Happy Tuesday everyone. Talk about the value plays stepping up last night, huge games from guys like Tim Frazier, Allen Crabbe, Garrett Temple, David Lee, among others. When a player goes down another is always there and ready to step up. When it comes to fantasy, that could be either a blessing, or a curse. Believe me.
Today we only have 4 games on the board. Let’s see what time the action starts as well as some fantasy options on the night.
MEM @ PHI 7pm
DET @ MIA 7:30pm
DAL @ TOR 7:30pm
LAL @ DEN 9pm
Kyle Lowry. Lowry had a rough game a couple nights ago against Sacramento. He was ejected in the 3rd quarter after receiving 2 technical fouls. He only played 25 minutes and his stat line (for his price) was less than impressive. Tonight Lowry has the chance to get back on his feet again as the Mavericks take a trip to Toronto for a showdown at the Air Canada Centre. Dallas isn’t all that good when it comes to defending guards and with slim pickings at the PG position. I think paying for Lowry now will certainly pay off later.
Reggie Jackson. The way I see it, there’s 4 real options at PG tonight. Lowry, Jackson, Conley, and Jameer Nelson. Conley concerns me because the Philly/Memphis game could easily end up in a blowout. I really like Nelson against the Lakers, however after reading that Goran Dragic is a game-time decision, I had to go with R-Jax. Jackson has been playing phenomenally as of late and actually just earned the player of the week award for the eastern conference. He’s coming off of a monster 57.7 fanduel point performance and all though that was from a game that went to quadruple overtime, I still really like Jackson tonight.
DeMar DeRozen has been very consistent lately and is a player who is probably making many seasonal league owners very happy. His price is slowly climbing, and with the way he’s been performing, he could easily reach the $9k mark (eventually). Go with who is hot, go DeRozen.
Will Barton is making a serious case for the sixth man of the year award. Though he comes off of the bench he is receiving starters minutes and is taking full advantage of it. After a huge 52 fanduel point performance (32 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) against the Pelicans Sunday evening, Barton looks to continue his potential sixth man of the year ways tonight against the Lakers. (Lakers rank last in the league on defense against opposing guards)
Matt Barnes. Believe it or not Matt Barnes has found a nice role in the Grizzlies starting lineup. Memphis has been bringing Zach Randolph off the bench lately and it’s definitely been working for us as fantasy players. For the most part Barnes has been consistent and getting huge minutes. At $4900, he’s still a great value play. Not for too much longer though because if he remains consistent, his price will only get higher.
James Johnson. It looks like Johnson has replaced Terrence Ross who is replacing the injured DeMarre Carroll in the Raptors starting lineup. Johnson is generally a very efficient player, however he has always struggled to get the minutes. Playing 32 minutes in both of the previous two games as well as putting up 26.7 and 25.7 fanduel points. Another great value at $3900, I really like Johnson tonight especially with it looking like he has at least 30+ secured minutes.
Though Chris Bosh has been a little inconsistent as of late I still like him tonight against the Pistons. Both the Heat and the Pistons are good defensive teams. When it comes to matchups though I like Bosh’s chances. With Josh McRoberts out, and Goran Dragic questionable, Bosh will have even more responsibility when he’s on the floor. With minimal PF options, don’t hesitate putting Bosh into your lineups.
Kenneth Faried. Anyone becomes a nice option against the Lakers. Anyone who has ever watched Faried before will tell you he is a hard worker. The Manimal will get out there and bust his a*s to grab rebounds and even do some scoring. Though his numbers may be a little inconsistent at times, he’s been fairly consistent since coming back from injury.
Zaza Pachulia has quietly fit in extremely well with the Dallas Mavericks this season. Averaging a double- double, Zaza is another very consistent player. Though he most likely won’t be the highest picked center tonight, Zaza will always be a double-double threat (and some).
Other good plays:
Danilo Gallinari (if he plays, currently a GTD)
*: Blowout potential. I really like both Conley and Gasol but if the game gets out of hand you could get lose these guys for at least the whole 4th quarter.