Last night was weird for me in daily fantasy basketball, as my best team finished 25 points away from first place and was held back by Avery Bradley. Bradley was ice cold in a good matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers and was easily my worst pick for last night’s slate.
Hopefully you still found some success via yesterday’s NBA DFS picks, as The Greek Freak was awesome, DeMarcus Cousins was the stud he was hyped up to be and value picks like Rajon Rondo, Kenneth Faried and Julius Randle were all decent-to-great.
Wilson Chandler returned yesterday and made my deep dive for Juan Hernangomez obsolete, so hopefully you got off of him.
Sunday brings a brand new NBA DFS slate and I’m taking a very specific approach to it, so let’s see what my favorite team looks like at FanDuel:
PG: Jeff Teague – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.6k)
Teague has been dealing with an Achilles issue and that’s going to keep you looking at the injury news, but I still think he’s a fairly safe play tonight against the Clippers. He returned to action two days ago and dropped 11 points and 10 dimes on the Thunder, so it looks like he should be back to normal.
If that’s the case, he could offer serious value in this matchup, while he’s admittedly the best value point guard on this slate due to a lack of options.
PG: Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors ($9.9k)
On a slate with James Harden and Russell Westbrook as potential dominant forces, I choose Stephen Curry as my stud with a more balanced lineup around him. Curry is listed as probable with a hand issue, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing (39 and 50 fantasy points over his last two games).
Obviously if Curry is scratched you’ll need to re-think some things, but I’m not paying for Russ against the Spurs defense and I’ll get into Harden in a second. Curry can potentially match them both, anyways, while the savings help me get to a roster I like a lot better.
SG: Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets ($4.7k)
I don’t mind playing the blowout game on this slate, as James Harden ($12.2k) is a bit too rich for my blood for a stud who might not end up playing a full game. The Rockets should wreck the Lakers tonight and if they do, that could put bench scorer Eric Gordon front and center as a top shelf value play.
Gordon has been pretty spare lately, but he’s too good to stay grounded forever. If this game turns ugly fast, he could also see extended floor time, which would help his upside. Ultimately, he’s just ridiculously cheap when you look at his role and the matchup.
SG: Jordan Clarkson – Los Angeles Lakers ($5.3k)
Ditto for Clarkson, who has been pushing Lonzo Ball for court time all year and may be looking at a big role in a game that could quickly get out of hand. Clarkson has thrived as a bench scorer for the Lakers and I don’t see what is stopping him in this matchup.
Clarkson didn’t pan out for me last night, but I don’t mind going right back to the well with a guy that has explosive scoring upside.
SF: Jimmy Butler – Minnesota Timberwolves ($8.7k)
Outside of Brandon Ingram I do not like the value at SF, so I love the idea of pairing two potential studs. Kevin Durant is always in play, but he hasn’t been his usual elite self this year and I think history suggests he could be in for a similar line to both Jimmy Butler and Paul George.
Butler has been picking up his play over the past month and while he’s not cheap, carries nice upside in a plus matchup against a bad Clippers team.
SF: Paul George – Oklahoma City Thunder ($9k)
PG-13 chipped in a solid 41 fantasy points the last time he faced the Spurs and tonight he’ll get that same matchup at home. George has been battling an illness and can ghost on you from time to time, but he’s been mostly stable with 35+ fantasy points in each of his last 7 contests.
I think George can deliver tonight, but this price (and pick) is more about a bad SF position than it is expecting him to be a beast.
PF: Julius Randle – Los Angeles Lakers ($4.8k)
This is the main slate, so you’re not looking at much PF depth. LaMarcus Aldridge is in play as an elite scoring option, but he’s on the road with a tough matchup. I think I’ll ride the blowout theory with the Lakers and use another bench player from this Rockets vs. Lakers game, which comes in with a gaudy -10.5 point spread.
Randle can return value no matter what the flow of a game is, but if the Lakers get housed, he should see more action than usual and come close to crushing this price tag.
PF: Montrezl Harrell – Los Angeles Clippers (4.4k)
I’m not enamored with Harrell, but PF feels like a great spot to pay down tonight and he’s seeing solid floor time. I’d love to see him pick it up on the offensive end a bit, but he already is a guy that can clean the glass and potentially add in a couple of blocks.
The Clippers need to realize that he’s a young talent worth grooming while Blake Griffin is out, so here’s to hoping he can push for 30 minutes tonight, regardless of the outcome against Minnesota.
C: Pau Gasol – San Antonio Spurs ($6.1k)
There are four centers I’d prefer to roster ahead of Gasol, but he’s actually not so bad and put up 34 fantasy points the last time he faced the Thunder. His price is a bit inflated, but I don’t really trust DeAndre Jordan these days and blowout risk has me off the top two options at the position.
Steven Adams is probably my favorite dollar for dollar center option, while you can certainly entertain the idea of Bam Adebayo ($4.7k). I just think Gasol will be low owned and can get you better production than you’d think.