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FanDuel NBA Plays: Saturday

by Mike Petta
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:01 pm ET

After last night’s massive 14-game slate, we are rewarded with a solid seven-game slate. Many lineups were shattered last night when the one of the highest owned players, Taj Gibson, left with another ankle injury. Hopefully we don’t see a similar situation tonight.


Let’s take a look at tonight’s seven games and see what type of top FanDuel plays we can find.



Point Guard

Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, $6,200 – Dragic has been somewhat hit or miss since the trade to Miami. We’ve seen a couple poor performances and a couple solid performances, like the one last night. Dragic will be looking to build off a 32 fantasy point effort last night against the Pelicans. Once he is fully settled into his new environment, I think this is the type of production we can count on from Dragic on a nightly basis, which means we can get a slight discount on his current price.


Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, $6,100Reggie Jackson has been very impressive since coming to Detroit. Jackson showed us his immense upside on Tuesday night against the Cavs with a solid 22/8/9, 45.1 fantasy point performance. I think Jackson will ultimately settle in at a price point right around $7,000 on FanDuel, which leaves him currently underpriced. Tonight is a great opportunity to continue investing in the discounted rate of $6,100 for Jackson.



Shooting Guard

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, $6,700 – DeRozan and the entire Toronto Raptors team will be looking to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors were down by approximately 40 points in the third quarter of last night’s game. The matchup for DeRozan provides a great bounce-back opportunity, as the Knicks have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to the shooting guard position. 


Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, $4,900Kyle Korver’s price tag of $4,900 presents a low risk opportunity to get some decent upside. Korver is obviously a guy that is somewhat scoring dependent, but his extended time on the court allows him to pick up enough peripheral statistics to provide a decent floor. At under $5,000, Korver is definitely worth a look tonight at the frequently unpredictable shooting guard position.

Small Forward

Luol Deng, Miami Heat, $6,300 – Deng has been the main beneficiary of the Chris Bosh’s absence from the team. Deng has exceeded 30 fantasy points in three straight games, logging at least 33 minutes in each contest. He has been able to benefit from some time at the power forward position, which will continue moving forward. Looking at the NBA odds, Atlanta is favored by five points in this game, which indicates a competitive game, so Deng should continue to see a full allotment of minutes.


DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta Hawks, $5,400 – Carroll is typically a guy that is very lowly owned on a nightly basis. He is coming off a solid 31.6 fantasy point performance last night against Orlando. The Miami Heat have started playing at a slightly faster pace since the Dragic trade, which adds fantasy appeal to their opposition as well. Similar to most nights, small forward is a very difficult position to sort out – as such, targeting the versatility of Carroll makes a lot of sense.



Power Forward

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies, $8,200 – The price has finally come down enough on Zach Randolph where he’s back into consideration for DFS purposes. He’s coming off a solid 20/10 effort last night and should be able to duplicate that production tonight against the Timberwolves, who have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to the power forward position. The Grizzlies will also have the added benefit of playing way up in pace, as Minnesota is the eighth-fastest team in the NBA. Randolph is a solid top-tier PF play tonight.


Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors, $5,000 – This recommendation is completely dependent on whether or not Patterson sticks with the starting unit. He was inserted into the starting lineup last night, yet due to the Raptors being completely blown out, he was not rewarded with any additional time on the court. Tonight the going should be much easier for the Raptors, as they face off with the Knicks, who are coming off an exhausting double overtime win. As long as Patterson remains in the starting lineup, he will be a very adequate option tonight.




Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, $6,400 – Rudy Gobert is quickly becoming a fade-at-your-own risk type of player. Gobert is coming off three straight games with at least 30 fantasy points and 30 minutes of playing time. In last night’s game, Gobert blocked six shots against the pathetic Denver Nuggets. This game did eventually turn into a blowout, so he did not receive his full allotment of minutes. The price on Gobert will soon be over the $7,000, making now a great time to receive a discount on this fantasy point per minute player.

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.