3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 10/26/18
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?
Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves
FanDuel Price: $8,500
Sans one game, where Jimmy Butler did not play, Karl-Anthony Towns has been a bust this season. In the four other contests, the Minnesota Timberwolves center is averaging just 31.3 FanDuel points per game. The usually efficient big man with a career field goal percentage of 54.3% is shooting only 42.6% from the floor with a career-high 2.8 turnovers per game. His numbers are down across the board, and the absence of Andrew Wiggins in Wednesday's game did not help provide the boost we would expect.
Against the Toronto Raptors, Towns sank just 5-of-17 shots with 4 turnovers for 33.1 FanDuel points. His effort is lacking, especially on the glass, where Towns has only one double-digit rebounding game after averaging 12.3 boards per game the last two seasons.
Otto Porter, SF, Washington Wizards
FanDuel Price: $6,300
Known for his defense and long-distance shooting ability, Otto Porter has been a fantasy disappointment so far this season as his three-point shot has gone cold. A 43.7% shooter from beyond the arc the last two seasons, Porter is throwing up bricks right now, sinking just 23.5% of his 6.2 attempts per game. As expected, that has led to a discouraging fantasy numbers so far. The Washington Wizards' wingman is averaging 28.5 FanDuel points per game and is coming off a 19.6 FanDuel points night.
Against the Golden State Warriors, his shot was meh (5-for-9 from the floor, 2-for-6 from three) as he scored 12 points. With only one rebound, one assist, and two steals his stat line was a little thin for DFS purposes. Facing the Sacramento Kings on Friday may seem like the remedy to right the ship, but the Kings have actually held their own against small forwards. Sacramento has allowed 0.83 FanDuel points per minute, the eighth-lowest mark in the NBA this season.
Wendell Carter Jr., PF, Chciago Bulls
FanDuel Price: $6,000
Like many rookies, Wendell Carter Jr. is off to a slow start in his NBA career. Through four games, the Chicago Bulls' big man is averaging 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. That adds up to just 19.3 FanDuel points a night. The low numbers aren't' a product of limited minutes either as Carter was on the court for 30.7 minutes per night the last two games, but managed just a slight uptick in stats. He has averaged only 21.6 FanDuel points for a disappointing rate of 0.70 FanDuel points per minute. So even with starting power forward Bobby Portis out on Friday, don't expect Carter to go off.
Also working against Carter is the Bulls' matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. The two teams just played on Wednesday with Carter logging 29.7 minutes while posting a stat line of 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Not bad for a $5,200 price tag on Wednesday, but Carter costs 15% more at $6,000 on Friday. Sitting as the fourth-most expensive power forward on the seven-game slate, Carter won't bring enough value to make him worth a play on Friday.
Dale Redman is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.