3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 12/12/17

Doug McDermott was hot last time out, but tonight's matchup against the Lakers isn't conducive to another big game. Which other players should you stay away from on Tuesday?

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.

Taurean Prince, SF, Atlanta Hawks

FanDuel Price: $5,700

Taurean Prince has been playing big minutes for the Atlanta Hawks lately, but that may work against him Tuesday night. Atlanta is playing their third game in four nights, and it's on the road against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

So far in his young career, Prince has not done well against James, shooting just 36.4% in his six career meetings against him. Even though Prince's first game this season against James was solid (26.5 FanDuel points), his most recent game against the Cavs produced just 18.8 FanDuel points.

Cleveland is holding opposing small forwards to 0.76 FanDuel points per minute. Considering that James likely be defending Prince, and Prince is also going to have to use a lot of energy guarding James, Prince doesn't offer much fantasy appeal tonight.

Larry Nance Jr., PF, Los Angeles Lakers

FanDuel Price: $5,200

Larry Nance Jr. is stuck in one of the worst timeshares in the NBA right now, and it's a mess trying to figure out which power forward will get the most run for the Los Angeles Lakers on any given night.

Over the last two games, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle have been getting more burn, leaving Nance to play 22 and 16 minutes, respectively, over his last two. If that continues, Nance could once again be a landmine with his price at $5,200.

On top of that, the New York Knicks have also been good against power forwards this season, holding them to 0.86 FanDuel points per minute.

Doug McDermott, SF, New York Knicks

FanDuel Price: $4,000

Doug McDermott is coming off a 23-point (real-world points) outburst against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, but chasing points might be unwise on Tuesday as the New York Knicks play the Lakers.

So far this season, the Lakers have held small forwards to just 0.78 FanDuel points per minute. If Brandon Ingram spends a lot of time defending McDermott, it may be even harder for McBuckets. Ingram is holding players he defends to just 44.0% shooting and 26.4% shooting from downtown.

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