Jayson Tatum Was The Most Surprising DFS Star Of The 2019-2020 NBA Season

Posted on April 29, 2020

Coming into his age-21 season, there wasn’t much hype around Jayson Tatum taking a leap into the elite echelon of DFS producers. The people who make NBA expert picks weren’t exactly jumping to draft him in competitive DFS games. We saw Tatum’s growth stutter in his sophomore season after a very promising rookie campaign. The now 22-year-old has been turning some heads lately.

It was a bit of an inconsistent start, but Tatum slowly gained traction as we watched his DFS salary continue to spike. The first game of the season, we saw Tatum’s DraftKings salary start at $6,300 and his FanDuel salary start at $6,900. Just before the season was suspended and the NBA public betting caught up to his value, Tatum was priced at $8,900 on DraftKings and $8,700 on FanDuel. Since the start of February, Tatum produced 40 or more fantasy points in 14-of-16 DraftKings contests (13-of-16 on FanDuel).

Tatum’s numbers have jumped overall from his sophomore season. He has gone from 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game to 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per contest. On top of that, Tatum’s three-point attempts increased from 3.9 to 7.1 per game with a jump in percentage from 37.3 to 39.8. Something else that has boded well for his fantasy appeal is his eligibility at the power forward position, one that’s normally a bit more shallow than the rest.

The secret’s out on the Boston Celtics superstar. He’s no longer an affordable steal in DFS formats. In 12 games in February, Tatum averaged 30.7 points and 7.9 boards per game, while shooting 48.1 percent from deep. His usage rate has stabilized at a high rate and Brad Stevens has figured out the best ways to utilize him. You can even use BetQL to see if Tatum’s growth is enough to move an NBA spread a few points. With plenty of room for growth, Jayson Tatum was the breakthrough of the DFS world for the 2019-2020 NBA season. One thing is for sure, he won’t take anyone by surprise once the NBA returns to action. If you want to get in on either DFS or just NBA betting action when play resumes you can check out all of these sportsbook bonuses to get some free money.