30 Dec 4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA FanDuel Lineup (12/30/19)
After a hectic holiday schedule, we have a reasonably small six-game slate tonight.
Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA FanDuel lineup for tonight’s main slate.
The following players are all listed as questionable. This slate could drastically change depending on which of these players suit up.
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Top DFS Plays
Jimmy Butler (SG, $8,700)
At only $8,700, Jimmy Butler is underpriced for tonight’s matchup against the Washington Wizards. On Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Butler scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and dished out 9 assists. Despite scoring 58.3 FanDuel fantasy points, Butler’s price did not change.
Tonight, Butler and the Miami Heat face off against the Wizards in a Southeast Division showdown. The Heat’s implied total is the highest on the board at 118.25 points. Targeting players against the Wizards has been a profitable strategy all season long, and this slate is no different.
Washington is one of the most fantasy-friendly matchups in recent history because they are last in the league in defensive efficiency, giving up over 1.13 points per possession. Furthermore, they play at the second-highest pace and rank fifth in offensive efficiency.
On December 6, Butler tallied a triple-double and 63.7 FanDuel fantasy points against the Wizards. He is $500 to $1000 too cheap tonight on FanDuel, so take advantage of his ideal matchup and rely on him as a solid spend-up option at the shooting guard position.
Nikola Vucevic (C, $7,900)
Nikola Vucevic is in the middle of a great run, scoring over 40.9 FanDuel fantasy points in three of his last four games. Tonight, he has a prime opportunity to make it four out of five contests in a matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.
With Aaron Gordon out tonight (Achilles), Vucevic will be the Orlando Magic’s main focus on the offensive end. He will also see less competition for defensive rebounds, as Gordon is averaging a 24.2% rebound rate. In his time without Gordon on the court this season, Vucevic is averaging 1.36 FanDuel fantasy points per minute and a usage rate bump of 1.3%.
Tonight’s matchup for the Magic makes this spot even better for Vucevic. It is one of the league’s best pace-up spots, as Atlanta plays at the seventh-fastest pace, while Orlando ranks 27th. The Hawks also allow the tenth-most points in the league against centers.
Vucevic is averaging 5.4 more points and 2.2 more rebounds per game at home this season. In tonight’s game in Orlando, “Vooch” is one of the better options on the slate at the center position.
Christian Wood (PF, $4,100)
Due to a rash of injuries to the Detroit Pistons, especially in the frontcourt, Christian Wood stands out as the clear top value of the day at only $4,100. Blake Griffin (knee) and Markieff Morris (foot) will not play tonight, creating an increased role for Wood.
With Griffin, Morris, and Luke Kennard off the court this season, Wood is averaging 1.09 FanDuel fantasy points per minute. He will be needed to play at least 25 to 28 minutes tonight, which should allow him to easily pay off his low salary.
Tonight, the Pistons are in Utah to face the Jazz. While this is one of the tougher environments in the league, the Jazz are not as daunting as they might appear. In fact, Utah ranks 17th in the league in pace, eight spots higher than Detroit.
Wood has shown flashes of upside when given increased playing time this season. He has a secure floor tonight with room to easily exceed value. He will be popular, but for good reason.
Cam Reddish (SF, $4,100)
Cam Reddish is another salary-saver fantasy owners can look to on tonight’s slate. Trae Young is still out with an ankle sprain, which forces Reddish to see even more playing time.
The absence of Young changes the way the Atlanta Hawks play completely. This season, Trae Young leads the NBA in average seconds per touch (6.27) and time of possession (9.0). Obviously, when Young is out, the rest of the Hawks have an enormous increase in ball-handling and shooting opportunities.
This year, in time on the court without Young and Jabari Parker (out, shoulder), Reddish sees a per-minute increase of 3.8% to his usage rate and 0.18 points to his FanDuel fantasy points. Although he is not the most productive player on a nightly basis, Reddish will likely play 30 to 33 minutes tonight and will allow fantasy owners to spend up on high-priced studs in other areas of their lineups.
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