FanDuel NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy Basketball Lineup For December 5

Any FanDuel NBA lineup featuring Otto Porter at the small forward position has received tremendous value over the past five games.

Nov 9, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) drives against Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The continuous search for a high level of production at a low valuation is the constant battle for any FanDuel NBA lineup.

Filling out a lineup featuring nine players, with an average price of $6,667, means each roster has to provide balance. For every superstar player, a role player with a high statistical output is necessary.

For the past five games, no player in FanDuel NBA tournaments has been overachieving more than Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter.

Over the past 10 games, Porter has totaled 25 or more FanDuel NBA points on eight occasions, resulting in his price-tag greatly fluctuating.

Ever since he achieved a season-high cost of $6,500 in FanDuel NBA leagues on Nov. 12, which resulted in just 16.3 points, Porter has been one of the most difficult players to properly assess.

Porter has posted 31.8 fantasy points per game, a level similar to the 31.2 points Dwyane Wade is averaging this year, but with a $700 differential.

In his fourth season, Porter has provided excellent rebounding numbers, tremendous perimeter defense and has score more than 20 percent of his total points in transition.

The third overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft has evolved into a legitimate shooting threat from all over the court, converting 52.7 percent of his attempts from the field and 38.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, both marks are career-highs.

By becoming one of the most efficient perimeter defenders, ranking 11th in the NBA in steals per game at 1.9, Porter has been able to routinely score easy points off the fast break, helping the Wizards post 14.2 points in transition per game.

In each of his last four appearances, Porter has recorded at least three steals and is coming off a season-high four-steal effort against the Spurs Friday night.

The primary increase in Porter’s value for FanDuel NBA rosters is because of his high volume of rebounding. The 8.3 rebounds is a higher total than All-Star forwards Paul Millsap, LeBron James or LaMarcus Aldridge are averaging this year.

Golden State’s Kevin Durant is the only true small forward averaging a higher rebound total than Porter this season.

Porter should be included in any FanDuel NBA roster Monday night not only because of his output, but also due to the opponent. Brooklyn is surrendering 48.4 rebounds per game, the most any team is allowing this year.

The Wizards have responded by playing Porter 34.7 minutes per game, third most on the team, giving him plenty of opportunities to rebound, steal or score.

No matter how he contributes, he should be a part of any FanDuel NBA lineup while his cost is low.

Nov 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) goes up for a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Point Guards

  1. Damian Lillard ($9,400) vs. Chicago Bulls
  2. John Wall ($9,300) vs. Brooklyn Nets
  3. Dennis Schroder ($6,000) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Shelvin Mack ($3,600) vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Rationale:

  • Consecutive games with low shooting percentages are a rarity for Damian Lillard. Even though Miami limited Lillard to 19 points (8.8 below his season average) and 31.6 percent shooting from the field, Lillard delivered when the Trial Blazers needed it most. Lillard has shot below 40 percent on seven occasions this season, but is connecting on 50.4 percent of his attempts in the next game.
  • Even though Dante Exum may be starting in place of George Hill, as he has been ruled out of Monday’s game with a toe injury, Shelvin Mack is the low-budget roster option FanDuel NBA players should consider. Mack has registered at least one steal in each of the past five games and has dished out four or more assists on eight occasions. Mack has played more minutes than Exum in each of the past two games and has totaled more fantasy points in the past six games than Exum.

Nov 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Shooting Guards

  1. James Harden ($11,400) vs. Boston Celtics
  2. Bradley Beal ($6,900) vs. Brooklyn Nets
  3. Nicolas Batum ($6,800) vs. Dallas Mavericks
  4. Avery Bradley ($6,600) vs. Houston Rockets

Rationale:

  • James Harden and Russell Westbrook are battling for the league lead in two categories. Both players have played 20 games this season, with Harden owning a slight edge in one positive category, with 10 more assists, and a negative, with one more turnover than the Thunder guard. Harden is averaging 11.8 assists per game and has dished out at least seven in each game he has played.
  • Thirty-four players have registered at least 150 rebounds this season and the most surprising name on the list has to belong to Avery Bradley. In 76 games a year ago, Bradley totaled 220 rebounds, ninth-most among Boston players. After 20 games, Bradley has grabbed a team-high 158 rebounds, 78 more than any other player on the roster, for an average of 7.9 per game, five more per game than he posted last year.

Nov 26, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Spurs won 112-100. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Small Forwards

  1. LeBron James ($9,400) vs. Toronto Raptors
  2. Kawhi Leonard ($8,100) vs. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Wilson Chandler ($6,400) vs. Philadelpiha 76ers
  4. Otto Porter ($6,300) vs. Brooklyn Nets

Rationale:

  • Any positive vibes stemming from Cleveland’s first title in franchise history are gone, at least according to the reigning NBA Finals MVP. LeBron James has declared the honeymoon stage to be over and with his team looking to snap a three-game losing streak against a Toronto team he has averaged 27.4 points, 7.7 assists and 7.1 points per game against in his career.
  • Any time the name David Robinson is invoked by a performance from a Spurs player, it’s a significant accomplishment. Following a 23-point effort against the Wizards, Kawhi Leonard became the first San Antonio player since Robinson in 1994-95 to score 20 or more points in 17 of the first 20 games of the season. Leonard is scoring a career-high 24.3 points per game while converting 45.3 percent of his attempts from the field and 38.6 percent from 3-point range.

Nov 21, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) blocks the shot of Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey (2) in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Golden State beat Indiana 120-83. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Power Forwards

  1. Anthony Davis ($11,900) vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  2. Draymond Green ($8,000) vs. Indiana Pacers
  3. Jabari Parker ($6,200) vs. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Dwight Powell ($3,800) vs. Charlotte Hornets

Rationale:

  • Only six players have ever posted seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals per game, none have been at the power forward position. Draymond Green is hoping to join the exclusive group, as he is averaging 10.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game. The wide array of statistical contributions is a perfect fit for any FanDuel NBA roster.
  • Consecutive eight-rebound efforts from Dwight Powell may carve out more minutes in the rotation in Dallas. Powell is coming off his best scoring effort of the season, as he totaled 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting during a victory over the Bulls Saturday night. Even though he is playing the ninth-most minutes, Powell is the fourth-leading rebounder for the Mavericks.

Nov 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) scores past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) and guard J.R. Smith (5) during the second half at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Centers

  1. Dwight Howard ($7,600) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Marc Gasol ($7,300) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  3. Rudy Gobert ($6,900) vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Joel Embiid ($6,400) vs. Denver Nuggets

Rationale:

  • Dwight Howard is averaging 8.4 defensive rebounds per game, but has added one more offensive rebound a night to average 12.8 per game, tied with DeAndre Jordan for the third-most in the league. Howard ranks fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage, shooting 60.2 percent from the floor, the fourth time in his career he is shooting better than 60 percent.
  • Philadelphia is hoping the outing Joel Embiid submitted Friday against Orlando is the first of many. The rookie scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the first time in his brief career, in less than 27 minutes on the court. The 76ers still have a cap of 28 minutes per game for Embiid and are holding him out of games on consecutive nights, but any time he is available, he is a solid pick for FanDuel NBA lineups.

Final Lineup

PG John Wall ($9,300)
PG Dennis Schroder ($6,000)
SG Nicolas Batum ($6,800)
SG Bradley Beal ($6,900)
SF Kawhi Leonard ($8,100)
SF Otto Porter ($6,300)
PF Dwight Powell ($3,800)
PF Jabari Parker ($6,200)
C Joel Embiid ($6,400)

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