their newest acquisition early and often.  Plus, you know he’s going to want to make a splash in his first game for his new team.  Chance of top-3 value: 31.3%.



Wayne Selden, Dillon Brooks, Andrew Harrison and Marc Gasol

In addition to Harrison (discussed above), fellow Grizzlies, Selden, Brooks and Gasol will see increased workloads.  Selden is a high usage player with 20-point/5-assist upside.  Brooks has the ability to reach value in steals and blocks alone. And point-center Gasol can pile up numbers in every category.   Selden has a 34.2%, Brooks a 30.9%, and Gasol a 29.3% chance of hitting top-3 value.

Alex Baker
A self-proclaimed U.S. history buff, stats enthusiast, and rabid fan of anything Detroit (yes, even the Lions), Alex started playing daily fantasy sports in 2013 and never looked back. After graduating with a degree in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, he began developing advanced statistical models and applied his unique skill-set first to poker, then as a full-time DFS player. He has since dominated DFS, becoming a fixture on leaderboards and cementing his position as the top-ranked overall player according to RotoGrinders. Competing in most guaranteed prize pool tournaments, he has ranked in the top 3 across major sports, including NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, and MLB. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of fantasy sports with new and experienced players alike. Career Highlights: No. 1 Overall Ranking; 14x FanDuel $100k winner, 11x DraftKings Hundred-Thousandaire; 20x Live Final qualifier. You can contact him on Twitter @awesemodfs or by emailing [email protected].

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