FanDuel NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy Basketball Lineup For February 15

Dec 15, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) gets some hang time over Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) after dunking a basket in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Antetokounmpo scored 30 points to help the Bucks beat the Bulls 108-97. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 15, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) gets some hang time over Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) after dunking a basket in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Antetokounmpo scored 30 points to help the Bucks beat the Bulls 108-97. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing is out of the realm of possibilities for Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, which is exactly why he should be included in every FanDuel NBA lineup.

Off nights from Giannis Antetokounmpo are perhaps the rarest element of his game.

The 6-foot-11 guard is pulling off one of the most spectacular feats during a season littered with amazing accomplishments. Antetokounmpo is leading Milwaukee in every major statistical category.

In his fourth season, Antetokounmpo is one of just two players, along with Draymond Green, averaging a least 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this season.

As dominant as Antetokounmpo has been defensively, his ability to create easy shot attempts for teammates and himself has made the 22-year-old a premier prospect in FanDuel NBA play.

The Bucks are placing the ball in his hands for 4.8 minutes a game, more than anyone else on the team, and with good reason.

The 15th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft is averaging 23.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. For good measure, Antetokounmpo is connecting on 52.5 percent of his attempts from the field, just 0.6 percent away from the team lead.

Antetokounmpo has made converting at such a high rate look simplistic, as he can sprint down the court in less than two dribbles and take off from seemingly anywhere and be within range for a dunk.

The rim has been rocked by Antetokounmpo 124 times this season, fourth most in the league, propping up his shooting average to 57.3 percent on attempts inside of the 3-point arc.

Only Monday against Detroit, Antetokounmpo found the bottom of the net just twice on nine attempts from the field, leading to a quiet of eight points, six assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal.

The quite figures still managed to produce 24.8 fantasy points in FanDuel NBA tournament play, just the third time in his last 20 appearances he has failed to reach 30 fantasy points.

Antetokoumpo has been held below 15 points on just six occasions this season, but has responded by averaging 23.4 points in his next outing.

Milwaukee closes out its season series with the Nets Wednesday night, a team it has already defeated three times this year.

Brooklyn is surrendering a league-high 113.9 points per game and has allowed Antetokounmpo to post averages of 20 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game in the previous three meetings.

Following a rough outing against the Pistons, Antetokounmpo could light up the Nets Wednesday night, leading to a phenomenal performance in FanDuel NBA league play.

Feb 5, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 5, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Point Guards

  1. Russell Westbrook ($12,400) vs. New York Knicks
  2. Mike Conley ($7,700) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  3. Dennis Schroder ($6,500) vs. L.A. Clippers
  4. Darren Collison ($5,900) vs. Golden State Warriors

Rationale:

  • All Russell Westbrook needs to accomplish Wednesday night to head into the All-Star break with a triple-double average is dish out five assists against the Knicks. Westbrook has posted the most fantasy points in FanDuel NBA tournament play this season, while averaging a league-high 30.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game. After just 56 appearances, Westbrook is just 42 rebounds away from matching his career-high output from a year ago.
  • Darren Collison has been piling up the points for Sacramento without significantly increasing his shot attempts. Over the last six games, Collison is posting 19.8 points per game, 6.1 above his season average, while launching 15.8 shots a night during his run. For the year, Collison is converting 48.4 percent of his attempts from the field, second highest among point guards, making him a viable value roster option in FanDuel NBA tournaments.
Feb 6, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots the ball past Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the fourth quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 6, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots the ball past Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the fourth quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Shooting Guards

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,800) vs. Brooklyn Nets
  2. DeMar DeRozan ($8,700) vs. Charlotte Hornets
  3. Nicolas Batum ($7,400) vs. Toronto Raptors
  4. Tyreke Evans ($4,500) vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Rationale:

  • DeMar DeRozan has cooled off since his incredible scoring binge to open the season, but not much. After scoring 30 or more in 10 of his first 12 games, DeRozan has since add 12 more 30-point performances and is averaging 27.6 per game, fifth most in the league. DeRozan has excelled at scoring off drives to the rim, resulting in 9.3 points per game, second most in the league, and generating at least one point 86.2 percent, the highest amount among players scoring 6.0 or more points off drives per game.
  • Just four players are managing at least 15 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game this season. Three of the names are fairly easy to determine, with Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and James Harden all providing major contributions. The final name on the list, Charlotte guard Nicolas Batum, is expected only to FanDuel NBA players. Batum has posted 15.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game, while logging 33 fantasy points a night. His numbers in two games against Toronto this season are identical to his season averages, meaning he is a solid bet for a quality outing tonight.
Feb 4, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 4, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Small Forwards

  1. LeBron James ($11,300) vs. Indiana Pacers
  2. Gordon Hayward ($7,700) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
  3. Jae Crowder ($6,100) vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Aaron Gordon ($4,500) vs. San Antonio Spurs

Rationale:

  • Once again the Cavaliers will have to find a way to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings without one of their stars for an extended period. Cleveland announced Kevin Love will be out of the lineup for at least six weeks while recovering from surgery on his left knee. The Cavaliers will assuredly turn to LeBron James for additional output in his absence. James is already posting 25.8 points, a career-high 8.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds a night, and if he manages takes his game to another level, without Love, he should be included in any FanDuel NBA lineup for the remainder of the year.
  • Orlando moved starter Serge Ibaka to provide Aaron Gordon steady playing time at the power forward position, where the team believes he is best suited. According to Basketball-Reference, Gordon has spent just four percent of his time playing power forward this season, but for the remainder of the year, will receive an extended look, starting Wednesday night against San Antonio. Gordon is averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, but those numbers could skyrocket with extended minutes and a less jumbled front court.
Jan 29, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Wizards defeated the Pelicans 107-94. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 29, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Wizards defeated the Pelicans 107-94. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Power Forwards

  1. Nikola Jokic ($11,000) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. Anthony Davis ($10,900) vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. Kristaps Porzingis ($6,800) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Nerlens Noel ($5,600) vs. Boston Celtics

Rationale:

  • Nikola Jokic has supplanted Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis as the most expensive FanDuel NBA power forward roster option. After flirting with his first career triple-double for a majority of his sophomore campaign, Jokic has now posted two in his last seven games. The 21-year-old carried Denver to a win over the Warriors by totaling 17 points, a career-high 21 rebounds and 12 assists in 36 minutes Monday night.
  • The blocks keep coming in bunches for Anthony Davis. The 6-foot-10 forward has rejected at least one shot in 13 consecutive games, with his four block performance Monday night in Phoenix raising his season average to 2.5 per game, tying him with Rudy Gobert for the most in the league. Davis has previously led the NBA in blocks per game twice, and is looking to join George Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Eaton, Dikembe Mutombo and Marcus Camby as the only players to ever lead the league three times in blocks per game.
Feb 14, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunks during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 14, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunks during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Centers

  1. DeMarcus Cousins ($11,100) vs. Golden State Warriors
  2. Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,400) vs. Denver Nuggets
  3. Myles Turner ($6,400) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Clint Capela ($5,200) vs. Miami Heat

Rationale:

  • Minnesota is receiving plenty of consistency from sophomore center Karl-Anthony Towns. In each of his last 11 games, Towns has scored 20 or more points, posting 28.9 points per game and shooting above 50 percent 10 times during his run. His status as an elite FanDuel NBA center option is unquestioned, as he is posting 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Towns is producing an average of 43.7 FanDuel NBA tournament points per game, seventh most in the NBA this year.
  • Any player capable of producing five times the amount of points than their roster salary for FanDuel NBA lineups is worth strong consideration. Clint Capela is valued at $5,200, meaning he would need to produce 26 fantasy points to provide a return of five times his cost, a feat he has achieved three times in his past five games. Capela is a potent rebounder, especially on the offensive end. While the total figures from Capela may not be as lofty as other center options, with a low entry fee, he could provide the most value at the position.

Final Lineup

PG Mike Conley ($7,700)
PG Darren Collison ($5,900)
SG Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,800)
SG Tyreke Evans ($4,500)
SF Gordon Hayward ($7,700)
SF Aaron Gordon ($4,500)
PF Nerlens Noel ($5,600)
PF Kristaps Porzingis ($6,800)
C Myles Turner ($6,400)

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