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FanDuel NBA Plays: Saturday

by Mike Petta
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

We have a refreshingly nice ten-game slate for tonight’s NBA DFS contests. This is the point in the NBA season when it is very important to consider players from teams that have something to play for. Let’s examine the slate and see what we can find for today’s FanDuel contests.

 

Point Guard

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $9,800 – Curry offers a nice break when deciding between him and Chris Paul. The difference of $1,200 difference is enough for me to side with Curry. This game has a massive over/under of 212 with the Warriors favored by 5.5. Curry is an elite option tonight that can be had for under the $10k price point.

Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors, $4,100 – The upside appears to be somewhat limited for Vasquez, but he is certainly a guy to consider with Lowry out. Vasquez is a virtual lock for 30 minutes of action due to the injury to Lowry. His price point of $4,100 requires right around 20 fantasy points in order to achieve value.  Vasquez is a fine value play tonight.

Shooting Guard

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $7,200 – The price on Klay Thompson is much too low to ignore. At $7,200, he needs right around 35 fantasy point to reach his value threshold. As previously mentioned, the GS/DAL game has a very appealing over/under of 212. The price combined with this elite game environment makes Thompson a very intriguing play tonight.

Louis Williams, Toronto Raptors, $5,000 – Sweet Lou is another guy that gets a substantial boost with Kyle Lowry sidelined. During Lowry’s current injury stint, Williams has been right around a fantasy point per minute producer. The BOS/TOR game has a very appealing over/under of 207.5 with Toronto favored by only 3.5 points. The Raptors will also have the added benefit of playing up in pace, as the Celtics are the fifth-fastest team in the NBA.

Small Forward

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, $6,300 – No team in the NBA allows more fantasy points to opposing small forwards than the Orlando Magic. Khris Middleton is guy that has shown some volatility this season, but this elite matchup has me willing to take on the risk. In close games, Middleton is a lock for at least 30 minutes of action. The versatility of Middleton should lead to an easy path to value tonight.

Al-Farouq Aminu, Dallas Mavericks, $4,400 – Aminu is not a guy that will get you a ton of minutes, but he has made the most of his time on the court all season long. Aminu has produced back to back solid fantasy point performances of 26.2 and 27.6. This game should be played at a very fast pace which suits Aminu’s style of play.

Power Forward

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, $9,500 – Blake has gotten back to his elite form that we have all learned to expect. He has surpassed 43 fantasy points in three straight games and should have no problem extending that streak tonight against the awful frontcourt defense of the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing power forwards on the season.

Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets, $5,900 – The Nets are in must-win mode as they attempt to secure a playoff spot. Young has been playing very steady minutes with at least 34 in three straight games. In addition to the secure playing time, he is coming off a monstrous 43.2 fantasy point performance last night against the Raptors.

Center

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, $6,100 – Picking on the frontcourt of the Boston Celtics has been a very profitable strategy this season. They have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing centers on the year. Valanciunas is currently enjoying a very nice stretch of games in which he has exceeded 23 fantasy points in seven straight games. JV is a very solid bargain center option tonight.

Mike Petta
Mike Petta, who lives in the Metro Detroit area, started playing DFS in August 2012 and has been grinding ever since. His main focus is currently MLB, NBA, and the NFL. He took his DFS career to the next level in July 2014 when he decided to leave his career as an accountant to pursue DFS full-time. He is a top 10 MLB grinder and a top 30 overall grinder. You can find him on Twitter @Hoop2410.