Fantasy Basketball: Daily Dribble 2/05/14
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.
Wednesday, February 5th
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Look forward to battling it out with for “Crown and the Cash” in DraftStreet $150,000 NBA Big Score. Hopefully today’s Daily Dribble helps you as you get ready to construct your team(s) this evening and do not forget to check back at 5pm 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. Speaking of which, congrats to @mnorrad for locking up a seat in the DFBBC last night as he finished first in a $2 qualifier.
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.
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. Many of these injuries you may already know about but it makes a good segue into some player recommendations and minutes watch insight.
Jodie Meeks (ankle) is OUT and Steve Blake (eardrum) is probable. Kendall Marshall was demoted to reserve role with the return of Steve Nash and Steve Blake, who both started alongside Jodie Meeks as the Lakers went with a smaller starting lineup with Pau Gasol out last night. Marshall played only 21 minutes, the same total of minutes as Manny Harris whom the Lakers said they will not resign when his 10 day contract is up. How is that for a sign of respect for the way Marshall played while the veterans were out. Marshall may see a few more minutes tonight with Meeks out and Nash having to play his second game in as many nights after his first game back, but I wouldn’t put my money on it in a daily league contest.
Pau Gasol (groin) is OUT and Jordan Hill (head) is questionable. Robert Sacre led the Lakers centers in minutes last night at 31 and had a respectable line, at least for him, as he had 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Chris Kaman played 17 minutes and had nine points on on 2 of 6 shooting with three boards, an assist, a steal, and a block. The Kavman has more upside than Sacre, but again trying to project Mike D’Antoni’s dispersal of minutes is tougher to figure out then the trade rumors surrounding Pau Gasol.
Mike Conley (ankle) is OUT. Nick Calathes is averaging 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and almost two steals per game in his two starts since Conley went down. Another bonus, Calathes price tag has not changed much so you can still get him at a hefty discount at DraftStreet.
Kevin Love (back) is probable and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is OUT. Love said after Monday’s game that his hip was on fire but he will put some ice on it and see how it feels tomorrow. He seemed optimistic that he would play tonight in Oklahoma. Ronny Turiaf has not done much in his four starts since Pek went out, even at a near min. salary, to warrant rostering him. You may be better off rolling the dice with Chirs Kaman or Robert Sacre over Turiaf if you are desperate to save some salary.
Update: Corey Brewer is OUT tonight following the birth of his son. Chase Budinger would likely slide into the TWolves starting lineup, which may be even more reason to spend on Kevin Durant tonight (like you need any more reasons). Update: Budinger is not starting tonight.
Caron Butler (ankle) and O.J. Mayo are OUT The Alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo should see some extra minutes, but the enticing, but risky player who could benefit fantasy owners more is Khris Middleton who is averaging 15.5 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 28.5 mpg over his last two games, including draining 7 of his last 10 triples.
John Henson (wrist) is expected to play, but projecting his minutes will be too risky as he will come off the bench behind Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders, and now has a healthy Zaza Pachulia to contend with for minutes as well.
Pero Antic is out and it is Mike Scott who has been a beast lately, (for more info check out the forwards section of this week’s Waiver Wire article), not Gustavo Ayon (no surprise if you’ve been reading my stuff since Al Horford went down).
Nate Robinson, as you know is out for the year, but any hopes of Evan Fournier being a sleeper, at least with Ty Lawson back in the lineup, went out the window after Fournier played only nine minutes in the Nuggets last game on Monday.
Tyreke Evans (ribs) did not return after injuring his ribs in Monday’s game, but according to the The Times-Picayune Greater New Orleans News Evans is not listed on the injury report for tonight's game in New Orleans against the Hawks, either way I’m avoiding the risk with Evans and any other Pelicans player not named Anthony Davis (four straight game with four or more blocks).
Jameer Nelson (knee) is “almost certain to play” tonight after missing the last two games as the Magic host the Pistons this evening. The matchup is tasty, but the injury risk is not.
Manu Ginobili (hamstring) and Kawhi Leonard (hand) are OUT. Danny Green returned, started, and played 30 minutes, but unfortunately did not find his shot while he was sidelined as his struggles from the field continued making just one of his seven attempts from the field, including 1-for-5 from downtown.
Kyle Lowry (knee) is expected to start tonight, despite still being sore, against the Kings making him a high risk/high reward option this evening.
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