FanDuel NBA DFS Top 5 Plays of the Day: Jonas Valanciunas Should Feast Down Low (March 8)

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Top 5 FanDuel NBA DFS Picks Today

5. Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans

Valanciunas is projected for 33.5 FanDuel points, with a goal of 39 and is in the optimal lineup 21% of the time. He played 30 minutes in his last game and is expected to see similar playing time today. Valanciunas averages 1.15 fantasy points per minute and should dominate offensively against Dwight Powell and Christian Wood. He has a usage rate of 22%, which translates to 15 points, 12.5 rebounds, two assists and a stock. Though it is a pace-down spot, Valanciunas has a big ceiling at a reasonable price of $6,400. If he can replicate his recent performance, he could be an excellent addition to FanDuel lineups.

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4. Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards

Kuzma is projected to score 36 fantasy points at a cost of $7,500 on FanDuel. He has a 21% chance of being in the optimal lineup and is eligible for both small forward and power forward positions. Kuzma averages a fantasy point per minute and is projected to play around 36 minutes in a matchup against Atlanta, a team that will likely provide him with opportunities to do well. He has a 27% usage rate and averages nearly eight rebounds, four assists and a stock per game. Kuzma has been performing well statistically this season and has a nice matchup today, making him a strong pick in DFS lineups.

3. Christian Wood, Dallas Mavericks

Wood is power forward and center eligible, projected for 31 points and has a goal of 36. He appears in the optimal lineup 28% of the time. Although he is only given 24 minutes, the Mavericks are running low on players that can play in the frontcourt. In his limited playing time, Wood has shown impressive stats, averaging 1.29 fantasy points per minute. In today’s game against the Pelicans, he has a neutral spot and a usage rate of 28%, with 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 stocks. Even with just 24 minutes of playtime, Christian Wood is capable of reaching his goal of 36 fantasy points, as he can average 1.5 fantasy points per minute.

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2. Josh Okogie, Phoenix Suns

Okogie is a shooting guard and small forward with a salary of $4,700 and a projected score of 28. He is in the optimal lineup 41% of the time. Okogie is expected to play for 31 minutes and has a per-minute rate of 0.9 fantasy points. He is in an incredible matchup, with Phoenix expected to gain big-time possessions — 2.2 over their average — against Oklahoma City, who is missing key players. Okogie has a 16% usage rate and is projected to get 13 points, six boards, two assists and two stocks. His positionality, price and matchup make him an excellent play, and even though he may fall slightly in value, he will always be a great point-per-dollar option.

1. Isaiah Joe, Oklahoma City Thunder

Joe offers great value at only $4,400, projected for 28 fantasy points, with a goal of 29. He is in the optimal lineup 42% of the time, and assuming he starts, he should get 29 minutes. Joe averages 0.95 fantasy points per minute, and with no Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Jalen Williams, he will have an opportunity to shine. Although the Thunder are giant underdogs, Joe has a good usage rate and great scoring potential. He also contributes four boards, 2.5 assists and a stock. While his minutes and role may not justify his price tag, he is still a strong contender and can offer great value for those looking for a low-priced option.

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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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