I won’t be doing a recap of how things unfolded for Saturday’s FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks (hopefully you all won thousands!), as I’m writing Sunday’s main slate breakdown on Saturday night.
There are actually way more contests than the main four-game slate you see at FanDuel, but this is the slate most people play. Weekend NBA DFS action tends to be highly volatile, so I’ll simplify it by breaking just this slate down.
Without wasting much more of your time, let’s dive into my favorite GPP lineup for Sunday night:
PG: Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers ($7.7k)
You will want to give Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul a long look, but why pay the extra cash when I know Lonzo can match them? Ball is still a rookie and can easily flatline, but he’s at home against a terrible Cavs defense and dropped 43 fantasy points on them earlier this year.
He’s really turned things up a notch since returning from an injury, as he’s put up 35+ fantasy points in five of his last six games. I’m not seeing any reason to fade him on Sunday.
PG: Terry Rozier – Boston Celtics ($5.6k)
I certainly wouldn’t mind pairing Zo with Ky or CP3 (especially if Harden is out), but I don’t think I’ll have the money for it. Instead, I’ll drop down to Rozier, who could see a few extra minutes with Jaylen Brown (concussion) out for this game.
The Celtics could need Rozier’s scoring, as they could end up being in a shootout with the Indiana Pacers.
I don’t love the price here, but Rozier has an established role, logging 24+ minutes in each of his last four games. The injury could allow him to hit 30+ and that may be enough for him to deliver for me in this spot.
SG: Jordan Clarkson – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.2k)
James Harden and Victor Oladipo are the stud shooting guards you can lust after. I don’t imagine Harden playing a full game against a bad Dallas team, however, while he’s also got a sore knee to consider. Dipo just hasn’t been worth this price in some time, either.
I’ll be dropping down at both SG spots and I’ll start things off with Clarkson. The former Laker returns home to take on L.A. for the first time, so some sweet revenge could be in order. He’s already got a solid role off the bench for Cleveland, but tonight he could be playing with a chip on his shoulder.
SG: J.J. Redick – Philadelphia 76ers ($5k)
I will be eyeing Marcus Smart at the same price, while Eric Gordon ($5.6k) becomes quite attractive if Harden sits this one out. I’d rather just use Redick, though. He’s been chipping in solid scoring production (14+ actual points in six straight contests) and anytime you face the Nets, you carry monster upside.
Redick does not do much beyond scoring, but he did drop 20 actual points on the Nets earlier this year. Something similar could help him push for 28-30 fantasy points and that’d be a big win.
SF: LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers ($12.5k)
I won’t waste much time defending King James. His game with the Lakers projects to be close and very high-scoring, so he’s in for a big night. He hasn’t really failed much lately, as he’s safely topped 50+ fantasy points in 12 of his last 13 games. Yeah, sign me up.
SF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($4.6k)
I really don’t trust Tatum due to shaky run, but I’ll admit he’s my final guy I picked on this team. He fits in and helps me get the team I want, plus he should see a bit more run with Jaylen Brown sidelined. I’ll cross my fingers he pushes for 30 minutes and 30 fantasy points.
PF: Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers ($8.8k)
Simmons is always in play, as he’s seemingly approaching 40-45 fantasy points with regularity. I feel a lot of people will get sucked into the Larry Nance infatuation or go elsewhere, but I’ll just pay up for the best PF option tonight. Nets, and all.
PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Brooklyn Nets ($5.7k)
RHJ has dropped 40+ fantasy points in two of his last three games and isn’t an absurd price, so I’m willing to take the bait. He is not a consistent guy at all, but this should be an up tempo clash with the Sixers and he gets his hands in a ton of stats. Here’s to hoping he can keep the positive momentum rolling.
C: Brook Lopez – Los Angeles Lakers ($5.9k)
Lastly, I’ll finish with Brook Lopez, who just a couple of weeks ago was a true DFS after thought. He has risen back to prominence, however, largely due the Lakers trading away Nance and Brandon Ingram being hurt. L.A. doesn’t own their own first round pick this year, either, so they have every incentive to do all they can to win games this year.
Lopez is helping them do that and he’s particularly shined lately, scoring 27 and 29 points in his last two games. I can’t promise he keeps beasting out here, but Cleveland is not good defensively and he can obviously blow up as a scorer. If he can keep it going and add some rebounds and blocks, you may have a gem on your hands.
The other center play is a possibly low-owned Joel Embiid. He’s coming in at a discount and gets the Nets of all teams, but he’s just been so bad lately. Maybe that helps make him contrarian. Either way, I can’t really afford him with this roster as is and I don’t know if I even want him.
Overall, I’m starting this thing with LeBron James and building out from there. I love Lonzo and Ben on this slate as well, while some of these value picks make too much sense. Let me know if you like these picks and whether or not you have some ideas of your own. Either way, I wish you luck in your NBA DFS contests on Sunday!