Happy new year to all but especially my fellow daily fantasy addicts. Hopefully you celebrated until the break of dawn last night and are now reading this in a dazed state. For those who celebrated a little more responsibly, please disregard my last statement because, let’s be honest, you are the more intelligent one. Regardless, both alcoholics and stone cold sobers alike share the same goal in daily fantasy basketball: winning some money. For that goal, I will be your guide on a five game slated New Years day schedule.
So 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:
Jrue Holiday – $8,000 – Ricky Rubio is not a good defender and JJ Barea is undersized. It’s no wonder Minnesota allows the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. Holiday himself is coming off of a monster 31 PT, 13 AST and 7 REB performance against Portland. With another great matchup and a hot hand, there is no chance I’m fading Jrue from my lineup tonight.
Ty Lawson – $7,600 – After a recent slump, Lawson has recovered nicely in the last ten days or so: averaging 17.8 PPG, 7.4 AST and 35.5 fantasy points in his last five games. Tonight, Denver faces the last ranked Philadelphia defense which also allows the most fantasy points to the point guard position (amongst others). Considering seven point guards are priced higher than Lawson, he actually provides nice value tonight, even with a price tag over $7,000. Expect a big night from the Nuggets’ team leader.
Josh McRoberts – $4,500 – I like to refer to McBob as a “mini Batum.” On most nights, his numbers are so well rounded that they remind me of Nicolas Batum’s stat line. On most nights, Batum’s price floats around $7,000 while McRoberts usually sits around tonight’s price. Oh by the way, the Clippers are the 25th ranked team against opposing power forwards (the sixth worst). His bargain price tag makes him too enticing to pass on.
Players I Won’t Use:
Kemba Walker – $7,900 – Two of Kemba’s best assets are his scoring and rebounding abilities. Unfortunately for Mr. Walker, the Clippers are the toughest team vs. opposing point guards; they rank in opposing point guard points per game and fourth in opposing PG REB/GM. If the Clippers limit Kemba in those two areas, his $7,900 price tag won’t provide any value for his owners. Don’t use him.
Lance Stephenson – $6,500 – Toronto actually allows a fair amount of fantasy points to opposing shooting guards, so this isn’t attributed to the matchup. Rather, I think the return of Danny Granger effected his numbers last game and will continue to do so. As Granger gets healthier and healthier, his minutes will go up and it may cause Stephenson’s to go down. Stephenson’s six points in the previous game could be an anomaly but there’s just enough worry to me that it wasn’t worth the risk to use him.
Any Toronto Raptor – They play the Pacers and none have favorable enough prices to convince me they are worth a daily roster spot.
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