FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/23/17
Mere days after dropping a career-high on the Sixers, DeMar DeRozan figures to be a fine DFS play as he faces Philly again.
PG – Jeff Teague, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Phoenix Suns
Consistency has not been Jeff Teague’s strong suit this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard has not had too many back-to-back stellar fantasy games. But after putting up 16 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and two steals against the Denver Nuggets, tonight could be one of his best opportunities to do just that as he takes on the Phoenix Suns next.
Teague had 17 points, eight assists, and three blocks against the Suns just a few days ago, and offers the best bang for your buck given his very affordable price.
Also consider: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks @ Charlotte Hornets
Eric Bledsoe is also another strong option at point guard as he takes on the Charlotte Hornets on the tail-end of a home-and-home series. Bledsoe lit up the struggling Hornets to the tune of 24 points, five boards, ten assists, three blocks and two steals last night.
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers
DeMar DeRozan has been in sizzling form over the last few weeks. The Raptors star is averaging 27.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in his last 11 games. That includes his career-high 45 points with six 3-pointers against the Philadelphia 76ers just a few days ago.
While it’ll obviously be a big ask to expect DeRozan to put up another 40-point night, he nevertheless provides a lot of upside given that the Sixers are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season.
Also consider: CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers
For a slightly lower-priced option, CJ McCollum remains intriguing. Despite his poor performance against Denver, Damian Lillard’s continued absence due to a hamstring strain ensures that McCollum will continue to be the main man for the Blazers tonight against the Lakers.
SF – Josh Richardson, Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Richardson continues to burn it up for the Heat. The third-year forward had another spectacular performance last night against the Dallas Mavericks as he went for 24 points, four rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals.
Richardson is averaging 24.3 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.5 steals, and 3.0 3-pointers over his last four games, and has topped 40 fantasy points per FanDuel scoring in three of those four games.
With Goran Dragic still unlikely to return, Richardson should have every opportunity to keep his hot streak going against the Pelicans, who have had a lot of trouble defensively this season.
Also consider: Taurean Prince, Atlanta Hawks vs Dallas Mavericks
Meanwhile, Taurean Prince deserves attention as a lower-priced small forward play. Although he has scored a mere 16 points over his last two games, Prince is capable of dropping some impressive lines and will have an advantageous matchup to do so tonight as he faces a Mavs team which is in the top ten in terms of giving up fantasy points to opposing small forwards.
PF – Taj Gibson, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Phoenix Suns
There’s just something about the Phoenix Suns that brings out the best in Taj Gibson. In three games against Phoenix this season, the veteran forward is averaging 16.7 points and 12 rebounds per game. That includes last week’s 18-point, ten-rebound, two-block effort. Gibson will have one more game to put up another huge performance against Phoenix, and everyone should take advantage of all the fantasy points he’ll likely score from it.
Also consider: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks vs Dallas Mavericks
And for the lower cost option, John Collins looks like a solid play. The Hawks’ rookie forward is averaging 17 points and nine rebounds over his last two games. The Mavs have a big weak spot in terms of guarding the paint and cleaning the glass, which plays right into Collins’ strengths.
C – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors
Nikola Jokic is finally getting back to his best after returning from that ankle sprain which kept him sidelined for a significant amount of games. He thoroughly dominated the Portland Trail Blazers last night, as he dropped 27 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two 3-pointers on them. Jokic’s price remains relatively low, so now should be the time to snap him up as he has a 50-fantasy point ceiling when he’s on.
Also consider: Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets vs Milwaukee Bucks
Meanwhile, Frank Kaminsky will be one to watch out for if Dwight Howard is sidelined after dislocating his finger last night. Frank the Tank took advantage of Howard’s early exit to drop 16 points against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kaminsky is set to face the same opponent again and could provide a similarly valuable night if he gets enough minutes.
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