NBA DFS Advice for Tuesday, February 16 (2021) – Top Picks, Best Sleepers, and Lineup Advice

| February 16, 2021 10:08 am PST
NBA DFS Picks for February 16, 2021

With the NFL DFS season is the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn my focus to the daily fantasy basketball scene. You can still catch my NASCAR and MMA DFS picks each week, while Michael Wynn has you covered with his PGA DFS advice.

For all of that, hit the fantasy sports link at the top of this post.

Tuesday offers up a pretty fun NBA DFS slate, and I’m here to point out my top NBA DFS picks, some daily fantasy basketball sleepers, and my favorite lineup.

Before you dive into my top plays, though, be sure to familiarize yourself with the slate by checking out Tuesday’s NBA predictions and top betting picks.

With that, it’s onto the top NBA DFS picks for February 16th, 2021.

Top NBA DFS Picks for February 16th

  • Damian Lillard, PG, Blazers ($9.7k)
  • Kyrie Irving, SG, Nets ($9.1k)
  • LeBron James, SF, Lakers ($10.1k)
  • Zion Williamson, PF, Pelicans ($8.2k)
  • Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets ($10.7k)

These are my favorite plays at each position. I’ll start with Lillard, who has safely scored at least 30 real points in four of his last six games, and is coming off of a nice 57-point fantasy outing.

He gets OKC, who are decimated by injuries and push the pace offensively. This game could be very high-scoring, and Lillard arguably comes in at a mild discount. It’s worth noting he dropped 50 fantasy points against the Thunder earlier this year.

Irving stands out as the best shooting guard play on this slate. He went ham as a scorer last night against the Kings, which put his scoring upside on full display, but could also make him a rest candidate.

James Harden is more of the playmaker in Brooklyn these days, with Irving going public about how they discussed their defined roles recently.

“You’re the point guard. I’m the shooting guard.”

That might give Harden a little more upside, but Irving is still going to chuck and do plenty of damage as a passer. Assuming he doesn’t rest, he’s way too cheap for a huge role since Kevin Durant is still out.

King James is another big name we should gravitate toward, as he’ll continue to shoulder a monster workload with Anthony Davis on the shelf.

James has been rock solid lately, topping 50+ fantasy points in five of his last six games, and 60+ three times during that stretch. One of those games without Anthony Davis saw James pop off for 74.5 fantasy points.

Anthony Davis is sidelined indefinitely now.

James won’t always pay off this price tag, but in a mash spot against a terrible Timberwolves defense (dead last in the NBA in efficiency), he’s going to be tough to fade.

Zion Williamson is worth mentioning simply based on his stellar floor. It would be nice if he rebounded better, but he’s very reliable as a scorer. He’s topped at least 20 real points in eight of his last 10 games, and I doubt he slows down against a middling Memphis team.

Lastly, we have The Joker, who woke up with a monster outing against the Lakers (63 fantasy points) in his last game). That was the fifth 60+ fantasy point effort in his last 10 games, and he can go bonkers at any time.

You can obviously also pay up for Giannis Antetokounmpo and/or James Harden on this slate, but the guys listed above are my favorite NBA DFS picks for tonight, and will be my first priorities when building daily fantasy basketball lineups.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Tuesday

  • Facundo Campazzo, PG, Nuggets ($3.3k)
  • Bryn Forbes, SG, Bucks ($3.8k)
  • Grayson Allen, SF, Grizzlies ($4.7k)
  • Markieff Morris, PF, Lakers ($3.4k)
  • Jarred Vanderbilt, C, Timberwolves ($4k)

I also don’t mind Pat Connaughton with the Bucks missing a starter, while big man Zeke Nnaji could continue to see run for Denver with Paul Millsap banged up.

That said, the NBA DFS sleepers above are presently the ones that stand out the most.

Like any slate, be sure to keep tabs on developing news, as there are a slew of studs to consider tonight, and nabbing value will be crucial to your success.

It could easily start with Capazzo, though. He saw more run than usual in his last game, translating 26 minutes into 27.75 fantasy points.

Some of that was garbage time, but look at all of the guys Denver could be without on Tuesday.

  • Monte Morris
  • Gary Harris
  • PJ Dozier
  • Will Barton
  • Paul Millsap

Barton, Harris, Dozier, and Millsap won’t play, and Morris is questionable after suffering a shoulder strain in his last game.

Campazzo could be called upon for big minutes against Boston, and whether he starts or not, he may be quite viable at this cheap price tag.

Forbes is a score-or-nothing guy, but he logged 30 minutes last game, and we know the kid can stroke it. With Jrue Holiday still on the shelf for Milwaukee, he’s still viable.

Allen is probably most famous for tripping people and looking like Ted Cruz, but he’s actually been doing well as a fantasy asset lately. He dropped 23 real points on the Lakers two games ago, and he’s now cleared 20+ fantasy points in each of his last four games.

His luck could run out at any point, but he’s getting starts and Desmond Bane and D’Anthony Melton are out for Tuesday.

Kyle Kuzma is the main beneficiary of Anthony Davis being out, but his price is spiked to $7k. He’s still playable, but if I am looking for help from L.A., I am targeting punts and/or paying for King James.

Morris is part of that equation, as he logged 25+ minutes in both of the last two games Davis sat out. He didn’t do much with his time, but he can get hot as a scorer, and Minnesota is an awesome matchup.

On the other side is Vanderbilt, who got a start for Minnesota last game and responded with 27.75 fantasy points. He gets into foul trouble and his minutes fluctuate, but he’s probably too cheap to ignore if he starts again.

My Favorite NBA DFS Lineup for February 16th, 2021

  • Facundo Campazzo, PG, Nuggets ($3.3k)
  • Kyrie Irving, SG, Nets ($9.1k)
  • Grayson Allen, SF, Grizzlies ($4.7k)
  • Michael Porter Jr., PF, Nuggets ($5.8k)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Timberwolves ($9.3k)
  • Justin Jackson, G, Thunder ($4.7k)
  • Markieff Morris, F, Lakers ($3.4k)
  • Damian Lillard, PG, Blazers ($9.7k)

That massive outing from KAT is just around the corner, and due to their usage, Irving and Lillard have the ceiling of just about anyone else on this slate.

Obviously Giannis and Jokic are tough fades, but I have an eye strictly toward GPPs. If you prefer one of them, just get off of Lillard or KAT and make the necessary adjustments.

However, this feels like a strong, high upside lineup given the value that is there for us now. Things change greatly if either of the Nets superstars sit, while a litany of other big names could always throw a wrench in this lineup.

Just look at last night. It wasn’t until after lock that Hassan Whiteside and Cedi Osman morphed into GPP-winning commodities.

Regardless, the values listed here should have a clear path to quality minutes, and should be able to pay off their prices tags. Getting three studs at the center offers plenty of upside, while also keeping things rather contrarian.

Whether you love this NBA DFS lineup or not, remember two things; a lot can change between now and lock, and you can also just bet on the games.

To do that, be sure you use the very best NBA betting sites available online.

Noah Davis
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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