Daily Fantasy NBA Picks from DFSR for 12/9/17

Daily Fantasy NBA Picks from DFSR for 12/9/17

There are ten games in the association today, beginning with an early afternoon set between the Wizards and Clippers, followed by a 6PM tipoff between the Heat and Nets. We’re going to shift all of our focus to the eight game main slate which tips at 7ET when the Lakers head into Charlotte. It was a busy Friday night, and we have a lot to consider when looking at our top plays, so let’s not waste any more time, and get right to the picks…

Point guard

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook FD – $10800 DK – $11000
Opponent – MEM
Proj Pts FD – 54.65 DK – 58.3
We start off at the point with a guy named Russell Westbrook. Perhaps you’ve heard of him? Just your basic, ordinary, run of the mill double double machine with triple double upside on any given night, that runs the boards 35-40 minutes per game, and is an ever present threat to put up 75 fantasy points at any time. Now of course, that’s the upside, but the floor alone is plenty attractive. Westbrook averages about 50 fantasy points per night, and has cracked 60 three times in his last seven games. The matchup isn’t ideal, Memphis is a bear (pun intended) for opposing point guards allowing the fewest average fantasy points per game, but that just leads me to fade Russ in tournaments, for cash purposes the man is essentially matchup proof, particularly when priced at $11K or less. There was some chatter about a hip contusion and an illness on Thursday night, but he isn’t showing up on the injury report, so I think it’s safe to say Russ is a go, and is a great way to pay up in cash games.

Ricky RubioRicky Rubio FD – $4900 DK – $5000
Opponent – MIL
Proj Pts FD – 28.54 DK – 28.85
It’s tough to be Ricky Rubio right now. Rookie Donovan Mitchell seems to be leading the offensive show in Utah, and Rubio’s stuck in a place that just doesn’t work to his skill set. His field goal percentage is down from last year, and he’s seeing career lows in rebounds and assists per game. It’s not all gloom and doom however, as this has led us to the point where we are getting Rubio at a bargain price. He’s at a season low across the industry, and despite a rough start to December, where he’s averaged 5.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, he has shown the ability to crush value at these prices. Along with the prices dropping, the minutes appear to be on the rise. He’s played 34 and 30 minutes against the Thunder and the Rockets respectively in his last two games, and we have to think a seasoned vet like Rubio is going to put it together quickly and bounce back to form, and what better time than against Eric Bledsoe and a Bucks defense that is none too intimidating at the point. There’s some risk here, but for the price, I’m willing to ride with Rubio.

Chris PaulChris Paul FD – $8700 DK – $7900
Opponent – POR
Proj Pts FD – 42.99 DK – 44.54
It took a little longer than anticipated to find out how well Chris Paul was going to mesh with James Harden and the Rockets after being dealt this off season, but we now have an answer, and that answer is exceptionally well. Paul is fitting himself in to his new surroundings after injuring his knee on opening night against the Warriors and missing the first month of the season. Since his return to the court on November 16th CP3 has delivered for both the Rockets, who are undefeated with Paul on the court, and for those of us who roster him in DFS. He’s shown 60 fantasy point upside, while coming just a rebound shy of posting his first triple double of the season against the Jazz on Thursday in a game in which he saw a season high 36 minutes. It seems the Rockets are ready to finally unleash Paul and push him to the limit, which should lead to many more games such as the one he had in Utah. He’ll next face the Trailblazers in the game with the second highest projection of the evening. Damian Lillard’s a solid defender, but he may be preoccupied with trying to contain James Harden, and CP3 is one of the best point guards in the game, so he won’t be easily shut down. Paul’s an excellent cash game play, plus a nice pivot off of Westbrook in tournaments.

Shooting Guard

Kent BazemoreKent Bazemore FD – $5400 DK – $5200
Opponent – ORL
Proj Pts FD – 30.46 DK – 30.24
If you want to pay up at shooting guard the only option is James Harden in a tough matchup with the Blazers, for significantly more than what you’ll pay for Russell Westbrook, so lets dip down to some mid-tiered plays instead shall we? Starting out we have Kent Bazemore and the Hawks hosting the Magic. Bazemore is anything but safe, but like Ricky Rubio above, the price is key here. While not a season low, we’re getting Bazemore at a reduced price, in a nice matchup against a hurting Magic team that are still without Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross, and…I’m just now seeing an alert that Aaron Gordon suffered a concussion last night against the Nuggets. Orlando is hurting, and they’re an average defense when healthy. Bazemore posted a 4/6/7 line with a steal against the Magic just three nights ago in 36 minutes, and came just shy of value. Bazemore can be very boom or bust, but all the elements are in place for him to have a boom kind of night tonight, and I’m buying in.

J.J. RedickJ.J. Redick FD – $5400 DK – $5100
Opponent – CLE
Proj Pts FD – 27.57 DK – 29.17
If rostering Bazemore makes you a little queasy, then maybe consider J.J. Redick at the same price point. Redick is settling into his role in the Philadelphia line very well, seeing at least 30, and upwards of 37 minutes in all but two games this season with the Sixers. Redick has scored at least 15 points in four straight games, and hits his stride when he’s mixing in some peripherals to boot. He’s shooting 43.6% from the field and 39% from three point land, which is right on pace with his career totals, and travels into Cleveland tonight to take on a Cavaliers team that is among the most generous to opposing two-guards in the game. The Cavs come into the game a mere five point favorite and this game has the highest projected point total of the evening. If we’re picking our poison, I’d say go Redick in cash and Bazemore in tournaments, but I’m fine with both in all formats.

Kentavious Caldwell-PopeKentavious Caldwell-Pope FD – $5900 DK – $5500
Opponent – CHA
Proj Pts FD – 29.67 DK – 30
This final play is a tad more expensive than those other two guys, but is also the safest of the bunch. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been red hot lately for the Lakers, who are perfectly fine with giving him all the run his legs can handle. He’s averaging 35 minutes per game over his past seven contests, and has flashed 8X PPD upside at these prices twice in that span. The Lakers play the fastest game in the league right now, so any opponent is going to slow their game down, but Charlotte plays a decent pace as well, and these two teams combine for a 103.2 pace factor which is none too shabby. Not to mention the fact that Charlotte is just awful at defending the position. KCP is my safe play at the position and leaves plenty of wiggle room at other positions.

Small forward

Robert CovingtonRobert Covington FD – $6900 DK – $6000
Opponent – CLE
Proj Pts FD – 36.46 DK – 36.18
Similar to shooting guard, we’re going to look past the studs, who aren’t projecting as high in the system, and talk about some cheaper value plays. LeBron and Giannis can be considered of course, LeBron moreso as the Bucks are in a low scoring contest with a Jazz team that plays a slow game. James meanwhile is in a fast paced, high scoring contest with the Sixers. Speaking of the Sixers, our first play at the position is their own Robert Covington. RoCo went through a bit of a funk for a while there, including his worst game of the season against these Cavaliers, but he seems to be returning to form scoring in double digits in four straight games, and paying over 6X PPD in two of those while averaging 34.5 minutes per game. The primary reason we chose Covington over LeBron in this spot is the matchup. The Sixers are a top ten defensive matchup against the small forward position, while the Cavs allow the fourth most fantasy points to the position. There’s plenty of fantasy goodness in this game, and Covington is one of the best plays of the night.

Rudy GayRudy Gay FD – $5500 DK – $5800
Opponent – PHO
Proj Pts FD – 33.62 DK – 33.42
Kawhi Leonard seems to be nearing a return, possibly Tuesday? For now however he remains out and is joined by Kyle Anderson which means Rudy Gay should draw another start at the three for San Antonio. Gay has started two straight games for the Spurs and put up solid numbers in each, with a double double and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Pistons followed by a 16/7/3 line with 3 steals against the Heat. The Spurs are in Phoenix tonight, against a Suns team that are not only one of the poorest defenses in the game, but their breakneck pace of play will force the ultra conservative Spurs to speed things up. I don’t know that we’ve seen Gay’s ceiling as a starter just yet, and it could shatter tonight. Rudy Gay has the highest points per dollar projection in our system today, and I will not be at all surprised if he’s an every lineup guy by the time lineups lock tonight.

Jonathon SimmonsJonathon Simmons FD – $6100 DK – $5700
Opponent – ATL
Proj Pts FD – 34.36 DK – 34.7
We wrote up Jonathon Simmons in the picks yesterday, and he fell a little short paying just 4X PPD against the Nuggets. Today he sees an even better defensive matchup against the Hawks who are allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing small forwards. We originally chose this pick early on Friday night, but it has become even more enticing now that the Magic will be without Aaron Gordon, who suffered a concussion in last night’s tilt with Denver. Simmons has proven himself to be a solid scorer, sinking double digit points in five straight games now, while seeing an insane amount of court time, as much as 40 minutes a game. With all of the injuries they’re dealing with, the Magic will be loaded with value tonight, This is an excellent game for stacking and Simmons should be a key part of any game stack, with the safety and upside needed to be considered in all formats.

Consider LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Power forward

Derrick FavorsDerrick Favors FD – $5200 DK – $5700
Opponent – MIL
Proj Pts FD – 28.21 DK – 27.4
Look out for falling prices!! Rudy Gobert has been back for three games now, and Derrick Favors has seen his price plummet, particularly on FanDuel, where he’s down $2200 compared to the game against the Pelicans where he made his final start at center. Now back at the four, playing ten fewer minutes per game, and sharing the time he does get with Gobert, Favors is a true fire sale play, and is as safe now as he was when Gobert was sidelined thanks to the price correction. Not to mention there’s not a lot to love at the four to begin with tonight. You can pay up for Ben Simmons, who will likely see more run with no Joel Embiid, but that means LeBron, and Love will focus all of their attention on him. The best course of action would seem to be go cheap at the four, and Favors is an excellent way of doing just that.

LaMarcus AldridgeLaMarcus Aldridge FD – $8200 DK – $8400
Opponent – PHO
Proj Pts FD – 43.29 DK – 42.78
Paying up at power forward tonight for me will mean going with LaMarcus Aldridge. LMA has seen his cost come down some after flirting with near season high pricing earlier this month. Aldridge was quiet against the Heat on Wednesday night, pairing four boards with 18 points and a block. This is uncharacteristic for the big man who flirts with double doubles on a near nightly basis and has posted nine already this season. His chance at redemption comes tonight against the Suns, who are not only the worst defense at the position, but over their last five games are allowing an insane 70 FD points to opposing power forwards, allowing 30 points and 15.6 rebounds per game in that stretch. Pair that with the Suns lightning fast pace of play and all signs point to a big night for Aldridge who should be a lock for 5X and could push for 6X if the Suns keep it competitive.

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony FD – $6800 DK – $6600
Opponent – MEM
Proj Pts FD – 37.81 DK – 38.83
I like this play much more if Paul George remains out once again for the Thunder’s game in Memphis tonight. With no George the Thunder need Carmelo Anthony to step up and take some slack off of Russell Westbrook. He attempted to do just that in the last game against the Nets with PG out, but had a hard time getting his shot to fall, sinking just 5 of 20, fortunately he did enough in the glass to make up the difference, his 11 boards allowed some relief from what could have been an ugly night on the fantasy scoreboard. The Grizzlies may not be the defensive punching bag the Nets are, but they’re certainly not a shut down type of defense either, so Melo will have a chance to make up for what has been some poor shooting as of late. Again, if Paul George is cleared to play, I don’t like this as much, though he could be a sneaky GPP play, but no PG means Melo is in play everywhere.

Consider Marvin Williams.

Center

Nikola VucevicNikola Vucevic FD – $8500 DK – $8300
Opponent – ATL
Proj Pts FD – 44.22 DK – 45.24
So, once again, we had this play all picked out early on Friday night, but now it seems to be all the more important as Aaron Gordon suffered a concussion last night, which means the Magic’s big man will have to step up his already solid game. What was initially an excellent play becomes phenomenal play, and I’m sure Nikola Vucevic will be extremely high owned tonight, in every format. Vucevic paired 21 points against the Nuggets on Friday night with a season high 17 rebounds, eclipsing the season high 16 he snagged on Wednesday, giving him 33 boards in two games. Last night was also the third time in four games that Vucevic managed to pay 6.5X PPD. The dominance should continue tonight in Atlanta against a Hawks team that are without their top two front court players and allow the third most fantasy points to opposing bigs. There is so much in Vucevic’s favor right now it’s hard to justify anyone else at center.

Dwight HowardDwight Howard FD – $7800 DK – $7600
Opponent – LAL
Proj Pts FD – 38.49 DK – 40.19
Yet, you say you want options, pivots, contrarian plays! The Vucevic chalk is too vanilla for you, you just have to be different you wild person! Well, then I present to you Dwight Howard. Howard lit the Bulls up last night to the tune of 9X PPD scoring 25 points and 20 boards in 43 minutes of play. That may be the only knock on Howard, if you fear the Hornets cut the minutes back after last night’s workload. Even if he sees just 30 minutes Howard is priced at a point where he can easily hit value especially against a Lakers team allowing the second most fantasy points at the center position over their last 10 games. This game has a decent projection of 213.5 points and the Hornets are only 5.5 point favorites, so Charlotte may need to test Howard’s legs and see if they can’t stretch him to the limit. Howard’s not going to put up 70 fantasy points every night, he probably won’t tonight, but 40 is more than enough to ask, while 50 is certainly not out of the question. As a GPP pivot off of Vucevic, you can do much worse than Dwight Howard.

Consider Greg Monroe if Alex Len and Tyson Chandler are both ruled out.

This post originally appeared on DFSR.com

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Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 12/9/17

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 12/9/17

What We Know

Joel EmbiidJoel Embiid will rest against the Cavaliers in the first game of a back to back.
Embiid will take his standard rest day during a Sixers back to back set on the opening end as the Sixers head to Cleveland tonight. In addition to Embiid, T.J. McConnell, who returned from a three game absence to play the Lakers on Thursday night, aggravated the same shoulder that kept him out for those games and will miss once again tonight. The two may be joined on the bench by Dario Saric who is looking unlikely to play a second straight game. Amir Johnson could see extended run again and we may get our first look at Trevor Booker in a Sixers uniform. Jerryd Bayless will see the most benefit from McConnells absence.

Aaron GordonAaron Gordon suffered a concussion last night against the Nuggets, joining a long list of injured Magic.
Gordon joins Terrence Ross, and Evan Fournier among the inactive Orlando players after suffering a concussion last night. He will join Fournier, who missed last night’s game with a sprained ankle, and has no current timetable for return, and Ross who has missed several games with a hyperextended knee. In addition, we are waiting on word for D.J. Augustin who is questionable after injuring his quad last night. As we noted in the picks article, Nikola Vucevic, and Jonathon Simmons will provide tremendous value tonight for the depleted Orlando team. If Augustin is unable to go, then add Shelvin Mack to the list of Orlando value plays as well.

Jeremy LambJeremy Lamb left last night’s game with a shin contusion. He has been ruled out while Nicolas Batum is listed as questionable.
Batum is experiencing soreness in the elbow that kept him sidelined through the first 12 games of the season, He’s considered a game time decision and may likely be held out as a precaution tonight as the Hornets host the Lakers. If held out, he will join Lamb on the bench, who injured his shin in last night’s contest. Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk would be the beneficiaries if both are unable to play tonight.

Jusuf NurkicJusuf Nurkic will sit out tonight’s game against Houston with a sore ankle.
Nurkic sprained his ankle Tuesday against the Wizards, and is still feeling it, so the Blazers are holding him out tonight as they host Houston. Ed Davis will likely draw the start and becomes an interesting play in Nurkics place.

Pau GasolPau Gasol, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili will be rested tonight against the Suns.
Gasol, Parker, and Ginobili will all sit out tonight’s game against the Suns for rest. They join Kyle Anderson, Kawhi Leonard among the inactive Spurs, and leave a hefty workload for the remaining players in a sweet matchup against the defensively lacking Suns team. Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Rudy Gay all become prime options in a pace up game packed with fantasy value.

Rodney HoodRodney Hood has been ruled out for the Jazz tonight.
No surprise, Hood will miss his seventh straight game tonight nursing his left ankle. Alec Burks and Donovan Mitchell will continue to see the benefit of Hoods absence.

Chandler ParsonsChandler Parsons will rest on the tail end of the Memphis back to back set.
Parsons saw 25 minutes last night against the Raptors, so the Grizzlies will rest him tonight so as not to overwork his knee. Dillon Brooks, James Ennis, and Ben McLemore all stand to see added time on the court in his absence.

Tyson ChandlerTyson Chandler and Alex Len are both available for the Suns.
I noted in the picks article that Greg Monroe was in consideration at center tonight if these two were ruled out, but both are available making all three undesirable from a fantasy perspective.

What We’re Waiting to Know

Paul GeorgePaul George is questionable for the Thunder after missing Thursday’s game.
George missed Thursday night’s game against Brooklyn with a calf bruise which seems to still be a problem for the Thunders small forward, leaving his status for tonight up in the air. Alex Abrines drew the start in his place on Thursday, but the real impact here is on Carmelo Anthony who is a much more attractive play if George misses a second straight game.

Every Lineup Guys

Rudy GayRudy Gay FD – $5500 DK – $5800
Opponent – PHO
Proj Pts FD – 33.62 DK – 33.42
Dejounte MurrayDejounte Murray FD – $3600 DK – $3900
Opponent – PHO
Proj Pts FD – 29.63 DK – 30.53
We have a pair of Spurs leading our top lineups tonight. Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are being rested on the tail end of the San Antonio back to back set as they travel to Phoenix after hosting the Celtics at home last night. The Spurs go into the game extremely shorthanded. I wrote up Rudy Gay in the picks article, and predicted he would be an every lineup guy, and here we are. Kawhi Leonard has missed the start to the season, and Kyle Anderson is out for at least 2-3 weeks with a sprained MCL in his knee, which keeps Gay the starting small forward for a fourth straight game. In the first three starts he’s averaging 31 minutes and 33 fantasy points per, and tonight has a chance to crush value against a Suns team that doesn’t play defense. Then there’s Dejounte Murray. With word that the Spurs are resting Parker, Murray will be the likely candidate to step into the starting point guard spot, following a stellar performance against the Thunder on Sunday when he started for a resting Parker. Murray ended that game with a 17/11/5/1/3 line in 39 minutes and paid a staggering 12X PPD. Phoenix loves to run the boards and will force the Spurs to speed up their conservative game, this game doesn’t have a ridiculous projected total, sitting at just 206.5 but when you think of the minutes these guys stand to see, the sky is the limit when looking at their ceiling.

This post originally appeared on DFSR.com


Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 12/8/17

What We Know

Evan FournierEvan Fournier is out with a sprained right ankle.
Fournier will miss at the very least tonight’s game against the Nuggets, and tomorrow in Atlanta with a sprained ankle suffered on Wednesday against the Hawks. Aaron Afflalo will likely draw the start in fournier’s place, and should see a significant number of minutes as well.

Marcus MorrisMarcus Morris and Jaylen Brown expect to play tonight in San Antonio.
Although the word is both expect to play, Morris is being called a game-time decision after missing wednesdays game with a knee issue and originally being listed as questionable for tonight. Brown meanwhile will likely play with protective goggles after missing the last game with an inflamed right eye. Even if Morris plays, look for Aaron Baynes to remain in the starting rotation against the Spurs front court, while the return of Brown will send Marcus Smart back to a reserve role.

Andre IguodalaAndre Iguodala and Draymond Green are both probable.
Iguodala played through knee pain on wednesday, while Green was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Green will see how things feel following shoot around, though word is he expects to be good to go tonight in Detroit. Iguodala meanwhile should be expected to continue playing through the knee issue as long as it doesn’t worsen. If that is the case he stands to see a significant bump in usage with Steph Curry out for at least a couple of weeks with an ankle sprain. Zaza Pachulia is also out for the Dubs, but as long as Dray is back in the rotation, I’d expect to see him eat a sizable chunk of those minutes.

Frank KaminskyFrank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller are each out for the Hornets.
Zeller has been ruled out indefinitely with a medial meniscus tear in his knee and will be joined on the injury report tonight by Frank The Tank, who suffered a sprained ankle six minutes into Wednesday’s tilt with the Warriors. This should lead to a windfall of minutes for Marvin Williams who will likely draw the start at power forward for the hurting Hornets.

Willie Cauley-SteinWillie Cauley-Stein did not travel to New Orleans.
WCS strained his lower back against the Bucks last weekend and did not travel with the Kings on their road trip to Cleveland earlier this week, and New Orleans tonight. This will likely mean more of Jakarr Sampson and the suddenly Zach Randolph once again tonight.

What We’re Waiting to Know

Anthony DavisAnthony Davis is questionable for the Pelicans.
The glass brow has missed three straight contests with a groin strain, and though it is encouraging that he wasn’t immediately ruled out tonight, we still have to wait on word following shoot around to see if he is ready to return to the court. Dante Cunningham has started the last three games in Davis’ place, and would likely do so yet again if Davis misses number four tonight.

Dennis Smith Jr.Dennis Smith Jr. is listed as questionable for the Mavericks tonight in Milwaukee.
Smith is designated as questionable after sitting out Thursday’s practice with a hip strain. If Smith feels he is unable to go following the teams shoot around, then expect to see yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea absorb the bulk of Smith’s minutes.

Tyreke EvansTyreke Evans is questionable tonight.
Coming out of nowhere, we get word that Evans is dealing with hip soreness and is questionable for tonight’s tilt with the Raptors. While Evans will likely be a game-time decision, if he does in fact sit this one out, Mario Chalmers should draw the starting nod in his place.

Myles TurnerMyles Turner and Cory Joseph are each listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Cavaliers.
Turner is dealing with soreness in his calf and the Pacers have designated him as questionable for tonight’s game against the Cavaliers. Joseph is also listed as questionable with a sore shoulder once again after carrying the designation going into Wednesday’s game against the Bulls, though he did wind up playing 31 minutes that night. If he’s unable to go Lance Stephenson will see a slight bump but nothing to get excited over. Turner’s injury doesn’t seem to be anything too serious, but we will have to wait for more word to come down following the teams shoot around, in the meantime keep Domantas Sabonis and Al Jefferson in mind as beneficiaries of Turners 30 or so minutes.

Every Lineup Guys

Jakarr SampsonJakarr Sampson FD – $4200 DK – $3400
Opponent – NO
Proj Pts FD – 18.78 DK – 18.9
Zach RandolphZach Randolph FD – $6700 DK – $5900
Opponent – NO
Proj Pts FD – 30.49 DK – 31.12
The system is feeling Sac-town tonight as two of the Kings are appearing in all of our top lineups. The Kings head to New Orleans to play a Pelicans team that will most likely not have Anthony Davis back in the front court, in a game with a modest 210 point projection and an 8.5 point spread. Sacramento is without Willie Cauley-Stein once again, the big guy isn’t even with the team on this road trip, and on Wednesday in Cleveland JaKarr Sampson, drawing his first start of the season, and Zach Randolph saw 32 and 31 minutes respectively, and paid solid fantasy value. The sites quickly took notice of the situation, particularly FanDuel where Sampson is priced $700 higher than he was on Wednesday, though he still remains a solid value play on both sites, and appears in the top lineups for both in our optimizer. Z-Bo on the other hand only appears in the top lineups on DraftKings, where he is still underpriced for the minutes and usage he has been seeing lately. In his last three games he has paid 8X, 5.6X, and 8X DKPPD at this current price, and though he’s not showing up in the top FanDuel lineups right now, that doesn’t mean he’s a fade there either. The Pelicans play a much faster game than the Kings normally do, and both of these guys are solid cash plays with plenty of upside as well, especially, though not only, on DraftKings.

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Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 12/2/17

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 12/2/17

What We Know

Anthony DavisAnthony Davis is out against the after going down with a groin injury against the Jazz last night.
Davis was the top projected player in the initial run of our system last night prior to leaving the game in the fourth quarter, being helped to the locker room. Davis is set to undergo an MRI today and as anticipated he will sit out the game against the Blazers tonight. This of course adds much more appeal to Boogie Cousins, and Dante Cunningham who will likely draw the start in place of AD.

Nikola JokicNikola Jokic is likely to miss several games for the Nuggets, while Wilson Chandler remains questionable with back soreness.
Joker rolled his ankle against the Bulls on Thursdays night, and though the X-ray and MRI all came back negative the team expects him to be out of commission for several games. The injury plagued Nuggets may also be without Wilson Chandler who has missed two straight games with back soreness and is listed as questionable to play tonight. We covered a lot of this situation and the scenarios of who will benefit in out picks article, so you can find more detailed information there, and more on Kenneth Faried below.

Chandler ParsonsChandler Parsons is out with soreness in his knee and ankle tonight.
Parsons landed funny last night against the Spurs and will be rested tonight against the Cavaliers as a precaution. James Ennis is expected to see extra run in his place. Adding to the Grizzlies troubles is Marc Gasol being listed as questionable. If Gasol joins Parsons on the bench, Tyreke Evans becomes an elite play with a 7.7% boost in usage with Gasol, Parsons, and Mike Conley out of the game.

T.J. McConnellT.J. McConnell remains out for the Sixers.
McConnell suffered a sprained shoulder against the Wizards on Wednesday and subsequently missed the next night against Boston. The Sixers have ruled T.J. out today as they host the Pistons, which will mean more minutes for Jerryd Bayless but with Ben Simmons as the primary point guard, I would only look to Bayless as a punt in a deep GPP contest.

What We’re Waiting to Know

Kyle KuzmaKyle Kuzma has been upgraded to probable for the Lakers.
Kuzma was held out of the Wednesday night game against the Warriors with back spasms and was originally listed as questionable for the Lakers game in Denver. Kuz was a full participant in practice yesterday and was upgraded to probable earlier today. If Kuzma does remain sidelined, Julius Randle becomes a solid play as he has paid 5X or better in several games at his current salary in four of his last five and faces a depleted Nuggets front court tonight.

Every Lineup Guys

Damian LillardDamian Lillard FD – $8800 DK – $8900
Opponent – NO
Proj Pts FD – 46.12 DK – 48.07
We wrote up Damian Lillard last night as an excellent play as his price is down across the industry. Despite the depressed cost, Lillard has plenty of opportunity to crush value as he basically run the boards for the Blazers from start to finish, averaging 37 minutes per game, and he has flashed 7X upside already this season. The Pelicans are now without Anthony Davis, and this game currently sits at a seven point spread. Over the last ten games, New Orleans has been the second easiest target when locking in point guards, surrendering nearly 55 FanDuel points to the position in that stretch. Lillard comes at a great price in a great spot and is a solid play in all formats.

Kenneth FariedKenneth Faried FD – $5200 DK – $4800
Opponent – LAL
Proj Pts FD – 30.24 DK – 29.73
Also appearing in the top 25 lineups our system is putting out, is Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried. When I was doing the picks last night, this was the one game that I had nothing from Vegas to go on with point projections, but now we know it sits at the top of the heap with an appealing 222.5 total and just a 4.5 point spread. This is an excellent game to target from both sides in tournaments, as the Nuggets are dealing with several injuries, and there is plenty of value to be had. Faried for example has benefitted from the loss of Paul Millsap, and now will see added usage with no Nikola Jokic. He’ll be paired with a Lakers front court allowing opposing PF’s to jam the stat sheet till it bursts with 22.6 points, 17 rebounds, and and 5.6 assists per game allowed in the past five contests. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Faried eclipse the thirty minute mark tonight and if he does that, he should more than crush value. Even if he doesn’t get to the thirty mark he’s a lock for cash formats, but I’ll have him in GPP’s as well banking on that half hour or better.

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Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 11/26/17

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 11/26/17

What We Know

Hassan WhitesideHassan Whiteside missed practice on Friday, and is considered questionable for the Heats game in Chicago.
A sore left knee held Whiteside back yesterday, and Miami has officially designated the big man as questionable for today’s visit to the Windy City. He missed time earlier this season with a similar issue so this is definitely something to watch. Kelly Olynyk will likely start in Whiteside’s place if he does sit, opening tons of value. The good news today is all of our question marks fall in the early set of games so we should know all we need to know by lock.

Devin BookerDevin Booker is questionable for the Suns game in Minnesota.
Phoenix listed Booker as questionable for this afternoon’s game with the Wolves with toe inflammation. It was likely this was an issue for Booker Friday night against the Pelicans when he turned in one of his worst performances of the season. If Booker is ultimately held out, T.J. Warren will become an elite play, while Mike James who sees a 32.3% usage with Booker off the court becomes a solid GPP play.

Jeff TeagueJeff Teague is questionable for the Timberwolves.
Teague was a late scratch on Friday night with an achilles issue, and is currently listed as questionable for today’s tilt with Phoenix. Aaron Brooks started for Teague on Friday but only saw 13 minutes while Tyus Jones stole the show posting a 7.3X PPD performance in 32 minutes.

Every Lineup Guy

Taj GibsonTaj Gibson FD – $5600 DK – $5500
Opponent – PHO
Proj Pts FD – 30.11 DK – 31.12
Woof. This is an ugly slate, and power forward is an ugly position. Taj Gibson is the one play showing up in the top optimal lineups being put out by our optimizer on both FanDuel, and DraftKings, and it all simply comes down to price and opportunity. Gibson is one of the cheaper options at this terrible position, and gets a plum matchup against a Phoenix team that is allowing the most fantasy points at the position of the teams that are playing today, and the minutes can’t be disputed. Gibson is seeing at the least 30 and upwards of 40 minutes per game, and the Suns play at a ridiculous 106.2 pace factor, which will speed up Minnesotas more relaxed pace of play creating even more opportunities. Keep it cheap at the four with Gibson and allow yourself the room to pay up where it counts.
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Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 11/25/17

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates from DFSR for 11/25/17

What We Know

John WallJohn Wall will miss about two weeks.
Wall has been dealing with knee soreness for a good while now and the team announced today that he will miss about two weeks as he goes through treatment for the issue. Tim Frazier becomes a strong value play with Wall out starting at the point for near minimum pricing, and Bradley Beal will also see a boost in value with a 36.7% usage rate when Wall is out.

Kevin DurantKevin Durant is out again for the Warriors.
KD missed Friday night’s game against the Bulls, and following the game coach Kerr announced that it was looking unlikely that Durant would be able to take the court tonight as the Warriors host the Pelicans, and has since confirmed that. Omri Casspi should likely get the starting nod again and becomes a nice value option against a Pelicans team allowing the ninth most fantasy points to opposing small forwards.

Ben SimmonsBen Simmons is out for the Sixers due to an elbow injury.
Simmons will miss his first game of the season tonight with an elbow injury as Philly hosts the Magic. T.J. McConnell will draw the start at point guard in Simmons place, and he along with Joel Embiid become top plays tonight in Simmons absence.

Giannis AntetokounmpoGiannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson are both probable for the Bucks game in Utah.
The freak sat out on Wednesday night with knee soreness but the Bucks seem to feel the extended rest (he hasn’t played since Monday), has done him well, and they have him listed as probable to take the court tonight against the Jazz. Henson also missed the game on Wednesday after undergoing an eye procedure, but is also expected to be good to go tonight sending Thon Maker back to the bench.

Eric GordonEric Gordon and Ryan Anderson expect to play tonight for the Rockets.
Gordon was held out of Wednesdays game with a calf strain, while Anderson dealt with an illness that kept him out of the game. Both are expected to return tonight as the Rockets host the Knicks. Gordon has lost much of his fantasy appeal with the return of CP3, while Anderson will be dealing with Kristaps Porzingis most of the night, so neither are high on my list of fantasy targets this evening.

What We’re Waiting to Know

Victor OladipoWill Victor Oladipo play the second half of the Pacers back to back after leaving last night’s game in the fourth quarter?
Oladipo left last night’s game against the Raptors in the fourth quarter, and did not return, it’s unclear what happened or the severity of the injury, so we should view him as out of consideration until we know more on his situation and the Pacers release a status update for tonight’s game against the Celtics.

Nicolas BatumNicolas Batum is a gametime decision after missing last night’s game due to his injured elbow.
Batum sat out last night’s game in Cleveland dealing with an elbow contusion that held him out of the first month of the season. Batum says he feels fine, but we have not gotten an official word on his status for this evening with the Spurs coming to town. If he is sidelined again, look for Jeremy Lamb to be a solid option starting in his place.

Jaylen BrownJaylen Brown may miss tonight’s game in Indiana for personal reasons.
Brown traveled to Atlanta following last night’s win over Orlando to attend a funeral and will try to make it to Indiana in time for the Celtics game with the Pacers, but it remains unknown if that will indeed happen, as it stands now Brown should be considered a true game time decision, and I wouldn’t take the chance on him without definitive word before lock. Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier would benefit from the absence of Brown with Marcus Morris also ruled out for tonight’s game.

Enes KanterEnes Kanter is a game time decision after sitting out Friday night with back spasms.
Kanter was held back Friday night with back spasms following an increased workload earlier this week (63 minutes in two games), look for more word to come later today following the Knicks shoot around, and if you’re feeling adventurous consider Kyle O’Quinn a punt play if he receives the starting nod again tonight.

Every Lineup Guys

T.J. McConnellT.J. McConnell FD – $4700 DK – $4000
Opponent – ORL
Proj Pts FD – 32.45 DK – 31.97
Omri CasspiOmri Casspi FD – $3300 DK – $3600
Opponent – NO
Proj Pts FD – 32.61 DK – 33.21
Tim FrazierTim Frazier FD – $3000 DK – $3600
Opponent – POR
Proj Pts FD – 11.57 DK – 11.64
Let’s call this group the beneficiaries . We’re looking at three top tired studs ruled out tonight, and three extremely cheap value plays stepping into their respective starting slots with opportunity that reaches through the ceiling. McConnell should really come as no surprise, as we spotlighted him in our picks article today, and I noted there that with Ben Simmons sidelined with an elbow injury, T.J is looking at a 7-8X points per dollar projection as he runs with Robert Covington and Joel Embiid tonight in the Philly starting five as they host the Magic. Now we also know that John Wall is out for at least two weeks, which blasted Tim Frazier to the top of the projections and opened a ton of value at the point. Frazier sees a 34.5% assist rate when Wall is on the bench and is priced at near minimum salary across the industry. Then finally we got word that Kevin Durant will miss once again, opening the door to Omri Casspi as a punt play. Casspi got the nod last night in Durants spot, and ended the evening paying 7.8X on FanDuel. No matter if you’re looking to do a stars and scrubs line or just need some solid value, these three present tremendous upside and are in great spots in their own right and our system is playing each of them everywhere in the top optimal lineups.

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Daily Fantasy NBA Picks from DFSR for 11/25/17


Daily Fantasy NBA Picks from DFSR for 11/25/17

Point guard

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook FD – $10800 DK – $10900
Opponent – DAL
Proj Pts FD – 54.64 DK – 56.52
Wednesday night we were given a glimpse of the Russell Westbrook of old as the Thunder played host to Golden State. Perhaps it was the anticipation of Thursdays turkey feast, or perhaps it was the chance to shine against former teammate Kevin Durant, or perhaps Westbrook is finally taking control of the new look OKC offense. In the past two games Westbrook posted identical fantasy performances, coming one assist shy of his second straight triple double after posting a 22/16/12 line against the Pelicans on Monday night. Wednesday he posted a season high 34 points against the Warriors, unleashing the beast as soon as the clock started counting down and not letting up all night. While he opened up the season quietly, allowing newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to find their place in the Thunder lineup, it seems safe to say that Westbrook is once again becoming the central force of the OKC offense posting 20+ points in five of his last six outings. The Mavericks have been terrible at defending the one this season, and are allowing a league high 23.9 points per game, so look for Westbrook to put on a shooting clinic and if the peripherals fall into place he will absolutely crush value.

T.J. McConnellT.J. McConnell FD – $4700 DK – $4000
Opponent – ORL
Proj Pts FD – 32.45 DK – 31.97
The Sixers announced early on Friday that Ben Simmons will miss tonight’s game against the Magic, so T.J. McConnell will draw the start at the point for Philadelphia. McConnell has been a solid play off of the Philly bench this season with Simmons starting at point guard, so this will be a flashback to last season when McConnell was the primary starter and performed very well with Joel Embiid. This season, the pair still have a positive net rating when on the court together, and McConnell has posted some very impressive fantasy lines, even with the Philadelphia second unit. Back in the starting unit at a low-mid ranged price on both sites, the system loves T.J as the top point per dollar projection on the day at 7-8X PPD and should be in consideration in all formats.

Kyle LowryKyle Lowry FD – $8200 DK – $7700
Opponent – ATL
Proj Pts FD – 39.28 DK – 41.04
Similar to Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry started the season off quietly and has recently appeared to be turning a corner. He posted a season high 25 points against the Nets on Wednesday, which was the third time in four games he topped the 20 point mark, and was his fourth double double in five outings. The minutes have always been there with Lowry, it was just a matter of waiting on the performance to catch up, and it feels as though we are finally getting to that point. He’ll look to continue his hot streak against the Hawks in a game with a seven point spread. It should remain close, and Lowry should be good for 35 minutes at least, while contending with Dennis Schroder who has one of the worst defensive ratings at the position. Now that the price is on the rise, I don’t know how I feel about Lowry in GPP’s but as a cash option, he’s a fine play.

Shooting Guard

James HardenJames Harden FD – $11200 DK – $11500
Opponent – NY
Proj Pts FD – 59.15 DK – 63.03
James Harden posted his worst fantasy performance of the month on Wednesday dropping a mere 21 points against the Nuggets and coming below 50 fantasy points for the first time since November 1st. Harden hasn’t posted a double double since the return of Chris Paul to the Rocket’s last Thursday in Phoenix, but has made up for it with some steady scoring performances helping him to still make it to the 5X mark. Tonight he’ll look to get back on track against a Knicks team that are a bottom ten team at defending the two, and are allowing 27 points per game against opposing SG’s. This game has a 218.5 projection, and though the 13 point spread is concerning, the beard has run the boards for at least 30 minutes in every game this season, and should see plenty of time to make his mark. I question the upside, unless New York finds a way to stick around in this one, but as a cash game play, Harden is an elite choice and the system prefers him over Westbrook, if you find yourself in a spot where you need to choose one or the other.

DeMar DeRozanDeMar DeRozan FD – $8400 DK – $8200
Opponent – ATL
Proj Pts FD – 41.57 DK – 42.16
Like Harden, DeMar DeRozan seemed to have checked out early for thanksgiving break, coming in with an 18 point showing against the Knicks on Wednesday. It was the first time that Double D finished below the 20 point mark in 10 straight games, and was particularly disappointing following his 7X PPD outing against the Wizards on Sunday. That said, DeRozan has been shooting the ball exceptionally well this season. His 48.4% from the field is his best since his rookie season when he shot 49.8% while averaging 4.5 rebounds and assists per game. The Hawks are the worst in the league at defending the SG position, allowing an average of 58.5 FP and 30.9 points per game to opposing twos. You definitely want to try and fit Harden into your lineups, but if you can’t then DeRozan is a solid pivot to free up salary elsewhere.

Donovan MitchellDonovan Mitchell FD – $6800 DK – $6300
Opponent – MIL
Proj Pts FD – 35.16 DK – 35.24
Donovan Mitchell is becoming a staple in these picks this season. The rookie has been performing very well for the Utah back court and though the price has quickly risen, I think there’s still some wiggle room before we have to stop and question is he worth it. The Bulls shut down his shooting game on Wednesday holding him to just four points in 26 minutes, but the thing to appreciate was how he realized he wasn’t getting his shot off so he made sure to contribute in other ways, snagging five boards and dishing out 7 assists for the second time this season, while also picking up a block and steal. For DFS standards that is just what we want to see, because we know even if one aspect of his game is failing he’s aware enough to pick up elsewhere. He gets a boost tonight going against the Bucks who allow an average of 27.4 points to to the position in a game that despite having one of the lowest totals, also has just a 1.5 point spread. I love Mitchell for cash purposes and there could be some upside there for tournaments as well.

Small forward

Robert CovingtonRobert Covington FD – $6800 DK – $6200
Opponent – ORL
Proj Pts FD – 33.38 DK – 32.9
Evan FournierEvan Fournier FD – $6100 DK – $6100
Opponent – PHI
Proj Pts FD – 31.48 DK – 32.57
The contest between the Magic and the Sixers in Philly has the second highest point total projection coming from our friends in Vegas at 220. These are two of the fastest paced teams in the game, with a combined 104.2 pace factor, and unlike the Warriors and Pelicans game which also features two fast paced teams and the highest projected total of 229.5, Philly is a mere 5 point favorite while the GS/NO tilt has a 13.5 point spread. There are so many ways you can attack this game from a cash game perspective, we’ve already looked at T.J. McConnell, and we’re going to attack it from both sides at small forward. Robert Covington is such a feel good story for the Sixers, acquired from Houston where he only played seven games as part of the process, nobody expected much from RoCo as he suffered through the Sixers rebuilding, and several seasons of no expectations, but he continued to show that he had what it took to be a starting small forward in this league, and the Sixers obliged recently signing him to a hefty contract extension. On the court he’s been shooting the ball well, and leads the eastern conference in three pointers made. Tonight he draws a prime matchup against Evan Fournier and the Magic who are allowing the second most fantasy points to the position.
Evan Fournier to his own merit is also well in consideration as a solid play at the three. He draws a tougher matchup as Philly is a top ten team defending the position, but he’s a cheaper way to gain exposure to this game if you can’t spare the salary needed for Covington. Fournier is having a career season, posting highs in points (19), rebounds (3.5), and assists (3.15), per game. Fournier only saw 19 minutes of action as the Magic got blown out of the water in Boston last night, so he should be plenty well rested for tonight, in a game that doesn’t project to get near as out of hand. I prefer Covington across the board, but if you need that little bit of savings, I’m perfectly fine dropping down to Fournier in cash games, though I don’t see a ton of upside there.

Wesley JohnsonWesley Johnson FD – $5000 DK – $4000
Opponent – SAC
Proj Pts FD – 24.91 DK – 23.95
Danilo Gallinari has missed eight contests now with a strained glute and Wesley Johnson has filled the void left very nicely, with his best showing yet coming on Wednesday against the Hawks. Now the Clippers are also contending with the fact that they’ve lost Patrick Beverley for the season. Johnson has been averaging 24.25 FP per game as a starter since Gallo has been held out, with 29 minutes per game, while in just the past four games he has seen those minutes bump up to 33 per outing. The Clippers head in to Sacramento tonight to face the Kings who despite being terrible, have been a chore for opposing small forwards to contend with this season. However with all of the minutes up for grabs in L.A. right now I’d expect Chandler to get plenty of opportunity to make his shot, while still being priced near what he was when coming off of the bench. I don’t think there’s a ton of upside here as the only time Johnson has eclipsed 5X was when he posted 10X in an overtime tilt with the Cavs where he saw 42 minutes, but as cash plays go, he’s about as safe as you can find.

Power forward

Blake GriffinBlake Griffin FD – $9400 DK – $8800
Opponent – SAC
Proj Pts FD – 47.45 DK – 48.52
Keeping with the Clippers, and their struggles, it has been a rough month for the Clips as they have suffered both on the scoreboard and on the injury report. With Danilo Gallinari missing several games and Patrick Beverley now being ruled out for the season, the Clippers lost nine straight games before finally pulling out a W against the Hawks on Wednesday. It was a breakout contest for Blake Griffin who posted his first triple double of the season, mixing 10 rebounds and assists in with a 26 point showing. The stuffed stat sheet was nice to see from Griffin who despite being up in assists this season (5.0 PG) is down in boards (7.4 PG). While the Kings may be good at SF as we noted earlier, they’re outright terrible defending opposing PF’s allowing 50.7 FP per game, which is fifth most in the league. These two teams play at a snails pace, as reflected by the games 205 total projection, but Blake should see no trouble putting in his total allotment of minutes and should easily pay value, and with plenty of other top dollar studs in play, he could be a nice GPP pivot as well.

Derrick FavorsDerrick Favors FD – $6700 DK – $6100
Opponent – MIL
Proj Pts FD – 34.16 DK – 33.36
The Jazz have been without Rudy Gobert for seven games now and Derrick Favors has paid 5X or better in four of those. That’s impressive for guy who I used to shiver when I would see the system putting him at the top of the projections and question how do I justify spotlighting him here? It’s a much easier task when he is actually playing up to his salary, providing solid output. Even more impressive is the fact that he hasn’t really seen much of an increase in minutes with Gobert out of commission. The 29 minutes he’s averaging over the last seven games is just two more than his season average, but he has taken a much more aggressive approach while he is on the court, with four double doubles in that stretch, compared to just one while Gobert was healthy. While the price has risen in the short term, there is still plenty of wiggle room, and as long as Rudy G. remains out, Derrick Favors is a quality option leading the Jazz front court.

John CollinsJohn Collins FD – $6800 DK – $5200
Opponent – TOR
Proj Pts FD – 37.14 DK – 38.31
John Collins drew his second career start against the Hawks last night, following an impressive outing against the Clippers on Wednesday. While he underwhelmed against Kristaps Porzingis posting a 13/5/3 line he should continue to draw the start for the Hawks at least until Luke Babbit is ready to return from his back injury. These are two average paced teams in a game with a promising 211.5 total projection coming from Vegas, and the 7 point spread means it should stay close well into the fourth. Playing heavily to Collins favor is the fact that Toronto is the second Most generous defense to opposing power forwards, allowing 25.2 points and 12.5 rebounds to the position per game and I fully expect Collins to see his full run tonight and make for an excellent play in all formats.

Anthony DavisAnthony Davis FD – $11000 DK – $10600
Opponent – GS
Proj Pts FD – 58.26 DK – 58.53
I’m going to throw Anthony Davis in here tonight as a GPP play. The Pelicans are playing the Warriors, so of course we know that means a high projection, and a large spread. Golden State come in as 13.5 point favorites which means there’s a strong chance this one gets out of hand, and Davis sees his minutes cut by the fourth. With that, I won’t be dropping $11K on Davis in cash games. There is however a solid argument in tournaments, as the Warriors have been without Kevin Durant in the front court twice in the past three games, with his status for tonight unknown as I write this. Draymond Green meanwhile sat out last night to rest, and should be good to go, but the key thing to consider is that the Warriors are very generous to the power forward position, allowing the fourth most fantasy points (50.9) and second most points (26.3) to opposing fours. It’s not an ideal situation, but if Davis and co. can find a way to keep this one competitive, and he sees his full run of minutes, he could very well go off and propel someone to the top of a tournament leaderboard. I’m going to play around with this idea and see if I can find a lineup I like around Davis, just though I’d throw it out there for consideration.

Center

Joel EmbiidJoel Embiid FD – $10100 DK – $9800
Opponent – ORL
Proj Pts FD – 55.66 DK – 57.24
Do you trust the process? I trust the process. I trust it so much that I will have a ton of exposure to Joel Embiid tonight against the Orlando Magic. We’ve already looked at this game from a few different spots, and we’re not finished just yet. Embiid has been dealing with left knee soreness, but with Ben Simmons already ruled out well in advance with a sore elbow, Embiid will have to lead the Philly offense which will be no trouble for the big man who has posted a double double in five of his last seven outings with minutes stretching into the mid thirties. He’s also averaged 2.4 blocks in that span. The system has JoJo ranked as the best way to spend over $10K of your salary tonight and he’s an elite play in all formats.

Al HorfordAl Horford FD – $7000 DK – $7000
Opponent – IND
Proj Pts FD – 38.52 DK – 40.77
We have yet to look at this game between the Celtics and the Pacers, but I couldn’t justify not taking a moment to spotlight Al Horford here. Boston finds themselves in a pace up game (no pun intended) against a Pacers squad that play the ninth fastest game in the league. What they also play is the worst defensive game against opposing big men. Indiana is allowing 19.9 points and 13.8 rebounds to opposing centers, generating the most fantasy points at the position. Vegas gives this game a 207 opening total with just a two point spread, so there are certainly fantasy implications here if you want to consider this game, but my top recommendation would come in the form of Horford, who should make short work of Myles Turner and company.

Nikola VucevicNikola Vucevic FD – $7400 DK – $6700
Opponent – PHI
Proj Pts FD – 39.36 DK – 40.31
Back to Philly we go one last time. If you can’t fit Joel Embiid into your lineup, I prefer Horford on FanDuel, but on DraftKings you can get even more savings by switching down to Nikola Vucevic. Philly sports the second worst defense at center, and are allowing 71.2 DKP to the position on the season. Vucevic has been solid lately, posing double doubles in three straight, most recently doing it last night in just 20 minutes against the Celtics with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a game where he averaged 2 fantasy points per minute. We’ve already established that this game is ripe for the DFS picking with a fast pace, high projection, close spread, and nice defensive opportunities to take advantage of. While, again, I prefer Embiid at center, there is certainly a lot to like about Vucevic as a pivot in both cash and tournaments.

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