Tonight and tomorrow are great times to play daily fantasy basketball as the All-Star break is quickly approaching and that means daily fantasy basketball will be on a hiatus for almost a week (Sigh). Below are players I like tonight based on value, production, and matchups. The cheap plays are players who should exceed their value while not costing a lot, the mid-tier group are players that should produce big numbers while not breaking the bank, and the expensive players are high priced players who are worth every penny.
Draftkings has a $15K Pick and Roll Guaranteed tournament tonight at $12 per entry with first place winning $1,750 and the top 275 finishers getting paid. They are also running daily satellites to their two-day $300,000K Fantasy Basketball Showcase on February 26th and 28th.
You have one more night to play in qualifiers for DraftStreet’s NBA $50K tournament, which goes live Wednesday night.
- $50,000 prize pool.
- Top 300 paid.
- 1st place wins $10,000
- $22 Entry Fee. 2,500 max entries.
- For the games on Wednesday.
- First time depositors at DraftStreet receive a 100% bonus up to $200
*Fantasy Points (FPTs) are based on DraftKings scoring system (1 point, 1.25 rebound, 1.5 assist, 2 block/steal, 0.5 3PM, -0.5 TO, 1.5 DD)
Chris Kaman C, LAL- The price difference for him is crazy as he is $13,092 on DraftStreet (DS) but only 4,800 on DraftKings(DK). He is must-start on DK as “The Caveman” has averaged 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assist, 2.5 blocks, and 18.5 FGA in the last two games. Also, he demolished the Jazz earlier this season with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Think his price is a little high on DS, but is a great play on DraftKings.
Richard Jefferson SF/ Enes Kanter C, Utah- Kanter has really struggled recently but did have 16 points & 10 rebounds last time he faced the Lakers. If you need a cheap option at center then Kanter is your man. Jefferson has been playing pretty well as of late and a big reason for that is the increase in his playing time. He has played 27 or more minutes in 3 of the last 4 games, he is averaging 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assist, and 1 steal in those three games. Also, he is averaging 24 fantasy points vs the Lakers this season.
C.J. Miles- Is more of a boom/bust type of play for GPP tournaments. He is cheap on all sites. The Cavaliers are desperate for scoring so Miles could see an increase in shots. If he sits, then bump up Dion Waiters, who has averaged 35 fantasy points (FPTs) in the last two games.
Mid- Tier Players
Steve Blake G, LAL- Even with Steve Nash playing, Blake should have a great game tonight. He is averaging 38.6 minutes in the last three games while being a great source for assists and three pointers made. Blake is in line for another solid game as he should reach 30 FPTs with the chance to boom for 40+ FPTs.
Kemba Walker SG, Cha- Is one of my favorites plays tonight as he will have a huge game vs Dallas and is still cheap for his standards. He played 40 minutes last game which means he is over his ankle injury. Dallas is brutal guarding point guards because Jose Calderon is a horrible defender. Kemba had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assist in his only meeting vs Dallas this season. His line will look similar to that, but he will likely score closer to 24 points and flirt with 40 FPTs.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF, Utah- Finally had a good game by producing 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 11 assist vs the Heat on Saturday. He isn’t that expensive ( $7,000 on DK and $13,047 on DS) on most sites and has demolished the Lakers this season by averaging 23 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.5 assist, and 2.5 steal per game in two meetings. It will be tough leaving him out of lineups tonight.
Marvin Williams SF/PF, Utah- Yes, I like a lot of players in the Utah/Lakers game but that is because both teams are terrible defensive squads. Williams is averaging 33.5 FPTs over his last five games and is averaging 29 FPTs in two games vs the Lakers this season. It isn't the safest play, but could turn out to be a great play.
Taj Gibson PF, Chi- Makes for great play IF Carlos Boozer is out.
Also like Wesley Johnson, Nick Calathes, Isaiah Thomas .
Kevin Durant SF/PF, OKC- DUH! The best player in the league is the most expensive, yet, he should be targeted in GPP games. Durantula has averaged 38.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assist per game in three games vs Portland this season (56.3 FPTs). Don’t need much more convincing for him.
Joakim Noah C, Chi- Atlanta is without a true center so Noah has chance for another monster game. He has been a man on mission recently by averaging 44 FPTs in his last nine games (excluding his one bad game vs Sacramento because he got ejected and played only 19 minutes). The price is a little high for him, but he is consistent and should exceed 40 FPTs tonight.
Goran Dragic PG, PHX- I am not using him tonight because I would rather spend less money on Kemba and I.Thomas. However, Dragic deserves to be mentioned as he has scored 23 or more points in seven straight games and has a decent matchup vs Miami. I would rather spend my money on Dragic than John Wall, who is more expensive than Dragic.
Al Jefferson PF/C. Cha- Al-J is another obvious choice here as he has produced 54+ FPTs in five out of the last six games. The Mavericks give up big numbers to opposing centers. He makes for a great play as he should easily reach 40 FPTs with a good chance to surpass 50 FPTs.
Before I get to today’s news I have something for those of you who play fantasy baseball, which should help you rid yourself of any Monday blues, and that is the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Baseball Draft Guide. It is 200 pages of information that will arm you with the insight to help you dominate the competition in the coming season whether it be in season long, dynasty/keeper leagues, and/or daily league play. Just click on the blue link for more information and to get your copy.