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Scouting The NBA DFS - Friday, December 30

Cash in on DraftKings and FanDuel with Mark Morales-Smith's NBA DFS breakdown!

Plays of the Day

Value: Ersan Ilyasova has become one of my go-to guys as a value pick at the power forward position. Since joining the Philadelphia 76ers, he has been a consistent Fantasy contributor. His minutes rarely ever fall lower than the mid-20s and climb as high as 40 minutes at a time. At his price he's a great high-floor, high-upside option.

Fade: Going head to head with the San Antonio Spurs, I’m fading C.J. McCollum. Yes, he does have the advantage of becoming the primary scorer with Damian Lillard sidelined. Still, he has a brutal matchup against the San Antonio Spurs who will be able to key in on him and make life difficult. He also sits in an awkward spot with two tremendous SGs above him and a handful of very capable SGs just below him. I'm either buying up or saving the money on this one.

Games to Target

Brooklyn Nets (+10) @ Washington Wizards (over/under 221)

Los Angeles Clippers @ Houston Rockets

Point Guards

Two Studs

Chris Paul (LAC) @ HOU FD: $9,200/DK: $9,300

Paul made his return from an ankle injury last game and looked strong. He played a strong 31 minutes posting 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal. Immediately upon his return, he is undoubtedly propelled into the Fantasy elite. He's a no doubt stud this slate against a Rockets team that isn't particularly fond of playing defense.

Steph Curry (GSW) vs DAL FD: $8,500/DK: $8,400

With Lillard dealing with an ankle injury, Curry is propelled into the No. 2 spot here. Now that he’s playing second fiddle to Kevin Durant in Golden State, his Fantasy value has clearly slipped a bit. Still, his production is still strong as long as he isn’t playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry still borders on the line of elite Fantasy option and very good option.

Potential Value

Reggie Jackson ($5,500/$5,700)

Jackson is finally seeing consistent minutes in the 30s each night. The scoring and assist numbers have been consistent. He should only get stronger from here as time goes on. Jackson is a proven Fantasy asset, and at his current price, he offers a ton of value and upside.

Long Shot

Tony Parker ($4,400/$4,500)

Parker is no longer the star point guard he once was; however, he can still turn the clock back from time to time. Over the past two games, he's averaging 28.5 minutes per game and over 24 Fantasy points per game. If you are looking to save money at the position, roll the die on Parker while he's hot.

Shooting Guards

Two Studs

James Harden (HOU) vs LAC FD: $11,100/DK $11,700

Do I need to tell you why Harden is a stud? The guy tops 30 points in games with regularity and is a potential triple double every time he steps on the floor. His floor is as high as many’s ceilings, and his upside is unlimited.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) @ MIN FD: $10,300/DK $9,700 as PG

The Greek Freak continues to come into his own. At this point, there is no debate that he's the second best option at shooting guard in Fantasy Basketball. He Averages 47.7 Fantasy points per game (FD). It's extremely rare he has a down game. Much like Harden, his floor is most player's ceilings. The sky's the limit for Giannis moving forward.

Potential Value

Eric Gordon ($5,500/$5,700)

Gordon has been extremely consistent for a long time now. He has topped 21 Fantasy points for 17 straight games now. Six of those games were in the 30s. If you want a cheaper option you can trust, go with Gordon. Currently, he looks like as safe a pick as there is in that price range.

Long Shot

Jamal Crawford ($4,500/$4,900)

Crawford gets his chance to shine when J.J. Reddick is out. There is a strong chance Reddick misses another game. Nonetheless, before to keep your eyes on the injury report leading up to the game. Crawford's last game was a dud, but in the three previous games, he posted Fantasy point totals (FD) of 38.8, 24.5 and 32.2. This guy can get as hot as anybody in the league and isn't afraid to shoot.

Small Forwards

Two Studs

Kevin Durant (GSW) vs DAL FD: $10,000/DK $9,900

KD has supplanted Curry as the top guy in Golden State. After a slight did in production for a bit, he's back stuffing the stat sheet on a near constant basis. He's coming back to back double-doubles and is scoring at an incredible rate. There is no doubt he's a great option.

Kawhi Leonard (SA) vs POR FD: $8,400/DK $8,200

Kawhi is one of the three best players in the league. He now has improved his offensive production to rival his defensive prowess. Leonard can score, pass, grab boards and add in the defensive stats. There is no doubt he’s an elite stud in this game.

Potential Value

Trevor Ariza ($5,500/$5,300)

Ariza is strong contributor that fills up a stat sheet. He's not always on, but when he is he has great value for his price. In his past seven games, he's topped 30 Fantasy points three times. There are a few bumps in the road. However, he consistently tops 20 Fantasy PPG and always plays big minutes on a nightly basis.

Long Shot

Sam Dekker ($3,800/$3,400)

Dekker is a very cheap option who could help you win a tourney. Over the past two games, he's averaging 26 minutes per game and is coming off a 31.7 Fantasy point performance. If he keeps his minutes up in the 20s, he could be the steal of the slate.

Power Forwards

Two Studs

Anthony Davis (NO) vs NY FD: $11,100/DK $10,500

As long as he doesn't get injured in game, AD is as close to a lock as you can get. His ridiculous size and ability make him a nearly unstoppable force. No other power forward is even close to his level. There is no need to ramble on further about Davis. You should know how good he is by now.

Draymond Green (GS) vs DAL FD: $7,900/DK $7,500

I went with Green here. There were a ton of great options. Paul Millsap is just as good an option as is Kristaps Porzingis. Still, I’ll roll with Green on this one. He’s another double-double waiting to happen and even has the potential for a triple double. The guy does the dirty work and can stuff the stat sheet.

Potential Value

Ersan Ilyasova ($5,500/$5,100)

Ilyasova has become one of my go-to guys as a value pick at the power forward position. Since joining the Philadelphia 76ers, he has been a consistent Fantasy contributor. His minutes rarely ever fall lower than the mid-20s and climb as high as 40 minutes at time. At his price he's a great high-floor, high-upside option.

Long Shot

Marreese Speights ($4,200/$4,200)

Speights has put forth some solid performances with Blake Griffin out of the lineup. He's been consistently decent with moments when he shines bright and has big games. At his current price, I'd love plugging him in and hoping for the best. At the very least, he hasn't put up any awful games.

Centers

Two Studs

Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) vs MIL FD: $9,100/DK $8,900

Towns is a blossoming young star and is taking the NBA by storm. He's currently averaging 41 Fantasy points per game (FD). KAT has been on an absolute tear over the past nine games. During that span, he's topped 40 Fantasy points seven times, 50 twice and 60 once. He's bringing it every time he plays.

Andre Drummond (DET) @ ATL FD: $7,400/DK $6,800

Drummond is a straight up true center. He scored from in close, pulls down boards and blocks a few shots. What separates him is that he can easily put up a 20-20 double-double and given day. With the way they are all playing right now, I’m taking Drummond over Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan in my Fantasy lineup.

Potential Value

Greg Monroe ($5,000/$4,500)

Monroe seems to be finding his footing in Milwaukee. His minutes are up and so is his production. With the way he’s been playing of late, Monroe is an outstanding low-priced option. There is a strong chance he’ll be in a ton of my lineups tonight.

Long Shot

Montrezl Harrell ($4,100/$5,000)

With Clint Capella out Harrell is seeing more and more opportunity. His minutes are in the 20s, and his production is decent. At such a low cost he can get you in the area of 30 Fantasy points. If nothing else, monitor this kid so you have the confidence to start him shortly.


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