Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 11.29
November 29, 2017 | Jason Bales
Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Russell Westbrook – Welcome back, Mr. Westbrook! It is about time that Russell picked up his game. He has at least 60 fantasy points in four consecutive contests, and his price tag is still fairly low, as he was struggling prior to this little upward tick in production. The Orlando Magic are an uptempo team, and Westbrook is going to have to score to win this game. The rest of the team will have to take the backseat until Westbrook starts to cool down, which could be … never.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Westbrook has taken over once again, and he is an elite option on this slate.
Tim Hardaway Jr – There is absolutely no reason to avoid Tim Hardaway Jr tonight. He has over 25 fantasy points in eight consecutive games, making him a great option in cash games, and he has posted over 50 fantasy points in two of those games. His upside is incredible because of his ability to shoot from beyond the arc, and he is seeing around 40 minutes per game. He is going to continue to see big minutes, and his scoring ability is not going to disappear any time soon. Roster him in all leagues.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I will not be rostering THJ in cash games. He is far too volatile for my liking. He is an elite tournament option, though.
Kristaps Porzingis – Kristaps Porzingis is finally in MVP considerations, and he has at least 40 fantasy points in three of his last four games. The New York Knicks should be all-in on this stud. He can shoot from three-point range. He can score inside. He is a great rebounder. He can even assist the ball, if needed. His fantasy upside is right around 60 fantasy points, and he is very consistent. He is best suited for cash games tonight.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I agree with this.
Pascal Siakam – Pascal Siakam is playing around 25-30 minutes per game for the Toronto Raptors right now. He has over 20 fantasy points in four of his last five games, and over 30 fantasy points in two of those games. Fantasy owners have yet to catch on to the value to be had here. Siakam’s price tag is still low. Roster him as a salary relief option, which will allow for Russell Westbrook to easily slide into most lineups.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Siakam has been playing well recently, and he can be used in all leagues.
Andre Drummond – Andre Drummond continues to dominate this season. The Phoenix Suns are not going to be able to slow him down, so as long as he stays out of foul trouble, Drummond gets the green light. He posted over 70 fantasy points in his last game. Drummond has the ability the double-double twice. In other words, he could easily post over 20 points and 20 rebounds tonight. The Suns will push the pace of this game. Drummond will grab all the extra missed shots and score on offensive put-backs. Roster him.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: It’s hard to avoid Drummond.
Trevor Booker – Trevor Booker’s production relies on his minutes. In his last game, he only saw around 20 minutes on the court. He posted 19.25 fantasy points. The game prior, he saw 30 minutes on the court. He posted 40.75 fantasy points. Booker has the ability to get on a roll early, and if he does, fantasy owners will be thrilled with his production level. He is a little bit of a risk, so roster him in tournaments, but his upside is well worth his low price tag.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Booker makes a great option in GPPs.
Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Bradley Beal – Beal has taken over the Wizards team with John Wall injured. He has the highest usage rating on the team, but it is expected to jump over 35% tonight, which is approaching James Harden level. Beal only scored 21 DK points in his last contests, but he was guarded by Jimmy Butler. He scored 45.75 DK points in his first game without John Wall (most recent injury) before that. He gets an elite matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, who rank 19th against the shooting guard this season. Beal also scored more than 45 DK points against them earlier this season, and he is an elite option.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Bradley Beal is a great option in all leagues.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – There is not a single reason to avoid KCP tonight. He has been locked into big minutes for the Lakers recently, averaging 21.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 steals in 36.5 minutes per game. He has scored at least 27 DK points in seven consecutive games, including five games with at least 30 DK points and two games with 40+ DK points. He gets a fast-paced matchup against the Golden State Warriors in a game that should feature plenty of scoring. KCP is an elite option in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: KCP is a big part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ offense. He should continue to play well.
Harrison Barnes – Simply put, Barnes is a consistent player, who also comes with solid upside. Over the last 10 days, he is averaging 19.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 35.2 minutes per game. He is the focal point of the Mavs team, and he gets an elite matchup against an injured, fast paced Brooklyn Nets team. Barnes still comes with a reasonable price tag, and he is a great option in both cash games and tournaments tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Harrison Barnes is so boring. I like him in cash games.
Bam Adebayo – Adebayo has not seen much action this season, but he has looked great when he has played extended minutes. That will be the case tonight, as Hassan Whiteside is dealing with an injury. In Adebayo’s last game, he scored 19 points with six rebounds, two assists, and one block in only 18 minutes. He was able to score 30.25 DK points in his last game with more than 30 minutes. He is expected to play minutes in the mid-20s tonight, and he’s a great option for a low price tag.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: He does have great upside. Plus, his name is great. Roster him in tournaments.
Joel Embiid – Embiid has come back down to Earth a bit recently, but it is impossible to ignore his upside. Just a few games ago, he scored 46 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, and seven blocks. He’s a versatile option that comes with a high usage rating. He is also playing more than 30 minutes per game now, and he was able to score 40.25 DK points in only 26.6 minutes against the Washington Wizards earlier this season. Embiid is a bit too expensive for cash games, but he is an elite tournament option.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I will never say no to Joel Embiid. Trust the process.
Steven Adams – Adams has quietly been enjoying a good season, averaging 12.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. He has played at least 35 minutes in two of his last three games, scoring 33 and 36 DK points in those games. Tonight, he gets a great matchup against the Orlando Magic, who rank 26th in the NBA against centers. Adams makes a high upside option on this slate tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I’d rather play Booker here.
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