Fantasy Basketball: Daily Dribble 2/18/14
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.
Tuesday, February 18th
Daily Fantasy Basketball is Back!!! It could not get here fast enough. I am as patriotic as the next person, but the Winter Olympics are no where as entertaining as the Summer Olympics. I missed hoops so much I thought this was Kelly Olynyk.
So enough with the Winter Olympics, lets get into what’s on tap in Daily Fantasy Hoops.
- $3 per entry up to 25 entries per player
- capped at 250 total entries
- 1st-25th place wins $27 Mega Crossover ticket
- New users to Draft Kings get a free entry to the NBA Super Qualifier
The $100K Mega Crossover contest runs this Friday at DraftKings
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.
Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter are questionable for Tuesday's game versus the Clippers and Manu Ginobili will play limited minutes tonight for the Spurs. With Parker out and if Leonard and Splitter could sit this game could get out of hand real quick, which puts some of the Clippers stars endanger of going to the bench early.
Tony Parker will not play tonight for San Antonio. Gregg Popovich says Parker will be out "for the foreseeable future" with a "variety of maladies." Upgrade Cory Joseph, again, as he is averaging 25-plus FP in three of his last four games.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that Amir Johnson is rested and should be ready play vs the Wizards, which means that Patrick Patterson will return to a reserve role. Update: Amir Johnson will play Tuesday, but will come off the bench. Thus, Patterson will get at least one more start.
Ty Lawson (fractured rib), as expected, is out tonight for the Nuggets at home against the Suns. Randy Foye and Jordan Hamilton will form tonight’s starting backcourt for Denver. Hamilton may be a popular salary relief option with this news, but be cautious as the Suns are in the top 10 of limiting opposing shooting guards fantasy production over the last 15 days.
Mike Conley will make his return tonight at home against the Knicks after missing the last seven games with an ankle injury, which means Nick Calathes will head back to the bench. Tony Allen is will miss another game with a wrist injury while Marc Gasol (knee) WILL play.
Nate Wolters Coach Larry Drew said Nate Wolters will remain a starter in the backcourt and Zaza Pachulia at center at makes for a respectable discounted option in DFS, but an even better add in season long leagues that count field goal and free throw percentages. Ekpe Udoh (right knee) and O.J. Mayo (illness) are listed as questionable (should be listed as irrelevant). John Henson (ankle) returned to practice Monday and should be ready to go tonight versus the Magic.
John Henson gets a huge upgrade in fantasy value going into the second half of the season with starting center Larry Sanders out for about the next 5-6 weeks with an eye injury. Henson's PER 36 minute totals have fantasy owners drooling: 15.3ppg, 10.3 rbg, 2.0 apg, and 2.8 bpg knowing he should see 35-plus minutes going forward.
Anderson Varejao (soreness) did not practice Monday and did not make the trip Tuesday to Philly. With Varejao out for Tuesday's game upgrade Tristan Thompson who is coming off a 25 point, 15 rebound game against the Pistons and gets as tasty of a matchup against a Sixers team that is allowing the most points per game to opposing teams on the season and Tyler Zeller who should again get the start at center in place of Varejao. (Sixers are allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing centers on the season).
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- Dilson Herrera left Saturday's game
- Mike Minor left Saturday's game
- Mark Teixeira removed with sore right wrist
- Ryan Zimmerman playing LF in his return Saturday
- Jacoby Ellsbury could miss the rest of the season
- Josh McCown expected to miss several weeks
- Jose Fernandez said he was cleared to throw
- Drew Stanton will start Sunday
- Vernon Davis is not practicing Friday
@Yazzer19 understandable but I'd go Bradshaw/Gerhart He & C.Shorts' health has improved, matchup is at home & favorable for a Breakout wk