Fanduel NBA Lineup | Monday 12/4/17

Demarcus Cousins arguing with a referee as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans

This is my first article since I took down almost $12,000 in DraftKings’ $8 GPP the other night, so I’m still flying on cloud nine. Hopefully the magic can continue into tonight (I have an 11-day win streak on DraftKings now) and we can right the ship on FanDuel (lost four straight at NBA there before winning NFL yesterday). We have a fun 11-game slate with some injuries already getting clarification, so join us in chat later to build those winners! I’m also on twitter @jac3600

Fanduel NBA Cash Lineup | Monday 12/4/17

POINT GUARD

TOP PLAY

Stephen Curry, GS ($9900)

Curry is in a great spot this evening and he’s underpriced for the usage he’s getting lately. Over the last ten games Curry has achieved a 35% UR and that’s with Kevin Durant playing in seven of those games. The Warriors and Pelicans are fifth and sixth in pace this year and this game carries a gaudy total of 228 points. Golden State is favored by less than ten points which always makes them good targets, and New Orleans also ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency against PGs.

Other options – Dennis Schroder

Mid-tier options – Kemba Walker, Spencer Dinwiddie, Eric Bledsoe

VALUE PLAY

Darren Collison, IND ($5900)

The emergence of Victor Oladipo as a fantasy stud has capped Collison’s upside a bit, but he’s priced for that now, and makes for a nice PG2 if you decide to spend up for Curry. The Knicks rank 26th in defensive efficiency against PGs and the spread on this game is only one point. Collison is viable in all formats.

Other options – Rajon Rondo, Jamal Murray, Dennis Smith, Jarrett Jack, Jerryd Bayless

SHOOTING GUARD

TOP PLAY

Victor Oladipo, IND ($9200)

I personally can’t get on board with spending this kind of money on Oladipo for cash, but he’s making a strong case for it as he has a 30.5% usage rate and now is blowing the roof off with his assist rate as well. The matchup against the Knicks is great as they struggle defensively with guards, and Oladipo has been posting career highs in defensive stats as well. I’m still putting him in tournaments only.

Other options – None

Mid-tier options – Tyreke Evans, Donovan Mitchell, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker

VALUE PLAY

Nicolas Batum, CHA ($5500)

Even with Kemba’s return, Batum is flat-out underpriced on FD. He is playing a full complement of minutes now and gets a tremendous matchup against the Magic who rank seventh in pace and 28th against SGs. Batum is a plus defender with the ability to produce defensive stats, especially against the turnover-prone Magic.

Other options – Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore, Kent Bazemore, JJ Redick, Danny Green

SMALL FORWARD

TOP PLAY

LeBron James, CLE ($12,000)

You can’t pay the price tags for either LeBron or Giannis on FD in cash. There is no room for value at their median production and you’d need to bank on a 60-point game to get any sort of upside. LeBron is posting crazy usage and assist rates and Chicago is 25th in overall team defense, so there is definitely reason for taking some GPP shots. SF is putrid on FanDuel, and you should treat it accordingly.

Other options – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant

Mid-tier options – TJ Warren, Harrison Barnes, Robert Covington

VALUE PLAY

Darius Miller, NO ($3700)

Pay up for your studs elsewhere are save as much as possible on the SF position in cash tonight. Miller played 34 minutes last game with Anthony Davis out and he only needs 19-20 points to hit value at this price tag. Golden State ranks fourth in defensive efficiency but the fast pace of this game invites a superb scoring environment, and Miller allows you to spend on some top guys.

Other options – DeMarre Carroll, Courtney Lee, Jonathan Simmons, Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala

POWER FORWARD

TOP PLAY

Ben Simmons, PHI ($10,500)

Simmons is fully priced but there is still room for upside if Phoenix can somehow keep this game close (a big if). DeMarcus Cousins (see below) gets priority as the top spend, but if you can afford another one Simmons is certainly in play. He is a five-tool contributor and the Suns rank second in pace and 29th in overall team defense. If T.J. McConnell remains out, Simmons is on track for more minutes running the offense.

Other options – LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Aaron Gordon

Mid-tier options – Derrick Favors, Lauri Markkanen

VALUE PLAY

Michael Beasley, NY ($5000)

Beasley is a lock tonight (that’s a tough sentence to write). With Kristaps Porzingis out last game, Beasley played 28 minutes and shot past his value threshold with his scoring alone. He should start and see the same minutes tonight, and has averaged 17 FGA per 36 minutes in his career. Beasley has enough downside to be a GPP fade, but it’s silly to play him in cash.

Other options – Thaddeus Young, John Henson, Taj Gibson, Ersan Ilyasova, Amir Johnson, Marcus Morris

CENTER

TOP PLAY

DeMarcus Cousins, NO ($11,000)

Boogie was the catalyst that finished off my big night the other day, and he’s locked in for me again tonight. There is blowout risk against the Warriors, but Cousins has almost a 39% usage rate without Anthony Davis and the Pelicans will ride him for all they’re worth this evening. For the rate boosts he sees, Cousins should literally be over $12,000 to be appropriately priced. Even with a high price tag, you’re getting insane value on Boogie. Lock him in.

Other options – Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, Marc Gasol

Mid-tier options – Dwight Howard, Nikola Vucevic, Myles Turner, Enes Kanter

VALUE PLAY

Mason Plumlee, DEN ($5800)

FanDuel was much more efficient at pricing up Plumlee than DraftKings was, but there’s still room for value on Plumlee’s tag. He played 31 minutes without Nikola Jokic the other day (he was also on my winning DK squad) and gets to face a Dallas squad that has dropped to 27th in defensive efficiency and 29th in rebounding rate. Both teams are playing up in pace this year as well.

Other options – Enes Kanter, Robin Lopez, Pau Gasol, Kyle O’Quinn

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