I’m returning from a mild hiatus, as I enjoyed a mini vacation over the holiday and the weekend. Hopefully you found your way in daily fantasy basketball without me, while I’m sure The Sports Geek’s own Alex Hunter steered you in the right direction with his daily fantasy basketball DraftKings picks.
Monday brings me back to lock down a winning lineup for FanDuel gamers, so let’s not waste any time and dive into my favorite team for GPPs:
PG: Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers ($7.2k)
I’m going for it tonight with Ball, as Stephen Curry is banged up and it’s going to be tough to trust him unless news comes out really early. Ball has displayed the versatility and upside to match the best point guards, anyways, while a date with a Clippers defense sans Patrick Beverley is quite interesting.
Ball is essentially at home tonight in a “road” game against the rival Clippers, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him enjoy a fine fantasy outing.
PG: Patty Mills – San Antonio Spurs ($4.6k)
With Ben Simmons due back, some of the appeal is rubbed off of T.J. McConnell tonight. I would love to land Damian Lillard, too, but he’s out of my price range at the second PG spot tonight.
Hopefully I can get some nice value in Mills, who is getting solid run with the Spurs and had his best fantasy outing of the year (39 fantasy points) the last time he battled the Mavericks.
I’m not really expecting that type of production, but Mills is cheap and faces the 25th worst defense against point guards. He’s a calculated dive tonight.
SG: Avery Bradley – Detroit Pistons ($5.3k)
How do I pass on an Avery Bradley true revenge game? I know Bradley has been pretty spare lately, but he has nice scoring upside and will head home to TD Garden to try to show the Celtics what they’ve been missing. Boston shipped Bradley out of town in a trade this past summer, so he’s got to get up for this one.
There is risk here, but in GPPs, I’m not sure I can pull the hard fade. Bradley is also a nice price. I expect him to come out motivated and have a big outing in this one.
SG: Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors ($7k)
I’m fading James Harden tonight because I don’t really believe he plays four quarters. The Rockets are at home against the Nets and are favored by -17 at some NBA betting sites. Odds are this game is over by the break and he won’t be needed. I can’t swing a hefty $11.8k price tag if that’s going to be the case.
I’m also looking at C.J. McCollum ($6.8k) here, but I probably am all in on Thompson, who has a history of destroying the Kings. That, and the Dubs are severely banged up. Any combination of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala (all questionable) could miss this game.
Just one or two of those guys sitting opens up a ton of shots for Thompson, who I probably like at this price and in this matchup, regardless of who is playing.
SF: Lance Stephenson – Indiana Pacers ($4.6k)
I’m piecing this NBA DFS squad together early in the day, assuming that some of the lingering injury news will do me some favors. If not, you will simply have to get off of some of my favorite value plays and make some tough decisions.
One guy that is going to be a must (potentially) is Born Ready, who started Indy’s last game with Victor Oladipo (knee) missing action. Dipo is actually a fine play against his former Magic squad if he’s active, but if not, Stephenson should start and again be a threat to produce. With 30 fantasy points in 36 minutes of action last game, he’s firmly on my value pick radar.
SF: Wesley Johnson – Los Angeles Clippers ($5.2k)
I would much prefer Wesley Johnson be cheaper than this, but he’s getting good run, can get his hands on a lot of stats and has a solid matchup against one of his former teams. As long as Danilo Gallinari is out and Johnson isn’t an absurd price, he’s in play.
Obviously everyone will want LeBron James after he went nuts (71 fantasy points!) in his last game, but I’m not chasing points. He’s just too expensive at $12k and if I’m paying up at SF, it’ll be with Kevin Durant ($10.7k), should he play tonight.
I also personally never seem to be on the right side of King James and with Robert Covington on him and Joel Embiid slowing things down in the paint, this might not be the best spot to pay up for him, anyways.
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs ($8.3k)
Ridge is serving as one of my studs tonight, as he’s still the heart and soul of San Antonio’s offense and gets a great matchup against a leaky Dallas defense. Harrison Barnes is no match for Ridge down low and it should shock nobody that Aldridge dropped in a season-high 32 actual points the last time he took on the Mavs.
I don’t demand the same exact production tonight, but Ridge feels like a safe play that brings some upside to the table.
PF: Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers ($9.7k)
Griffin is probably my true stud in this lineup, as I don’t think he’s going to be far off from anything the likes of Ben Simmons or Kristaps Porzingis end up doing. He could end up vying for the top scoring option of the night, too, as the Lakers really don’t have anyone that can stop him.
L.A. has a solid defense in terms of efficiency, but they play fast and give up a ton of points. They also haven’t really done well against the power forward position (27th), so this looks like a solid spot for Griffin to feast. He did post a sick 29 and 12 line in the first meeting this year, after all.
C: Nikola Vucevic – Orlando Magic ($8.1k)
I like Joel Embiid a bit tonight against the Cavs, but he still tends to have a minutes limit and hasn’t been worth his price tag over his last three outings. That has me searching for value at center and I think I can get it in guys like Vucevic, Myles Turner and possibly even Clint Capela.
My favorite center is Vucevic, as he battles a bad Pacers defense that ranks dead last against the position, while he’s arguably due for a big scoring night. In fact, the last time Vucevic topped 20 points, he was playing the Pacers.