There are plenty of great plays tonight even with four games on the schedule. I break down the players I like by "Tiers" that are based on a players cost. The lower the tier, the cheaper that player is. While the cost of players does flutctuate from each site, they are pretty close to the same value across the board.
Tonight is the appitizer for the 150K Big Shot NBA tournament at DraftStreet tomorrow night. It only costs $22 to enter with the top prize being $50,000. I will have a few entries in the tournament so hoping for the best (my DS name is Forsportz). Here are the rest of the details including a link to join the contest:
1. $150,000 prize pool.
2. Top 1,000 paid.
3. 1st place wins $50,000
4. $22 Entry Fee. 7,500 max entries.
5. Starts on Wednesday, 2/5 at 7:00 EST.
6. First time depositors at DraftStreet receive a 100% bonus up to $200
Low-Tier Plays (FPTs stands for fantasy points based on DraftKings scoring system)
Ryan Kelly PF, LAL- He has a great chance to thrive tonight vs Minnesota. He has played 30 or more minutes in six of the last nine games while averaging 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, & 1 block in those six games. The Lakers will be without Pau Gasol tonight so Kelly should get well over 30 minutes of playing time. The price tag makes him a great option as he is dirt cheap on DKs($3,600) and only $8,315 on DS.
Ronny Turiaf C, Min- Has played well filling in for Nikola Pekovic by averaging 27 minutes, 7.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.25 blocks in the last four games. He makes a great option at the center position as long as Pekovic is out.
Corey Brewer SF, Min- He makes for a solid SF option tonight as he has averaged 11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 1 block, and 2.5 steals vs the Lakers this season (24 FPTs). That is solid value for a player that is cheap on all sites.
Andre Iguodala SF, GSW- I usually try to stay away from “Iggy” as he is very inconsistent, but tonight he faces the Bobcats, who have given up huge games to Small Forwards. Also, he has had great success (Borat voice) vs Charlotte by averaging 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5.9 assist, & 2 steals in 12 career games vs them (34 FPTs). I will be using him in most lineups tonight.
Ricky Rubio PG, Min- Another player that is hard trust, but his price and potential for production, make him a great play. He has averaged nearly a triple double vs the Lakers this season (9 points, 8 rebounds, 10.5 assist, & 3 steals in two games) and he won’t cost much on most sites.
Jeff Teague PG, Atl- Has averaged 15.5 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assist in two games since returning from an injury. Indiana is a great defensive team, but they struggle vs point guards. He is only $12,181 on DraftStreet and about average cost on other sites.
Roy Hibbert C, Ind- This is more of a gut call as Atlanta has really struggled vs Centers since Al Horford went down. Hibbert will be matched up with Gustavo Ayon at center and he is brutal. If this game remains close then Hibbert should produce a double-double with a couple of blocks.
Kevin Love PF, Min- He is the most expensive player tonight and for good reason as he has torched the Lakers this season by averaging 25 points,13 rebounds,3 assist, and 3 3PM made in 2 games (50 FPTs). This game should remain close and Love should rack up the fantasy points. This is another game where K-Love could bust through with 60+ FPTs.
Stephen Curry PG, GSW- I am worried this game will be a blowout which would hinder his production. However, Curry is in line for a huge game and should end up as the second best fantasy producer tonight. He had a monster 43 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assist, and 2 blocks in 45 minutes in his only meeting vs the Bobcats this season. This game could be a lot closer if Kemba Walker comes back tonight. Also, it helps that he is less expensive than Kevin Love.
Lance Stephenson SG, Ind- “Born Ready” has been a tear recently by posting 42 or more FPTs in five out of the last six games. Expect another great performance as Kyle Korver will not be able to slow down Stephenson. He will produce elite numbers without costing elite value.
Andrew Bogut/David Lee C/PF, GSW- I am skeptical about David Lee’s shoulder, but if he plays, then he should have a great game as Charlotte will not be able to stop him. However, I will be fading him. Bogut on the other hand, makes for a great play as he has been awesome recently by averaging 15 points, 17 rebounds, 2.5 assist, & 3 blocks in the last two games. He becomes a must-start if David Lee sits.
Al Jefferson C, Cha- Fading Al-J tonight as he will likely be doubled team a lot and Bogut will be guarding him all night. Also, he only had 11 points & 9 rebounds last time he faced Golden State. He is expensive and not worth the money so go with another option at center tonight.
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