Daily Fantasy Basketball Du-Rant
I’m gonna keep the intro short and sweet today as I am off to hit up the Braves vs Tigers spring training contest at the beautiful facility there at the Wide World of Sports near Disneyworld in Florida. For anyone who is new to reading the Daily Durant I provide you with daily recommendations in a four tiered format, with specific targets for GPP tournaments (Guaranteed Prize Payout tournaments) and players that may be more geared towards Double Up (DU) or cash game contests. Again, just because one player is marked for a GPP or DU 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. (All prices and point projections are geared towards DraftStreet). Since this article is going to post early be sure to check the NBA player news section on our home page at FantasyAlarm.com before game-time in case there are any late scratches and follow them on twitter @FantasyAlarm.
Before we get into tonight’s recommendations here are some affordable tournaments with the chance for a nice payout:
DraftStreet’s NBA $10K Guaranteed Tournament
DraftKings $1 Million Bank Shot MegaQualifier
A-All Star priced players that should put up All Star stats today (target 35+ FP, $16,000-on up).
John Wall (18%) faces a Lakers team that makes it seem like opposing point guards are throwing the ball into a lake as they are allowing the most points to the position on the season. While Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant are on everyone’s wish list (ok maybe not on everyone’s wish list for those who got burned by AD being a late scratch in his last game, but I think the dude gets a pass after what he has done for you all season long), they are the most expensive players to roster this evening whereas Wall is only the 8th highest priced option, which allows you to get magical production at a more modest price (save about $5K by going with Wall over AD and KD). Melo is also in the mix too as he and the Knicks get the sucky 76ers.
Paul Millsap (17.8%) the Hawks are holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by feathers of their tail with just a four game lead over the surging Knicks. Millsap is coming off his first career-triple double and is averaging 22.2 points, 1.6 triples, nine boards, 4.6 assists and a steal and a block per game during the Hawks current five-game win streak.
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, $13,000-$16,000).
Tyson Chandler (12.8%) the Knicks are still fighting for their playoff lives, so they should not come into tonight's game against the pathetic Philadelphia 76ers squad sleepwalking. The Sixers are allowing the most points to opponents on the season and have the second worst rebounding differential in the league behind the Lakers at a -4.1 so you can almost bank on a double-double from Tyson Chandler this evening.
Marc Gasol (14.8%) is coming off a 40 fantasy point game against Utah and now gets to face a Miami Heat team whom are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing centers over the last 15 days. This game should remain close enough that Gasol should again see 30-plus minutes which he has in four of his last five games.
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, $10,000-$13,000).
Manu Ginobili (11%) the last time Ginobili faced the Kings he went off for 28 points. El Contusione has saw over 20-plus minutes in each of his last two games and when he plays between 20-29 minutes he is averaging 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, numbers his previous performance against the Kings suggest are his floor of production.
Amar’e Stoudemire (10.8%) has upped his production over his last seven games averaging 18 points and 6.1 rebounds compared to his season averages 11.1 points and 4.6 rebounds and like most everyone he relishes playing the 76ers whom he is averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games against Philly this season.
D-Discounted Dandies: Players on the cheap whose production may exceed what their discounted price tag suggests. (Double Digit Fantasy Production, $3,500-$10,000).
Shawn Marion (9.9%) the Matrix Rejuvenated may not be a sequel in the works for the movie series, but it is what has happened for Shawn Marion of late as he is back to playing 30-plus minutes per game, is coming off one of his better overall games as he finished with a double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds, to go with five assists and two steals. Marion has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games while grabbing at least six boards in that span. The Mavs are taking on the Nuggets, in Dallas, which should be one of the faster paced/higher scoring games on the docket Friday night. (The vegas over/under for this game was not out yet when this article went to press, but as we have pointed out before in previous articles using Vegas odds to identify which games are expected to be the highest scoring is a great tool to help you set your lineup).
Drew Gooden (8.9%) continues to come off the bench for the Wizards, but is putting up starter type numbers as he is averaging 19 points on 62% shooting from the field (which makes him an even better play on sites like DraftStreet where they subtract for missed shots), eight rebounds, and an assist and a steal in 26.7 minutes per game over his last three games. Gooden’s hot streak should continue tonight against a Lakers team that is by far the worst team (by about 13% more) in defending the power forward position this season.
Best of Luck tonight and remember you can always ask your questions in the comment section below and/or send me a tweet @FantasyNomad
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