NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 5/16/18
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge in our new Single Game Boost format for the Conference Finals.
For these contests, you'll fill out a five-man roster with a $60,000 salary cap. Those five players include an MVP, a Star, a Pro, and two utility players. The MVP will have his FanDuel points doubled. The Star will have his fantasy points multiplied by 1.5. The Pro gets a multiplier of 1.2. The two utility players will return the standard FanDuel points.
We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's one-game slate.
James Harden (FanDuel Price: $17,500)
Despite the Rockets dropping Game 1, James Harden was phenomenal. He was 14-of-24 from the field (including 5-of-9 from three-point range), and added 7 assists, 4 boards and a steal. He only played 35.1 minutes, but boasted a massive 41.3% usage rate and 48.1% assist rate, making it clear that he's the guy Houston wants with the ball in his hands in this matchup.
His 55.3 FanDuel points in that game give him at least 55 in six of his last eight, and a slate-leading 56.6 per game in the postseason. He also ranked top-five with 53.0 per game in the regular season, and his 1.50 per minute were second of all players. He's got the highest upside of anyone on the slate, making him a top pick for the MVP slot tonight.
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