FanDuel NBA Lineup Advice: January 17

By Matt Johnson on Wednesday, January 17th 2018
FanDuel NBA Lineup Advice: January 17

It's another beautiful day and once again, FanDuel provides us all with an array of excellent NBA contests for today's slate. Wednesday's main slate on FanDuel features 10 games and plenty of marquee names and teams facing off in the evening.

As always, we'll deliver you our top play and value play at point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward. At center, we'll provide our favorite play at the position with a combination of value and potential production. Now let's get started for Wednesday's main slate.

Point Guard

Top Play -  Russell Westbrook, OKC vs. LAL, ($12,000)

It may require the ultimate financial commitment, but no player offers the chance at 70-point performances in your FanDuel lineup like Westbrook does. A look ahead to his matchup tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers is changed by the absence of Lonzo Ball

While Los Angeles sits in the middle of the NBA in average FanDuel Points Against (aFPA), the matchup becomes significantly better with Ball expected to miss tonight's game. In his absence, Tyler Ennis will draw the start and while he draws some positives defensively, he is no match for Westbrook. Look for Westbrook to take advantage of this matchup, obliterate his opponent and potentially post a triple double.

Value Play -  Tyler Ennis, LAL @ OKC, ($3,500)

These two tie in together and Ennis immediately becomes a DFS bargain/punt play for lineups who want to spend up for elite forwards or guards like Westbrook. Ennis is expected to see the start against Oklahoma City and while he will be overmatched against Westbrook, the price and minutes are difficult to pass up.

In four games as a starter, Ennis averaged nearly 27 minutes per game and backed it up with solid production. In those four starts at point guard, Ennis averaged 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, six assists and one steal per game. He finished with 15.9 FanDuel points in Monday's start and could crack 20-plus in this matchup. At a basement price level, his ROI and ability to let you spend at other positions makes him a real consideration.


Shooting Guard

Top Play  - Donovan Mitchell, UTA @ SAC, ($8,100)

Shooting guard proves to be a position on Wednesday's slate of games where you can really find value, even amongst some of the top plays. Today our eye focuses on Mitchell, in a matchup against a team that passed on him in the 2017 NBA Draft.

With Sacramento's plans to rest two veterans per game, the Kings are going to give their young players a shot at the big time. Given how young players often struggle at first defensively, that sits very well in Mitchell's favor. He'll face a Kings' defense that allowed the sixth-highest (aFPA) in the last 10 games and with his ability to drop 40-plus FanDuel and with a floor of 30-plus points, he makes for a strong play.

Value Play  - Zach LaVine, CHI vs. GS, ($4,100)

LaVine is now back on the court and if his second game back in action is any indication, he'll be someone we look to fairly often in DFS going forward. Even while his minutes are still limited, he played 19 minutes in each of his first two games, LaVine's athleticism and scoring ability makes him attractive when the matchup is right.

On Wednesday, he'll face a Golden State Warriors unit that is struggling against shooting guards lately. Over their past 10 contests, Golden State allowed the highest (aFPA) in the NBA. This is a matchup where Golden State could rest starters or sit them in the second half of the game, making things even easier for LaVine. While he might only see 20-25 minutes, his scoring ability gives him the chance to post 25-plus FanDuel points and at a great price.

Keep in Mind: Gary Harris, DEN @ LAC, ($6,900)

Harris is one of the most promising shooters in the NBA and faces the Los Angeles Clippers, who allow the highest aFPA (48.8) this season. Harris should see plenty of opportunities to shoot in this matchup and makes for an excellent SG2 or a value SG1.


Small Forward

Top Play -  Paul George, OKC vs. LAL, ($8,300)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is someone to always consider for your lineups, but tonight we give the 'top play' edge to George. While "The Greek Freak" faces a Miami Heat team that allows just 37.8 aFPA to small forwards this season, George faces a Lakers' squad who allows the highest aFPA this season (46.8).

It also happens to be a matchup against a team George cares a great deal about and wants to make an impression on with rumors always circling about Los Angeles as his destination this offseason. George paired with Westbrook is a fairly extensive 'stack play', but the duo together can combine for 100-plus FanDuel points in your lineup.

Value Play - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, WAS @ CHA, ($4,900)

MKG is not a player we typically consider for DFS. He is mainly a defensive wing and not someone fantasy owners or DFS users can count on for great production. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard is expected to return on Wednesday and that eliminates Kyle Anderson as our primary value play at small forward.

So with limited options, we focus on MKG's matchup against the Bobcats. Charlotte allows the fifth highest aFPA (42.8) this season and recently encountered even more issues with small forwards allowing over 50 FanDuel points per game to the position. While Charlotte runs plenty of its scoring through Kemba Walker, this should be the type of matchup where Kidd-Gilchrist gets more looks. If he can add some rebounds and a few assists, MKG could finish with 25-plus FanDuel points.


Power Forward

Top Play  - LaMarcus Aldridge, SA @ BKN, ($8,700)

For $3K less than Anthony Davis and more than #2K cheaper than Kristaps Porzingis, DFS users can start a power forward who offers an equal probability of reaching 45-plus FanDuel points. Even if Kawhi Leonard makes his return against Brooklyn, Aldridge is an excellent play today.

This season, the Nets have allowed the highest aFPA to power forwards in the NBA (48.0) and Aldridge is playing like he is back with the Portland Trail Blazers thanks to the changes made in San Antonio's system. Gregg Popovich will recognize the best way to attack Brooklyn is through feeding the forwards, just as he did back on December 26 when Aldridge dropped 41.8 FanDuel points against the Nets. If you want to start a top power forward, choose Aldridge over Kristaps or AD.

Value Play  - Kelly Olynyk, MIA @ MIL, ($4,400)

Injuries have made Miami make several changes to its rotation and one of them could be big news for Olynyk. Without a lead guard to run Miami's second unit off the bench, the Heat turned to Olynyk to run the point forward and it led to an outstanding line.

In 28 minutes, Olynyk recorded 21 points, three rebounds and eight assists to give him 34.6 FanDuel points for those who rostered him. If that role continues, which there is no reason to believe it shouldn't, Olynyk could make for a sneaky DFS play going forward. If he can provide 14-plus points, six-plus rebounds and four-plus assists, he could reach multiple 30-point FanDuel performances.



Targeted Play - DeMarcus Cousins, NO @ ATL, ($11,900)

At the center position, we're very willing to spend up for Cousins at nearly $12K given his matchup and talent. One of the best big men in the NBA, Cousins shows consistent ability to reach 50-plus FanDuel points and its demonstrated with his 52.8 average this season.

Now he'll face the Atlanta Hawks, who allow the highest aFPA to opposing centers this season. The Hawks are no match for someone with the talent Cousin brings to the table, this matchup screams nightmare for Atlanta. Given the role Cousins should see with 40-plus minutes, we could very well be talking about a potential 65-plus point performance from Boogie and that's what we love to see at center.

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