NBA DFS: Studs, scrubs, and duds for February 21

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Top star players, best value picks, and guys you should stay away from on February 21 in NBA DFS on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Welcome to Studs, Scrubs, and Duds; FanSided’s NBA DFS lineup helper.

Here’s what’s on the slate for tonight:

7 p.m. ET: Dallas at Orlando, Cleveland at Washington
7:30 p.m. ET: Indiana at New York, Phoenix at Toronto
8 p.m. ET: Boston at Minnesota, Denver at Oklahoma City
9 p.m. ET: San Antonio at Utah
10:30 p.m. ET: Memphis at LA Lakers, New Orleans at Portland

How this works:

Studs: Top high salary picks that you can build your lineup around.
Scrubs: Value players looking for a big night or consistent options to help fill out your lineup.
Duds: Players to avoid given their high salary and/or poor matchup.

Five players are picked on each slide, positions are not applicable, and both DraftKings and FanDuel salaries are listed.


Nikola Jokic (at OKC – $9,800 on DK; $10,100 on FD): Jokic always kills the Thunder. He’s a guaranteed double double in this match and he’ll likely flirt with a triple double as well. He typically gets the best of Steven Adams. I also like Jamal Murray, another storied Thunder killer. But Jokic provides more value than even Anthony Davis on this night.

Bradley Beal (vs CLE – $9,400 on DK; $9,200 on FD): Can the Wizards make the playoffs? Probably not. But Beal is the top option on a good offense taking on a bad defense. Maybe the Cavaliers get a spark from the coaching change and if you believe that, then grab Andre Drummond (who is at a great price). But Beal is guaranteed value with a high ceiling.

Pascal Siakam (vs PHO – $8,400 on DK; $7,900 on FD): The Raptors are now rested and come back to a great matchup against the Suns. There’s always value on the Raptors because of their style of play and the fact that they have some lower priced guys with no standout star. Lowry or VanVleet could also work in this situation. But Siakam is the guy I’m most comfortable with on this night.

Zion Williamson (at POR – $8,000 on DK; $7,500 on FD): Zion is putting up insane numbers and that should continue to be the case against the weak Blazers. The fact that the Blazers don’t have Lillard is going to hurt them on defense because it’s going to hurt them on offense. The Pelicans will run and ask the Blazers to keep up after misses. I’m doubting they can do it. Zion will get plenty of points and contribute with rebounds as well.

Gordon Hayward (at MIN – $7,000 on DK; $7,000 on FD): Hayward has been consistent for the majority of the season and is at the lower end of the price list when it comes to Celtics players. The Timberwolves offer no defense so this should be an easy night for many players on the Celtics. Hayward definitely won’t hurt you and the ceiling is high given the matchup.