3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 11/2/17

Lonzo Ball has a tough matchup on the road in Portland against the Blazers tonight. Who else should we look to fade on Thursday's short NBA DFS slate?

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.

Lonzo Ball, PG, Los Angeles Lakers

FanDuel Price: $7,000

The start to Lonzo Ball's career in the NBA has been up and down for the former second overall pick. Heading into Portland tonight to play the Portland Trail Blazers may seem like a good matchup on the surface, but you'll see it is not that simple if you dig a little deeper.

Even with the Blazers coming off an overtime loss in Utah and playing their third game in four nights, Portland has also been pretty good against opposing point guards. The Blazers' defense is allowing the position to post just 0.84 FanDuel points per minute, and with the way Ball is shooting, it's hard to roster him at his current price tag.

Ball has a 33.3% shooting percentage in his first seven games, and if you were to take away his big 12-for-27 game against the Phoenix Suns, he'd be 17-for-60 (28.3%) on the year. While he does a lot of other things to rack up FanDuel points, it's hard to recommend him if he isn't putting the ball in the hole. Our models project him for just 26.9 FanDuel points on Thursday.

Kyle Anderson, SF, San Antonio Spurs

FanDuel Price: $4,800

Kyle Anderson has been given a big opportunity for the Spurs with Kawhi Leonard being out to start the season, but he has yet to do much with it, especially when it comes to fantasy scoring. Anderson is averaging just 21.2 FanDuel points per game on 26.6 minutes per contest, and he is likely going to get the first shot at defending Kevin Durant tonight.

The matchup is not a great one by any means, but for our purposes, you should be just as concerned with Durant's defense as you should be with Anderson having to defend him on the other end.

The Golden State Warriors are holding small forwards to just 0.77 FanDuel points per minute this season, and Durant is holding players he defends to just 36.1% shooting from the floor.

Andre Iguodala, SF, Golden State Warriors

FanDuel Price: $4,000

With Leonard already ruled out for Thursday, the Warriors don't have as much to worry about defensively against the San Antonio Spurs. That could mean veteran swingman Andre Iguodala won't be needed as much with the Warriors coming in as heavy road favorites.

Iguodala is averaging 26.6 minutes per game, but his fantasy production hasn't been that great -- his 16.5 FanDuel points per game comes out to just 0.62 FanDuel points per minute.

Even without Leonard, the Spurs have also been solid to start the season against opposing wing players. San Antonio is holding small forwards to 0.73 FanDuel points per minute, and with Iguodala's already low FanDuel scoring, he is a player to avoid tonight in Texas.


Jordan Sharp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jordan Sharp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username TEHSHARP. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.