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Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: NBA DFS Must-Starts for Each Position December 30

Tyler Condit@@tylerconditFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2015

Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston (34) in action against Utah Jazz's Trey Burke during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 103-85. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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There are only 16 games before the ball drops in Times Square. That means there's no time to waste on silly introductions. Let's jump right into the value plays at each position.

Point Guard: Shaun Livingston ($3,500) @ Mavericks

Last night, reports came out that Steph Curry missed practice, and Luke Walton said he might be held out of the next two games with an injured leg, per Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group. If Steph misses tomorrow night's game in Dallas, and Leandro Barbosa and Harrison Barnes remain inactive, the Warriors will only suit up eight guys. 

Shaun Livingston is already playing extended minutes in the absence of Harrison Barnes. He's been the next man up in the Warriors' "small-ball lineup of death." However, if Curry is ruled out, Livingston should play at least 35 minutes. That allows for an incredibly high ceiling for the lengthy point guard with terrific passing, rebounding and back-to-the-basket skills. 

Others: Patty Mills ($3,800) and Tony Parker ($5,000) vs. Suns, Chris Paul ($9,200) @ Hornets, Ish Smith ($5,600) @ Kings, Ian Clark ($3,000) @ Mavericks

Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson ($7,400) @ Mavericks

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Last season, Steph Curry missed just one game that Klay played in. What happened? Per Statmuse, Klay took 28 shots, including 13 threes, and tallied 39 points in a road loss to the Pacers.

Mark my words: Thompson will play 40 minutes for a decimated Warriors roster and shoot 20 times minimum. The star shooting guard is having a great month, averaging 25.8 points on just 17.8 attempts per game, per Statmuse

He also plays well historically against Wes Matthews. According to Statmuse, In his past seven games against Matthews, Thompson has averaged over 24 points and just under three triples per game.

Others: DeMar DeRozan ($7,600) vs. Wizards, Will Barton ($7,100) @ Blazers, Wesley Matthews ($5,000) vs. Warriors, Allen Crabbe ($4,800) vs. Nuggets, Devin Booker ($3,900) @ Spurs

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons ($5,600) vs. Warriors

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Per RotoGrinders, the Warriors are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards over the past three weeks. Heck, Omri Casspi just hit seven three-pointers in the first half against this team.

Parsons should get plenty of quality looks against a depleted roster that will still look to push the pace. The Warriors rank second in the league in possessions per 48 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference. Look for the lengthy former second-round pick to thrive in an uptempo contest in Dallas.

Others: Paul George ($8,700) @ Bulls, Rudy Gay ($6,900) and Omri Casspi ($6,200) vs. Sixers, Paul Pierce ($3,800) @ Hornets, Andre Iguodala ($5,000) @ Mavericks

Power Forward: DeMarcus Cousins ($10,000) vs. Sixers

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Cousins eats the Sixers alive! Check out his last two seasons in this amazing graph from Statmuse:

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The big man averaged a whopping 74.1 fantasy points in his two games against Philly last season. Holy moly! The Sixers haven't done a great job stopping opposing power forwards so far this season. Per DraftKings, they're dead last. Cousins could pick up a double-double in the first quarter, so long as he stays out of foul trouble and keeps his cool like he couldn't do on Monday in Oracle.

Others: Draymond Green ($9,300) @ Mavericks, Nerlens Noel ($5,900) @ Kings, Taj Gibson ($5,500) vs. Pacers, Amir Johnson ($4,600) vs. Lakers

Center: DeAndre Jordan ($7,500) @ Hornets

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The Clippers aren't better when Blake Griffin is out, but DeAndre Jordan clearly enjoys playing without the All-Star power forward. Check out his splits with and without Blake over the past two seasons. 

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Jordan's points and rebounds both increased in Griffin's absence last season, and his field goal percentage hardly suffered. If I can afford him, I'll be looking to play Jordan until Blake returns or DeAndre's price fully adjusts.

Others: Pau Gasol ($7,800) vs. Pacers, Jared Sullinger ($5,800) and Kelly Olynyk ($5,200) vs. Lakers, Nikola Jokic ($4,700) @ Blazers, Meyers Leonard ($4,000) vs. Nuggets, Jeff Withey ($3,500) @ Timberwolves, Andrew Bogut ($4,400) @ Mavericks


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