3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 3/13/17
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.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto Raptors
FanDuel Price: $9,400
Since the injury to Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan's price has seemingly gone up faster than his production. His usage rate has predictably been going up, but now that teams can key in on DeRozan, it's making it tougher on him to produce in daily fantasy.
DeRozan is a scoring-dominant player, and when the shots aren't falling, he isn't reaching value. That may be the case tonight against the stingy Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs are holding opposing shooting guards to 0.73 FanDuel points per minute this season. While Wesley Matthews hasn't been great on defense this season, in his last two meetings against DeRozan as a member of the Mavs, Matthews has played DeRozan well defensively.
Cody Zeller, C, Charlotte Hornets
FanDuel Price: $5,000
Cody Zeller might be popular tonight due to his recent uptick in minutes, but Frank Kaminsky went through shootaround this morning, and a Kaminsky return has a chance to completely ruin Zeller as a DFS play.
In addition to likely seeing his minutes reduced (if Kaminsky plays), his matchup against Robin Lopez is not great. As a team the Chicago Bulls are holding centers to 0.93 FanDuel points per minute. With Zeller averaging just 0.82 FanDuel points per minute this season, it's not a great night to target the Hornets' center. He has also struggled some against Lopez in the past, posting a 40.4% shooting clip in their eight career meetings.
J.J. Redick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
FanDuel Price: $4,000
A clash with the Utah Jazz should scare most people away from the Los Angeles Clippers tonight, which could in turn make them interesting tournament options. However, the game being in Utah really hurts a guy like J.J. Redick, especially considering he has to go up against a healthy Rodney Hood.
Hood and the Jazz are holding opposing shooting guards to just 0.69 FanDuel points per minute. On top of that, on the road this season, Redick is shooting 38.6% from three-point land, compared to 43.7% shooting from downtown at home.