DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA FanDuel Christmas Lineup – 12/25/18
We have an exciting 5-game slate on Christmas this year as all the matchups are going to be entertaining to watch.
This is certainly a tough slate to put together as there just are just so many studs playing and unless you really want to stretch out your salary, you really can only afford two of them.
Here is my lineup as of right now, however, please check back before tip-off tomorrow as I might need to make some adjustments based on any injury news.
At the PG position, I’m going to spend up for Stephen Curry as he is not as expensive as a Harden or Westbrook, however, I think is in one of the best matchups of the day agianst the Lakers. Curry loves the spotlight and it doesn’t get much better than going against LeBron on x-mas day. Curry put together an impressive 55.2 FanDuel-point performance agianst the Clippers on Sunday and as the Warriors have the highest implied total, currently set at 122.0, I think Curry can put up a 60+ FanDuel point performance if his shot is falling.
Ricky Rubio can be inconsistent however, he also has great upside as he can easily go off for 40-50 FanDuel points. Rubio is having a solid season as he is averaging 12.9 ppg, 6.4 apg, and 3.6 rpg and has been shooting the ball well as of late as he has put up 36 points over his last two games. Rubio has a solid matchup agianst the Trailblazers who ranked 24th in DRPM vs. opposing PG’s and as Rubio put up a 39.4 FanDuel Point performance (24 points, 2 reb, 8 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl) against Portland last Friday, I like him at his price-point on this slate.
I’m fading James Harden which is tough to do with Chris Paul out, however, I’m hoping that Paul George and the OKC defense which has been solid this season can hopefully contain him bit. As I’m not going with Harden, we’re hoping get value at the SG position and it starts with Tim Hardaway Jr. When it comes to a fantasy standpoint, the MIL/NY game is one of my favorites on the slate and if the Knicks stand any chance, they’ll need Tim Hardaway Jr. to have a big game. Hardaway played 38 minutes last Friday, so he looks healthy and also had a solid 41.1 FanDuel point game agianst Philadelphia last week. Hardaway can score with the best of them when the shot is falling and as he put up a line of 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists against Milwaukee in 47 minutes in late November, I like his chances for a big game.
At the other SG position, we’re rolling the dice a bit with Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics. Brown isn’t thrilled he is coming off the bench and might has scored less than 20.0 FanDuel points in 4 of his last 5 games, however, he did flash his upside last Friday agianst Milwaukee when he went off for a 44.4 FanDuel point night. I think Brown sees 25-30 minutes in this one and as I think he’ll be able to pick up some solid defense stats against a 76ers team that can be careless with the ball, I think he has solid value on this slate.
If there is one player I would not want to anger, it would probably be Giannis Antetokounmpo and that is exactly what Mario Hezonja and the Knicks did in late November after Hezonja stepped over the Greek Freak after throwing down a dunk. Antetokounmpo is already a top-5 player in this league as he is averaging 26.2 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.4 bpg, 1.2 spg and as he is going to have plenty of motivation to have a big game in New York against the Knicks, I think Antetokounmpo is the best big-money player on this slate.
Danuel House is going to be my “low-scoring” punt play. House looks like he is going to get another start and although I’ll be in trouble if House isn’t my “low-scoring” play, I don’t mind throwing him in there if he is going to get 20-25 minutes.
The LAL/GS matchup has the highest over/under on the slate and when it comes to the PF position, it’s going to be hard not to put Draymond Green in the lineups. Green hasn’t shot the ball well this season, however, he looks fully healthy as over his last three games he is averaging 33.8 mpg. Green has averaged about 40.0 FanDuel points over his last two games and as this matchup has triple-double written all over it for Green, he is a must play for just $7,300.
Jayson Tatum has had his ups & downs in his 2nd season, however, there is no denying how much talent Tatum brings to the floor. Tatum is averaging 16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg and has been solid as of late as he has posted 30+ FanDuel points in 4 of his last 5 games. I don’t expect Tatum to be highly owned which I think is a mistake against the 76ers who he has had great success agianst in his young career. Tatum worked out with Embiid over the summer which gives him some extra motivation to play well and put up a solid 40.3 FanDuel point (23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal) performance in their season opener.
This is where it’s going to get difficult when I’m making my adjustments tomorrow morning as Ivica Zubac is almost a must play if both McGee & Chandler are once against unable to go. McGee is currently doubtful as he has been battling pneumonia over the past week while Chandler is GTD with a back injury. Zubic has put up 40.2 & 36.3 FanDuel point performances over his last two games so he can produce if given the minutes. I’m ok rostering Zubac even if Chandler plays as I still think he can hit value, however, if McGee is available, we’re going to have to find another option.
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