Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineups For December 8th


The streak of finishing in the money is over. One of the lineups won in a ten entry pool, but those are hit and miss. I will try to get back on the board tonight. There are a few bargains hiding out there!

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Here are my FanDuel lineups for December 8th:

Dec 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts to a call during the second half of the Boston Celtics 101-93 win over the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Point Guards:


Zach LaVine, Timberwolves ($4,900): Mo Williams is out again, and LaVine has been outstanding in the two games that Williams has missed. He is the best cheap option available tonight.

C.J. Watson, Pacers ($3,800): Rodney Stuckey is still starting at PG, but Watson got more minutes than Stuckey on Friday. He didn’t do a lot with it, but a guy under $4,000 playing 36 minutes is a bargain no matter what he does.

Worth The Cost:

John Wall, Wizards ($9,300): Wall is averaging 44 fantasy points per game in his last four outings. For reference, that is more than Chris Paul and Stephen Curry over that stretch.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors ($9,100): Lowry’s 38.3 fantasy points on Friday were his lowest output since November 24th, and he has not been under 35 since the second week of November. That’s a hot streak, folks.

Risky Play:

Goran Dragic, Suns ($7,300): Isaiah Thomas is back, and it showed. Dragic’s fantasy points were cut in half. Look for that trend to continue, even though Dragic may have the occasional good game here and there.

My Lineups:

A: Wall and LaVine ($14,200)

B: Wall and Rajon Rondo ($17,500): Rondo has played very well lately. Hopefully he keeps it up!

Dec 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Bennett (24) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guards:


Rodney Stuckey, Pacers ($5,000): Stuckey is still starting at PG until George Hill returns. Watson didn’t outplay him on Friday, so I will look at Friday as the exception instead of the rule. Stuckey still posted 29.1 fantasy points, so it’s not like he experienced a decline in production either.

J.J. Redick, Clippers ($4,600): After a poor start, Redick has shown signs of life recently. He has always been a streaky shooter dating back to his college days at Duke. Redick now has three straight games of 20 or more points. He adds little else, so if he is not scoring, then he won’t do you much good. But since he is scoring now, he is worth a spot in your lineup if you need to go cheap.

Worth The Cost:

Risky Plays:

Brad Beal, Wizards ($6,800): It’s all or nothing with Beal. In his last eight games, he has fantasy point totals of 17.2, 20.4, 19.7, 10.4, 40.9, 22.4, and 8. That’s right, eight. Single digits. Do you really want to take that risk for the occasional 40 point game?

Lou Williams, Raptors ($4,900): The injury to DeMar DeRozan has actually hurt Lou Will’s value. In the five games since DeRozan’s injury, Williams has averaged only 15 fantasy points per game. He had not been under 20 points before that since November 13th. Since then he has been under twice, with one of those being only a three point game. Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross have been taking most of the shots and minutes, leaving Williams out in the cold most nights. There are still nights where he will do well, but it’s hard to play someone when you don’t know when that will be.

My Lineups:

A: Stuckey and Thompson ($12,900)

B: Stuckey and Redick ($9,600)

November 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shoots the basketball against Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker (33) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Small Forwards:


Wilson Chandler, Nuggets ($5,700): Since taking over the starting job on November 15th, Chandler has only one game under 20 fantasy points, and it was 19.8. He has been remarkably consistent most nights, and has even managed to throw up a few lines in the 30’s. He is a reliable option at his price.

Draymond Green, Warriors ($7,300): Green is going to be heavily owned tonight because of his monster game against the Bulls on Saturday. That aside, he is averaging 34 fantasy points over his last five games, so it is not without merit. As if you needed more incentive, he is also playing the Timberwolves tonight.

Worth The Cost:

LeBron James, Cavaliers ($10,600):  The King is averaging 46 fantasy points per game over his last three games. He seems to be back on track after having an off night against the Pacers last week while nursing a sore elbow.

Rudy Gay, Kings ($8,100): Gay is averaging 37 fantasy points per game since missing two games with a sore Achilles. He should be good to go in all formats now, though he may come in a little under that against the Kings tonight.

Risky Play:

Shabazz Muhammad, Timberwolves ($5,000): Muhammad experienced some pain in his ankle during shootaround this morning, and is now listed as questionable tonight against the Warriors. He will likely play, but I wouldn’t expect much from him, especially against the Warriors.

My Lineups:

A and B: James and Green ($17,900)

Nov 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) walks up the court in the NBA game against the Charlotte Hornets in the second half at US Airways Center. The Hornets won 101-95. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Power Forwards:


Jason Thompson, Kings ($4,100): Thompson has started the last two games with DeMarcus Cousins out, and has racked up 63.8 fantasy points in those two games. He is a great bargain since Cousins is out again.

Worth The Cost:

Jared Sullinger, Celtics ($7,000): Sullinger has been at or around his 32.1 average on the season in nearly every game. He is about as consistent as they come.

Blake Griffin, Clippers ($9,500): Griffin has averaged 42.1 fantasy points per game over his last seven games. He had a bit of a rough stretch just before Thanksgiving, but as you can see, he is back on the right track now.

Risky Play:

Markieff Morris, Suns ($7,000): When you see that Morris and Sullinger are the same price, you probably immediately pick Sullinger, as would I. It’s mostly because of the consistency factor. That said, Morris has gone over 40 points twice this year where Sullinger has not yet. Morris is playing the Lakers tonight, which means he could be in store for another point game if you are willing to play the risky Morris over the consistent Sullinger.

My Lineups:

A: Sullinger and Thompson ($11,100)

B: Morris and Thompson ($11,100)

Dec 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) celebrates against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports



Tyler Zeller, Celtics ($3,900): Zeller has averaged 25.3 fantasy points in his five games since taking over as the starting center in Boston. For his price, he is a great bargain until he keeps going up in price or loses his job. The former seems the most likely to happen.

Worth The Cost:

Andrew Bogut, Warriors ($6,900): Bogut has averaged 32 fantasy points per game over his last seven games. That is the kind of consistency you long for in FanDuel. His health is always a concern, but we are not looking long term here. This is the one-night stand of fantasy leagues.

Risky Play:

Marcin Gortat, Wizards ($7,300): Gortat has had three games under 25 fantasy points, and three games over 30 fantasy points in his last six. Which one of those you get determines what kind of a value he is.

My Lineups:

A and B: Zeller ($3,900)

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