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3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 1/3/17

Which NBA players should you be keeping off your fantasy basketball rosters for Tuesday's DFS action?

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.

Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers

FanDuel Price: $6,600

Myles Turner is coming off one of his best games this season on Sunday with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but recency bias could lead to his ownership being pretty high. Against the Detroit Pistons and Andre Drummond, that may spell bad news for those who do put him on a roster.

Turner has been beaten up by Drummond in the past, and earlier this season, the young big man had only 10 points and 5 rebounds in 27 minutes against Drummond. It wasn't much better in their one meeting last year, where Turner poured in 16 points and grabbed just 4 boards.

That'll make it difficult to reach value at a price tag like $6,600. Drummond and the Pistons are holding opposing centers to 0.92 FanDuel points per minute and considering Turner has been bullied by him in the past, this isn't a safe play.

D'Angelo Russell, PG, Los Angeles Lakers

FanDuel Price: $6,000

D'Angelo Russell is also coming off a huge night, but he has a really tough game against the Memphis Grizzlies and Mike Conley on Tuesday.

Memphis is holding opposing point guards to 0.82 FanDuel points per minute, and despite being slightly banged up, that shouldn't affect Conley's defense.

Russell has posted some big games against Conley in the past, but with the Grizzlies' slow pace and league-leading defensive rating of 103.4, Russell isn't the best DFS option for this slate.

Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs

FanDuel Price: $3,700

Tony Parker has been playing great since he got benched, averaging over 27 FanDuel points per game over his last four. That has taken away some from Patrick Mills, who had been outplaying Parker until this stretch.

If Mills isn't getting the usage or minutes he was receiving from earlier in the season, he shouldn't be on your radar. He'll be going up against former teammate and now Toronto Raptors point guard, Cory Joseph, who has been strong on defense this year in a backup role.

Joseph is holding players he's defending to just 43.9% shooting from the floor, and with Parker playing well, it's better to just lay off Mills and look for a value play elsewhere.