There will be no games played tomorrow with the NBA taking a night off for Christmas Eve, so daily fantasy basketball contestants will want to submit as many lineups as possible tonight.
A winning lineup cannot be achieved without saving some salary though, so read up to find out which lower-priced players can conjure up value for you in tonight’s 13-game slate.
Dion Waiters, Thunder ($7,800)
This game promises to be one of the biggest blowouts of the night, and Dion Waiters should benefit greatly from that.
Vegas has the Thunder as 13-point favorites against the Lakers, and that’s probably being nice. OKC has walloped LA the past two seasons, winning all four meetings by an average of 14.6 points. The Thunder have won eight of their last nine games and will face a Lakers team playing in the second game of a back-to-back, which means lots of potential garbage time.
As the leader of the Thunder’s second unit, Waiters — who is averaging 20.1 fantasy points over his last 16 games — will have lots of fourth quarter usage against a team that is ranked 29th against opposing shooting guards this season.
Raymond Felton, Mavericks ($9,800)
Deron Williams is hurt again. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before.
The Mavs’ starting point guard “heard a pop” in his hamstring on Tuesday night, just hours after admitting that he contemplated retirement last year while playng with the Nets. He’ll likely do everything possible to suit up for his “revenge game” vs. Brooklyn tonight, but based on his comments regarding his injury, it’s very likely that he won’t.
If Williams sits, Raymond Felton will benefit the most. Felton has been a revelation this season, with or without D-Will in the lineup. He’s played a lot of 2-guard with Chandler Parsons working his way back from knee surgery, and his stats over his last seven games (12.4 PTS, 6.0 REB, 5.4 AST, 1.1 STL, 1.7 3PT) rival the numbers he produced in the first season of his second stint with the Knicks back in 2012-13. Even with Parsons playing 31 minutes on Friday, Felton still managed 27, scoring eight points and handing out six assists.
The aforementioned Nets are 28th in fantasy vs. point guards and 30th vs. shooting guards, so no matter which role Felton plays, heavy fantasy production is surely in store.