My top five Stone Cold Locks On Fanduel

Four Game Slate:


Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers, 8 PM ET

Washington Wizards @ Phoenix Suns, 9 PM ET

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Brooklyn Nets, 10 PM ET from Mexico City, Mexico

Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz, 10:30 PM ET



  1. Tyler Ulis, 4.9K, Point Guard: With Devin Booker out 2-4 weeks with a groin strain, Ulis’ usage goes up nearly 5% and at his price it’s a lock and load for me. His current usage is 18.9%.  It will go up to about 24% versus the Washington Wizards with no John Wall so he could be in for a good game. The Wizards this season against point guards give up 43.8 Fanduel points.


Fanduel Point Prediction: 25-35 FD points

Safe for GPP only but could use in cash if you wanted.



2. James Harden, 11.5K, Shooting Guard: It’s a four game slate and Harden is one of very few “stars” on this slate plus he’s always nearly a lock for me. His price is high, but his floor this season is about 40-45.  His lowest score came back in the fourth game of the season against Memphis where he only got 36 Fanduel points. His FD average over the last ten games is 56.48 so you can’t go wrong with Harden ever even with Chris Paul as his usage is still high.  However, Utah in the last five games as only allowed 38.9 Fanduel points. The Jazz have been playing well lately and the fact they’re at home Harden might have a hard time getting to 50.


Fanduel Point Prediction: 50-55 FD points

Safe for GPPs and Cash games.

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3. Russell Westbrook, 11.5K, Point Guard: Westbrook is another of these stars that should be a lock and load. He’s clearly not the same Westbrook from last season because of the additions of Paul George and old man Carmelo Anthony. The usage has gone down a bit, but it’s still 33.3% which is pretty good. He's still going to fill the stat sheet like he does most nights. He’s the same price as Harden so pick one and build around.


Fanduel Point Prediction: 60-65

Safe for GPPs and Cash games.

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4. Joel Embiid, 10.8K, Center: Last month against the Lakers in LA, Embiid had a career high in points with 46 points. He also had 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks for a total of 93.5 Fanduel points. This time the game is back home in Philadelphia and on TNT, so what will he do tonight? He will get you the points, rebounds and blocks. His usage is 33.3%.


Fanduel Point Prediction: 45-50

Safe for GPPs and Cash games.



5. Ben Simmons, 10.5K, Point Guard but PF on Fanduel: If you wanted to fade Westbrook and Harden and stack the Lakers/76ers game by using the two 76ers players that’s fine. Simmons has been the best rookie this season. He fills the stat sheet. His floor his about 40 and his ceiling is probably like 60-70. His usage is only 24.3%, but as I said, he does other things on the court, so he doesn’t need to score a lot of points every night even though he’s capable of it.


Fanduel Point Prediction: 45-55

Safe for GPPs and Cash games.

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This has both Simmons and Embiid usage.


These are my lock and loads. Everybody is different on a short game slate like this, but there’s no reason not to have at least two of the guys I mention. Another name I like that I didn’t mention is Bradley Beal. His usage without John Wall is great.



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