Happy Monday Hoop Heads! We have a great week ahead of us: the New Year around the corner, college bowl season in full swing, and of course, another great week of basketball. We switched things up this week, as I will be doing the daily article today. Ricky will be writing tomorrow’s piece. So for those of you who are used to Ricky, I hope I can fill that void enough until tomorrow.
As for tonight, we have seven games on the books. Vegas has the spread over 200 for five of the seven games tonight, so plenty of depth tonight to make a solid fantasy lineup. Once again, for those of you who want to get in on our writer daily contests, follow Ricky (@RSandersFR), Pat (@pastfever24), or myself (@SaidHeHadAStory) and see how you stack up against the FakeRoundball crew. Now, allons-y with the picks!
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Jrue Holiday vs Blazers – Now I know what some people are thinking: he had a bad game against Houston on Saturday and he’s playing the Blazers, why would I start him? Let me answer your question with another question: how many players do you know that have scored only three points but still managed to put up over twenty fantasy points? Not very many, I can assure you. Before Saturday’s game, he had two forty point fantasy nights in a row. Also, for as good as Portland has been, they have been giving up the third most fantasy points to point guards the last two weeks. I’m not hesitating to start Holiday one bit.
Al Jefferson vs Jazz – So far in the month of December, Jefferson has had at least ten points and nine rebounds in every game. Over his last six games, AJ has had two fifty point fantasy nights, and his worst game was still a thirty-three point night against the Thunder. Utah has been terrible against big men all season long. The production and matchup is there for him to have another great night.
D.J. Augustin vs Grizzlies – Since joining the Bulls, D.J. has not had below a twenty-three point fantasy night when playing over twenty minutes. With his value at the price of two packs of gum and a snickers bar, he should be a great value start in most daily leagues. I know Memphis has been a solid team against the backcourt, but Chicago has played better as of lately. With the Bulls winning two of their last three, the offense should get going with D.J. leading the way.
Eric Bledsoe/Goran Dragic vs Clippers – Bledsoe will have some extra fuel tonight as he returns to LA after leaving for Phoenix. But the fact of the matter is that the Clippers don’t lose at home and Phoenix is not the same team on the road. CP3 and crew have been one of the best teams against the backcourt all season long, so I’m hard pressed to spend the extra money on either player, especially with this being their toughest matchup of the season.
Kevin Love vs Mavericks – Usually I take talent over matchup, but this is one of the few cases when I am not so sure it would be the right move. Surprisingly, Dallas has been great against the front-court this season. While I think that KLove can have a KLove type of night, the numbers don’t lie. With such a high price tag to play him, I can’t justify starting him with that much uncertainty.