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FanDuel NBA DFS value picks for February 5th

1 deal at every position...

I'm not really sure what Mario Hezonja (top) is doing here, but he can score...
I'm not really sure what Mario Hezonja (top) is doing here, but he can score...
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We're hurtling toward productivity as the year gets closer to the middle.

There's a metaphor here somewhere, but I can't find it.

Hold that thought.

Let's get started.

J.J. Barea, DAL, PG ($3900)

Deron Williams is apparently going to play tonight, which isn't great news for Barea. I'm still gonna recommend him though - in case Deron isn't 100%. Barea's usage should get a slight uptick either way tonight. He wasn't great Wednesday (which hurts my soul - since I recommended him), but his upside is still worth the low price. He hasn't been below double digit scoring for 6 games - so he's playing well. I wouldn't expect the moon, but a couple stars might be available. Plug him in as a cheap, low end DFS option.

Nik Stauskas, PHI, SG ($3800)

Stauskas dropped 17 in a meaningless game against the Hawks the other day. It's the most points he's scored in a month & a half, so don't get too excited. But 17 is 17, and $3800 is a pretty great price for any upside you can find. His numbers & minutes are generally trending upward, so there's something here. Just don't expect a beastly performance. Stauskas is another conservative, economical DFS possibility tonight.

Mario Hezonja, ORL, SF ($3600)

Those Super Mario signs are coming. Beware! Mario has dropped double digit scoring in 3 of his last 5 games. Last game, in 20 minutes against OKC, he went off for 16 points on 6/10 shooting - with 4 3PM and 4 AST. He's getting minutes, and doing things with said minutes. I like where the Hezonja story is going, and a bigger breakout could be coming. The 5th overall pick of the 2015 draft has considerable upside, and he's starting to realize it. There's risk here, but I like him tonight for the price.

Amare Stoudamire, MIA, PF ($4400)

It's the early 2000s again, and Amare is making noise. He's got 2 double doubles in his last 3 games, and his price is affordable. He's old (in NBA terms anyway), but don't be ageist when looking for basketball stats. He's a sneaky DFS option tonight, so don't be afraid to plug him in your DFS lineup. (Please note: Steve Nash and Shawn Marion retired, so don't look for them at the other DFS positions.)

Kelly Olynyk, BOS, C ($4900)

Not loving the price, but I couldn't recommend the cheaper guys in good conscience. (See? I care. I told you so.) He's volatile, but he's been consistently scoring in the double digits the last 2 weeks. He gets a few boards, and hits a few 3s (from the C position!) - but he's a risk. Might be worth spending some dough to get an established C tonight, but if that's not really an option, consider Olynyk in your big man slot. He's always capable of a huge game now and then.

So that's 5 guys to get your weekend started with.

Summer is only a few months away.

Start ironing those Speedos.

I'm your wingman, bro.