Daily Fantasy Basketball Du-Rant
The Daily Fantasy Basketball Du-Rant provides you daily recommendations in a four tiered format, with specific targets for GPP tournaments (Guaranteed Prize Payout tournaments) and separate players that may be more geared towards Double Up (DU) contests. It does not mean they are only worth playing in said format, just that I like them in that type of format a little more. (Since there are only five games this evening will skip separating the picks into GPP/DU segments and just provide you with some players that have the potential to meet or exceed their value tonight).
For those of you checking out my recommendations for the first time, I group the players in A,B,C,D Tiers as a play on the old A,B,C,D basketball camps and as an easy way to distinguish player tiers. (All prices are according to Draft Street). If you have any specific questions post them in the comments section and I will answer them asap or send me a tweet by clicking on my twitter handle at the top of this article. To see who is starting each night visit our NBA Lineups Page
A-All Star priced players that should put up All Star stats today (target 35+ FP, $16,000-on up).
Kevin Durant (22.8%) I know this is a no-brainer as Durant would not be the highest priced player if he were not worth owning, but because of the huge price tag many owners may shy away from him. I’m not sure you need any more convincing to realize that the front-runner for this year’s MVP award is worth owning, but Corey Brewer will miss tonight’s game thus Durant may end up with robo knees, Chase Budinger, guarding him this evening, which probably has you drooling right now.
Blake Griffin (18.1%) is coming off a 50-plus burger in his last game and has exceeded 30-plus FP in all but one game since the sixth of January, including 35-plus in three of his last four games. Griffin averages a couple more FP per game at home and is facing a Miami Heat team whom he scored 40-plus FP on in their last meeting.
B-rated Ballers: Big name players with big games, but not as high of a price tag as the top five or so priced players at each position (around 30 FP, $12,000-$16,000).
Kyrie Irving (15%) well all know that the Lakers blow and they will be even worse on defense now that soon to be 40-year old Steve Nash is back in the starting lineup. Irving has exceeded 30-plus FP in four of his last five games and has scored 20-plus points in each of his last five games. Add in that Irving is averaging almost 10 more FP per game at home this season at 34.35 then he has on the road (25.6 FP).
Evan Turner (13.4%) struggles against the good teams at times, but luckily he and the 76ers are not playing a very good team tonight, especially when it comes to guarding opposing small forwards of late. Turner scored 33 FP against Boston just four games ago and Jeff Green and the Celtics are allowing the ninth most FP to opposing small forwards over the last 15 days. There is also not much discrepancy in Turner’s production at home or on the road and he is about 6-7 hundred dollars cheaper than his teammate Thaddeus Young who did not fair as well as Turner did the teams prior game against the C’s.
JJ Hickson (12.3%) has posted back-to-back 36-plus FP performances and is facing a Bucks team who are allowing the second most FP to opposing centers over the last 15 days. The Bucks are also allowing opponents to rebound at a 45.7% clip per game, which is the third highest total in the NBA this season. Hickson has reached double-digit rebounds in each of his last two games and four of his last five. Kenneth Faried is also in play tonight but he is only $200 cheaper than Hickson and I see Hickson as the safer more consistent option of the two.
C-as in players that COULD be in line to provide you with good to great value in the mid-tier price range (target 25+ FP, $8,000-$12,000).
Ryan Kelly (8.3%) will likely be a very popular sleeper pick tonight, especially if Jordan Hill (head) is out. At the moment this went to press Hill was a game-time decision. Kelly has been starting, but not necessarily playing starter minutes, which obviously would change if he does not have to compete with Hill for playing time. Let’s just hope Kelly shots better than the 2-for-11 that he posted last night.
Mike Scott (8.9%) is another player whose price tag has not caught up to his production. All Scott has done is score in double figures in every game he has played since January 8th. Scott has stepped up his overall production of late, as well, as he is averaging about 16 points, one made 3-pointer, near seven rebounds, and over two assists over his last four games while exceeding 20-plus FP in each of those games. Hopefully this streak continues tonight as I’m sure not too many people will looking to roster him this evening against the Hornets.
Jeff Green (9.3%) price tag has depreciated of late and at this price tag he would have to score about 23 FP to reach value. Green finished with 18 points on 5 of 13 shooting from the field with six rebounds, four assists, and three turnovers in the one versus Philly who are allowing the second most FP to opposing small forwards over the last 15 days.
Nick Calathes (8.7%) is averaging 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and almost two steals per game in his two starts since Conley went down. The game is in Memphis against a Dallas team that is below average in defending the point guard position. Another bonus, Calathes price tag has not changed much so you can still get him at a hefty discount at DraftStreet.
D-Discounted Dandies: Players on the cheap whose production may exceed what their discounted price tag suggests. (Double Digit Fantasy Production, $3,500-$8,000).
Robert Sacre (4.9%) does not necessarily have the same fantasy upside then teammate Chris Kaman, but Sacre starts and exceeded value last night posting his highest fantasy point total (23 FP) since the fifth of January and has a favorable matchup against the Cavs. Cleveland owns the seventh worst defensive efficiency rating against opposing center over their last 10 games.
Khris Middleton (8.3%) should see some extra minutes tonight with O.J. Mayo still out and more importantly Caron Butler out. Middleton is coming off a 26 FP performance in his last game and he played only 25 minutes. I would expect him to be closer to 30 minutes, if not more in tonight’s matchup against the Nuggets.
Best of Luck tonight and don’t be afraid to go rouge and post your questions in the comments section and/or send me a tweet @FantasyNomad. Also, be sure to check out this morning's Daily Dribble for more DFS insight.
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