Since this is my first article of the New Year, let me start off by saying that I hope it is going well for everyone so far. May all of you get skinnier, quit smoking and/or drinking, and read more books…and all of the other resolutions people make to better themselves at the beginning of each year.
But before you can start worrying about the future Marty McFly, worry about tonight’s seven games to choose from in your daily lineup. Now , tonight is a little lighter than normal on games for a Friday. But no reason to worry, we here at FakeRoundball have you covered no matter how many games are being played. So for tonight, I have two players to start and sit for tonight’s games. Lets jump right in and allons-y with the picks:
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Carmelo Anthony vs Rockets – Including last night, Melo has five games of over fifty fantasy points in his last eight. He has been on a hot streak as of lately, and I’m willing to pay top dollar for someone who has a chance to put up over fifty points for me. For as good as the Rockets defense seemed to be at the start of the season, they have fallen into the bottom five in the league in points allowed. Melo is a must start for anyone who can fit him into their budget.
Pau Gasol vs Jazz/Derrick Favors vs Lakers – The Lakers have been terrible against the backcourt this season. And by terrible, I mean literally the worst in the league. But, the good news is that the Jazz haven’t been much better. And by not much better, I mean only third worst in the league. It was a close call between Gasol and Favors, but Gasol actually averages more fantasy points, while costing less. I wouldn’t doubt anyone for starting Favors here; solely based off of talent. Either way, both of them have a great matchup tonight and should gain serious consideration in daily leagues
Dirk Nowitzki vs Clippers – As of this writing, it is not clear if Dirk will be playing tonight. On Wednesday against the Wizards, he rolled his ankle pretty badly and is still experiencing some soreness. Even though he still managed to finish the game, he only scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Add that bum ankle to an up-tempo team in the Clippers, and Dirk simply costs too much to have uncertainty of production.
Jrue Holiday vs Celtics – For as high as we here at FakeRoundball have been on Jrue lately, tonight is one night to leave him out of your lineups. Boston has been a solid defensive team over the past couple of weeks. Jrue will be matched up against Avery Bradley, who might be the best on-ball defender in the league. With a price tag of over $8000, the risk simply outweighs the reward for Holiday too much to confidently start him.