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This is going to be a fun week for FanDuel, with every day between Monday and Saturday but one featuring at least seven games. Tonight, we've got eight games to choose from, including some great matchups. Here's a breakdown of each of tonight's games, ranked in order of how appealing they are from a Fantasy perspective.
Kings at Lakers
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 406.46
This this is the most attactive game should come as little surprise, as both teams rank among the 10 worst in the league in points per game allowed. However, the absence of DeMarcus Cousins changes things quite a bit. I've got Rudy Gay, Darren Collison and Ben McLemore, all of whom have taken on larger roles in Cousins' absence, and all three should feast on the Lakers' porous defense.
Trail Blazers at Pistons
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 389.61
The only downside to this game is, the Blazers could have it wrapped up early in the second half. It should be a blowout, which makes for a somewhat unpredictable atmosphere.
Raptors at Cavaliers
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 386.72
This might not be quite as appealing as it seems at first glance, given the Cavaliers' improved play on defense of late. Still, I'm willing to bet on Kyle Lowry, who is averaging 46.6 FanDuel points per game over the last five on his own.
Knicks at Pelicans
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 384.69
The Knicks cover up a dreadful defense by playing at a slow pace, but that shouldn't stop the Pelicans' big guns from doing what they want. Anyone of Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday or Ryan Anderson should make for solid plays.
Bucks at Thunder
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 384.39
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's return might make it harder to rely on anyone else in OKC, especially against a tough Bucks' defense.
Heat at Phoenix
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 382.59
The Heat are another team whose defensive struggles are masked by a slow pace. If the Suns can dictate the tempo in this one -- and they should, playing at home -- this could turn into a shootout, and might be a better matchup than it seems.
Spurs at Jazz
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 375.99
The Spurs are predictable in the long run, but they are chaos in a daily league. Good luck figuring out who will even take the floor tonight. I generally stay away, unless the team makes an announcement on who is playing well in advance.
Mavericks at Grizzlies
Combined FanDuel points allowed per game: 371.68
The Grizzlies live to make games ugly, and the Mavericks play at a pace only slightly above the league average. I only have one player from this game
My roster for Dec. 9 at FanDuel.com:
PG Kyle Lowry, Raptors vs. Cleveland ($9,300)
PG Darren Collison, Kings at L.A. Lakers ($7,600)
SG Dwyane Wade, Heat at Phoenix ($8,100)
SG Ben McLemore, Kings at L.A. Lakers ($4,400)
SF Chandler Parsons, Mavericks at Memphis ($6,500)
SF Rudy Gay, Kings at L.A. Lakers ($8,300)
PF Ryan Anderson, Pelicans vs. N.Y. Knicks ($5,700)
PF Ed Davis, Lakers vs. Sacramento ($4,600)
C Robin Lopez, Trail Blazers at Detroit ($5,500)
Chandler Parsons, SF, Mavericks at Memphis ($6,500)
The Grizzlies are a tough matchup across the board, and they allow the eighth-fewest FanDuel points per game to opposing small forwards on the season, so Parsons has his work cut out for him. However, his price remains pretty low thanks to a slow start to the season, but he has been turning things around of late. He is averaging 31.7 FanDuel points per game over the last five, and should live up to this price if he can keep it up.
Ryan Anderson, PF, Pelicans vs. N.Y. Knicks ($5,700)
Anderson hasn't been great recently, averaging just 13.0 points per game over the last five, while struggling with his shot. However, tonight's matchup against the Knicks should be a good chance for him to get going. The Knicks allow the third-most 3-pointers in the league, including the most to opposing power forwards. That bodes very well for Anderson, who comes in at a reasonable price tonight.
Ed Davis, PF, Lakers vs. Sacramento ($4,600)
Davis was moved into the starting lineup this weekend, and FanDuel players should take advantage of his new role by starting him against a soft matchup. The Kings allow the second-most FanDuel points per game to opposing power forwards, and are surrendering 32.3 per-36 minutes as well. At this price, you need about 20 FanDuel points from Davis to justify his inclusion, a mark he reached easily in Sunday's game. Against this matchup, he should provide solid value yet again.
Overpay of the night
Greg Monroe, PG, Pistons vs. Portland ($6,600)
The Trail Blazers have been surprisingly stout defensively this season, especially against opposing power forwards. They are allowing the second-fewest FanDuel points per game to power forwards, and are surrendering just 28.9 per-36 minutes as well. Monroe's price tag isn't too high, but you still need nearly 30 FanDuel points from him to justify this cost, but he has reached that level just once in the last seven games. Monroe could go off on any given night -- he's that skilled -- however he is just as likely to find himself stuck to the bench late in a 12-point night. There are better, cheaper options available at the position.
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@viejaescuela_20: How long will Dennis Schroder play like this? Will he push Teague or just stick as backup PG?
CT: Schroder looks extremely promising this season, and could emerge as a long-term replacement for Teague if the team chooses to go that way. However, Schroder just turned 21, and still can't shoot, so let's wait before we anoint him. Especially since Teague is also in the midst of the best season of his career as well. Schroder makes for an interesting pick up on waivers, as the Hawks are playing more two-point-guard lineups, but he won't be a starting option unless Teague suffers an injury..
CT: As intriguing as LaVine is, given his age and phenomenal athletic abilities, Vasquez is the better player right now. And probably will be for the remainder of the season. LaVine has put up solid numbers at times this season, but he is still trying to figure out how to sustain solid prodction. Vasquez is averaging 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game since joining the starting lineup, and should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option as long as DeMar RDeRozan is out.
Waiver wire fliers
Kris Humphries, F, Wizards (30 percent owned)
With Nene on a minutes limit since returning from an injury, Humphries appears assured of keeping a solid role for the time being. He has started the last seven games for the Wizards, averaging 8.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in just 26 minutes, and can be a solid contributor across the board, with decent steal and block numbers coupled with solid percentages. In deeper category-based leagues, Humphries makes for a solid addition if you need help at the forward position, especially given how often Nene gets hurt.