Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook – 1/5

Nick Young

We are officially in our first complete week into the New Year of daily fantasy basketball. I hope everyone made some extra cash to start off 2015. The playbook on Friday had some great plays, and that hot streak should continue tonight with eleven games on the books. As always, my picks are according to DraftKings. Good luck!

Point Guard

Russell Wesbrook ($10,500) – I am really high on Westbrook and Steph Curry tonight, but the edge goes to Westbrook in m brook because of the cheaper price. They are the only two guys of the top tier that I would consider paying up for tonight. It’s going to be a shootout between both teams, and both guards will be looking to light it up.

Donald Sloan ($4,600) – If I am not paying up for the top tier players tonight, I’m going with cheaper options. George Hill has already been ruled out of tonight’s game, and if C.J. Watson misses tonight again with a bum foot, Sloan is almost a must start because of his price.

Dante Exum ($3,700) – Exum is strictly a GPP play for me, but he is someone that I would keep my eye on in DFS for the next week or so as a cheap fill-in. He will be seeing an increase in minutes because the Jazz have been ravaged with injuries recently. It’s always hard to trust a rookie, but there is no denying his upside when he logs in more minutes.

 

Shooting Guard

Nick Young ($4,600) – Swaggy P gets in the playbook tonight because the Lakers are going to need scoring in the worst way possible tonight, and they just simply won’t have many options with Kobe resting tonight. I’m starting him with confidence tonight that he can easily return value, especially if he catches fire.

Jimmy Butler ($8,800) – Besides James Harden, there hasn’t been anyone better at the position lately than Butler. He has played lights out, with or without Derrick Rose. I was actually surprised that his price wasn’t higher tonight. Well it is out gain in daily fantasy basketball, so plug him in if you can afford him. I would much rather play Butler than Harden tonight, even if they were closer in price.

Dion Waiters ($5,600) – No Lebron or Kyrie Irving tonight + playing the Sixers = plug and play.

 

Small Forward

Shabazz Muhammad ($6,700) – Shabazz has been a great play until his last two games. Tonight is the kind of matchup that can set him straight, and he could easily drop another 30+ fantasy points against a banged up Denver squad. His price is high for a boom or bust guy, but I’m thinking Shabazz does more boom than bust tonight.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute ($4,300) – MaM as I like to call him came back from injury and had one of his best games of the season, and then just missed 20 fantasy points the following night. He’s a GPP for me, but Philly is going to need scoring tonight against Cleveland and he’s their best option besides Wroten, MCW, and Covington. I’m not saying he’s going to drop 40, but I wouldn’t be surprised for him to out-produce his value one bit.

Kevin Durant ($11,500) – If you’re fading Westbrook tonight, then I would do my best to get Durant in my lineup. It’s always a chore to get the top price guys in there, but Durant is always worth the money. There’s not much else out there at the position I like, and Durant is a solid as they come.

 

Power Forward

Kevin Love ($10,600) – See Waiters, Dion.

Robert Covington ($5,600) – I must admit that I am biased towards Covington because he’s been my free agent pickup of the year in my seasonal league. But outside of my love for the guy, he has been consistent enough to roster him without hesitation. He’s hit at least 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and the Cavs are nothing spectacular at defending his position.

Quincy Acy ($3,400) – This is a gut call, but I have a feeling with Zach Randolph out tonight for the Grizz, Acy will be able to have a field day on the glass. His price is low enough that you can make up for him if he lays a turd on the court, and will be able to roster some of the higher price guys. I’ll probably have him in most of my lineups tonight.

 

Center

Tyler Zeller ($4,400) – It will be the battle of the brothers tonight because Al Jefferson is still out for the Bobcats. I know his minutes haven’t been anything spectacular, but he’s hit 25+ minutes in his last two games. Add the family rivalry, and I think he’s worth a shot in GPP’s.

Marc Gasol ($9,700) – Like I mentioned before, Z-Bo is out tonight. Gasol will be manning the boards down low, and should get a lot of those shots that Randolph loved to take. His price is asking a lot out of him, but I his ceiling is too high to pass up.

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