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 10th
Only six games on tap tonight so the Daily Dribble will be short and sweet, but if you are anything like me I love a short slate of games. Tonight’s DFS action is even more enticing despite so few games as there are a quite few injuries/players sitting out, which should present plenty of opportunity to find value this evening. If you are looking some fun action tonight DraftStreet has multiple qualifying tournaments for their Weekly NBA $50K tournament and there Fantasy Basketball Championship tournament. 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.
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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.
Rajon Rondo, as we reported yesteday, will not play tonight against the Bucks tonight. With Rondo out Avery Bradley will likely slide over to point guard and Gerald Wallace will move into the starting lineup at shooting guard. Wallace is fantasy value has "Crashed" the past couple years, so out of the two Bradley has the more upside.
Tiago Splitter (right calf contusion) will not play in tonight's Spurs-Pistons game, which increases Boris Diaw's value. Marco Belinelli (back) is listed as probable and as of 4pm there is no mention of Tony Parker in the injury report Spurs sent out on Monday, so for now it appears he's available for tonight's game. If Parker is out Patty Mills, Nando de Colo, and Corey Joseph (in this order for me) become players to target for value and upside.
Quincy Miller will start in place of the injured Ty Lawson Monday at Indiana, the Denver Post reports. Miller is averaging 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in three starts this season, but he will have a difficult time reaching value, even with a very low price tag, going against one of the best defenses in the NBA in the Indiana Pacers.
Kyle Singler will remain in the Pistons' starting lineup vs. the Spurs, the Pistons' official site reports. “Singler has been playing heavy minutes out of the shooting guard position as of late. The Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks over the weekend and interim coach John Loyer says that he will continue to use Singler in the starting lineup for now,” according to our own Jeff Mans.
David Lee will miss his third consecutive game due to a sore shoulder and hip. Andrew Bogut, who has missed the last two games, is questionable with a sore shoulder of his own. Harrison Barnes came off the bench to score 23 points and could be looked at again as a value play tonight against the worst defense in the league in the 76ers.
Spencer Hawes If Bogut is out Jermaine O’Neal would get the start, but rather than target him I would lean towards Philly’s starting center Spencer Hawes who would then be primed for a bounceback game after scoring zero points on 0-for-8 shooting with two rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes of Sunday's loss to the Clippers.
Update: Amir Johnson will not play on Monday. His ankle is very sore. Patrick Patterson should slide into the starting lineup as the Raptors take on the Pelicans at home.
Larry Sanders is questionable for tonight’s game against the Celtics after taking a blow to the head in the first quarter of Saturday’s game, which caused him to miss the remainder of the game. If Sanders is out John Henson will be a popular player of DFS owners, but if you were looking for value with upside I would also consider Khris Middleton and…
ZaZa Pachulia who finished Saturday’s game with 12 points on a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, 10 rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Pachulia’s high shooting percentages from the field and the free throw line make him even more valuable on sites like DraftStreet that subtract for missed field goals.
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