3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 2/13/18
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 takes only one player to sink a lineup. Searching for the landmines could mean the difference between winning and losing your contests. Which players should we avoid tonight?
Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings
FanDuel Price: $5,200
Buddy Hield is coming off a nice game, which included scoring 16 points in just 19 minutes on Sunday. With the Sacramento Kings' heavy guard depth, though, his playing time has been going down lately. He has still produced well in those games, but it might be tougher for him to reach value tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
In Hield's last game against the Mavs earlier this month, he scored just 20.6 FanDuel points, which could be because of a strong Mavs defense against shooting guards. Dallas is holding shooting guards to 0.78 FanDuel points per minute, and with Wesley Matthews coming in rested, it could be a slow night for HIeld.
Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Atlanta Hawks
FanDuel Price: $4,600
Ersan Ilyasova is also coming off a nice game Sunday where he dropped 19 points against the Detroit Pistons, but his matchup Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks is far worse from a fantasy standpoint.
The Bucks are holding power forwards to 0.83 FanDuel points per minute, which is tops in the league according to our DvP Matchup Chart. If Giannis Antetokounmpo spends time guarding Ilyasova, he won't have an easy night ahead of him. Antetokounmpo is holding players he defends to just 41.0% shooting and 29.9% shooting outside of 15 feet.
Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
FanDuel Price: $4,500
Tristan Thompson is going to get a lot of playing time for the Cleveland Cavaliers until Kevin Love is back from injury, but tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he has a tougher pathway to value despite a lower price tag.
The Thunder are limiting centers to the seventh-fewest FanDuel points per minute. Thompson's individual matchup against Steven Adams is not great, either. Adams is holding players he defends to just 46.1% shooting this season, so while Thompson isn't a complete fade, he is someone to be worried about Tuesday despite his likelihood for significant minutes.
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