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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 12/22/17

C.J. McCollum stands to see a huge workload with Damian Lillard on the sidelines. Who else should you target in daily fantasy basketball tonight?

If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.

Let's take a look at who you should target on today's slate.

Best of the Best

James Harden ($12,000): When Chris Paul is out (as he is tonight), Harden's already huge fantasy upside becomes ridiculous. His 33.1% usage rate, 28.1% assist rate and 1.38 FanDuel points per minute with Paul on the floor are already strong marks, but they jump all the way to 38.8%, 55.4% and 1.64 per minute with Paul off the court. The Los Angeles Clippers sit only 19th in defensive rating, allowing above-average fantasy production to guards, and Harden has massive upside tonight.

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