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Daily Fantasy Plays for 2-8-14

Here are the players I will be using in my lineups tonight. I start with the cheaper options and go up by price range. I want players that will have great fantasy games and exceed their value. Also, I tried to vary positions so you can mix and match players based on position eligibilty. It was hard to narrow down this list as there are plenty of great plays tonight. 

Cheap Value plays

Nick Calathes PG, Mem- He is still cheap and still getting plenty of minutes as the starting PG for the Grizzlies. He is averaging 15.3 points,4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.6 steals, 2 three pointers made, and just over 36 minutes played in the three games he has started. He should continue to produce consistent fantasy points and is cheap on all sites. Courtney Lee also makes for a great cheap play as he will play close to 40 minutes and should have a solid game vs Atlanta.

Jermaine O'Neal C, GSW- He is dirt cheap on all sites and will play heavy minutes tonight considering he is the only real center on the active roster. Expect 20+ FPTs which is solid for a player priced as low as he is.

Kevin Martin SG, Min- Don’t be fooled by his low price tag ($10,044 on DraftStreet) as he has destroyed Portland this season by averaging almost 37 fantasy points (DraftKings scoring) per game. Minnesota will need his scoring tonight so he should get plenty of shots up.

Robin Lopez C, Por- I am concerned about this being the second game of a back-to-back and he played 40 minutes last night. However, the T-Wolves are starting Ronny Turiaf at center, the two big PF’s will be battling it out, and so that leaves Lopez with the opportunity to flourish tonight.

Markieff Morris F, Phx- The Phoenix big man should have a great night with Andrew Bogut and David Lee out for Golden State. He is more of a GPP play as he could boom for 30+ FPTs or bust with 15-20. If you are looking for a low risk/high reward type player than Markieff is your man.

Mid-Tier Players

Josh Smith SF/PF, Det- Has averaged 51 FPTs in the last two games and gets a great matchup tonight vs Denver. He is priced at $13,971 on DS which is cheap considering his recent production.  

Terrence Jones SF/PF, Hou- I am amazed how cheap he is on DraftKings ($6,000) and is a reasonable $13,998 on DS. The only time he faced the Bucks this season he had a measly 36 points, 11 rebounds, & 2 blocks. That is elite production for a player that isn’t that expensive. I am worried this could be a blowout, but Jones should have great game no matter what. He is must-start status on DraftKings because of his price.

Brandon Knight PG/SG, Mil- Knight is doing everything right, now that he has seen a consistent amount of minutes the last three games (almost 42 minutes per game). He is averaging 21.3 points, 4 rebounds, 7.6 assist, and 1 steal in those three games. Also, he crushed the Rockets last time he played them with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assist. He makes for a great play as he will produce as an elite PG while being cheaper than the other elite PG options.

Kemba Walker PG, Cha- He looked a bit rusty last time out, but that is expected from a player returning from injury. Luckily, the Bobcats haven’t played a game in three days so that gives him some extra time to recover from soreness. He is only $6,800 on DKs tonight when he was around $8,500 the three previous games. Kemba is a big part of the Bobcats offense and should exceed his value tonight as this is the cheapest he has been in a long time.

Higher Tier Players

Stephen Curry PG/SG, GSW- Dude has basically averaged a triple-double vs Phoenix this season in two games vs them. He is averaging 22 points, 9.5 rebounds, 11.5 assist, and 2 steals vs The Bucks this season and will be forced to put the team on his back with Bogut/Lee out. He will likely finish as the top fantasy producer tonight because he will put up tons of shots, contribute in every category, and play heavy minutes. Golden State needs a big game from to Curry to survive tonight.

Dwight Howard C, Hou- He has owned the Bucks in his career by averaging 23 points, 15.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals in 13 games vs them. He makes for a solid play despite his high price tag. A player that has averaged almost 50 FPTs in his career vs one team is well worth the money.

Andre Drummond C, Det- The Double-Double machine had a career high 22 rebounds last night and now has 5 straight games with a double-double. Denver is terrible vs centers so Drummond should have another monster game tonight.

Tim Duncan PF/C, SAS- I originally had him as one of the top guys tonight, but his value takes a hit with Tony Parker returning. While I still think Duncan has a solid game, he is a bit overvalued on DraftStreet, but is a reasonable price on DraftKings.


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