Hope all you NBA DFS’ers survived yesterday without an NBA daily game to play. At least there was a great Super Bowl to watch last night to not think about hoops.
Tonight, back to the grind as we tackle an eleven game NBA schedule. As I normally do, I like to look at the highest totals on the board with the tightest spread. The clear cut choice in that area is the Clippers / Nuggets tilt in Denver. With the Clips a 1.5 point favorite and an over/under of 216, you could see some fantasy fireworks. Another game I like is the Blazer / Wizard matchup in Washington where the Wiz are a 1 point favorite with a 208 total. On to some selections:
(Note: I use salaries from Draft Street)
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Blake Griffin ($17,249)- His salary has come down a bit (deservedly so), so the 17K is not a lineup crusher. As stated in the opening, a close high scoring game is expected tonight. Denver has one of the worst front lines against PF this season, although it has been a bit better lately. Could be one of Blake’s 28/14 type nights (at least I hope so). Also consider Carmelo Anthony for close to the same price.
DeAndre Jordan, ($15,629)- We stay in Denver and go with another Clipper big man here. Where there are points expected to be scored, you can also expect plenty of missed shots, and the NBA’s leading rebounder might gobble up 20 of them tonight. Denver is bottom five against centers the last 2 weeks just to add fuel to the fire. If you don’t feel like staying up late, Andre Drummond is a similar option.
John Wall, ($17,154)- The Wizards floor general gets the pleasure of facing off tonight with Damian Lillard and his suspect defense. Wall has so many different ways of filling the box score, he can accrue DFS points from any aspect of the game. He’s coming off consecutive double doubles with 4 SPG over those two games. Should keep rolling tonight.
Ty Lawson, ($15,789)- Back we go to the recovering Mile High City. Lawson missed the last 2 games with a shoulder injury, but is back in the lineup tonight. He had it rolling pretty good in the month of January, averaging over 35 DS points per game. Can hopefully expect a higher total than that in tonight’s contest. If you’re not comfortable with Lawson off the injury, roll with Kyle Lowry for about the same price.
I’m also going to suggest you fading Kevin Durant tonight. It’s tough to not get him in your lineup, but his salary ($22,789 on DS, $11,600 on DK) make it really tough for value to get hit, especially against a Memphis team playing solid D lately.
Cheapskates: Some lower priced guys to consider so you can get some bigger “studs” in your lineups
Ersan Ilyasova, ($9,052)- If you’re like me, you’ve been burned a million times by this guy so far this season. He has big game potential every night with his scoring and rebounding ability. He is on the upswing again lately, averaging almost 16 and 9 over his last five.
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Marvin Williams, ($8,650)- Williams (heel) is expected to suit up tonight. Not expected to suit up are Derrick Favors or Jeremy Evans, leaving plenty of minutes for Marvin. He’s averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 boards over his last couple games. If Favors does decide to go however, all bets are off.
Nick Calathes, ($6,059)- Calathes helped many a DFS team Saturday night when he poured in 22 points to go with 5 boards and 3 assists. Granted, it was against the horrid Bucks. Tonight’s test is much tougher as the Grizzlies are in Oklahoma City. I wouldn’t go expecting numbers anything close to Saturday but for that price (and the minimum $3,000 on DK), its hard to keep him out.
Jarrett Jack, ($6,331)- Jack is making another start after replacing CJ Miles in the starting lineup. He had just 7 points and 6 assists Saturday in Houston, but did play 31 minutes. Jack has always shown the ability to fill up a box score when given the court time. Cheap price tonight could be worth your while. I like him more than the more popular Calathes tonight.
Elliot Williams, ($3,384)- The lowest priced guy on DS tonight. This is a play only if Michael Carter-Williams sits out. If MCW doesn’t go, Williams becomes a backup G and should see minutes, he’s played 24 per his last 2, and has scored 15 PPG. As always with Philly on the road, a blow out is a good possibility, which could give the much lesser known Williams some more run.