Daily fantasy basketball: Hassan Whiteside can give you the edge tonight

Daily fantasy basketball: Hassan Whiteside can give you the edge tonight

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Daily fantasy basketball: Hassan Whiteside can give you the edge tonight

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(Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, anyone can play Anthony Davis ($9,400; 18.8% of your cap) and LeBron James ($9,100; 18.2%) in good matchups and win a daily game due to a 70-point outburst. Most of the time, it's the supporting cast who gives you the edge.

It's players like Nicolas Batum ($5,400; 10.8%), who has put up 42.9 FantasyScore points the past two games after disappointing for much of the season. With Wesley Matthews (Achilles') done for the season, the team will need him to keep up that type of production. He has a decent matchup to do so against Minnesota.

Build your bank playing the hardcourt.

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Kenneth Faried ($5,200; 10.4%) has returned to relevance after the team shifted him to center a few days ago. His outputs on FantasyScore were 35, 45 and 37, respectively, the last three games. He's a roll of the dice.

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C Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings
$8,100 salary | 16.2% of cap

Erik Spoelstra irked fantasy owners when he benched Whiteside Friday night, leading to a miserable 14.5-point showing on FantasyScore. The benching isn't expected to bleed over into Saturday. Whiteside is averaging 42.3 fantasy points the last five games before yesterday. Sacramento is in the lower third of the league in the last 10 games at defending the center spot.

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F Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets
$4,800 salary | 9.6% of cap

When looking at Jones' FantasyScore player profile, you'll see a lot of 30-fantasy point performances the last 10 games. Seven of the last nine touched 30, and two of them reached 40. The icing on top is he's playing against a big-man haven in the Denver Nuggets, who have struggled against opposing frontcourts all season. Jones is an elite midrange forward to use Saturday.

G George Hill, Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

Hill is on a binge, with 35.9 fantasy points per game the last five games, including a 50.5-point aberration and a valley of 23.3 against Chicago Friday. He put up 35.3 against these Knicks Wednesday and is a choice the rest of the field may overlook.

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G Arron Afflalo, Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves
$4,000 salary | 8.0% of cap

With Matthews out, Afflalo will likely step into the starting five. He hasn't done much since his trade from Denver, but he's a sharpshooter and worth the speculative flyer. The matchup is decent, and his increased minutes could inspire more than the 14 fantasy points he has averaged the last five.

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Bench

C Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

Dieng came out with a bang when Nikola Pekovic went down, but he has really cooled off the last couple of months. Pekovic is limited by an ankle injury, but Dieng hasn't stepped up despite the increased playing time. He's averaging 21.6 fantasy points per game in his last five. He has a tough draw Saturday, so we'd look for more upside elsewhere.

HoopsHype and USA TODAY Fantasy Sports offer daily fantasy basketball advice throughout the 2014-15 season. Play for free or for prizes at FantasyScore today.

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