NBA DFS Picks – 12/7/16
Pricing is FD/DK
Chris Paul (9100/8800) – I think it’s safe to say that this Golden State/Los Angeles game is going to be the big one of the night. Both teams are extremely talented and can put up points with the best of them. Paul should be able to have his way with Curry in what should amount to a very quick paced game. I think he should be usable in both formats tonight, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw him approach a triple-double on the night.
Eric Bledsoe (8100/7400) – Bledsoe is in a good position tonight against a Pacers team that is getting bent over backwards by opposing point guards. I can definitely see him blowing past Jeff Teague regularly, and he should be a good bet to have a big game. The price is very nice, especially on DraftKings, and I think he’s a prime candidate to drop a 40+ point game on this slate.
Deron Williams (5900/5700) – It’s never very exciting to play Williams, as he is a shell of his former self, but he is still a very talented player on a team that is ripe with injuries. I would expect him to be heavily involved in this game and I think he should be able to come close to the 30-point mark. If you are looking for a good salary saving option, this is where I would look, and I do think it will be worth your while tonight.
James Harden (11700/11400) – Harden isn’t exactly the slam dunk that Westbrook is, but I’ll take a good long look at him tonight in this high paced matchup against the Lakers. The price is definitely fair, and I could certainly see him hitting value, but he hasn’t done enough to give you that much confidence. You can argue that all day with me, but he isn’t hitting 5x near as much as Russ. Anyway, this should still be a good spot to roll him out, and I will be doing that a lot tonight.
Lou Williams (6100/6100) – Lou Williams is playing some of the best basketball in all of the NBA, and I don’t see things slowing down tonight in what should be a very high scoring game with the Rockets. I think Lou will be able to keep his hot play going, and this price is not even close to reflective of what he has been doing over the last few weeks. He’s going to be a staple of mine in many lineups.
Sean Kilpatrick (5700/6000) – Kilpatrick will be facing off with a Denver Nuggets back court that is having major difficulties keeping opposing guards from doing damage. His price is up there, but I think there is still enough room for him to breathe, and I think we’ll end up seeing a pretty good outing here. The Nets are tough to predict in terms of rotation, but I think that Kilpatrick has done enough to establish faith from the coaching staff and I would be surprised if he doesn’t end up with a big night tonight.
LeBron James (9600/9900) – LeBron looks to be trending upward after he suffered a two or three game spell where he and the team were just awful. As a result, we saw his price fall pretty decently, leaving him under $10k. LeBron loves playing Carmelo Anthony, and he loves the main stage of the Garden, so I think he provides a really nice floor and ceiling combination to build your cash game, and likely tournament, lineups around.
Harrison Barnes (6400/6500) – Barnes is almost a lock when Dirk has been out, and tonight will be no different. There is nothing about Rudy Gay that scares me, and I will gladly use Barnes with confidence. I do find him to be more of a cash game play, but I don’t think he needs to be completely avoided in tournaments. If his shot is falling, there is a high probability that his score will end up over 40 fantasy points on the night, making him an excellent play.
Wilson Chandler (6200/6300) – Chandler looked horrible on Monday night against the Sixers, but I cannot help but believe that he will rebound nicely here against the Nets after a days rest. The price here is fair, and I think he should come close to the mid-30’s in terms of fantasy points. After his performance on Monday, I am definitely scared of using him in my cash games, but will have no issues rolling him out in my tournament lineups tonight.
Jabari Parker (6600/6500) – Portland has struggled all year with opposing power forwards, and Parker is having himself quite the year as we speak. This is a perfect situation to drop him in your lineup at a relatively low price. I think he should be able to get into the mid-30’s tonight, and the upside for 40-points is definitely there in what looks to be a fairly high scoring game.
Trevor Booker (5900/5900) – Booker has been very good this year as well, and a matchup against another high paced team in the Denver Nuggets should go a long way for him in having a good game. The price is excellent, and he is a double-double threat each time he steps on the floor. On top of that, he has contributed either a block or a steal, and many times multiples of both, giving you a well-rounded score by time it is all said and done.
Dwight Powell (3900/4100) – Powell is one of the guys that should benefit most from Dirk being out, and we get the benefit of having him before his price goes up. I think Powell’s floor in the contest is probably around 20, and depending on how things go, I could see him getting into the 30’s tonight. He had some nice games last year in a similar situation so he makes for a nice play that could really work out for you.
DeMarcus Cousins (11100/11000) – Dallas is going to have no rim protection at all tonight. Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell aren’t going to stand a chance with Cousins, and if Dave Joerger is smart, he will funnel all the offense through his big man. The price still leaves him with plenty of room for upside, and outside of LeBron, he’s going to be one of the guys I build my lineups around tonight.
Clint Capela (5700/5500) – The Lakers will be down a big body with Tarik Black missing tonight, so behind Timofey Mozgov, you only have Thomas Robinson. This should line Capela up for a big night tonight. His price has dropped a bit, especially on DraftKings, leaving him in a position where he is almost a must roster for me. I think there is a good chance he’ll finish with a double-double tonight and should eclipse the 30-point mark.
Jusuf Nurkic (4500/4300) – Nurkic has been one of the biggest disappointments so far this year. He has been very much up and down, but one would think with Nikola Jokic dealing with a wrist sprain that he should see more opportunities here tonight. The price is very low, and I could see him putting together a nice game against Brook Lopez who can definitely be pushed around. This could very well end up being the best buy-low situation we get thus far in the early part of the year.