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NBA Daily Fantasy Lineup Picks - FanDuel DFS Basketball Advice for 1/18/16

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (LeBron James) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

FanDuel is all over the place with which games are involved in "early," "afternoon," and "late." I recommended some players from each slate. Good luck!

In this article, I will be providing you with Daily NBA picks for DraftKings for 1/18/16. The picks will range from some of the elite players, to mid-priced options, and value plays.

Without wasting anymore time, let's get down to it!


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FanDuel DFS Guards

Chris Paul (vs HOU, $9,400)

Chris Paul did not look good at all in his last game against the Sacramento Kings, as he only posted 28.3 fantasy points in 27 minutes of action. He gets another great matchup tonight against the Houston Rockets, and he should be able to take advantage of that. He is not going to let a great opportunity slip two games in a row. Aside from his bad last game, Paul has 44.9 fantasy points or more in four straight games. He has over 50 fantasy points in two of his last four games. DeAndre Jordan may return tonight, but Blake Griffin will still be out, which means that Paul will have to score more often than usual. He is the star of the show in Los Angeles, and he will show that tonight. Harden will attempt to keep the Houston Rockets competitive, but it is going to be tough.

Elfrid Payton (at ATL, $5,700)

After missing four straight games, Elfrid Payton returned to the lineup a couple of days ago against the Toronto Raptors. He played 20 minutes and only posted 8.2 fantasy points. He should be able to return to his pre-injury form tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, but do not use him in 50/50 contests. He is a tournament only kind of player. With Victor Oladipo currently nursing a sprained knee, Payton should see big minutes. He is a large part of the Magic's offense when he plays, and he should take a lot of shots. His price tag is low due to his recent performances and injury. Take advantage of that.


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Carmelo Anthony (vs PHI, $8,700)

Carmelo Anthony is questionable to play tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, but he should finally be ready to return to the court. He sat out the last two games, and I'm sure he is itching to start scoring again. He posted 40 fantasy points or more in four of his last four games prior to the game against the Boston Celtics where he rolled his ankle. The Sixers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and Anthony is going to take advantage of that. If Melo does not play today, go ahead and insert Derrick Williams into the small forward spot. He will continue to see huge minutes and hit value rather easily. Melo, as long as he is active, can be used in both 50/50 contests and tournaments.

Aaron Gordon (at ATL, $3,900) 

Aaron Gordon was dealing with an injury, and he only played seven minutes in his last game against the Toronto Raptors. In those seven minutes, he posted slightly over one fantasy point. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that that is horrendous. However, Gordon should see closer to 30 minutes tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, and he has good potential. Two games ago, he double-doubled against the Washington Wizards, posting over 25 fantasy points. That is about where I am projecting him tonight. His price tag is very low, and with Oladipo out of the lineup for the Magic, Gordon will be more involved in the offense. Do not use him in 50/50 contests, but he makes for a solid cheap tournament play.


FanDuel DFS Centers

Robin Lopez (vs PHI, $4,500)

Robin Lopez only played 15 minutes in his last game against the Memphis Grizzlies, giving him basically no opportunity to produce in terms of fantasy points. He posted 11.4 fantasy points, which is terrible for his price tag. Aside from that game, he has over 20 fantasy points in eight of his last nine games. He also has over 25 fantasy points in five of those eight games, and over 30 fantasy points in two of them. Lopez has a rather active role in the New York Knicks' offense, and he generally scores right around double-digit points. He also rebounds the ball well, so he has the ability to post a double-double. The Sixers are not going to be able to defend him, and they love to miss shots, so Lopez should see double-digit rebounds. Use him in either format today.


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