Daily Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/13

If you’re reading this article, most likely it’s because a pun-filled tweet led you here. I know this is a fantasy basketball article but allow me to do you another favor besides providing you fantasy advice. I just discovered this band, whose name is a play on words/pun, that is absolutely incredible. Their name is “The Hip Abduction” and their best song can be found by clicking here. Bringing things full circle, the band’s name is absolutely clever, and you know what a fan I am of exploiting different possible meanings of words. So please, while you’re winning loads of cash tonight, take four minutes (at least) to lower the sound on your TV and play this in the background as kind of a victory theme song. Trust me, it is worth it.

Back to hoops though, there are seven games tonight. Plenty of inactives have already been released (Aaron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic and Anthony Randolph to name a few) and many more are left questionable. Before you click “Set Lineup” for the final time, just double check the injury report to make sure you aren’t missing on on an excellent value.

Without further ado, here are the guys I will have in my lineup tonight and ones I will be throwing out from my list of possibilities. All prices are based on my favorite daily site (Draftkings).

Players I Love:

Kyle Lowry – $7,700 – Have a season, kid. Lowry is currently the #7 ranked player on ESPN’s player rater which takes a player’s full line into consideration. Goal of the player rater is to see which player helps your team the most without hurting it in any given category. They call Eric Bledsoe mini-LeBron but even he can’t fill a box score like Lowry. K-Lo does everything you want a point guard too and has recently proved to be match-up proof. Milwaukee defends the point guard spot well but the whole Raptors game plan is to feature Lowry and DeRozan. Both need to have good nights for the Raptors to succeed. In one game against Milwaukee this season, Lowry put up only 14 points but added 6 REB, 4 AST and 1 3PM with 0 TO (28 fantasy points). That was when Rudy Gay was in town. Without him, should be even more upside because he can rack up fantasy points in so many different ways. Couldn’t argue with you using Ty Lawson tonight either.

Tony Parker – $7,000 – Unexciting: the definition of Tony Parker as a fantasy player. He doesn’t put up huge assist, steal or three point numbers as a point guard. However, he’s coming off a double-double which could be the sign of greener pastures. Recently, he’s been pretty consistently around 30 FP per night. Pelicans’ starting guard Jrue Holiday is out for an extended period leaving Brian Roberts the man to try and cover the feisty Parker. The old man still gets to the hoop as easily as the best of them.  I expect a 20+ point night from the man who once foolishly cheated on this.

Derrick Favors – $6,900 – As I tweeted out last night, Favors has dominated the Denver Nuggets this season. We all know Denver is bad against big men but Favors’ line reads 20.5 PPG, 9.5 REB, 2.0 AST and 3.5 BLK against the team in baby blue. Derrick has been in a bit of a funk lately but if there is one team that can be the elixir, it is the Nuggets. Play the numbers here and start Favors.

(BONUS – Gerald Green – $4,500)

Players I Won’t Use:

Kenneth Faried – $6,500 – The Manimal has been on a tear lately, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t see it continuing tonight. His inflated price means there is little room for profit and Utah defends the power forward well (allowing the 5th least amount of points to the position over the last 15 days). Faried typically doesn’t do much in the block or steal categories so unless he provides a big double-double tonight, which I don’t see happening, he will not be worth the price.

Brandon Knight – $6,100 – Not only is Kyle Lowry playing out of his mind on offense but he’s shutting down opposing point guards. A lot of credit can be given credit to Dwayne Casey for teaching team defense, but regardless, the Raptors are allowing the fewest fantasy points to the position over the last 15 days. If you look at the schedule, a few of the games were against teams with weak point guards (Brooklyn sans Deron Williams, Indiana and Miami) but Toronto is #2 for the season. They have arrived as a legitimate top NBA defense. Don’t mess around with Knight tonight. Spend your money on someone like Victor Oladipo instead.

If you have any further questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @RSandersFR.

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