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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for February 6, 2018

For the 2/6/18 NBA DFS slate, we’ve got the best picks for guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering for Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for crafting your fantasy basketball strategy on Draft DFS.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Nikola Vucevic (hand) 
Tyreke Evans (coach’s decision) 
Devin Booker (hip) 
Lonzo Ball (knee) 
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) 
Marcus Smart (hand) 
Trevor Ariza (hamstring) 
Malcolm Brogdon (quad) 

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) -Probable
Aaron Gordon (hip)
Kyrie Irving (quad) – Will Play
Wayne Selden Jr. (knee)
Marcus Morris (hip)
Eric Gordon (back)

Best NBA DFS Picks for February 6, 2018

Guards

Russell Westbrook @ GSW ($11.5k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
An angry Russell Westbrook is a stud. Feel comfortable targeting him, especially when a herculean effort is required from the Thunder star. Westy went for 34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, and four steals in a meeting with Golden State earlier this season and is obviously fired up every time he faces former Thunder buddy and current arch-rival Kevin Durant. The Warriors are giving up an above average 23.52 PPG to opposing PGs over the last month and coughing up 113.9 PPG overall during that span. They play at the second-fastest pace in the league, which benefits supreme athletes such as Westbrook.

Elfrid Payton vs. CLE ($6.7k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
The Cavs’ defense remains exploitable enough to cover up the shortcomings of any offense. So even an injury-depleted Magic team should be able to expose them at home. Elfrid Payton is running the show once again for Orlando, although his numbers have been skewed lately by a blowout loss and surprising blowout win over the Lakers. He averaged 20.8 PPG and 5.6 APG in his last three games with 30-plus minutes of run. This includes a 19-point, eight-assist performance against a Cavs team that’s coughing up the most FPPG (53.93) to opposing PGs over the last month with Isaiah Thomas playing historically poor defense.

Andrew Harrison @ ATL ($5.0k DraftKings, $5.4k FanDuel)
The Grizzlies are understandably moving in a youthful direction as they turn the corner in a lost season. That means steady run for guys like Andrew Harrison. The second-year man out of Kentucky has responded to his increased opportunity with averages of 14 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 3.8 RPG over his last five appearances. Tonight, he draws one of the better matchups available to a guard in DFS, Atlanta. The Hawks rank 26th in defensive rating and allows the most APG (25.7) in the NBA this season. With Tyreke Evans (coach’s decision) out and Wayne Selden (knee) questionable, Harrison and Dillon Brooks ($4.4k, $4.2k) become very reliable values.

Josh Hart vs. PHO ($4.7k DraftKings, $5.0k FanDuel)
A cheap option to consider at SG, Josh Hart has been a slam dunk value recently with Lonzo Ball (knee) out. The Villanova product has dropped 29 points with 25 rebounds while seeing his playing time suddenly spike to 37 MPG over his last two appearances, which is no coincidence given the effort that he’s providing on both ends of the floor. The Lakers won both of those games, so HC Luke Walton should continue to give the rookie plenty of minutes on the wing against a Suns team that ranks dead last in defensive rating this year.

Others to Consider: Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jaylen Brown, Tomas Satoransky, Mario Hezonja

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Forwards

Ben Simmons vs. WAS ($8.2k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
The rest of the Wizards have been forced to step up with John Wall (knee) on the shelf. That could lead to some tired legs as they play their fourth game in six nights and second half of a B2B set. When teams can’t keep Ben Simmons in front of them, he’s a menace attacking the basket to score or create for teammates. Even with Wall active, Simmons burned Washington for 49 points, 28 rebounds, and nine assists over two meetings this season. He’s been more productive at home with averages of 17 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 7.4 APG, and 3.1 STL/BLK per game this season. 

T.J. Warren @ LAL ($6.7k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)
While Josh Jackson ($5.9k, $5.9k) is another intriguing option with Devin Booker (hip) unlikely to play tonight, T.J. Warren seems safer as a mid-tier option with more upside. He’s facing a Lakers team that leads the league in pace. Warren averaged 20 PPG and 7.7 RPG over three meetings with them this season. He’s rocking a 30.4 percent usage (3.9 percent increase) with Booker off the floor this year. The Lakers allow the fourth-most RPG (8.83) and 10th-most FPPG (41.83) to opposing SFs over the last month.

Taurean Prince vs. MEM ($5.1k DraftKings, $4.7k FanDuel)
While he disappointed in an encore effort after torching the league-leading Celtics defense for 31 points, Taurean Prince remains a quality value as one of the main weapons on an offense-starved Hawks team. He’s facing a depleted Grizzlies team that’s middle-of-the-pack in most defensive categories. Memphis is also rolling with a couple of rookies on the wing. Prince netted 17 points over 35 minutes in a meeting with Memphis earlier this season and is an easy sell for cash games if he’s going to get that amount of run consistently. Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is questionable tonight as well, which could further secure Prince’s playing time. 

Others to Consider: Kevin Durant, Khris Middleton, Otto Porter, Brandon Ingram, Josh Jackson, Gerald Green, Serge Ibaka, Ryan Anderson, Dillon Brooks

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Center

Enes Kanter vs. MIL ($7.3k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
He slowed down against Atlanta on Sunday, but Enes Kanter still produced a double-double for a fifth consecutive game. And he scored in double figures in a 10th straight. Tonight, he faces a familiar foe in Milwaukee, which he just abused for 17 points and 17 rebounds last Friday. The Bucks allow the fifth-most FPPG (54.0) to opposing centers this season and rank dead last in total RPG (39.0). They represent an easy target for a beast on the boards in Kanter.

Jonas Valanciunas vs. BOS ($5.5k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
The Raptors should at least try to punish the Celtics down low with a true seven-footer in Jonas Valanciunas. The big man is in the midst of a hot streak with averages of 17.6 PPG and 9.9 RPG over his last seven appearances. Boston is giving up the ninth-most FPPG (54.12) and 10th-most PPG (23.09) to opposing centers over the last month. The fact that JoVal only produced six points over 18 minutes in a Nov. 12 meeting with Boston should keep his ownership rate way down. Yet he was very much hobbled by an ankle injury that month. Now, he’s playing consistent minutes for a Raptors team averaging 116.4 PPG while winning four of their last five.

Others to Consider: Joel Embiid, Al Horford, Steven Adams, Julius Randle, John Henson

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Nate Weitzer
Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.