The NBA schedule bounces back strong with an 11 game slate tonight after delivering daily fantasy basketball owners just a three game lineup on Tuesday. For tonight’s lineup the options are endless for daily fantasy basketball owners as they look to cash in on an action packed lineup of GPP action on FanDuel.
With the heavy lineup of action tonight the top tier options are loaded with must you options including Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. While all three of those guys are near locks in a variety of our GPP lineups, Harden is the name that looks the most appealing tonight for us as he looks to lead his Houston Rockets over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Harden who has posted at least 40 points in eight straight games should have a chance to put some numbers up tonight against the Lakers. The Lakers enter this matchup allowing the fifth most points (109.6) per game in the NBA and rank first in the NBA in pace of play should open a ton of scoring opportunities for Harden.
Along with the fireworks on the court from those three, we also expect to see some key performances from guys that might go under the radar on most nights. That said here are a few of those fantasy sleepers and bargains we like for December 20th, 2017.
NBA Fantasy Sleepers & Bargains for December 20th, 2017
Isaiah Canaan ($4,100) & Troy Daniels ($3,700)
Here are two fantasy sleeper options who could not only help with offsetting some of the top stars salaries but also reward you with a big time fantasy performance. Canaan who was just added to the Phoneix Suns last week due to an injury to Devin Booker has responded over his last two games (37.8 and 27.5) while Daniels rewarded his fantasy owners with a big time 38.6 performance last week.
Jamil Wilson ($3,700)
Sticking with the same matchup but on the other side of the court, Wilson looks to be a solid fantasy sleeper play as well as his teammate Montrezl Harrell. Wilson who has seen at least 20 minutes in four straight should continue to get his shot at seeing minutes tonight against a Suns team that ranks first in the NBA in fantasy points allowed to opposing power forwards.
As these three options will help you offset some of those top tier salaries they are just a few of the names we like tonight. Here is our NBA FanDuel lineup for December 20th, 2017.
Point Guards Options for FanDuel on December 20th, 2017
Khris Dunn ($7,900) & Isaiah Canaan ($4,100)
Here is an interesting duo for us tonight as we elected to shy away from Westbrook despite having in set as one of our top options at the point guard position. Tonight. Dunn who will look to lead his Chicago Bulls to a win tonight over the Orlando Magic has a very favorable matchup. The Magic enter tonight’s contest allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing point guards while ranking seventh overall in the NBA in defense efficiency. Meanwhile Canaan is worth the gamble as he should see minutes both at the point guard and shooting guard positions. Canaan should benefit from taking on a Los Angeles Clippers team that ranks first in the NBA in fantasy points allowed to opposing shooting guards.
Other Top Tier Point Guard Options: Russell Westbrook &Chris Paul
Other Mid-Tier Point Guard Options: Patrick Beverley & Jeff Teague
Other Fantasy Sleeper Point Guard Options: Dejounte Murray & Terry Rozier
Shooting Guard Options for FanDuel on December 20th, 2017
James Harden ($11,100) &Rodney Hood ($5,700)
Harden might be our top option tonight as he looks to take advantage of a very bad Los Angeles Lakers team. Despite failing to post more than 50 points over his last four games, the Rockets guard is worth the risk and a player that has the potential to reward his daily fantasy basketball owners tonight with a 60-70 night fantasy performance. Meanwhile Hood has posted over 22 fantasy points in three of his last four contests including 41.6 in his last outing against another aggressive socring offense in the Rockets. Look for him to have his opportunities tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other Top Tier Shooting Guard Options: Victor Oladipo
Other Mid-Tier Shooting Guard Options: Tyreke Evans & Kent Bazemore
Other Fantasy Sleeper Shooting Guard Options: Troy Daniels & Devin Harris
Small Forward Options for FanDuel on December 20th, 2017
Kevin Durant ($11,900) & Mario Hezonja ($4,800)
It is going to be hard for us to look past Durant tonight as he continues to produce night in and night out for the Golden State Warriors while Steph Curry is out. Durant enters tonight riding five straight games with at least 51 fantasy points including two performances topping the 71 point mark. Meanwhile despite his inconsistencies Hezonja is worth a shot in GPP formats. The Orlando Magic small forward has a solid fantasy matchup against the Chicago Bulls who rank sixth in the NBA in fantasy points against the small forward position. Add that with the fact Hezonja has rewarded his fantasy owners with at least 40 points in two of his last three games makes him a solid sleeper option.
Other Top Tier Small Forward Options: Jimmy Butler
Other Mid-Tier Small Forward Options: TJ Warren & Harrison Barnes
Other Fantasy Sleeper Small Forward Options: PJ Tucker & Stanley Johnson
Power Forward Options for FanDuel on December 20th, 2017
Trey Lyles ($4,800) & Jamil Wilson ($3,700)
Here is one of those combinations that only look good in GPP formats. While both Lyles and Wilson are big time gambles we could see 6-8 times value out of both tonight. Lyles continues to see mid 20 to low 30 minutes per contest making him worth the start. Over his last five outings, the Denver Nuggets power forward has topped the 21 point mark in all five games while adding a 32 and 39.9 performance over that stretch. Wilson on the other hand is one of those salary cap moves to allow us to spend and one that could reward us with 20 to 30 fantasy points tonight as he continues to see some added minutes.
Other Top Tier Power Forwards Options: N/A
Other Mid-Tier Power Forwards Options: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson & Nikola Mirotic
Other Fantasy Sleeper Power Forwards Options: Domantas Sabonis& David West
Center Options for FanDuel on December 20th, 2017
Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,000)
The center position is an interesting one to build around tonight as we looked to guys like Clint Capela, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andre Drummond while also seeing a ton of value below the $6k mark. In the end Cauley-Stein has a very favorable matchup against a very bad defnse in the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets rank third in the NBA in fantasy points allowed to opposing centers, ninth in defense efficiency, third in defensive rebounds allowed and ninth in offensive rebounds allowed. Look for the Sacramento Kings center to reward us with a big time performance tonight.
Other Top Tier Center Options: Karl-Anthony Towns & Nikola Vucevic
Other Mid-Tier Center Options: Clint Capela& Myles Tuner
Other Fantasy Sleeper Center Options: Miles Plumlee&Tyler Zeller