First and foremost, the FakeRoundball crew would like to wish all of you and the rest of the daily fantasy basketball community a very merry Christmas. We hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday season. But before you drink an excessive amount or eggnog, or spend too much time talking to your creepy uncle, who shares the same story every year but the ending changes slightly more with every telling, we are here to help you with your daily fantasy basketball lineups.
Let’s not forget that we have six games to look forward to while unwrapping presents or spreading time with your loved ones. Lets get right to it and dive into the daily fantasy basketball playbook. As always, my picks are according to DraftKings. Good luck, and happy holidays.
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Russell Westbrook ($12,000) – We are all living in Westbrook’s world, and it’s been fantastic. Kevin Durant has been ruled out for todays game, so it’s all systems go on Westbrook. His price is crippling to your lineup, but I have no qualms he is going produce at a high level. Start him.
Tony Parker ($3,000) – No, that’s not a typo. That is really Parker’s price tag for today. I know Parker is going to be everywhere, but I am not fading him. I also find it hard to believe that Pop will limit his starters on Christmas because of the heavy fine he got two years ago. If I’m paying up for one of the high price guys, I’m definitely having Parker in my lineup.
Chris Paul ($10,200) – I like Paul the most out of the higher tier guys mostly because of his price. He’s the cheapest, except for Kyrie Irving, and has the best matchup. Paul has hit 47+ fantasy points in five games in a row, and I believe he will keep that streak going against the Warriors.
Dwayne Wade ($8,400) – I like Wade even more if Chris Bosh does not play tonight. He has seen a ton of minutes, and I got to believe he’s going to want to go point-for-point with LeBron. Not to mention, his minutes have been an early Christmas gift this season and he has held up fairly well.
Jimmy Butler ($8,000) – Full disclosure here: starting Jimmy buckets scares me. It is very possible he puts up a turd on the court today. I’d much rather Wade for the small jump in price. But with that being said, I’m following my rule of thumb this season in starting my studs against the Lakers and Sixers.
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Rasual Butler ($3,900) – I’m either going to be the prettiest girl in the bar, or getting a sack of coal for Christmas with this one. Butler is completely boom or bust, but I like his matchup a ton against the Knicks. It won’t take much for him to return value on his price, and his ceiling is higher than anyone else at this lower tier.
LeBron James ($11,800) – This is the highest salary I’ve seen LeBron at in quite some time and I’m still more than willing to pay up for it. There are many times to fade from a guy, but today is not one to fame on him. A return to South Beach on Christmas Day? Yea, I want a piece of that pie.
Paul Pierce ($5,000) – You know how LeBron loves the spotlight? Pierce has made a career off of it. He always loves to take the big shots and show up on the big stage. His price is so low that it’s hard not to take a chance on him.
Draymond Green ($7,300) – I absolutely love Green’s game. The fact that he does a little bit of everything is money in the bank in DFS. I know he put up a stinker last game, but he’s earned the right for redemption on Christmas. I’m starting him with as much confidence as you can for a guy who’s produced 30+ fantasy points in nine out of his last ten games.
Blake Griffin ($11,000) – The only player that has put up more ridiculous fantasy numbers than Griffin over the week is Anthony Davis. He’s expensive, but I’m not fading him against a banged up David Lee/Draymond Green. Pay up and be merry.
Carlos Boozer ($6,400) – Boozer is going back to Chicago on Christmas day, and he would love nothing more than a win to put on top of his tree at home. I’m thinking he’s going to be at full throttle from the moment of tipoff. If I’m not going Griffin, I’m taking a shot on Boozer.
Tristan Thompson ($5,100) – Anderson Varejao is out for the foreseeable future with a torn Achilles. The Cavs don’t have a lot of depth at the position, so Thompson should get the majority of the minutes in the rotation. I think he’s worth taking a chance on in GPPs, but I’m not opposed to swinging for the fences in cash games either.
Marcin Gortat ($6,800) – There isn’t much to really like at the center position on this Christmas day. I don’t really care for many of the higher price guys, so I’m going with Gortat pretty much everywhere I can.
Christ Anderson ($3,000) – I only like Anderson if Chris Bosh doesn’t play. He’s a cheap, punt option that should get a ton of minutes, which means a ton of chances to produce. As of this writing, it doesn’t look good for Bosh to suit up.