Daily Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/31

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe we are already almost into the second month of the new year? Not to mention, we are exactly two weeks away from the All-Star game and this hoops season is halfway over. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess.

After a quiet night of hoops yesterday, we get eight games to fill out lineups with tonight. Yet, tonight might be harder than last night to fill a winning team due to so many injuries across the league. Be sure to stay tuned into who is able to go and who is riding the pine tonight.

One last thing, I have decided to add the price tags to my picks from here on out so I can show the real value of some guys and why I don’t like other guys as much. All prices are according to DraftKings. Now, allons-y with the picks for tonight:

Start ‘Em

Steph Curry ($10,300) and/or Klay Thompson ($6,100) vs the Jazz – I know I have been riding Curry like he’s my new Anthony Davis (who got snubbed most of all for not being selected as an All-Star) but I can’t think of a reason to not start him and/or Klay. Utah is the second to worst team against guards over the last two weeks (see: below). Not to mention four of the Jazz starters are listed as game time decisions tonight. Klay may be the safer pick if you’re worried about a blowout, but I really like both guys tonight.

Jameer Nelson ($6,500), Victor Oladipo ($6,600) and Tobias Harris ($6,800) vs the Bucks – Remember when I said Utah is the second worst defense against guards? Meet the worst, and it’s not even close. Olly is currently on my crap list for the bad night he had a couple days ago. He has burned me the past couple times I have used him. But to be fair, his and Nelson’s values are so cheap that it is hard not to like them. Harris has been great against the Bucks, so hopefully he can continue this stretch of hovering around a double double per night.

Gerald Henderson ($5,800) and Al Jefferson ($9,400) vs the Lakers – Kemba is out again, so the offense will continue to go through Henderson and AJ.  These guys are the two next leading scorers on the Cats, so that’s where my money is going. Both are coming off of monster games, and the Lakers (still) have an awful defense. Tonight, I can justify spending top dollar on AJ with him averaging almost 50 fantasy points a game and Henderson almost put up a 40 point night as well last game.

Sit ‘Em

Kevin Durant ($11,700) vs the Nets – Before anyone yells at me, this has nothing to do with me doubting KD. He is the best player in the game right now and it’s not even close. When you beat the defending champs like he did, you deserve all the praise in the world. I’m going against KD tonight because most people will have him in their lineups and I would rather take a Gerald Henderson and use that extra cash elsewhere. Not to mention the Nets are third in the league against his position the last two weeks, and they play in Brooklyn tonight. Do I think KD will drop 30? Yes I do. But, I think with so many games, value can be had in other places.

Ronny Turiaf ($4,000) vs the Grizzlies – I’m sure a lot of people will also go Turiaf tonight, especially with such a cheap price tag tonight, but I can’t justify going against the Grizz’s defense tonight. Like I mentioned in my last article, they have been one of the best defensive teams that nobody is talking about since the new year. Ever since Gasol came back, this has looked like a completely new team. I love value plays tonight, but Turiaf is not one I will be using.

That’s all for today’s notes. If you have any further questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @SaidHeHadAStory.

Bonus Play From @RSandersFR

Gang, DeMarre Carroll has averaged 29.4 fantasy points over his last three games. Tonight he gets the horrific Philadelphia 76ers defense which ranks dead last against the Small Forward position. For the season, they allow the second most points, rebounds and blocks to the position and the most threes and assists. Carroll is the type of player that fills a box score and can rack up fantasy points without having a monster scoring game. So for that reason alone, I can’t see not using him at the cheap price of $4,300. That’s pawn shop pricing right there…….no maybe liquidation pricing…..ALL FANTASY POINTS MUST GO (into your lineup tonight).

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