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3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Players to Avoid on 3/20/17
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In daily fantasy basketball, finding players you want to roster is a lot easier than finding players to avoid.
You can find a ton of great information and research on guys you might want to include in your DFS NBA lineups, but what about guys you may want to lessen your exposure to, or even fade altogether?
Avoiding players whose matchups or situations aren’t as great as they seem can often be just as important as finding the best targets. After all, it only takes one player to sink a lineup. Searching for the landmines could mean the difference from winning or losing your contests.
Robert Covington, SF, Philadelphia 76ers
FanDuel Price: $7,200
Robert Covington usually has some nice upside, but that may be harder to find on the road tonight against the Orlando Magic. The small forward is only shooting 39% from the floor on the road this season and he has struggled in his first three games against Orlando.
On the year, Covington is shooting just 22.2% from the floor against Orlando. With his recent price increases, it makes him a player to avoid.
The Magic defense is nothing to write home about, but our models project Covington for just 28.1 FanDuel points, which is far from what he needs to make value with a salary above $7,000.
On top of that, Jeff Green could also be defending him if he hits a few shorts early in the game. In their eight regular season games against one another, Covington has posted only a 30.0% shooting clip from the floor against Green.
Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers
FanDuel Price: $6,400
The Utah Jazz are holding opposing centers to just 0.89 FanDuel points per minute, and Gobert has a lot to do with it. He is limiting players he defends to just 43.1% shooting overall, including 46.5% shooting from within 10 feet.
Turner has averaged just over 30 FanDuel points over his last six games with no rest, but Monday brings him one of the NBA’s worst matchups at center.
Guillermo Hernangómez, C, New York Knicks
FanDuel Price: $5,700
At his price, Guillermo Hernangomez needs to score around 28 FanDuel points to hit value. After two bad games against the Brooklyn Nets that sandwiched one of his best of the year, it’s hard to trust his minutes against DeAndre Jordan.
While Jordan isn’t going to command offensive touches, he will still be a lot to handle defensively for the New York Knicks‘ rookie center. For some reason, Hernangomez has started getting into foul trouble more often — he’s averaging 4.2 fouls per 36 minutes on the season, and in March, that number has grown to 5.6 fouls per 36 minutes.
He was derailed against Brook Lopez in a game last week due to foul trouble, and the same thing could happen again on Monday. Considering the Knicks own the league’s worst defensive rebounding rate of 74.1%, Jordan could wreak havoc on the offensive glass, leading to some potential extra fouls from Hernangomez.
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