3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 1/31/17

Jonas Valanciunas has a tough matchup tonight against Anthony Davis. Which other players are in a difficult spot?

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.

Jonas Valanciunas, C, Toronto Raptors

FanDuel Price: $5,800

Last season Jonas Valanciunas destroyed the New Orleans Pelicans in his two games against them. However, Anthony Davis didn't play in either game. The Brow is playing tonight, and with Davis playing center full time, Valanciunas is probably going to have a tough time on both ends of the court.

Davis is a mismatch for almost every center in the league, and Valanciunas is no exception. Valanciunas has played at least 30 minutes only once in his last six games, and the lack of significant run and an overall poor matchup will make it tough for him to reach value tonight.

Darren Collison, PG, Sacramento Kings

FanDuel Price: $5,100

Darren Collison has played well since Rudy Gay went down with injury, but he has fallen off a bit lately. He got only 24 minutes last night, and he has a very tough matchup tonight against Patrick Beverley.

In their first two meetings of the season, Collison scored roughly 20 FanDuel points per game against Beverley, and he shot a combined 4 for 16 from the floor.

On the second leg of a back-to-back set, Collison's prospects of exceeding value are much slimmer against Beverley. The Houston Rockets' point guard is holding opposing point guards to just 0.88 FanDuel points per minute this season.

Will Barton, SG, Denver Nuggets

FanDuel Price: $5,000

When the Denver Nuggets are short-handed, Will Barton usually steps up in a big way. He has put up some huge games this season, but with Gary Harris healthy and playing full minutes, Barton's playing time has dwindled.

Barton is averaging just 23.3 minutes per game over his last four games, compared to Harris' clip of 31.3 minutes per game in that same span. According to NBA Wowy, with Harris on the court this season, Barton is posting a 16.3% usage rate -- a number which jumps to 21.4% with Harris off the court.

Until his minutes rise (or Harris is injured again), it's tough to be bullish on Barton.