Saturday brings us a seven-game slate of action, but we'll focus on the main six-game slate offered on FanDuel. FanDuel offers three types of contests with full roster, late swap and starting five. In this case, we'll focus on the full roster contests, allowing us to plug in more players. Going forward, we'll also partake in 'starting five' contests' twice a week. But for Saturday's slate, we'll go big.
Now let's explore two point guard plays, two shooting guards, two small forwards and a center to plug into our lineups and cash out on Saturday's slate of games.
Jeff Teague, MIN vs. BKN, ($6,500)
Teague isn't typically a point guard we'd target, largely because he isn't asked to be a scorer enough to draw significant DFS interest. This season, Teague averages just 13.6 points per game and often the upside could be limited to 25-ish points on FanDuel, which is hard to cash out with unless the rest of your lineup explodes.
On Saturday, Teague will absolutely be in a significant share in our lineups though. He faces a Brooklyn Nets team that surrenders the highest average FanDuel Points Against (aFPA) this season (47.5) and in the past 10 games (62.6), per RotoWire.com. Teague finds himself with an excellent chance to deliver another 35-plus performance on FanDuel and be a strong foundational piece in FanDuel lineups all at a reasonable price.
Dennis Smith Jr., DAL @ DEN, ($6,600)
While Saturday presents several elite point guard options, the preferred play at the one-guard spot tonight will come with two 'mid-tier' point guards who could return excellent value. Smith, one of the most promising rookies in the NBA this season, comes in under $7K and his performances in recent games is deserving of an $8K-plus price tag.
In his past 12 contests, Smith scored 31.9-plus FanDuel points in seven of them and delivered three 40-plus nights in the same span. We know the rookie can post the big numbers, now he'll have a tremendous opportunity to do it against a Denver Nuggets squad that surrendered the third-highest aFPA to point guards in the past 10 games (53.8). Smith and Jamal Murray should battle it out all night, with Smith emerging with the better line and a top performance.
Jeremy Lamb, CHA @ MIA, ($4,400)
Like Teague, Lamb is someone we'd typically seek to avoid. He averages under 26 minutes per games this season and the opportunities in that amount of time on the court is a factor to typically avoid in DFS. However, Saturday's slate at shooting guard lacks several of the elite two-guard plays and many of the matchups are tough defensively.
Tonight we are drawn to Lamb's scoring ability against the Miami Heat. This season, Miami allows 26.6 points per night to opposing shooting guards and it's been a particular problem spot for them with 63.9 aFPA allowed to shooting guards in its past 10 games. Lamb will play behind Nicolas Batum, but given his shooting touch and willingness to fire from everywhere on the court and tonight could be one of those nights, like on Jan. 22 against Sacramento, where Lamb posts 30-plus FanDuel points.
Kent Bazemore, ATL vs. WAS, ($5,300)
Briefly, Bradley Beal and Victor Oladipo are excellent guards who can rack up the points, but the top two-guard options in this slate don't face top-seven matchups that really open the door for us to jump in on them. It's important to find ways to get whatever elite plays into your lineup that we can, so we go the value route at point guard and shooting guard.
Bazemore draws a matchup against the Washington Wizards, who allowed the sixth-highest aFPA to shooting guards (51.4) in the past 10 games. Bazemore isn't a primary scorer, but he averages 28.2 FanDuel points thanks to his ability to stuff the stat sheet with four-to-six rebounds, three-to-four assists and two steals.
Taurean Prince, ATL vs. WAS, ($4,800)
Prince fits in perfectly as a SF2 with his matchup against the Washington Wizards. This season, Washington rates as one of the worst teams defensively against small forwards. They've allowed 42.3 aFPA to opposing forwards and the second-highest aFPA (50.2) in the past 10 games. Prince is a developing 23-year-old with a scoring game that is in development. He averages a worrisome 36.4 field goal percentage in January, but is a strong value play with upside in a great matchup.
Kevin Durant, GS vs. BOS, ($10,500)
The best player available on Saturday's main slate, it's important to get Durant into lineups. He is listed as a GTD on FanDuel, but Golden State expects him to play in a primetime matchup against Boston on Saturday. While it's not an elite matchup to exploit, one of the game's best players and a strong MVP candidate steps up in the biggest moments. Keep it short and sweet, plug Durant into your lineups.
Kelly Olynyk, MIA vs. CHA, ($4,400)
Draymond Green, GS vs. BOS, ($7,700)
Facing a Celtics' defense that surrendered 53 FanDuel points per game in their past 10 contests, Draymond should jump all over the opportunities coming his way on Saturday. He doesn't need to be flashy with the scoring and drop 20-plus points, instead Draymond can fill out the stat sheet with rebounds, assists and some points.
Green averages nearly 37 FanDuel points per start this season and dropped 40-plus FanDuel points in six of his past 12 contests, which included two 50-plus performances. We'll put the Warriors' forward combo together and combine it with another team duo as the core of our lineup.
Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs. BKN, ($9,600)
One of our favorite matchups to hit this year, we turn to it once again. Everyone knows the Brooklyn Nets are one of the worst teams defensively in the league and it especially rings true against big men. They allow the third-highest aFPA to centers (42.7) and surrendered an even higher aFPA (46.1) in the past 10 games.
Now enter KAT into the equation, a player capable of dropping 30 points on the score sheet and a double-double machine. This is exactly the kind of matchup you'd want to draw up for Towns to go off on the box score. He'll team up with our point guard for a Minnesota duo that can help carry our lineup on a slate without significant star power.