Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays for Saturday (2-22-14)
I break down players into three groups: Cheap Plays, Mid-Tier Values, and Expensive Plays. The cheap plays are players that are low in price, but offer high upside, the mid-tier value plays are players that will exceed their value, and the expensive plays are players who cost a lot, but should carry lineups with big fantasy numbers.
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*Fantasy Points (FP) are based on DraftKings scoring system.
Brian Roberts PG/SG, NOP- Dude just keeps on producing, but keeps dropping in price. He has scored 28 or more FPs in six out of the last seven games. He won’t do anything amazing, but is consistent and doesn’t cost a lot.
Shelvin Mack PG, Atl- It is looking like Jeff Teague will miss tonight’s game and if that is the case, then “Smack” is a fantastic value play. He had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assist in 38 minutes last night with Teague out of the lineup. If he gets the start then he is a must play on DS where his price tag is only $6,063.
Gerald Wallace SF/PF, Bos- Is one of my favorite cheap plays because he will get close to 40 minutes of playing time with Rajon Rondo out and destroyed Sacramento for 8 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assist, 2 steals, and a block in their last matchup. Also, he has three or more steals in three of the last four games. A lot of good reasons to feel confident starting Wallace, besides the cap relief.
Enes Kanter C, Utah- If Derrick Favors misses tonight’s game, then Kanter becomes a great start. He is averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds in the last two games. Also, he has a great matchup vs Minnesota, who give up big games to centers because they are missing Nikola Pekovic and Ronny Turiaf.
Mid-Tier Value Plays
Gordon Hayward SG/SF, Utah- Has been playing some great basketball recently by producing 38+ FPs in four of the last five games. He had a monster game vs Minnesota earlier this season with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 asssist, and 3 steals (46 FPs). Solid mid-range play that will produce big fantasy numbers.
Zach Randolph PF, Mem- It amazes me how cheap he is on Draftstreet ($13,846) because he is a double-double machine and averages almost 30 FPs per game on DS. It is going to be a defensive battle, which is great for Z-Bo because it will be a slower pace game which will lead to more touches and rebounding opportunities. Feel confident starting Z-Bo tonight.
Deron Williams PG, BKN- A player that is a lot harder to trust, but has major boom potential tonight vs Golden State. I would use him in GPPs as he could go for 40+ FPs in a high scoring game, but is not the most consistent player in terms of consistently producing big numbers.
Marcin Gortat C, Wsh- New Orleans is brutal vs opposing centers, Gortat has produced 34+ FPs in two straight games, and his price tag is lower than it should be. Those are the reason why I like him tonight.
Another player that makes for a solid value play is Brandon Knight, who has 7 straight games with 32+ FPs.
Carmelo Anthony SF/PF, NYN- The smooth shooter as been in the zone by scoring 42+ points in two straight games. He should have another huge game vs Atlanta tonight.
DeMarcus Cousins PF/C, Sac- It is so tempting to play DMC tonight because he demolished the Boston frontcourt for 57 FPs in their last meeting. It is risky considering he missed the last game with a hip injury, but has practiced fully the last two days. I believe he will play around 36 minutes and produce close to 50 FPs.
John Wall PG, Wsh- Gets a juicy matchup vs Brian Roberts and the Pelicans tonight. This is a home game which is crucial for Wall because he averages almost 8 more FPs at home than on the road. I believe he will easily reach 45 FPs with the possibility of booming for more. That production is hard to pass up.
Good luck tonight and feel free to hit me up with ANY fantasy basketball question on twitter @datrueguru .
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