It’s the second to last big night before the All-Star break. Hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the season, and almost into the final stretch. It seems like the season just started! But we still have a great night of basketball ahead of us hoop heads. Seven games to look forward to tonight; four of which have a spread over 200. Personally, my favorite matchup is the Thunder/Blazers game, but more on that later.
I have decided on three guys to start and sit for tonight’s games. All of my prices are according to DraftKings, the site I use for daily play. As always, for any questions tweet at the staff here at @FakeRoundball: @SaidHeHadAStory, @RSanderFR, @patsfever24, and @bsteinhause. Good luck, and allons-y:
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Kevin Durant ($12,000) vs the Blazers – This is the most I have ever seen a player cost on any fantasy website for daily play. But KD has been an investment that keeps on giving, so I have no reason not to recommend tonight. Yes, Portland has been solid against threes lately, but KD has been playing better than anyone in the league. Averaging over 50 fantasy points a game, and coming off a 75 point night, I see no reason to go against him.
LeBron James ($10, 900) vs the Suns – The good news is that Phoenix has been solid defensively in the paint lately. They have played well and look to be improving with Len coming along. The bad news is tonight they get LeBron who will be looking to make up for a bad game against the Jazz on Saturday. Three days of rest is plenty for the big guy to get his shot down again and unleash a full workload against the Jazz, who’s hardest position to defend is the three.
Isaiah Thomas ($7,500) vs the Cavs – IT2 had a great night against Washington, almost notching 50 fantasy points. People might get scared away from the drop off that Thomas has had since the Gay trade and a healthy Boogie, but I expect him to have a great game tonight. The Cavs are getting better with Deng defending the 3 and Varejao will be working down low all night. Not to mention, the Cavs have had serious trouble defending quick guards. IT2 should reward those owners who stood by him, and should have a great fantasy night.
John Wall ($9,700) vs the Grizzlies – Including his pedestrian game against the Kings, Wall has hit 40+ fantasy points in five of his last six. Plus no Mike Conley or Tony Allen tonight looks tempting, right? Wrong. Even with the Grizz being banged up, they have been the best team against the point, and it’s not even close. In fact, they’ve been the best team against the backcourt the last two weeks. To put it in perspective, the Grizz have given up 53.7 fantasy points on average to guards. Indiana, Golden State, the Clippers, and Rockets have 67+. Start at your own risk tonight.
Dirk Nowitzki ($7,700) vs the Bobcats – Dirk has been one of the most frustrating daily players for me. Some nights, he looks like the Dirk of old dropping 30+ points and grabbing boards, other times he looks pedestrian at best, barely scoring over twenty fantasy points. I think tonight is one of the latter night for Dirk. Charlotte has been solid defensively all season long, and is the third best team at defending his position. That’s a high asking price for a guy who has averaged barely over 30 fantasy points a game over his last ten.
Ryan Kelly ($4,000) vs the Jazz – It’s not very often that I go against a guy who is so cheap to play. Granted this is been my personal experience with Kelly , but I’ve been burned by the guy so many times that I refuse to use him anymore. Some nights, he has a great matchup and looks to get big minutes, and he lays a turd on the coat. Other nights, he explodes on the court for a 30+ night. Inconsistency is a brutal killer in fantasy world, and I can’t justify starting him tonight, even if he costs two packs of gum and a coke.