NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 12/17/2021

Devon Platana
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 12/17/21, including Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk and Rudy Gobert.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 12/17/21, including Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk and Rudy Gobert. / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

The 2021-22 NBA season is in full swing. If you need some advice on your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

NBA DFS 12/17/2021

Without further adieu, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Friday, 12/17, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 12/17

Jayson Tatum Fantasy

Target Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics ($9,600): Jayson Tatum has been putting together his best NBA campaign to date, averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He's also been putting up 44.6 fantasy points per game — the 11th-best overage. The Celtics will heavily lean on Tatum tonight with three of their big men being sidelined due to COVID-19. With Tatum needing to be at the top of his game to help Boston keep up with the Golden State Warriors, he's a no-brainer DFS pick.

Rudy Robert Fantasy

Target Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz ($9,100): There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and Rudy Gobert being the best rebounder in the NBA. The "Stifle Tower" leads the NBA with 14.7 rebounds per game and has had at least 17 in three of his last five games. Not only that but he's also been involved in the offense more, having back-to-back outings of at least 20 points. With Gobert facing a San Antoion Spurs team surrendering the 14th-most rebounds, it could be another big fantasy night for him.

Malik Monk Fantasy

Target Malik Monk, SG, Los Angeles Lakers ($4,500): COVID-19 has depleted the Lakers starting lineup for Friday. Fortunately, Malik Monk has been cleared to play and could wind up seeing a lot of playing time. While he's finished with single-digit point totals in his last three outings, he's also finished with at least 29.0 fantasy points in five of his last 10 games. Considering that the Lakers are missing a decent portion of their backcourt, Monk figures to be a steal at his current price.

Khris Middleton Fantasy

Avoid Khris Middleton, SF/SG, Milwaukee Bucks ($7,700): A hyperextended knee sidelined Khris Middleton from Wednesday's game, but he's expected to play tonight against the Pelicans. Even though New Orleans has been one of the worst squads this season, the team is listed as the sixth-tough opponent for wing players. With Giannis Antetokounmpo being out with COVID-19 as well, the Bucks may ask a lot from Middleton in his return. Knee injuries aren't anything to mess with and asking him to do too much could cause re-injury. That makes him too risky of a pick tonight.

Stephen Curry Fantasy

Avoid Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors ($9,900): While Stephen Curry began the 2021-22 NBA season on an absolute tear, he's slowed down as of late, scoring 22 or fewer points in four of his last five games. That's translated to him scoring below his average of 45.7 fantasy points in four straight contests. The Warriors offense as a whole has struggled lately and has averaged the fifth-worst PPG over their last three contests. Even though Curry can explode at a moment's notice, his $9,900 price tag seems a bit too high for how he's played lately.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 12/17

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 12/17: 

PG: Rajon Rondo ($3,500)
PG: Kyle Lowry ($7,000)
SG: Malik Monk ($4,500)
SG: Dillon Brooks ($6,200)
SF: Harrison Barnes ($5,700)
SF: Jayson Tatum ($9,600)
PF: Draymond Green ($7,000)
PF: John Collins ($7,400) 
C: Rudy Gobert ($9,100)

Remaining Salary: $0

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.