3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 3/7/17
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.
C.J. McCollum, SG, Portland Trail Blazers
FanDuel Price: $7,200
C.J. McCollum is coming off a huge game against the Brooklyn Nets. Even after the extra night off because of some condensation at the Target Center on Monday, McCollum is still a player to avoid because he'll be squaring off against a very underrated defender in Andre Roberson.
So far this season, Roberson is holding players he defends to just 41.3% shooting overall, including 33.5% from downtown. This has enabled the Oklahoma City Thunder hold opposing shooting guards to just 0.74 FanDuel points per minute.
It's also worth noting that McCollum has never had much success against Roberson during their careers. He has failed to score 20 points in a game in their last four head-to-head matchups, and he's struggled to the tune of shooting just 39.0% from the floor.
Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns
FanDuel Price: $6,000
Another shooting guard potentially worth fading is Devin Booker. He has shot only 40% from the floor over his last six games and is averaging just 25.1 FanDuel points during that stretch.
The Phoenix Suns shooting guard is the type of player who can get hot against anyone and nail nine three-pointers in a GPP-winning night, but his floor is unreliable for cash games and worth avoiding against the surprisingly tough defense of the Washington Wizards.
Bradley Beal gets a lot of praise for his offense, but he is holding players he defends to just 44.1% shooting from the floor and 32.8% shooting from downtown. This has helped the Wizards limit shooting guards to just 0.71 FanDuel points per minute this season.
Jordan Clarkson, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
FanDuel Price: $5,100
After the trade of Louis Williams, it seemed as though Jordan Clarkson would start to break out again and resume being a great DFS option. This has generally come true, as Clakrson is averaging over 26 FanDuel points per game since the trade deadline. However, the Los Angeles Lakers' young guard may struggle against a talented Dallas Mavericks defense.
The Mavs are holding opponents to an average of just 93.7 points over their last seven games, while limiting opposing point guards to 0.81 FanDuel points per minute. Even though Clarkson has been playing off the ball more this season, the Mavs have been even better against shooting guards, limiting them to 0.73 FanDuel points per minute.