Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook – 12/15

Michael Carter-Williams

It’s good to be back in the swig of things in the world of daily fantasy basketball. I took a break this weekend from it. But it wasn’t because I was in a slump or needed time away, Friday was my birthday and I could barely manage to stumble my way down Bourbon Street to achieve my self-fulfilling prophecy of 2 am chicken tenders. Now I am back on the grind of DFS, so good luck and let’s win some money tonight.

*note: all my prices are according to DraftKings

Point Guards

C.J. Watson ($5,000) – I know he’s coming off a bi game, but Watson is the only cheap option I like at the point guard position. He’s coming off a great game, and Damian Lillard doesn’t exactly invoke fear into opposing offenses either. If I’m looking so save some money, Watson is my guy.

Michael Carter-Williams ($9,500) – The worst thing you can do in any fantasy sport is chase numbers from the game before. I would usually fade MCW for this reason, but I would not be surprised if he managed to post a similar stat line tonight. I know he’s a high price tag, but he’s he only guard I’d pay up for tonight.

Isaiah Thomas ($5,800) – It’s unknown yet as of this writing if Goran Dragic is playing tonight. If he does, than Thomas’s value obviously skyrockets down. But if Dragic is out, than IT2 should be in most lineups because of his value is too good to pass up.

Shooting Guards

Jimmy Butler ($6,600) – I will let it be known that Butler is one of my favorite players in the league. I love his game, his hustle, and his ability to be Jimmy Buckets. But tonight I mostly love him because of his pricing on DraftKings. At $6,600, it’s hard to pass up that kind of value for a guy that has averaged 18/3.8/5.6 over his last six games.

Rodney Stuckey ($5,500) – If you’re not going with Watson night, I’d definitely use Stuckey as a contrarian/GPP play.

J.J. Redick ($4,700) – Call me crazy, but I have one of those feelings that Redick is about to be DFS gold one of these nights. He’s been getting the minutes you want to see, and at this price, I am having a hard time fading him. At this price, I’m much more willing to take a chance on him to save some money.

Small Forwards

Just a note here, I absolutely hate all of these guys. None of them really jump out to me, so I am going make this as painless as possible.

Luc Richad Mbah a Moute ($4,400) – The fact that I had to take the time to write out his name and double check the spelling means he’ll be in my lineup. Also, no K.J. McDaniels gives him a boost in playing time.

Evan Turner ($4,700) – I like Turner the best of the cheap options tonight. His minutes continue to increase over the past week, and starting anyone against the Sixers is never a bad idea.

Power Forwards

Robert Covington ($5,700) – The bad news is that Covington’s price has finally caught up with his production. The good news is that he’s still moderately priced for a guy that has scored 20+ points in four of his last five games.

Taj Gibson ($6,300) – Joakim Noah is listed as doubtful for the game, so fire Gibson away without much hesitation.

Blake Griffin ($10,600) – It always kills me to pay up so much for a guy, but Griffin is one of the few players that can out-produce his price tag…nobody o the Pistons leads me to believe otherwise.


Al Horford ($6,800) – Horford has continued to get better since a hot and cold start to this season. He’s had 30+ fantasy points in four of his last five games, and his price tag is cheaper than I would have expected. The Cavs are in the bottom third in the league at defending his position, so Horford is my number one play at the position tonight.

Jonas Valanciunas ($6,000) – JV may have laid a stinker the other night against the Knicks, but this has “bounce back” written all over it. He hit 30+ fantasy points in his previous three games, so look for him to get right against the Magic at as cheap price.


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