Monta Ellis, Guard: Continuing his streak of playing over 40 minutes and producing consistent fantasy numbers, Ellis tore up the Sacremento defense to the tune of 29 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists.
Dwayne Wade, Guard: Wade has really been picking up his play as of late, perhaps in effort to take some of the load off of King James. Last night against the Pacers, Wade scored 23, assisted on 3 buckets and grabbed two boards; what really made his fantasy night, however, was the 6 steals.
Ekpe Udoh, F/C: With Ersan Iylasova out, Udoh picked up 25 minutes and was able to score 10 points and grab 7 boards, far exceeding the value of his rock bottom cost.
Avery Bradley, Guard: Keeping his streak of being undervalued, Bradley did exactly what you want out of guard of his price. He had 35 minutes of floor time, scoring 12 points, assisting on 5 buckets, grabbing three boards and gaining one steal. Bradley will rarely win you a matchup, but he will keep you competitive.
1. Russell Westbrook- The Thunder and the Spurs go to war. This much we know. Much of the offensive burden is going to fall on Durant and Westbrook because San Antonio’s defensive scheme is so mechanical.
2. Steph Curry- You may remember what happened the last time Curry played the Knicks.
3. Raymond Felton- As good as Curry is on offense, he is that bad on defense. Felton is solid, high floor play for the night.
Value Play: Mo Williams is still available at dirt cheap prices and is gaining more playing time as he comes back from injury against a reeling Piston’s team.
1. Manu Ginobli- The Spurs’ stars can’t give 100% every night, but without Tony Parker, Manu is going to have to shoulder creative offensive responsibility’s in a huge conference game.
2. Evan Turner- Philadelphia may be giving up on their coach, but Turner is a young, talented player who represents upside each night out.
3. Gordon Hayward- One of my favorite plays when he cost decreases, he is worth a play for the same reasons that Williams is.
Value Play: Thabo Sefolosha is underappreciated asset that is going to get playing time tonight, because Kevin Martin is a defensive liability against the Spurs larger backcourt.
1. Kevin Durant- Durant relishes in destroying the Spurs. A lock for 40 minutes of court time, 20 shots and plenty of solid defense against a much smaller Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. #1 play of the night.
2. Thaddeus Young- The consummate professional, Young shows up night in and night out, no matter what happens around him. Gerald Wallace is no match for the bigger, stronger Young.
3. Wilson Chandler- The Suns are in total disarray and the game could easily turn into a blowout. If it does, Chandler and Corey Brewer are both options at the 2 and 3 that will pick up the garbage time minutes.
Value Play: Iman Shumpert is a good play, as he gets healthier. Even if ‘Melo does go, Amar’e's absence frees up minutes for Shump.
1. Tim Duncan- In a matchup of brain versus brawn, Duncan has proven that he will consistently beat Serge Ibaka.
2. Kenneth Faried- The soft euro-stylings of Luis Scola aren’t going to stop Faried and neither are the twin powers of Marcus and Markieff Morris.
3. Carl Landry- I don’t believe David Lee plays, and if he does, his minutes will have to be limited. Landry is a cheap option with a solid floor if Lee doesn’t play.
Value Play: Pick your poison between Andray Blatche or Reggie Evans, both are low-cost, high-floor options that allow you to start some more expensive plays elsewhere.
1. Tyson Chandler- In this matchup last night, Chandler grabbed 28 rebounds. He will have to play even more minutes due to the Knicks injury situation and with Lee out, Golden State has no one who can play with Chandler.
2. Greg Monroe- The Jazz’s bigs rotation has become to convoluted to pay top dollar for any of them. Monroe is simply a better play because he is a surer thing.
3. Brook Lopez- Spencer Hawes is a daily fantasy punching bag, and Lopez is taping his knuckles as we speak.
Value Play: Javale McGee will be a beneficiary of garbage time and Phoniex’s complete lack of a real center.