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Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks 2-12-17

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The entire world was watching last night as Kevin Durant made his long awaited return to Oklahoma City. KD and the Warriors were met with choruses of boo-birds, hecklers, and cupcake chants. Golden State got the last laugh, however, taking home the 130-114 victory over the Thunder. The real winners in all of this were anyone who paid up to have Russell Westbrook in their daily fantasy lineups. His 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists might have been enough to keep this thing competitive had his teammates pitched in a little.

The All-Star break is just five days away, meaning there is just five days left to cash those lineups before a week off from NBA Daily Fantasy. Sunday’s short slate of games gives us a smaller player pool to choose from, making having the right players in your lineup all the more important. The goal here is to single out the players that will bring your lineups the most bang for your buck, not necessarily the player at each position that will score the most.

NBA Matchups for Sunday February, 12th:

  • Bulls @ Timberwolves 3:30 PM EST
  • Spurs @ Knicks 3:30 PM EST
  • Pistons @ Raptors 6 PM EST
  • Pelicans @ Kings 9 PM EST

Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks 2-12-17

Point Guard

Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings | FD (5,400) DK (6,300)

Darren Collison has seen an uptick in his offensive contributions as of late, averaging 19.8 ppg over the last five contests. Collison is also a contributor in the steals column, nabbing at least two in each of the last three games. At the price you are getting him for it is a no-brainer to start him against the defensively challenged New Orleans Pelicans.

Shooting Guard

Courtney Lee, New York Knicks | FD (4,300) DK (3,900)

Suggesting starting players going up against the San Antonio Spurs may sound like a crazy idea, but as you’ll see I actually see a couple of sneaky plays in the Knicks lineup on Sunday. The Spurs defense has been up and down by their standards as of late. Lee has been logging roughly 30 minutes per game recently. He will likely avoid drawing the defense of Kawhi Leonard, who will most like stay with Carmelo Anthony.

Lee may be boom or bust, but he is just the cheap contrarian play you’ll need to separate your lineup from the pack. A player like Lee will be essential if you are looking to roster a player like DeMarcus Cousins or Anthony Davis.

Small Forward

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves | FD (7,700) DK (7,300)

Andrew Wiggins has been pouring in the points lately. He is one of the main reasons for the Timberwolves recent offensive success. His 29 ppg over the last three games, along with 2.3 steals, has paid dividends for his fantasy owners. Wiggins is considerably cheaper than Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, but has the potential to match or even outscore them.

Power Forward

Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks | FD (6,400) DK (6,100)

Another contrarian play, Porzingis is a relatively cheap option. When most people are going to for Anthony Davis, Porzingis is going to be the value play that could win you the contest. Many other owners will see that the Spurs are coming to town and run for the hills. While the Spurs are a great defensive team, his individual match ups against LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee, and Dewayne Dedmon are not as imposing. I could easily see Porzingis dropping a 20 point double-double with a few blocks to go with it.

Center

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons | FD (8,700) DK (7,900)

When I look at the center position on this Sunday slate, I see Cousins, Towns, Drummond, and not much else. Yes, Valanciunas is always a good cheap play, and the emergence of Guillermo Hernangomez has been a good story; however, it is extremely likely that all three of the premiere centers are going to put up big numbers. Getting cute here would not be advised.

Drummond is not the 20/20 threat every night he was a season ago. However, his three straight double-doubles are very encouraging. I see Drummond as a 50 fantasy point candiate, just like Towns and Cousins, but at a much cheaper price.

About Chris Wright

Chris is a self-diagnosed, non-recovering Fantasy addict. Balances stats on paper with actual on field evidence when making projections. Check him out on Twitter @ChrisWright_F6P

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