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NBA DFS Advice for Friday, February 19 (2021) – Best Picks, Top Sleepers, and Lineup Help

| February 19, 2021 7:07 am PDT

After surviving last night’s weak three-game NBA DFS slate, loyal daily fantasy basketball gamers are blessed with a glorious nine-game main slate on Friday.

What a way to end the work week, am I right?

The action gets started with Stephen Curry versus Nikola Vucevic at 6:00 pm CT, and it only gets better from there. You can obviously bet on these games, and if you plan on doing so, be sure to hit up our NBA picks.

I’ve got you covered for the fantasy side. Things will change greatly by the time lock rolls around, but I’ll at least get you going in the right direction.

With that, here are my favorite NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup for Friday, February 19th.

Top NBA DFS Picks for February 19th

  • Ja Morant, PG, Grizzlies ($7.4k)
  • Fred VanVleet, SG, Raptors ($7.8k)
  • Jerami Grant, SF, Pistons ($7.5k)
  • Pascal Siakam, PF, Raptors ($7.7k)
  • Zion Williamson, C, Pelicans ($8.4k)

I touted Morant a couple of days ago, and he went ham with 51 fantasy points. This, despite scoring just 15 real points.

On Friday he has a solid matchup against the Pistons, and his price hasn’t budged. His minutes are back to where you want them, and he’s topped 42+ fantasy points in three of his last four games. The guy is too cheap.

Ditto for FVV. He might be tired after playing last night, but he’s had two good games against the Bucks, and offers a really nice floor. He’s in a smash spot against a bad Minnesota defense.

His teammate Pascal Siakam is also right there with him, and he put up 42 fantasy points against the Timberwolves earlier this year. Both are solid plays, and they’re elite plays if Kyle Lowry sits out (ankle) again.

One of my favorite NBA DFS picks of this slate is Jerami Grant, though. He offered almost zero peripherals the other day, yet still poured in 48 fantasy points.

That may or may not have been because he scored 43 real points.

Grant is a savage, and he’s all Detroit has. You better believe I’ll pay for the heat check against a middling Grizzlies defense.

I also have eyes for Zion Williamson. Everyone will understandably flock to Nikola Jokic or Joel Embiid, but Williamson is (gulp) starting to display a ceiling.

Just look at his stat line over his last five games.

Minutes FGM Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Points FPS
34 12 6 4 2 0 36 53.5
28 13 7 6 2 0 31 51.75
36 10 8 3 0 2 26 44
37 14 2 4 2 0 36 48
37 12 4 2 1 0 29 38

Williamson had previously been known for his remarkably high (and safe) floor. Due to his insane efficiency and his attack-at-will playing style, that isn’t going anywhere.

But Williamson is morphing into a pretty dominant interior scorer, and he’s also starting to tack on solid ancillary stats. If he can keep that up, he’s going to be a lot pricier very soon.

The time to buy is now.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Friday

  • Terance Mann, PG, Clippers ($3.9k)
  • Seth Curry, SG, 76ers ($4.8k)
  • Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Magic ($5.1k)
  • Saddiq Bey, PF, Pistons ($5.6k)
  • Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Pelicans ($3.9k)

I’m pretty transparent about the fact that I push out my daily fantasy basketball picks very early in the day. That’s to give you a head start and allow you another voice to lean on when you’re making your decisions.

The value that looks great now may be trumped by other sleepers later. In that same breath, it’s sometimes important to remember the value we first liked, because the value that emerges later will undoubtedly become fairly chalky.

Some of the guys above may end up being chalky regardless, but no matter what, I like them at the moment.

Mann needs Kawhi Leonard to keep sitting out. Right now Leonard is iffy for L.A.’s home tilt with the Jazz. If he’s out, Mann could start, but even if he doesn’t, he’s likely looking at about 30 minutes.

Curry is viable no matter what. He’s going to get around 35 minutes, and after popping off for 25 real points in his last game, he’ll be as confident as ever. I’d prefer Ben Simmons to be out again to be enamored with him, but I still will like him plenty at this price if he plays.

MCW doesn’t offer an amazing ceiling, but he’s about the same price, and he’s Orlando’s main point guard right now. He’s going to start and push for around 30 minutes. In a matchup with the #2 team in terms of pace (Warriors), he is a much better play than anyone will give him credit for.

Bey is probably more of a cheap leverage play against Grant. I prefer Grant, but Bey is going to get a ton of run, and he’s blown up in the past. Playing the two together isn’t crazy, but not preferred.

Lastly, Willy Hernangomez is a lock for me in the event Steven Adams is out. Adams left the Pelican’s last game, and is doubtful to play.

Willy logged 29 minutes and went off for 33 fantasy points, and the guy is historically a big fantasy-point-per-minute producer. If he starts, he’s a cornerstone pick at this price.

Best NBA DFS Lineup for February 19th, 2021

  • PG: Ja Morant – Grizzlies ($7.4k)
  • SG: Fred VanVleet – Raptors ($7.8k)
  • SF: Michael Carter-Williams – Magic ($5.1k)
  • PF: Pascal Siakam – Raptors ($7.7k)
  • C: Guillermo Hernangómez – Pelicans ($3.9k)
  • G: Seth Curry – 76ers ($4.8k)
  • F: Grayson Allen – Grizzlies ($4.9k)
  • UTIL: Zion Williamson – Pelicans ($8.4k)

I love the midrange on this slate. Center is where all the top studs reside, but I don’t see it as a great spot to invest big money when my favorite punt is there, and there are several other great values at that position.

Morant and FVV are too cheap, and I just can’t see myself getting away from a lot of these guys. I also like Delon Wright and a few other plays that are arguably a bit too cheap, but you can’t have everyone.

Things can change, but for now, I have a strong core of four reliable players, and four value plays that should have defined roles and have a shot at crushing their price tags.

As value opens up, you can always try to pay up over one of my core plays to get a stud you love, but a lot of the elites on this slate are priced up. I think this is more of a balanced build kind of night, and hopefully this lineup can help you piece together a winner.

If you want, you can also try your hand at betting on the NBA. Just be sure to use the best real money betting sites if you decide to go that route.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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