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FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings is a Neural Engineer by day, and RotoWire's senior basketball columnist by night. He's a two-time winner of the Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

For the second Sunday in a row, the NBA celebrates a holiday with five games, offering a fairly limited slate that concentrates the ownership but still offers some value plays. None of the games stand out as a premium matchup, but all of them could be interesting. Karl-Anthony Towns will look to continue his reign of terror against the C.J. McCollum-led Trail Blazers, Kyle Lowry visits teammate DeMar DeRozanís hometown against the Lakers, and if health permits, we could get a clash of center titans in Miami with Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond locking horns.



Jeff Teague, IND vs ORL ($8000): Teague has been consistently strong of late, producing between 38.9 and 46.8 fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. Overall in that stretch, he is averaging 17.9 points, 10.1 assists, 5.0 boards, 1.1 steals and only 2.4 turnovers per game. On Sunday he'll face a Magic defense that is 23rd in the NBA in production allowed to opposing point guards over the last five games in the FanDuel scoring system.

C.J. McCollum, POR at MIN ($7500): McCollum has stepped up his scoring in the absence of team leader Damian Lillard, averaging 26 points with 5.0 assists, 2.3 boards and 1.0 steals over the last three games. Lillard is considered doubtful to play Sunday, which means that McCollum should continue to play at point guard and have the mega green light against a Timberwolves defense that ranks 21st in the NBA against opposing point guards over the past 10 games.

Nick Young, LAL vs TOR ($4500): Young is purely a scorer, so his DFS output is tied directly to how many points he can put on the board. He has scored at least 17 points in five of his last seven games, a stretch in which he is averaging 17.3 points, 1.9 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists versus a paltry 0.4 turnovers. He'll face a Raptors defense that is 21st in production allowed to opposing shooting guards over the past five games.



Paul George, IND vs ORL ($7900): George is always a strong option at forward, but he is hotter than usual coming off back-to-back games with over 30 points. He has torched his last two opponents for 33 points, 3.5 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals versus only two turnovers. He'll face a Magic defense Sunday that is 23rd in FanDuel production allowed to opposing small forwards over the last 10 games.

LaMarcus Aldridge, SA at ALT ($7000): Aldridge turned in an absolute klunker against his former team Friday, but in the three games before that he was averaging 26 points, 10.3 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.6 combined blocks/steals against only 0.3 turnovers. He has a solid chance to bounce-back Sunday against Paul Millsap, who is a solid defender but is really too short to keep Aldridge from getting his shot off.

Jon Leuer, DET at MIA ($5100): Leuer played so well in his role off the bench that he earned a spot in the starting lineup. He has produced more than 20 fantasy points in his last eight games, and is coming off 22 points, six boards and two steals in 37 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.



Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs POR ($9100): Towns has grown into an every-game superstar. Over the last month, he has averaged 22.8 points, 13.5 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.6 blocks a game. On Sunday he'll face a Trail Blazers defense that struggles against opposing power forwards (the position Towns often plays on offense), ranking 28th against opposing fours over the past 10 games.

Nikola Vucevic, ORL at IND ($6800): Vucevic has a similar recent average output to other centers in his price range Sunday, but he has the highest probability for an explosion like the 21/10/4/3/2 he dropped on the Nets or the 26/12/3/2 he dropped on the Heat within his last seven games. Also, he is coming off of a 21-point, six-board, four-assist, three-steal, one-block performance against the Hornets in his last outing.

Al Jefferson, IND vs ORL ($3700): This is a pure punt play, as the starting centers Sunday all priced themselves out of the affordable category. However, Jefferson has consistently been between 14 and 22 fantasy points for most of the season, so he should be able to contribute something for his near-minimum price.

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