It has been five days since basketball returned and trends have started, fads have died down, and the Knicks are still not playing defense. DeMar DeRozan is a must-play in New York, while the late game will be a high-scoring affair between two young and fast-paced teams. There are plenty of options tonight with poor defense being a common theme among most of the teams playing.
In this article, I will be providing you with daily NBA lineup picks for FanDuel on 2/27/17. The picks will range from some of the elite players, to mid-priced options, and value plays.
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FanDuel DFS Guards
Cory Joseph - PG, @ NYK ($4,400)
Along with DeMar DeRozan, Cory Joseph will continue to fill the gap left by Kyle Lowry. Derozan has taken on the primary scoring role while Joseph has done a great job as the secondary scorer, hitting open shots and converting possessions into points. His ability to get the pass that leads to assist is uncanny, but the ACTUAL assists will come with minutes. While Joseph's price remains modest, he needs to be played.
Seth Curry - SG, at MIA ($6,000)
Seth Curry has been a great option all year, simply due to his ability to knock down shots and find open players easily. The Mavericks tend to resort to Curry when the rest of the offense is stagnant, allowing Curry to get a higher usage than other players at the position. Shooters like Curry are valuable due to their ability to get off shots against any defender, especially late in games. While Curry is not the most clutch shooter, if the Mavericks continue to put the ball in his hands, it is only a matter of time.
Also Consider: Kyrie Irving - PG, vs MIL ($9,100)
FanDuel DFS Forwards
Harrison Barnes - SF, at MIA ($6,100)
The Heat have been one of the best teams in the second half of the season, but their defense against small forwards is always debatable. Without Justise Winslow, the Heat have been exposed by opposing small forwards even though the Heat as a whole have been overcome any setbacks with superb offense. Barnes is going to be a high-usage, high-ceiling option with a very low price. Barnes is a must-consider option every night with his ability to score under any circumstances. He can get to his spot with ease, finish around the rim, and should be able to get plenty of rebound against Miami.
Willie Cauley-Stein - PF vs MIN ($5,200)
I will say this right off the bat. I do not really advise this as a pick of talent, but more a pick of opportunity. Willie Cauley-Stein is a rim-protecting rebounder, that thrives on loose ball in the paint and around the rim. He finishes missed shots by opponents and flushes easy alley passes. He is a dream center, other than his lack of a frame and defensive presence...Ok, so he is a dream fantasy center, whatever. Anyway, Cauley-Stein is a great play tonight against a weak rebounding and defensive team in the Timberwolves.
Also Consider: Serge Ibaka - PF, at NYK ($5,900)
FanDuel DFS Centers
Greg Monroe - C, at CLE ($6,400)
Greg Monroe will be going up against one of the better rebounding teams, but Tristan Thompson is still struggling to deal with crafty big men. Monroe is one of the players that has great low post moves and can get to the rim against athletic defenders like Thompson. Monroe will try to get Thompson in early foul trouble, paving a way for point in the paint as a way to beat the Cavaliers. Monroe has a great price for what he is capable of producing, especially with a favorable matchup. Thompson may have the edge but Monroe eats centers like Thompson for breakfast.
Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns - C, at SAC ($10,500)
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