There is a four game set tonight tipping off at 7:00pm ET, so we will have plenty of time to construct our teams while enjoying some Sunday FUNDAY football action! With the way things are setting up today with this somewhat thin player pool, the top plays will likely be popular. The tricky part will be finding a spot or two where we can differentiate our lineup, without sacrificing potential production.
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Russell Westbrook – OKC at ORL – $11,200 – Last season the Orlando Magic were a middle-of-the-pack team with regards to pace, checking in at 14th. This season they have slide to 26th through a combination of playing a little slower than last season (98.2 vs 95.5) and the NBA as a whole playing a little more freely. This is not too much of a concern for Westbrook who seemingly has the ball in his hands on every possession and is a triple-double waiting to happen.
Stephen Curry – GSW vs PHX – $9,200 – It is reasonable to think that most gamers will be looking to Damian Lillard who is actually $500 cheaper than Curry. This is a great matchup for Curry who has tallied 53+ DraftKings points (DKFP) in two of his last three outings and he should be in line for another solid night of production.
Other Options – Damian Lillard ($8,700), D’Angelo Russell ($6,000)
Jordan Clarkson – LAL vs MIN – $5,000 – Clarkson seems to be the forgotten man for daily fantasy gamers among the many backcourt options from the Lakers. It is amazing how different they look on the court with a new coach who understands the up-tempo style of today’s NBA and without future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and his ball-stopping ways.
Other Options – Jameer Nelson ($3,800)
C.J. McCollum – POR vs DEN – $7,300 – McCollum can be employed at either guard position on DraftKings with his multi-position edibility. In his last four meetings McCollum is averaging 40ish DKFP against the Nuggets including 53.5 on October 29th. He is an outstanding option and also a way to differentiate lineups if we roll with him as our point guard and “fade” the other top options mentioned above.
Other Options – Zach LaVine ($6,500)
Victor Oladipo – OKC vs ORL – $5,200 – There should be a little extra pep in Oladipo’s step as he welcomes his former team to his new city. Though he has surpassed 30 DKFP just once since Halloween, this is a perfect spot to expect him to have plenty of opportunity to wreak havoc.
Lou Williams – LAL at MIN – $5,500 – Sweet Lou was listed in yesterday’s article, and I am going back to the well once more in what should be a high scoring environment in Minnesota. Williams treated his backers well with 35.8 DKFP in just over 25 minutes and he is in the mix once more on Sunday. We can also look to teammate Nick Young – $4,700 as a counter move if you feel Williams will be too popular.
Other Options – Gary Harris ($4,700)
Kevin Durant – GSW vs PHX – $9,100 – Durant stands out as easily the best small forward option and there really is nobody that is even going to come close to his production. It is a very reasonable strategy to lock him in and force your opponents who do not employ his services tonight to make up those points somewhere else.
Andrew Wiggins – MIN vs LAL – $6,600 – Wiggins performed well last night even with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute guarding him, producing 30+ DKFP. This an even better matchup as the Lakers really do not have anyone who can stop athletic wing players. Both teams are on a back-to-back, but the Twolves get the advantage since they are at home.
Other Options – T.J. Warren ($6,700), Devin Booker ($6,800)
Jeff Green – ORL at OKC – $3,600 – There are no standout small forward options, so here we are at Green. If we’re playing him, we’re looking for him to get hot from downtown in his old arena.
Other Options – Maurice Harkless ($4,900)
Draymond Green – GSW vs PHX – $8,000 – The Warriors’ do-everything forward is reasonably priced, though his upside is almost entirely tied to his scoring which has been in single digits for half his games so far this season. Ideally he is able to operate at will in the paint if Tyson Chandler (personal) misses another game, though if Chandler does play, this is an educated risk to leave Green to our opponents to roster.
Gorgui Dieng – MIN vs LAL – $6,200 – Game log watchers will likely be off of Dieng, and we can’t blame them with him failing to top twenty DKFP in three of his last four games. However, this is a good matchup for him against the Lakers and he has 40 DKFP upside, but his poor fantasy play recently keeps him in the tournament-only category for me on Sunday.
Other Options – Julius Randle ($6,400)
Serge Ibaka – ORL at OKC – $5,100 – At this price point, I am willing to roll with Ibaka at either frontcourt spot since it is hard to believe he will not be coming into this game fully focused against his former team.
Other Options – Domantas Sabonis ($4,000)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs LAL – $8,300 – Another back-to-back recommendation from Saturday’s article, Towns gets a tremendous matchup against the Lakers who are just not equipped to defend him and will likely counter by trying to turn this into a track meet.
Nikola Vucevic – ORL at OKC – $6,100 – Ideally the Magic will try to keep Vooch on the court to counter Enes Kanter as the Thunder center because that is their best option to win the battle in the paint tonight.
Other Options – Mason Plumlee ($5,200)
Enes Kanter – OKC vs ORL – $4,800 – Speaking of Kanter, I think he deserves a long look in tournaments with his offensive upside. However, he has been up and down, scoring 30+ DKFP in two of his last four games and below seven fantasy points in the other two.
Other Options – Bismack Biyombo ($4,000), Timofey Mozgov ($3,500)
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