Apologies for not posting a Pulse Thursday and Friday. Life on the road will do that. Without further ado, here is today’s pulse.
Lebron James- At this point, if you aren’t starting Lebron in a GPP or head to head format, you are really tempting the daily fantasy basketball gods. 8 boards, 10 assists, 32 points and a whole lot of fantasy points for owners who started him.
Goran Dragic- The work that Dragic is doing with the Suns is largely getting overlooked, but he is playing really good basketball; Dragic posted a 31-12-9 last night in 38 minutes against the Nets.
Nazr Mohammed- 10 boards, 1 steal, 4 points and a hell of a cheap price. Did exactly what you want out of a value play.
Mike Dunleavy- The rotating doors of wing players for the Bucks occasionally produces solid fantasy numbers and Dunleavy did so yesterday against the Hawks with a 6-6-2 line.
1. Ty Lawson- Coming back from injury he is dirt cheap and still playing some incredible basketball during Denver’s win streak.
2. John Wall- Memphis’ lock down defense or not, Wall is playing to good to fade right now. This is akin to Monta Ellis’ two week run before his wrist injury.
3. Jameer Nelson- In a likely blowout versus Miami, tonight isn’t a bad night to take the Jameer coaster.
Value Play: Brian Roberts will draw the start in the place of the injured Greivis Vasquez. Must start at his price.
1. Klay Thompson- My number one play of the night and the only player that is in every single one of my lineups. With Curry out, Thompson has a Marshall Henderson-esque green light!
2. Kobe Bryant- Still cheaper than he should be, Kobe is a good play against Jarret Jack and the Warriors tonight.
3. Andre Iguodala- Picking up some extra minutes with Wilson Chandler injured, he’s a a very solid, high floor play against the poor perimeter defense of the banged up Hornets.
Value Play: Corey Brewer is the main beneficiary of the Wilson Chandler injury.
1. Lebron James- You sat him last night because the game was going to be a blowout? Bad idea.
2. Martell Webster- The combination of playing time, matchup, ability and price make Webster an elite play tonight.
3. Maurice Harkless- With Nikola Vucevic out, Harkless and Harris are getting ridden like show ponies.
Value Play: Shane Battier is a guy that I frequently turn to when I need a cheap guy who can chip in 15 points. In a blowout in Miami, both he and Mike Miller are not terrible fantasy options.
1. Tyler Hansborough- It’s hard to decide which power forwards NOT to play. Hansborough is the best resident of value city.
2. Tobias Harris- Harris is a very, very close second, as he is going to get close to 40 minutes tonight against the Heat’s vulnerable front line.
3. Thaddeus Young- More expensive, but still pretty cheap compared to the Al Jefferson and David Lee’s of the world. I won’t be playing any of the pricey or “elite” power forwards on any site tonight.
Value Play: Darrell Arthur is one of Memphis’ managements and coach Lionel Hollins’ favorite players and he is going to get a chance to contribute with Marc Gasol sidelined.
1. Dwight Howard- Dwight Howard is going to score points on accident, that is how much David Lee doesn’t try on defense. In a recent Eye on Basketball podcast, Ethan Sherwood Straus of Warriors World admitted that he saw Lee literally make the decision to not challenge shots on purpose. Bodes well for Dwight.
2. Kyle O’Quinn- Value play be damned, with Vucevic out, I am playing O’Quinn everywhere that I don’t play Dwight.
3. Pau Gasol- As attractive as power forward is tonight, center is conversely unattractive. I’m playing Gasol if I don’t wanna pay for Howard or don’t trust O’Quinn.
Value Play: Ed Davis is seeing extra minutes with the Marc Gasol injury and is worth a shot versus Washington.