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Yahoo DFS Basketball: Tuesday Picks

Joel Bartilotta

Joel has 15 years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season in his inaugural fantasy year. He covers NBA, NFL, daily fantasy, EPL, MLB, and CBB for RotoWire.

Guards

Donovan Mitchell, UTA vs, GS ($34): In the last week of the NBA season, it's critical to get players into your lineup in games who actually matter. This slate is far and few between with players in that situation, as Utah is really the only team playing with something on the line. Not only has Mitchell scored at least 30 fantasy points in 19-straight games, but he's averaging close to 40 fantasy points per game in that span.

Damion Lee, ATL vs. PHI ($15): With Atlanta out of contention, they've chosen to give Lee a huge role. Lee has at least 20 fantasy points in six of his last seven games, and he's averaging nearly 30 fantasy points per game in that span. Lee ranks fourth on the team in usage in that stretch, averaging close to 30 minutes per game. Not to mention, Philly allows the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards on the season.

Guard to Avoid

Kemba Walker, CHA at IND ($28): Walker hasnít surpassed 22 fantasy points in his last five games, and he's averaging just 16 fantasy points per game in that stretch. Indiana locks down opposing point guards, allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to the position for the season.

Forwards

Dragan Bender, PHX at DAL ($11): Bender has driven me crazy this season with his monster minutes and limited production, but he finally seems to be turning things around. Not only is he regularly playing 35 minutes a game, but Bender has at least 22 fantasy points in four straight games. He's actually averaging 27 fantasy points per game in that span and he should continue to play a huge role with Elfrid Payton, T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson, and Devin Booker all expected to sit this game out.

Johnathan Motley, DAL vs. PHX ($11): With Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea and Wesley Matthews all expected to miss this game, Motley should continue to add to his already-increased role. In two of his last three games, Motley has played at least 40 minutes while averaging 28 fantasy points per game in that span. That's monster production from a near-minimum-priced player, and he faces a Suns defense who ranks dead-last in both points allowed and defensive efficiency.

Forward to Avoid

Otto Porter, WSH vs. BOS ($28): Porter just hasnít been the same player when John Wall is in the lineup, as he's barely averaging 25 fantasy points per game when Wall suits up. Porter's usage rate is nearly 10 percent lower with Wall in the lineup, which makes Porter a tough sell, especially considering he plays a Boston defense that ranks first in defensive efficiency, while allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing small forwards.

Centers

Rudy Gobert, UTA vs. GS ($30): Gobert is in the same boat as Mitchell, as he's one of the only centers who's expected to play a full workload. He, Clint Capela and Dwight Howard are the only centers above $20 and it's possible that Howard and Capela will play limited minutes with their faiths already sealed. That means using a guy who's already averaging 36 fantasy points per game in for a bigger role while playing more minutes is the easy way to go. Gobert has shown some ridiculous upside recently too, scoring at least 40 fantasy points in 12 of his last 19 games.

Center to Avoid

Brook Lopez, LAL vs. HOU ($15): Lopez has been hard to trust all season long and using him in DFS is a recipe for disaster. His play recently makes him especially difficult to trust, as he hasnít reached 25 fantasy points in five straight games. On top of that, Houston allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing centers. The fact that Los Angeles has nothing to play for may limit Lopez, too, as it's very possible that they'll give extra minutes to Ivica Zubac, Travis Wear and/or Channing Frye.

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The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Joel Bartilotta plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Joelbartilotta DraftKings: Joelbartilotta Yahoo: Joelbartilotta.