3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 10/24/17
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.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers
FanDuel Price: $8,300
There's an epic battle of big men about to go down tonight in Los Angeles Tuesday, as DeAndre Jordan faces off against Rudy Gobert. While both probably take a hit against one another since they're two of the NBA's best defensive centers, it's Jordan who is more concerning.
Gobert and the Utah Jazz are giving up fewer than 0.8 FanDuel points per minute to opposing centers, and some of the previous regular season matchups between these two have been won by Gobert.
In their last six meetings, Jordan is averaging fewer than 29 FanDuel points per game and he has not hit 40 FanDuel points in any of their 11 regular season matchups. At his price point of $8,300, it's hard to trust Jordan to put up enough points to warrant rostering.
Domantas Sabonis, PF, Indiana Pacers
FanDuel Price: $4,800
Myles Turner has already been ruled out, which means Sabonis might get to start against the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, his 18-point, 12-rebound game against the Heat is a little misleading. Hassan Whiteside was out for that game and Sabonis was up against former second-rounder Jordan Mickey.
If Sabonis starts tonight, he will be going against Karl-Anthony Towns, a much tougher cover on both ends of the court. Having to defend Towns might be enough by itself to make Sabonis a landmine with the foul trouble factor looming. Considering the Wolves also have started the season with a slower pace of 97.3 possessions per 48 minutes, it's best to avoid him, especially when taking into account Sabonis' potential ownership spike.
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, New York Knicks
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Tim Hardaway Jr. has had a rough start to the season, with games of 7.5 and 16.2 FanDuel points. However, he has gone up against two very tough defenders in those games in Andre Roberson and Avery Bradley, but Tuesday doesn't get much easier against the Boston Celtics.
Boston is holding opposing shooting guards to just 0.55 FanDuel points per minute, and while this number likely won't stay that low all season, it's still impressive from what is a very young Celtics team.
However, our models are pretty bullish on Hardaway Tuesday, projecting him for 24.3 FanDuel points. So, while he may make for a great tournament play after a couple of bad games, Hardaway shouldn't be anywhere near cash games tonight.
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