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FanDuel NBA Plays: Monday

Monday, December 1, 2014


We have a fairly small slate of NBA games on tap for tonight, but there are still plenty of leagues to enter on FanDuel. Whether you are looking for double-ups or GPPs, FanDuel has you covered.

 

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But, back to tonight: there are quite a few injuries that impact the upcoming slate. This should allow for some terrific value plays. Here are my favorite players that I will be targeting in my cash games tonight.

 

 

Point Guard


Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers (Salary: $8300, FPPG: 29, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 30.7)

 

Carter-Williams is an extremely talented young player. The biggest knock on him this season has been his playing time. That shouldn’t be an issue tonight, as his backcourt mate, Tony Wroten, has already been ruled out. Carter-Williams should see closer to 35 minutes of playing time tonight. He’ll also have a very high usage rate with Wroten out of the lineup. Carter-Williams put up a monster triple-double in Wroten’s absence the other night, and his opportunity and upside in tonight’s game make him a great play against the Spurs.

 

Mo Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $5500, FPPG: 22.4, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 21.5)

 

Williams is playing some of the best basketball of his career. Granted, he’s the starting point guard of a bad team, but it’s tough to argue with the numbers that he is putting up. In five starts this season, Williams is averaging 17 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists per game. He does draw a tough matchup against the Clippers, but you will be hard-pressed to find a starting point guard with his upside at his price point. Look past the tough matchup and target Williams in all league formats.

 

 

Shooting Guard


Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $6100, FPPG: 26.5, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 27.8)

 

Shooting guard is an extremely thin position tonight. Dwyane Wade is really the only elite option, but it’s tough to trust him, given his injury history and the fact that he’s playing in the second half of a back-to-back. This is looking like a night to go with value at the two spot. Crawford is not a starter, but he sees starter-type minutes. He’s averaging just less than 30 minutes per game, with a high usage rate of 27.8. Tonight he draws a favorable matchup against the Wolves, who are currently ranked 29th in defensive efficiency this season.

 

Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $4700, FPPG: 22.3, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 15.7)

 

You know it’s a small slate of game when Danny Green makes the list of suggested cash game plays. He’s typically too inconsistent to target in cash games, but the matchup and the lack of other options, has me seriously considering him tonight. Green has scored at least 25 fantasy points in four of his last five games, making him one of the most consistent daily basketball options out there. He has also played at least 29 minutes in four of those five games. Tonight he draws an extremely favorable matchup against the Sixers, who are ranked dead last in fantasy points allowed to SGs per 48 minutes.

 

 

Small Forward


Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $7000, FPPG: 29.7, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 21.7)

 

Leonard is having another solid season for the Spurs. He is averaging 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals per game. The Spurs are running more offensive plays through Leonard this season, which is promising for his fantasy production. Tonight’s game against the Spurs should be fast-paced, as the Sixers average 100.0 possessions per 48 minutes. Leonard is probably the safest option at small forward if you are looking to spend up.

 

Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $4900, FPPG: 21.6, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 19.9)

 

There are few “must plays” in the NBA, but Brewer is close to reaching that status. He is still vastly underpriced, despite scoring at least 22 fantasy points in each of his last nine games. His floor has basically been reaching value, if you are using a 5x salary value system. With Andrew Wiggins battling an illness, Brewer should continue to see all of the minutes he can handle. He should be a staple in all of your cash games.

 


Power Forward


Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $9100, FPPG: 36.5, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 31.6)

 

After a stretch of subpar fantasy outings, Griffin has bounced back nicely over his last four. He is averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during that stretch. He has the highest usage rate (31.6) of anyone on the Clippers, including Chris Paul. He draws a favorable matchup against the Wolves, who are ranked 26th in fantasy points allowed to PFs per 48 minutes. With all of the value available tonight, it’s easy to fit Griffin into your lineups.

 

Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $4500, FPPG: 21, MPG: 28, Usage Rate: 16.1)

 

Tiago Splitter remains out for the Spurs, which means Diaw will continue to see extended playing time. He is averaging 28 minutes per game this season. Basing lineup decisions on playing time alone would lead you to roster Diaw. Throw in a matchup against the winless Sixers and you have yourself a terrific value play. Diaw has scored at least 16 fantasy points in nine of his last ten games and should easily crack that mark tonight.

 

 

Center


DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $6700, FPPG: 28.2, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 9.8)

 

It’s hard to target a player that has a usage rate in single-digits. Jordan does not create his own offense, as he relies on put-backs and alley-oops to score. The good news is that he is averaging 12 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Tonight he squares off against the Timberwolves, who are ranked dead last in fantasy points allowed to opposing centers per 48 minutes.

 

Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6000, FPPG: 23.2, MPG: 25, Usage Rate: 14)

 

Dieng has been extremely consistent ever since Nikola Pekovic went down with his injury. Pekovic is going to be out another 10-14 days, which means Dieng will continue to see extended playing time. Over his last six starts, he is averaging 28.4 fantasy points, which is very close to reaching value based on a 5x salary system. Tonight he faces DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers. While Jordan is a great shot-blocker, he’s not a great defender. The Clippers are ranked 25th in fantasy points allowed to centers per 48 minutes this season.

 

 



Derek “Notorious” Farnsworth is ranked #7 Overall, has won a $50,000 Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship, qualified for the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Championship, and is a lead contributor on RotoGrinders.com. When he’s not winning daily fantasy contests, the Talented Mr. Noto can be found on Twitter @RG_Notorious.



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