J.R Smith, Guard- For the 2nd night in a row, J.R was an absolutely great daily NBA fantasy play. Smith torched the Thunder for 36 points, before going cold in the 4th, which stopped this from being a legendary fantasy night.
Ty Lawson, Guard- Not the scoring output that you normally expect, but with 11 dimes and 6 boards, Lawson contributed across the board and met value.
Kevin Durant, Forward- Durant owned the Knicks last night. 34 points, 6 assists, and 8 boards. When the Thunder play a close game, Durant is the 2nd most valuable fantasy asset.
Reggie Jackson, Guard- Ugh, Derek Fisher. Without Fisher’s minutes, Reggie could have built on a solid 3-5 shooting game. Still, for a bare minimum cost, Jackson met value.
Lamar Odom, Forward- Odom’s up games are hard to predict, but his upside is tantalizing mixed with his low cost. Against the Nuggets last night, Odom scored 8 points and grabbed 10 boards.
1. Stephen Curry- James Harden works harder throwing dollar bills at the strip club than he does on defense. Steph Curry is going to test Harden and Lin in the backcourt.
2. John Wall- Today’s point guard plays are too pricey, which is why Wall is a solid play. None of Brooklyn’s perimeter defenders scare me much, and Wall has had solid games.
3. Isaiah Thomas- Playing at home against a terrible Phoenix squad, Thomas is an excellent play, provided Thomas doesn’t get Smart’ed.
Value Play: Mo Williams is dirt cheap coming back from injury and a high risk, high reward upside play. Reggie Jackson has high upside in a blowout in the OKC-Charlotte game.
1. James Harden- If Harden doesn’t try at defense, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson simply aren’t good at it. Harden is a rock-solid lock tonight.
2. Klay Thompson- The Golden State-Houston game is going to be one that you want a piece of. Thompson is the cheapest of the 3 guards and will exceed value.
3. Kevin Martin- I’m riding Martin while he seems to have a hot stroke. If Durant and Westbrook check out and don’t play the 4th quarter, Martin could accumulate some garbage time stats.
Value Play: Marco Belinelli is the best value play of the night, getting starters minutes on an offensively depleted Bulls squad.
1. Lebron James- Philadelphia actually has a solid defensive backcourt, which means the scoring load will shift from Dwayne Wade to Lebron for the night. Sit him at your own risk.
2. Rudy Gay- The slow and unathletic Lakers aren’t going to stop Rudy from getting his shots. Always a gamble, but the volume will be there.
3. Earl Clark- On a banged up Lakers team, Earl and Kobe are the only ones who are trying.
Value Play: Carlos Delfino is sure to get minutes in tonight’s Warriors-Rockets extravaganza.
1. David West- OH MY GOD THERE IS BLOOD EVERYWHERE. That’s the sound of Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson trying to guard David West.
2. Chandler Parsons- I don’t know if it’s helpful to keep mentioning this, but play guys in the GS-Houston game.
3. Dirk Nowitzki- Dirk has been off and on this year, but against Detroit that lacks interior defense, he is a solid play.
Value Play- Luis Scola will be the beneficiary of Marcin Gortat’s injury and his production will reflect an uptick in minutes.
1. Marc Gasol- An ailing Cleveland team just doesn’t have what it takes to battle Marc Gasol on the block, especially with Randolph on the fritz.
2. Omer Asik- One of my favorite night to night plays due to upside, Asik should have a solid game against David Lee and Festus Ezili.
3. Roy Hibbert- See West, David.
Value Play- Jermaine O’Neal could end up playing almost 40 minutes tonight for the Suns due to Gortat’s injury.