Welcome back Fanduel friends! Yesterday’s slate was pretty terrible, and made even worse with the late scratch of Derrick Rose. We can blame the beat writers for that one. Today we will be focusing on Goran Dragic and a few others GPP plays and pivots in our Daily Fanduel NBA GPP lineups on this much more palatable 9 game slate. What I’m trying to do here for the most part is leverage ownership, while targeting players with upside to get you over 6x value. Sometimes, targeting guys that are more chalky is necessary in tournaments, especially on a site like Fanduel where you need to “win” the position.
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Goran Dragic | Daily NBA Fanduel GPP Plays for 1/10/17
Goran Dragic – Miami Heat ($6,900)
I definitely love Wall tonight too, but Goran Dragic is very intriguing to me in tournaments for a few reasons. First, we know the Warriors can be susceptible to point guards, however still boast a decent DvP versus the position. Really, the last three decent point guards they’ve faced (Conley, Lowry and McCollum) all had very good games against them, and all were in Golden State. The spread on this game might be a bit daunting, but Whiteside should play, which can only help the Heat keep this game close. The Heat will no doubt need 37+ minutes from their star point guard, Goran Dragic (especially with Josh Richardson out), to keep them in it, and with the Warriors consistently showing some weakness to top flight point guards, I expect at least the opportunity for a big game from him. Goran Dragic also generally plays better in higher paced games as his relentless attacking of the rim is favored in transition, and his top 25 usage rate should certainly help too.
Other options: John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, Kyle Lowry, Reggie Jackson, Kemba Walker, D’Angelo Russell, Dennis Schroder, Tyler Johnson, Marcus Smart, MCW, Malcolm Brogdon, Jordan Clarkson, Spencer Dinwiddie
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Detroit Pistons ($5,700)
Tonight’s shooting guard crop is far from enamoring. I think it’s kind of like take your free square with Jeremy Lamb, and probably going someone like KCP, who has a good amount of upside on his $5,700 salary. We’ve seen him crush value in 5 of his last 8 games, and now gets a solid road matchup against Sacramento who are allowing the 10th most FPPG to the position on the season. Sacramento still ranks a woeful 25th in defensive efficiency, and while this game probably won’t feature a super attractive total, I like KCP is a one-off here at a pretty bleh position tonight.
Other options: Jeremy Lamb, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dwayne Wade, Brad Beal, Klay Thompson, Allen Crabbe, Marco Belinelli, Sean Kilpatrick
Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($10,100)
Miami has been regressing defensively since suffering so many injuries, but are slowing getting themselves healthy, however still rank 13th in defensive efficiency, and have the 9th best DvP versus the small forward position. Soooo, getting to the part on why I like Durant…It’s mainly about positional strength to me, especially amongst the higher priced options. Butler is on a b2b, Kawhi is interesting, and LeBron/Hayward are both in tricky spots. Gay isn’t much of an option either against Detroit. So, we’re left with Durant, also in a tough spot, however I love the fact that he can and has been contributing in every category and consistently give you 50 FPs (5x value) even in tough spots, like against Memphis, Toronto, and Cleveland. Curry has been stealing the show a little bit recently, but I think in tournaments there’s a lot of merit to paying up for Durant. He has the highest of upside of anyone on this slate, but likely won’t receive a ton of attention given they are pretty large favorites, and the game won’t have a super appealing total.
Other options: LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Gordon Hayward, Otto Porter, Trevor Ariza, MKG, Jae Crowder, Marcus Morris, Kent Bazemore, Demarre Carroll, Brandon Ingram
Al-Farouq Aminu – Portland Trailblazers ($4,600)
Power forward is another position I’m not in love with tonight. Millsap is probably worth playing in tournaments even though he rarely goes for over 5x. Aminu is another one that I like that might not offer a huge ceiling, but has consistently been going for 5 or 6x in decent spots. This certainly counts as a decent spot against the Lakers, who rank 2nd worst overall in fantasy points allowed to the power forward position, and 28th in overall defensive efficiency. Meanwhile, I expect Randle to be pretty chalky given how bad Portland has been to opposing power forwards this season, however they’ve improved tremendously recently, which coincides directly with Aminu’s return ranking 10th best in DvP over their last 5 games. Aminu is in a good spot to return at least 5x, with upside for 7/8x value should things fall his way.
Hassan Whiteside – Miami Heat ($8,200)
I kind of hate to tout 3 players from the same game in one article, but I think Whiteside is truly an elite tournament play tonight. The Warriors have shown consistent weakness to good center’s this season, having been gouged recently by Cousins, Gasol, and even Mason Plumlee all for 40 + FPs, and ranking 2nd worst in terms of FPPG allowed to the Center position over their last 5 games. Whiteside is usually 10 FPs better at home, so there’s definite risk here, but Whiteside should be somewhat fresh coming off a four game absence, and will be relied upon heavily. Zaza cannot match Whiteside’s physicality and should at least have a chance for a big game should Spoelstra let his starters go for big minutes in this one.
Other options: Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, Rudy Gobert, Al Horford, Mason Plumlee, Marcin Gortat, Jonas Valanciunas, Montrezl Harrell, Robin Lopez
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