NBA Value Bin: Mr. Livingston, I Presume?

Today’s NBA slate is locked and loaded with 10 games for daily fantasy basketball players to choose from. Let’s take a look at the top punt plays for Wednesday, December 30th.

Shaun Livingston, Warriors ($7,000)

Word out of Oakland is Stephen Curry could sit out tonight and tomorrow with an undisclosed lower body injury. He JUST dazzled the world with a 23-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double on Monday night, so this probably just a case of Luke Walton wanting to give the MVP a day or two of rest. The Warriors, after all, are 29-1.

If Curry does indeed sit, Shaun Livingston would start and makes for a very interesting punt play. The fourth overall pick in the 2004 Draft is averaging 20.7 fantasy points over his last three games and will face a Dallas Mavericks team that is 21st against opposing point guards this season and may also be without Deron Williams (hamstring) for the fourth-consecutive game.

Evan Fournier, Magic ($10,100)

Magic starting point guard Elfrid Payton suffered a right ankle injury in Monday’s game and exited after playing just 22 minutes. This comes just days after dealing with a LEFT ankle sprain. He missed Tuesday’s practice as well, so there’s a pretty good chance the team errs on the side of caution and keeps him off the court for Wednesday’s home game against the Nets.

Shabazz Napier ($6,000) will be the trendy play tonight, especially if Scott Skiles decides to start him and continue to have Victor Oladipo come off the bench, but Evan Fournier, not Napier, that will reap the benefits of Payton’s absence.

Fournier began the year blazing hot, but cooled off big time around Thanksgiving. From November 25 to December 18, the Frenchman averaged just 16.3 fantasy points. This is after posting 31.2 FP/game over his first 14 games. He’s back to his old ways of late, though, averaging 31.0 FPs in his last five contests. With Payton leaving early on Monday, Fournier played 32 minutes and had a 22.1% usage rate — up from 20.1% on the season. Roster Evan Fournier tonight, and go to sleep a DFS winner.

Seth Klein

Seth is a DFS writer at FantasyDraft, as well as a writer for TheFantasyFix and Razzball. You can find his player rankings at FantasyPros. Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Seth is a lifelong New York sports fan. Seth has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him on Twitter at @SethDaSportsMan.

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