Fantasy Basketball: Daily Dribble 2/01/14
Welcome to the Daily Dribble where we serve up the latest Fantasy Basketball news and insight so you can make BBQ chicken of your competition. We’ll focus on Daily Fantasy Site (DFS) play, but we will sprinkle in some weekly, season long, and/or dynasty/keeper league insight that should help shape your decision making going forward, as well.
Saturday, February 1st
Hopefully the first month of the New Year treated you well as we flip forward to February today. I am not a big fan of February and normally would not mind skipping forward to March, for multiple reasons, including March Madness and Spring Training, which springboard us to Opening Day, the NBA playoffs, and the Masters. Oh well, at least February is the shortest month of the year. Another plus this month is that Draft Kings has announced their $300 Basketball Showcase. The Showcase is a fairly unique tournament that culminates into a two day main event where 40 qualifiers play in Day One on February 26th and the top 10 finishers move on to Day Two (Feb. 28th) for a chance at $50,000 and a WPT Package, a Trip to Vegas or a “mystery prize” (top 3 from Day Two win prizes). I know that got you dreaming didn’t it? In addition DKs Showcase don’t forget about qualifying events for Fanduel’s DFBBC and DraftStreet’s Fantasy Basketball Championship.
In addition to today’s Daily Dribble article look for our Daily League Picks article, which will provide you with tiered recommendations for this evening’s DFS contests, in the NBA articles section on our homepage. And remember, if any of you who read our daily league articles cash and/or win yourself a qualifier feel free to tweet me @FantasyNomad and I would be glad to share your success story in an upcoming Daily Dribble article and on twitter.
I will focus on any injury news that pertains to this evening’s slate of games, but be sure to visit our Player News section to catch up on other injuries and player insight that will give you a head start when it comes to planning future lineups.
Nick Calathes should be in line for an expanded role (and at minimum salary could help you create a star studded lineup tonight), as Mike Conley will miss around four weeks with a badly sprained ankle. (Z-Bo’s actions in the phto above say it all for the Grizzlies who were on a roll and just recently got Marc Gasol back).
Andray Blatche (bruised hip) is questionable and Andrei Kirilenko is OUT for the Nets game against the Pacers. Seeing as the Pacers are one of the best defending teams in the league I could careless about this news as I am staying away from any Nets players this evening.
Demarcus Cousins (ankle) is doubtful for the Kings’ roadgame against the Spurs.
Anthony Davis WILL play tonight against the Bulls after missing the Pelicans last game due to a dislocated finger. Davis is a top three producing fantasy player in season long leagues this year, but if you combine the injury risk with high price and the fact the Bulls frontcourt owns the eighth best defensive efficiency among NBA frontcourts this season fading AD may be worth considering.
Bradley Beal will see increased minutes Saturday against the Thunder. Beal has played around 30-31 minutes in each of his last seven games. Over his last five games Beal is averaging 17 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, and 2.0 spg and went for 43 Fantasy Points the last time he faced OKC.
Anderson Varejao (knee) and Tristan Thompson (ankle) are both expected to take the court against the Rockets in Houston. On a night with 12 games I usually stay away from any player who seems like an injury risk as these two do.
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- Ryan Zimmerman playing LF in his return Saturday
- Jacoby Ellsbury could miss the rest of the season
- Josh McCown expected to miss several weeks
- Jose Fernandez said he was cleared to throw
- Drew Stanton will start Sunday
- Vernon Davis is not practicing Friday
- Arian Foster (hamstring) is questionable Sunday
- Charles is practicing with Chiefs again on Friday
- Cecil Shorts will play on Sunday
- Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday
@Yazzer19 understandable but I'd go Bradshaw/Gerhart He & C.Shorts' health has improved, matchup is at home & favorable for a Breakout wk