3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 11/21/16
In daily fantasy basketball, finding players you want to roster is a lot easier than finding players to avoid.
You can find a ton of great information and research on guys you might want to include tonight in your DFS NBA lineups, but what about some guys you may want to lessen your exposure to, or even fade altogether?
Avoiding players whose matchups or situations aren't as great as they seem can often be just as important as finding the best targets each night. After all, it takes only one player to sink a lineup. Searching for the landmines could mean the difference from winning or losing your contests.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
FanDuel Price: $8,300
Kyle Lowry started off the year as cold as ice, but over his last four games, the Toronto Raptors' point guard has been playing very well. He has an average of 43.5 FanDuel points over his last four, but all four of those games were in much easier matchups for Lowry than what he draws tonight. Now he has to face off against Chris Paul and the league's best defensive team, making Lowry a potential landmine after seemingly re-establishing himself as a cash game option.
The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing only 0.88 FanDuel points per minute to opposing point guards, and with Toronto coming off a game last night, it's going to be hard for Lowry to duplicate his recent surge in production. The Clippers are allowing only 99 points per 100 possessions this season, and while Paul hasn't been the defensive force from years past yet this season, he is still one of the craftier defenders against point guards.
Since Paul has been in LA and Lowry in Toronto, the two have played each other five times. Lowry is shooting only about 11 times per game and even though he's had some nice games against Paul, he is averaging just over 30 FanDuel points in those five games.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Charlotte Hornets
FanDuel Price: $5,300
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been a great tournament option at times this season, but that's about all he is. He has yet to generate some consistency that could make him a daily fantasy dream. Tonight, he may be in for another poor night against the tough Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis has actually been great against small forwards this season, and young James Ennis has been a big reason why. With Chandler Parsons out for the next few weeks, Ennis might get some heavy run with the starting unit. So far, that has really helped Memphis' defense against small forwards. They are allowing only 0.67 FanDuel points per minute to opposing small forwards, and Ennis is limiting players he defends to 41.2% shooting from the floor.
Kidd-Gilchrist has played two other teams that rank among the top 10 defensive teams in FanDuel points allowed to small forwards, and in both games, he failed to score 20 FanDuel points. Don't expect much more than that tonight.
Ryan Anderson, PF, Houston Rockets
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Ryan Anderson has been one of the more disappointing fantasy players so far this season, especially for daily fantasy. A lot of people were predicting Anderson's rise to a top DFS option in the Houston Rockets' offense, but it has yet to come around for him. He is averaging only only about 20 FanDuel points per game this season, and tonight against the Detroit Pistons, things won't get any easier.
The Pistons are playing great defense, and against power forwards, they have been stellar for DFS purposes. They are allowing only 0.82 FanDuel points per minute to the position, and they are holding teams to a 47.9% effective field goal percentage, which ranks fourth-best in the league defensively.
Tobias Harris has been a good defender this season too. He is holding players he defends to just 42.7% shooting. As long as Anderson isn't hitting five or six three-pointers tonight, he should be avoided in DFS.