Yahoo DFS Basketball: Sunday Picks

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Sunday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Basketball series.

We only have five games in the NBA on Sunday, four off which will make up the main evening slate on Yahoo. Despite there being so few games, scoring might not be hard to come by with the Wizards, Pelicans and Nets among the subpar defenses in action. Here are some players who could be poised to take advantage of a favorable matchup, as well as a few to avoid.

GUARDS

Bradley Beal, WAS vs. SAC ($43): Beal is in an ideal situation for fantasy purposes. He has very little talent around him, which has enabled him to record a 32.2 percent usage rate. On top of that, the Wizards have played at the fifth-fastest pace in the league. That's enabled Beal to score at least 53 Yahoo points in four of his last five games. It's not difficult to make a case for him as having one of the highest floors of any player on this slate, regardless of position.

Joe Harris, BKN at NY ($15): Harris was dialed in against the Kings on Friday, shooting 5-for-7 from behind the arc and 8-for-11 from the field overall. He also chipped in four rebounds and two blocks on his way to 33.3 Yahoo points. Harris's dependence on scoring to provide value does make him a bit risky, but with more shot attempts on tap for him with Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Caris LeVert (thumb) out, he's at least worth considering in tournament play.

Guard to Avoid

Gary Harris, DEN vs. PHO ($14): Playing time isn't a problem for Harris since he is averaging 32 minutes per game. However, his usage rate checks in at just 15.4 percent, which would be the lowest mark of his career. The Nuggets possess so much quality depth that they don't need Harris to jack up a lot of shots. With his limited ceiling, he's someone to pass on - even at this cheap price.

FORWARDS

Julius Randle, NY vs. BKN ($30): After averaging 21.4 points per game last season, Randle came to the Knicks with the expectation he would be one of the focal points of their offense. His 25.5 percent usage rate represents the highest mark on the team, so no big surprise there. However, Randle is only averaging 16.4 points per game. The problem? He's shooting just 43.7 percent from the field after shooting at least 52.4 percent in back-to-back seasons. Still, Randle's averaging 32.5 Yahoo points per game and could take advantage of a Nets' team susceptible to being beaten up front.

Davis Bertans, WAS vs. SAC ($15): The Wizards' up-tempo pace has been a benefit for Bertans, who enters this contest having scored at least 31.3 Yahoo points in three straight games. He not only grabbed 21 rebounds during that stretch, but shot an impressive 15-for-29 from behind the arc. Don't be afraid to try and ride his hot streak considering his cheap price.

Forward to Avoid

Kenrich Williams, NO at LAC ($20): The Pelicans had to face a tough Jazz defense Saturday, which contributed to Williams scoring just 14.7 Yahoo points. Now they have to face a Clippers' defense anchored by Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley. His price is inflated because of the expanded role he played when the Pelicans were dealing with several injuries. But now that a few of them have returned, Williams isn't nearly as appealing.

CENTERS

Montrezl Harrell, LAC vs. NO ($28): Harrell isn't necessarily a safe option. While he's scored at least 43.7 Yahoo points in three of his last seven games, he also scored 27.7 Yahoo points or less three times during that stretch. Still, this is a great matchup against the Pelicans since they play at the fourth-fastest pace in the league and will be missing Derrick Favors (back) up front.

Richaun Holmes, SAC at WAS ($21): Holmes is still locked into an important role with the Kings since Marvin Bagley (thumb) has remained sidelined. Across 10 games since overtaking Dewayne Dedmon for the starting center job, Holmes has averaged 11.8 points, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks. With the Wizards tied for the most Yahoo points per game allowed to opposing centers, he could be in line for another productive evening.

Center to Avoid

DeAndre Jordan, BKN at NY ($17): With the Nets owning two capable centers in Jordan and Jarrett Allen, they are likely going to continue to eat into each other's upside. Jordan has been the one seeing fewer minutes of late, which has limited him to 24.5 Yahoo points or fewer in four of his last five games. Although we are dealing with fewer options due to the limited slate, rolling with Jordan still seems like a risk that isn't worth taking.

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. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51.
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Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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