3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 2/15/17

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.

Harrison Barnes, SF, Dallas Mavericks

FanDuel Price: $6,200

Back in December, Harrison Barnes had a strong game against Marcus Morris and the Detroit Pistons, dropping 30 FanDuel points in a loss. However, that game was without Dirk Nowitzki and in Dallas. Now Barnes has to travel to Detroit where he could end up bring a landmine.

Morris and the Pistons are holding small forwards to just 0.71 FanDuel points per minute this season, which is one of the tougher matchups of any player tonight, according to our DvP Matchup chart.

Plus, on the season, Morris is holding players he defends to an impressive 41.3% shooting overall and 42.7% shooting inside the three-point arc. Consider Barnes a risky investment tonight on FanDuel, especially with the Dallas Mavericks owning an implied total of less than 100 points tonight.

Mason Plumlee, C, Denver Nuggets

FanDuel Price: $6,000

Mason Plumlee has the potential to make his Denver Nuggets debut tonight. But coach Mike Malone also said that he plans to bring Plumlee off the bench if he does play tonight, and he isn't expected to play much alongside Nikola Jokic.

Still at the price of a starting center, Plumlee is too risky tonight, even in what should be a good game for fantasy production against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On top of that, Plumlee's individual matchup isn't the greatest. The Wolves are holding opposing centers to 0.93 FanDuel points per minute, so with the uncertainty surrounding Plumlee, there is no reason to take a risk with him with all the other options available.

Reggie Jackson, PG, Detroit Pistons

FanDuel Price: $5,400

Reggie Jackson has not been playing very well this season and word out of ESPN's Zach Lowe on Wednesdays says the Pistons are open to trading their high-priced point guard.

This is probably not the best thing to hear during a slump in which Jackson is shooting just 32.9% from the floor and averaging just 20.3 FanDuel points per game over his last nine contests.

Plus, this isn't a great matchup for Jackson tonight. The Mavs are holding point guards to less than 0.8 FanDuel points per minute, making Jackson a player to avoid altogether on Wednesday.