Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook – 12/18

Tim Hardaway Jr

Tonight is a lighter night of daily fantasy basketball action. Fear not though, their still is plenty of money to be won with all four games having a spread of 191 or better. Word is Carmelo Anthony may be out tonight, so be sure to check that before setting your lineups. If he is out, Tim Hardaway is a must start across the board. As always, my prices are based off of DraftKings.

Point Guard

Patrick Beverly ($5,500) – Beverly has been on a tear lately. Six of his last seven games he’s scored 30 fantasy points or more. I expect that trend to continue against the Pelicans tonight, who rank in the bottom third in the league against point guards.

Jrue Holiday ($8,500) – I’m putting Holiday here because he’s the only guy I think is worth paying up for tonight. Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry are great plays, but I’ll take a guy that will save me some cash.

Brandon Knight ($6,900) – Knight has a great matchup tonight. The Bucks will need plenty of scoring with Jabari Parker out rest of the season, and Larry Sanders suspended tonight. I expect Knight to return his value and more.


Shooting Guard

Tim Hardaway Jr ($5,400) – Like I said, Carmelo Anthony may be out tonight. But J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are both still out with injury, so Hardaway will be getting a ton of minutes to produce solid numbers. Don’t be surprised if he has a 30+ point night tonight.

Klay Thompson ($7,400) – Thompson has been hit or miss lately, but not many players have the ceiling like him. I’ll take a shot on him for a decent price with a limited player pool.

O.J. Mayo ($5,000) – Mayo is a contrarian play for me. He should be playing heavy minutes like Knight and is someone I would only use in a GPP.


Small Forward

Trevor Ariza ($6,500) – I know he’s not a sexy pick, but there’s not many guys I like here at the position. Ariza is a decent price, and could return big game value.

Jared Dudley ($3,800) – He seems to be everyone’s golden child tonight, but I’m not completely sold. With that being said, his price is too good to pass up.


Power Forward

Quincy Acy ($3,000) – As much as it kills me to admit it, I’m fading Anthony Davis tonight. No Amar’e Stoudemire tonight means big minutes for Acy. I absolutely love his game, and he is surely capable of a 10/12 night, which would blow his value out the water.

Marreese Speights ($4,900) – I picked up Speights in my 16 team keeper league and have not been disappointed. Andrew Bogut and David Lee are both out and he will continue to be the biggest benefactor.



Omer Asik ($5,800) – Asik’s minute have been limited lately, but there’s just not much out there that I like at the position. I’m fading DeMarcus Cousins because it’s his first game back, and it’s still unclear how much Howard will play if he does suit up. Asik can easily have a 10/10 game tonight, and that’s what makes him a solid play.

Steven Adams ($4,300)/Zaza Pachulia ($4,000) – I am not a fan of either of these guys, but their simply isn’t anyone else that can even remotely return value like these two. This is full on punt play tonight here. If I had to pick one, I’m going Pachilia because he’s cheaper and he has more upside.



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