3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 2/14/17
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.
Channing Frye, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
FanDuel Price: $4,600
Kevin Love has a torn meniscus and will miss the next six weeks for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This should elevate Channing Frye into the starting lineup again, but it might be tough to reach value tonight against Gorgui Dieng.
Dieng is turning into a good defender for the Wolves, ranking 11th overall and 4th among power forwards in ESPN's real defensive plus-minus. He's also done a good job of holding down opposing players at his position.
According to our DvP Matchup chart, the Wolves are allowing only 0.85 FanDuel points per minute to opposing power forwards. Even with Love out, lay off Frye in this tougher matchup.
Brandon Ingram, SF, Los Angeles Lakers
FanDuel Price: $3,800
Brandon Ingram is starting to get more playing time as the Los Angeles Lakers want to evaluate their young talent. However, on this short three-game slate, Ingram is no more than a tournament flier against Matt Barnes and the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings are allowing just 0.74 FanDuel points per minute to opposing small forwards and players defended by Barnes are being held to just a 35.9% field goal percentage on shots at least 15 feet from the basket.
Even if Ingram gets his minutes back up in the high-20s on Tuesday, he's averaging 0.6 FanDuel points per minute this season and likely won't reach value despite Los Angeles having an implied team total of 109.5 (second-highest on the slate).
Kyle Korver, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
FanDuel Price: $4,000
Fading two players from the same team isn't a normal strategy here, especially when that squad owns the highest implied team total of the night. However, Kyle Korver also looks like a landmine against Minnesota.
There are two problems for Korver: being away from home and the individual matchup. His road splits have not been great this year -- he's averaging nearly three fewer points and his shooting percentage drops almost two percentage points as a visiting player.
The Wolves' defense against shooting guards might suffer some without Zach LaVine, but they're still allowing just 0.7 FanDuel points per minute this year, which could hurt Korver's chances of getting hot from downtown.