Daily Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/15

Happy Friday, Hoop Heads! We are now halfway through the third week of the season and we can begin to judge teams for where they stand with a big enough sample size. Tonight, we have eleven games to look forward too. They may not be as fun as last night Thunder/Warriors games, but there are some great story lines to watch for: Who wins the battle of the Gasol brothers? Does Indiana have what it takes to be 9-0? Who will win the rematch of the 2011 finals?

With no shortage of games tonight, I have three players to start and three(ish) players to sit tonight. Good luck in setting your lineups tonight. It’s going to be a fun one.

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Start ‘Em

DeMar DeRozan vs Bulls – The man so good that he has four capital letters in his name.  DD has played great the last three games and should continue that trend tonight. He definitely has benefitted from the play of Jonas Valanciunas and Rudy Gay this season, and will see a lot of open space tonight with Rose being out. The Bulls will be focusing on slowing down JV and Gay, and DD should be set up for big numbers to outplay his value.

Tristan Thompson vs Bobcats – What a surprise he has been so far this season. While most people expected Bynum to be the frontcourt monster for the Cavs, it has been Thompson quietly leading the way so far. He has averaged close to a double-double through nine games, and it looks like he will continue to improve every game. Josh McRoberts has been struggling in the paint all year and I wouldn’t be surprised if Thompson has a Howard-esque state night.

LeMarcus Aldridge vs Celtics – Whether people realize it or not, the Blazers are the number two team in the Western Conference after last nights games. Granted, I don’t expect this to remain throughout the season, but a big reason for the early season surge has been because of Aldridge’s play. Tonight, he will be matched up with a smaller defender in Brandon Bass, who won’t be able to keep up with his athleticism. Lillard will have his hands full with Avery Bradley tonight, so look for the offense to run through Aldridge.


Sit ‘Em

O.J. Mayo vs Pacers – In my last article, I wrote about Mayo having a bad night against the Heat. Tonight, he gets an even better defensive team in the Pacers that have looked unstoppable this season. All signs point to another lackluster night for the streaky shooter.

Spencer Hawes vs Hawks – I am all aboard the Spencer Hawes train this year. In fact, I’m all aboard the Sixers train with Michael Carter-Williams as the conductor. I just have a hard time seeing Hawes having a big night with MCW being sidelined. Horford will be a big body for him to work against and the loss of MCW means less passes will come his way. Hawes may still have a decent night, but I think there is better value in other big men.

Anybody with the last name Gasol vs Grizzlies/Lakers – Speaking of value in other big men, I had a hard time deciding which Gasol brother I liked tonight. Maybe it’s because I am a twin, but I hated playing against my brother in any sport. Regardless of me being more athletic than him, every time we played one another it always was close, and I mean really close. My point being that sibling rivalries are a tough thing to predict, no matter the circumstances. Marc does not play well against Pau, and Pau is battered with a bad foot at the moment. I don’t know which brother I like more tonight, so I decided to pass on both of them.

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