Daily Fantasy NBA: FanDuel Mega Slam Picks

FanDuel is running one of the biggest daily fantasy NBA tournaments of the year today, the One Million Dollar Mega Slam, with first place getting $100,000. For only $25 per entry, it’s a pretty huge sweat. I’m sure some people reading this article have not played daily fantasy NBA this season. Since the slate is only 9 games, getting up to speed won’t be too difficult. We have tons of tools on the site for NBA research, like our minutes projections, so give them a look. Here’s my FanDuel specific picks for tonight.


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Top Plays


John Wall ($8100)

Pretty easy reasoning here. Wall is coming off a game where his USG rate (this is a measure of offensive role) was sky high. He’s also facing the Lakers, who give up the most assists to PGs, as well as the most fantasy points. Only downside is he should be very highly owned. With Gary Neal and Nene out, all the Wizards starters should be very good plays.

Nicolas Batum ($6900)

The injury impact of Al Jefferson being out should be huge for offensive players on the Bobcats. Kemba Walker seems great here, but I like Batum slightly more for a couple reasons. First off, Batum’s USG went all the way up to 37% with Jefferson injured early in their previous game. Secondly, the Warriors are known to play small, so it’s plausible we could see some Batum at the 4 position, which would benefit him in the rebounding and minutes department. I love Batum tonight. There is some blowout risk here though.

James Harden ($10800)

Extremely easy play, facing the worst defensive team in the league. Houston starters right now are not very offensive minded players besides Harden. He should be in for a huge game. Harden has been a minutes machine lately. At 42.14 projected minutes, we have him at the highest minutes projection of the day.

Kristaps Porzingis ($7200)

Philadelphia is the worst offensive team in the league by a mile, which means they give up a ton of defensive fantasy points. Porzingis is a rebounds, steals and blocks machine, with 55% of his fantasy points coming from defensive stats, so this is the perfect matchup for him.

Anthony Davis ($10800)

Another perfect matchup. Houston gives up a ton of fantasy points to PFs, and Davis has the third highest minutes projection today at 39.53.


Top Values


Alex Len ($3500)

The matchup isn’t good, but Len is starting for Phoenix with Tyson Chandler out, and his fantasy points per 36 minutes is solid enough to be worth playing at such a minuscule salary.

Thabo Sefolosha ($4200)

He’s starting for a good Atlanta Hawks team at SG and has a solid FP per 36 for his position. Probably the best value play here.

Marvin Williams ($5000)

He has a high minutes floor with Al Jefferson out. We could see him some at Center against the Warriors who like to play small ball.

Will Barton ($5000)

Barton has been a solid play for the whole season. He comes off the bench, but with starting SG Gary Harris out today he should be good for 30 minutes at least.



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