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.
Monday, February 3rd
Good Morning everyone. First off what a turrible Super Bowl, even the commercials were as bad as the Broncos. Ok, maybe not that bad. Well at least it is a new week of Daily Fantasy Basketball and after just one game on Sunday (and plenty of sleep last night as you probably turned in early if you were watching the Super Bowl) you should be refreshed and ready to hopefully score more than the Broncos did. Speaking of scoring, DraftStreet opened up registration for their Wednesday’s $150,000 NBA Big Score, and at a very affordable $22 entry fee at that. First place in the Big Score is $50,000 and it pays out top 1,000 spots. I know that got you dreaming didn’t it? Also, do not forget about DKs Showcase, Fanduel’s DFBBC and DraftStreet’s other big contest, the Fantasy Basketball Championship.
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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.
Mike Conley, as you already know, will miss at least one week with Grade 2 ankle sprain. Nick Calathes started and beasted in his first game replacing Conley in the starting lineup as he posted career-highs of 22 points, five rebounds, and 40 minutes of playing time. Calathes price tag is still reasonably inexpensive on most sites and he will face an OKC team tonight that is allowing the second most fantasy points to point guards over the last 15 days.
Ty Lawson participated in a largely non-contact practice Sunday and said he will be back in uniform Monday when the Nuggets host the Los Angeles Clippers. "I have a better range of motion," said Lawson, who's recovering from a strained rotator cuff. "Only a couple of things are limiting me right now, but other than that everything is cool.” Probably not “cool” enough to risk rostering him tonight.
Jameer Nelson is OUT for Monday’s game against the Pacers, (he could be back for the Magic’s next game on Wednesday as the Pistons come to town). Victor Oladipo played a team-high 38 minutes Sunday while E’Twaun Moore played just 10 minutes as Oladipo’s backup. I see Moore getting a little more run tonight as it is the Magic’s second game in as many nights, but not enough to stymie Oladipo’s value, nor enough to warrant considering Moore as a sleeper option this evening.
Shawn Marion (shoulder) is questionable (seems more doubtful to me) for tonight’s matchup again Cleveland. Jae Crowder started and played 30 minutes in the Mavs last game finishing with six points (3-for-8 shooting), six boards, three assists, two steals, and no turnovers, which was good for almost 30 fantasy points on DFS that do not subtract for missed shots.
Anderson Varejao (knee) is a game-time decision tonight against the Mavs. If Varejao sits Tyler Zeller would likely start, but the matchup against the Mavs is not a good one on paper as they are sixth in the NBA in defensive efficiency against opposing centers this season.
Other Player News
Bradley Beal logged 34 minutes on Saturday finishing with just seven points, one rebound, four assists, and two turnovers against OKC. Beal said he is in shape and felt fine after Saturday’s game despite a poor shooting performance of 3-for-12 from the field. Beal will face a Trail Blazers team who present a more difficult matchup then the Thunder as they own the sixth best defensive efficiency rating against opposing shooting guards on the season.
Trey Burke seems to have hit the proverbial Rookie Wall as he has failed to reach double figures in points in five out of his last six games.
Jarrett Jack started in the Cavs last game along side Kyrie Irving, with C.J. Miles moving to the bench. Jack played 31 minutes and reached double-digit fantasy points for the fifth time in six games. Jack is likely to start again tonight against Dallas and is worth considering using in your GPP contests as he comes at or around minimum salary.
Arron Afflalo stepped up in the absence of Jameer Nelson as he finished with a team-high 18 points, to go with three rebounds, four assists, and three turnovers, but tonight's matchup is against the Pacers so fading him in DFS play looks like the wise choice.
DeAndre Jordan extended his streak of double-digit rebounds to 27 consecutive games, which dates back to December 12th, a streak that should continue tonight against a Nuggets team who is in the top 10 in opponents rebounding percentage on the season.
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- Reggie Wayne could miss one or two games
- Michael Morse will be the DH in Game 1
- Jadeveon Clowney will not play on Monday
- Rams waived WR Austin Pettis
- Usama Young has a torn ACL and MCL
- Clowney is very unlikely to play Monday
- Wayne will undergo an MRI on his elbow
- A.J. Green (toe) is making progress
- Colt McCoy will start this week
- Calvin Johnson will travel with the Lions