3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 4/4/18
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?
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Atlanta Hawks
FanDuel Price: $6,200
After being a late scratch on Tuesday, Dewayne Dedmon (ribs) is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat. This makes him a risky DFS target in general, however, even if Dedmon does play, he is up against a tough matchup in Hassan Whiteside.
The Heat are holding opposing centers to 1.06 FanDuel points per minute, which is eighth-best in our DvP Matchup Chart. With that in mind, our models temper expectations for Dedmon, projecting him for 26.6 FanDuel points (if he suits up).
Isaiah Taylor, PG, Atlanta Hawks
FanDuel Price: $6,000
The Hawks have a 99.5-point implied total in our Matchup Heat Map on Wednesday, and despite going for 15 points and 9 assists Tuesday, Taylor's pathway to repeating that is tough. The Heat have been pretty good overall against point guards this season, limiting them to 0.86 FanDuel points per minute while rating as the league's sixth-best defense since the All-Star break.
Anthony Tolliver, PF, Detroit Pistons
FanDuel Price: $5,200
With Blake Griffin out for the Detroit Pistons, Anthony Tolliver has started and played bigger minutes down the stretch. If you're just looking for minutes and a solid workload, it's easy to see the intrigue. He is coming off a nice double-double over the weekend against the Brooklyn Nets, however, Tolliver has a much tougher matchup Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers are holding power forwards to just 0.91 FanDuel points per minute, and even though the Philly frontcourt is banged up, they have enough depth to keep a guy like Tolliver from having a big game. Our models project Tolliver for only 21.3 FanDuel points over 31.5 minutes Wednesday night, which is not enough to pay off his price tag.
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