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Yahoo DFS Basketball: Tuesday-Wednesday 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.


Chris Paul, HOU at GS ($35): Paul hasnít been scoring like he usually does in this series, but his fantasy production has yet to falter. Not only does Paul have at least 36 fantasy points in eight straight games, but he's averaging over 44 fantasy points per game in that stretch. That sort of production with Paul hitting just 40 percent of his shots in this series is an extremely promising sign, and fantasy owners are hoping heíll snap out of this shooting slump sooner rather than later.

George Hill, CLE at BOS ($12): George Hill is finally playing up to his potential the last few games, as his big minutes are finally leading to fantasy production. Hill has 51 combined fantasy points in his last two games, and he played a season-high 38 minutes in the Cavsí most recent victory. Any $12 player getting 38 minutes of action is worth a dart, especially when that player happens to be the starting point guard.

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Guard to Avoid

Eric Gordon, HOU at GS ($21): Gordon's volatility makes him close to impossible to trust for DFS purposes. Heí's scored fewer than 12 fantasy points in three of his last five games, which maybe should be no surprise when considering the matchup, as Golden State has posted the best defensive efficiency rating in the postseason. Klay Thompson is just $3 more than Gordon, and he hasnít scored fewer than 19 fantasy points since January 23.


LeBron James, CLE at BOS ($57): This is as simple as a plug-and-play. James has the highest floor, by far, of anyone in the playoffs, as heís scored at least 54 fantasy points in 12 of his last 14 games, while averaging 63 fantasy points per game in his last nine outings. That's nearly 20 points higher than anyone else's average on this slate and James is essentially usable at any price tag.

P.J. Tucker, HOU at GS ($13): It's amazing that Tucker's price has remained so low on Yahoo, as he's been one of the Rocketsí best players in the postseason. Tucker has played at least 33 minutes in eight of his last nine games, and the fantasy production has been solid, with Tucker averaging more than 24 fantasy points per game in that stretch. Using a $13 Tucker allows you to get James into your lineup much more easily, and that's obviously critical.

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Forward to Avoid

Kevin Durant, GS vs. HOU ($48): This is more about LeBron James versus Durant, as it makes no sense to use Durant at just $9 cheaper. While Durant should put up his usual 40-plus fantasy points, what James provides at just $9 more can't be matched. Durant hasnít surpassed 47 fantasy points in four straight games, while James has scored at least 60 fantasy points in seven of his last eight outings. Whatís also concerning is the lack of peripheral stats for Durant, whoís averaging just 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game against Houston.


Draymond Green, GS vs. HOU ($33): There haven't been many players as good as Green in this postseason, as he's flirting with triple-doubles on a nightly basis. Not only does he have at least 28 fantasy points in 13 straight games, but Green is averaging 46 fantasy points per game in his last 11 outings. Green is nearly doubling up the production of Clint Capela, who happens to be the same price.

Center to Avoid

Clint Capela, HOU at GS ($33): Capela is averaging just 25 fantasy points per game in this series, and he's yet to play more than 30 minutes in any game. That form carried over from the regular season, when Capela averaged just 15 points, 6.3 rebounds and no assists in three games versus the Warriors. There's simply no reason to play Capela over Green if they're the same price.

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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.