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 8th
Hopefully all of you are doing well. At least better than the Nomad household as
our daughter’s temperature is higher than what the Nets scored last night...by about 10. Let’s hope my ability to doctor is better than Jason Kidd’s ability to coach. (How do you play Andray Blatche only 15 minutes when he was one of the few starters being aggressive early on)? I can now say I have one thing in common with Jason Kidd as I spilled my drink last night, (except I did not do it on purpose), in the midst of a profanity laced tirade. Who knew the day would come that I, or any of us, would be so adamant in supporting/rooting for Andray Blatche? Well on the positive, other than Blatche, most of the players that appeared in yesterday’s Daily Picks article met or exceeded value so it was still a good night. So with that we segue into the on goings in the NBA that are relevant to building your lineup(s) tonight. If you are looking some fun action tonight DraftStreet has multiple qualifying tournaments for their Weekly NBA $50K tournament and Draft Kings has a $12.5K Pick and Roll Guaranteed tournament at $11 per entry with first place winning $1,500 and the top 250 finishers getting paid.
In addition to today’s Daily Dribble article check out Mark Kaplan’s Daily League Plays article, which will provide you with tiered recommendations for this evening’s DFS contests.
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.
David Lee (shoulder) and Andrew Bogut (shoulder) will NOT play Saturday in Phoenix. Jermaine O'Neal and Draymond Green will start again. If you were debating between using one of these two replacement starters I would lean towards O’Neal who I would be confident his ablity to get enough rebounds and putbacks to reach value.
Josh Smith sat last 10 minutes last night after twisting his ankle but says it's OK. He's out getting ready for his pregame workout. The Pistons have another favorable matchup, but I would look to Andre Drummond who grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds last night and is facing a Nuggets team that are in the top 10 in allowing opponents to rebound and score in the paint.
Mike Conley (ankle) is looking better than expected and is now day-to-day. He won't play tonight or Sunday but he might be ready Tuesday. This means Nick Calathes will get a few more starts, but the price would have to come at a nice discount for me to consider him. Instead, I suggest looking to Courtney Lee who is coming off a 34.75 FP performance against Dallas on Wednesday.
Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Tim Duncan are expected to play. Marco Belinelli will not play Saturday against the Bobcat and Tiago Splitter (calf) is a game-time decision. Other than Tim Duncan, I would not be to excited about any other Spurs player this evening and if Splitter is out it may justify spending on Al Jefferson.
Paul Millsap (illness) is present at Hawks practice, but his status for Saturday's game has not been updated. According to our very own Matthew R. Beck, “As tip-off draws closer we will get a better indication of whether or not he will be able to play against the Grizzlies tonight. If he is unable to play, look for Mike Scott to get the starting nod.” Mike Scott has been a consistent double-digit scorer for some time, but the Grizzles are a good defensive team, so I would rather lean towards spending a little more to get Zach Randolph if Millsap is out.
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.
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