Dwight Howard- So it turns out that when Dwight tries and quits caring about upsetting people, he is really, really good at basketball. Howard went for 39 and 16 against his former team and won many players their fantasy matchups.
Deron Williams- With Joe Johnson out, there was nary a better play than Williams and he turned out in spades, scoring 21 and assisting on 13 buckets.
Ricky Rubio- Williams was not the best play of the night, as the happy Spainard changed the Spur’s faces into little frowns with an emphatic triple double. 21 points, 13 boards and 12 assists made him the most valuable play of the night.
Tobias Harris- Putting up spectacular, superstar numbers at a fraction of the cost. As long as Harris is this cheap, you have to keep playing him.
Shaun Livingston- Livingston outperformed my modest expectations against the Wizards. He was in all of my lineups and helped to the tune of 12 points, 3 boards, and 6 assists.
1. Russell Westbrook- It will depend on where you play, but on more dynamic scoring systems, such as Draft Day, his price has fallen, making him my favorite play against a reeling Jazz team.
2. Goran Dragic- Houston’s defense is bad and both of these teams like to put the shots up. Dragic has the ability to explode any night and Harden’s lethargic defense and Lin’s flat bad defense will aid him.
3. John Wall- Jennings and Monta aren’t so much about the defense. Shooting 30 foot 3′s? Sure. Standing in front of an athleticwall? Not so much.
Value Play: Rodney Stuckey will be drawing the starting minutes for the Pistons after Brandon Knight was murdered by DeAndre Jordan and then sprained his ankle the next night. Will be in all my lineups and he should be in yours as well.
1. James Harden- More expensive than Lebron and Durant on DraftDay and he probably deserves it. Phoenix has no chance of stopping Harden.
2. Monta Ellis- Okay, okay, okay. This is the last time. Just know to play Monta. Fin.
3. Marco Belinelli- With Hamilton out, Hinrich out and Robinson dinged up, look for Belinelli to get close to 20 shots.
Value Play: Martel Webster will get a bulk of minutes with Trevor Ariza dinged up.
1. Kevin Durant- The Thunder are a team that rebounds very well from losses. I expect Russell and Kevin to remind the Western conference that they are not to be played with.
2. Paul George- Anytime you can play an All-Star forward against Mickeal Gelable, you have to do it.
3. Luol Deng-Crazy minutes against a really bad Sacremento team. Deng hasn’t been great lately, but the Kings are just so dysfunctional.
Value Play- Alan Anderson should see some more minutes with Toronto’s rash of injuries and Boston just got torn up by the Bobcats, meaning that they are wearing down or ready for some ass kicking. Either way, Anderson will see minutes.
1. Josh Smith- Most of the great power forward plays also have center eligibility, so I’m giving Smith the number one spot in a matchup against Metta World Peace and Earl Clark.
2. Nene Hilario- The Bucks bigs have gotten alot of attention for their shotblocking; their overhelping, however, leaves them out of position for offensive rebounds and putbacks. Both Hilario and Okafor are great plays.
3. Carlos Boozer- It would appear that Bulls’ players are a hot target tonight. Especially with Cousins out, the entire Bulls front court should play well.
Value Play: Amir Johnson will pick up more minutes with Rudy Gay questionable and Andrea Bargnani ruled out.
1. Joakim Noah- The last time Noah was the #1 center play, he put a crazy triple double. This Kings team, minus DeMarcus Cousins is going to be helpless against Noah’s relentless energy.
2. Emeka Okafor- A straight up fantasy crush of mine, Okafor will get a nice chunk of minutes and outsmart LARRY SANDERS! and Samuel Dalembert.
3. Marc Gasol- Always with a limited upside due to the Grizzlies style of play, Gasol has a solid matchup against Blake Griffin’s T-Rex arms.
Value Play: Patrick Patterson , if DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t go. He will be dirt cheap and see at least 30 very cheap minutes.