FanCave Favorites: NBA 12/16/17

What’s up everyone! As promised, we are releasing the FanCave Favorites for free today (Typically a premium-only article). These are plays that are viewed to be locks in all formats and ones we strongly suggest building your lineups around.

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Matt will have our free Plays of the Day article out later this afternoon, so while you await the rest of our plays, here are my three FanCave Favorites for tonight’s juicy NBA slate:

Dejounte Murray.pngDejounte Murray | FanDuel – $3,600 / DraftKings – $4,400

With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard officially ruled out for tonight’s game against Dallas, there’s a lot of minutes and usage to go around for the versatile Murray.

In his last two games sans Tony Parker, Murray has posted an average of 27.5 FanDuel points. He’s also averaging 1.01 FP/min with them off of the court with a 20.8% usage rate. You won’t find a safer min-priced player this season, so take advantage while you can.


Rudy Gay.pngRudy Gay | FanDuel – $5,900 / DraftKings – $5,900

Similar to the reasoning behind playing Murray, Rudy Gay should be the primary beneficiary with both Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Anderson out tonight, as he’s the only active SF left on the roster.

Without these players on the court, Gay averages 1.11 FP/min with a 25.9% usage rate, second on the team behind only LaMarcus Aldridge (29.9%). He should see at least 28 minutes of action. An assignment against Harrison Barnes won’t be easy, but the Mavs actually rank 2nd worst in the NBA against small forwards, surrendering 44.5 FPPG, and 57.2 FPPG over their last 5 games.

James Johnson.pngJames Johnson | FanDuel = $6,500 / DraftKings – $6,000

As I’m writing this, Justise Winslow is questionable and Hassan Whiteside is clearly OUT for the Heat. Last night with both players absent, Johnson posted 11/5/5/3/2 line with 2 turnovers in 34 minutes. That was good for 37.5 FDP and 33.8 DKP.

With both of those players off of the court, Johnson holds a 19.7% usage rate and sees an uptick in FGM, steals, blocks and points while posting 0.98 FPPM.

For the amount of categories in which Johnson contributes, $6,500 is extremely reasonable for a player locked into 5-6x value tonight.

Other options: Derrick Favors (IF ACTIVE), Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook, Epke Udoh (IF FAVORS OUT)

Thank you guys for reading my first installment of FanCave Favorites! Stay tuned to the Twitter page as we may announce some exciting things in the coming weeks!

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