3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 12/23/16
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 in your DFS NBA lineups, but what about 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. After all, it only takes one player to sink a lineup. Searching for the landmines could mean the difference from winning or losing your contests.
John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards
FanDuel Price: $9,900
The Bucks one of the tougher teams against opposing point guards, holding opposing point guards to just 0.83 FanDuel points per minute this season. Milwaukee has a couple of options when it comes to defending Wall. Matthew Dellavedova has been great this season, holding players he defends to just 38.7% shooting from the floor and 28.7% shooting from deep. Even if Wall is besting Dellavedova, the Bucks could easily cross match and put Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wall.
Either way, it's a tough matchup for the Wizards star guard tonight and for his price, I doubt he makes value.
Eric Gordon, SG, Houston Rockets
FanDuel Price: $5,700
There is nothing wrong with Eric Gordon's price tonight -- or his recent play -- but that could lead to him being a little higher-owned than he should be in a tough matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With Gordon coming off the bench, Tony Allen might not see as much time defending Gordon as he will James Harden. However, with the return of Chandler Parsons, it allows James Ennis, the Grizzlies former D-League standout, to see more time at shooting guard off the bench, and he will likely check Gordon.
Ennis has been great defending around the perimeter this season, holding players he defends to just 41.0% shooting overall and 26.9% shooting from downtown. His length should bother Gordon, making the Rockets' Sixth Man of the Year candidate a landmine tonight.
Reggie Jackson, PG, Detroit Pistons
FanDuel Price: $5,900
It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the Detroit Pistons since the return of Reggie Jackson, their $80 million man. Detroit is 3-7 in games Jackson has played this season, and Detroit is scoring only 102 points per 100 possessions with Jackson on the court, compared 106.8 while he is off the floor.
This has led to a reduction in Jackson's minutes of late, and it could lead to an eventual timeshare with Ishmael Smith if things don't improve.
That spells bad news for Jackson's DFS and overall fantasy value. The Golden State Warriors are on the second leg of a back-to-back, but they have been strong against point guards this season, holding them to 0.87 FanDuel points per minute. If Jackson is only getting 25 minutes, it's tough to justify playing him on this giant slate.