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Jerry Vanderwoude

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates - 12/12/17

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What We Know

Steven AdamsSteven Adams is out for Oklahoma City.
Adams suffered a bruise to his calf during Thursday night's game against Denver, and subsequently missed the next night's tilt with the Clippers. Dakari Johnson drew the start on Friday and was solid in 23 minutes scoring nine points while dishing out two assists along with a rebound, a block, and a steal. the Thunder have ruled Adams out again tonight making Dakari Solid value play for the two game evening set.

Kyrie IrvingKyrie Irving is out for the Celtics, while Al Horford is expected to play.
Kyrie suffered a pretty nasty facial fracture early on against the Hornets on Friday night and will be held out due to facial swelling. Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier could see additional time with Kyrie off the court. Rozier ended the night paying 6.5X PPD following Irving's departure.

Stanley JohnsonStanley Johnson and Jon Leuer are doubtful for this afternoon's game against the Heat.
Johnson missed two games already with a sore hip, and has been downgraded to questionable for the Pistons game tonight with Miami. Look for Reggie Bullock to draw thew start in Johnson's place, though he has been largely unimpressive thus far. Leuer meanwhile will likely miss his fifth straight game, while Tobias Harris has been seeing extended run at the power forward position, seeing 30-34 minutes per game he hasn't consistently paid value at his current price point and is not worth a look in a tough matchup with the Miami defense.


Every Lineup Guys

James HardenJames Harden FD - $11800 DK - $11900
Opponent - IND
Proj Pts FD - 53.11 DK - 55.42
There should be no trouble fitting James Harden into your lineup today and no excuse not to. Harden delivered his two best fantasy performances of the season earlier this week in contests against the Jazz and the Cavaliers. Last night he came back down to earth just a bit with a 4.6 PPD showing against the Grizzlies. Tonight the Rockets head into Indiana for a bout with the Pacers, who defensively pose a tougher matchup than either of the three previous teams at shooting guard, but don't let that sway you. Indiana lives up to their name with a 102.2 pace factor, among the top in the NBA. Also, this game sports a 223 projected total tonight, and there is a huge step down to the game with the second highest total (DAL/OKC sits at 205). Houston are three point favorites, and the beard leads their offense. With only four games on the docket and plenty of low cost options in consideration, the Beard is a tremendous way to spend a large chunk of salary with confidence.

Ryan AndersonRyan Anderson FD - $4400 DK - $4400
Opponent - IND
Proj Pts FD - 23.58 DK - 25
Dakari JohnsonDakari Johnson FD - $3700 DK - $3400
Opponent - DAL
Proj Pts FD - 25.71 DK - 24.8
Speaking of low cost options, we have a pair here. Harden's teammate Ryan Anderson scored only five points in each of those contests where Harden just let loose, but returned to form last night scoring 12 points with six boards while Harden was held in check by the Memphis defense. With Harden contending with Victor Oladipo tonight, Anderson may need to step up the scoring once again and presents a cheap way to get out of what looks to be just an ugly position on today's mini slate.
Then there is Dakari Johnson who drew his first career start on Friday with Steven Adams on the shelf. He was on the floor for 23 minutes and as noted above he did just enough to pay value at his bargain basement salary. Adams has been ruled out and Johnson is in the OKC starting five, I'm sure he can make enough happen against the Dallas front court to get himself to 20+ FP which is all we can really ask for.


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