NBA February 2nd Starting Five

The NBA season has been here, but today it is now December which means it's CHRISTMAS TIME! We have such an exciting season up ahead and plenty of opportunities to win some money! There are four key things I look for in a player to have the highest probability of being optimal!
1. Price
2. Opponent DvP
3. Recent Minutes/Rotation Time
4. Usage Rate
These four statistics paired together are the best suitors to find a gem. Almost everyone I mention below hits on atleast 2 of these if not all of them! Hopefully this will help you be more successful while building lineups and give you a higher chance of winning the big bucks!
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PG: Spencer Dinwiddie ($5,800)

There really isn't much to say other than it would be wise to go right back to Dinwiddie who got priced down but has still dominated overall this season without Beal. He gets a much easier matchup against Maxey compared to last night where he has Jrue on him most of the night. What is wild is he still almost put up a triple double last night, but between his horrible shooting and early foul trouble, he just couldn't muster up enough volume to get it done. Don't get cute here and just go back to Dinwiddie.
High: Russell Westbrook ($9,400) or James Harden ($11,200)
Mid: Terry Rozier ($7,300) or Anfernee Simons ($6,500)
Low: Davion Mitchell ($4,900) or Tre Mann ($4,200)

SG: Cedi Osman ($4,600)

Osman drew the start last game without Garland and put up 27 DK points in 38 minutes on just 3/16 shooting. If he can bring that FG% up to a serviceable point and still pick up the peripherals he did in that game then he for sure can hit value and probably smash it in the same spot tonight. Not to mention he did it in a slow game where neither team broke 100 points. The play Houston who runs at the fastest pace in the league and the defensive matchup isn't going to be hard for him at all. Hopefully ownership isn't all over him because he could be a key piece to winning tonight.
High: Caris Levert ($8,200) or Josh Giddey ($7,900)
Mid: Will Barton ($5,700) or Evan Fournier ($5,400)
Low: Duane Washington ($3,700) or Ty Jerome ($3,200)

SF: Jayson Tatum ($10,600)

Tatum gets his go against the Hornets tonight who are terrible against any big, run at the 2nd fastest pace in the league and are without the two guys that would primarily guard Tatum in Hayward and Oubre. He has been quite volatile lately, so this is definitely a GPP play only, but it is one that could provide a ton of leverage to the other studs on the slate. Outside of his last game against CHA, he put up 66 and 60 DK points against CHA with both of those games being in the last calender year. There is definitely a spot for Tatum to have a ceiling game here in what should be a fast paced, high scoring matchup.
High: Jaylen Brown ($8,700)
Mid: Luke Dort ($6,500) or Harrison Barnes ($6,300)
Low: Aaron Wiggins ($3,500) or Reggie Bullock ($3,900)

PF: Isaiah Jackson ($5,400)

I don't care that he is priced up to a decent point. He is still a great value with the Pacers bleeding at the PF and C position with Jackson as really the only viable option. He scored a whopping 46.5 DK points last game in 30 minutes of action and gets to go up against ORL who is far from good against bigs. He is definitely in the "don't get cute just play him" category until Indiana gets some of their bigs back, so role with him again tonight.
High: Kyle Kuzma ($7,500)
Mid: Wendell Carter Jr. ($6,200)
Low: Chuma Okeke ($4,500), Darius Bazley ($4,400) or Blake Griffin ($3,200)

C: Joel Embiid ($12,000)

Embiid might be the best spend up option on the slate tonight with how hot he has been lately. He missed last game which allowed Drummond to do his thing and I would imagine he is fresh for this cupcake matchup against the Wizards. He has 62+ DK points in 5 of the last 6 games with multiple 70 point performances in the time frame as well. With the way that the Wizards have been oddly good at slowing down forwards like Tobias, Embiid might have to carry the load in a huge way tonight and have another ceiling game. If the price is a bit steep to pay, there are a few other options that you can easily use below (and above with Carter, Jackson and Griffin)
High: Nikola Jokic ($12,500) or Anthony Davis ($10,200)
Mid: Jarrett Allen ($7,700) or Al Horford ($5,200)
Low: Maxi Kleber ($4,100) or Montrezl Harrell ($4,400)
Thanks for reading, best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the holidays!
Heating Up DFS