Hello all! This is the very first FantasySports.Org daily fantasy pulse. Instead of merely giving you my daily lineups, I will be bringing you critical daily fantasy information to help you make your own decision. There will be two parts, a recap of yesterdays action and some predictions and plays for the nights action.
Lebron James, Forward, Miami Heat: When you chose not to use Lebron James in your lineup, do so at your own risk. Playing against him in a head to head format while you aren’t benefiting from The King’s point makes winning an improbability and topping a tournament without Lebron’s 40-16-8 last night would have been impossible.
Dirk Nowitzski, Power Forward, Dallas Mavericks: Dirk has been hurt and not himself all season, but last night he showed why he is such a great player. The front line of the Milwaukee Bucks was hampered by the suspension of Samuel Dalembert, and Dirk’s 20-20 game shouldn’t have surprised anyone. If you played Dirk, you were rewarded.
Monta Ellis, Guard, Milwaukee Bucks: The J.J Reddick trade is seeming to have a posititve effect on Ellis’ daily fantasy value. Due to the set up of the team, Ellis is now getting a chance to initiate the offense moreso than before, providing 10 and 9 assists his last two games. As long as he is playing this well, Ellis is a pure stud for fantasy.
Yesterday’s Value Plays
Shaun Livingston, Point Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers: With Kyrie Irving out of the line, Livingston was the starting point guard for the Cavs at a dirt cheap price. He came through 15-2-2 stat line which doesn’t jump out at you, but is certainly solid giving his price tag.
Beno Udrih, Guard, Orlando Magic: Unlike Livingston, Udrih did not before with an injury opportunity. With Jameer Nelson out, Udrih was expected to play heavily and perform against an underwhelming Philadelphia team. The 9 assists were nice, especially on Draftday, but the four points he posted were not.
Elton Brand, Forward/Center, Dallas Mavericks: Starting brand against the Bucks weakened front line rewarded fantasy owners last night as Brand scored 12 points and grabbed 14 boards in addition to blocking 3 shots.
1. Russell Westbrook - Russell Westbrook is going to physically dominate a Hornets team without it’s primary paint protector, Anthony Davis.
2. John Wall - Wall gets to face a bad defensive squad in Detroit and he has been playing extremely well and still is not very expensive on most sites.
3. Jeff Teague - Teague has gotten more expensive but is playing incredible basketball and gets to matchup with a depleted and nonathletic Utah backcourt.
PG Value Play: Raymond Felton - Felton is still a 3rd-tier cost option against a truly terrible Golden State defense and may take on more of the scoring load if Carmelo doesn’t play tonight.
1. James Harden - Not playing Harden is similar to sitting James, you just can’t afford to do it when you can afford to play him.
2. Bradley Beal - Since being introduced into the staring lineup, Beal has produced amazingly and has the same solid matchup that Wall does.
3. J.R Smith - All the project systems love J.R Smith being guarded by Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, and Steph Curry; If Melo doesn’t go, Smith is 100% must play.
SG Value Play: E’Twaun Moore - Moore is in the position of handling the ball with Nelson out and has strung together 3 solid performances.
1. Kevin Durant - Kevin Durant versus Al-Farouq Aminu. Enough said.
2. Rudy Gay - Gay gets to face Cleveland’s pathetic wings while being allowed to shoot however much he wants.
3. Kawhi Leonard - Leonard gets the underwhelming duo of P.J Tucker, Jared Dudley and Micheal Beasley while getting more offensive touches.
SF Value Play: Tobias Harris - Harris is receiving real playing time in Orlando, is performing well and available at absolute dirt cheap price tags on all sites.
1. DeMarcus Cousins - DeMarcus Cousins is a beast and will physically overpower the Magic while the higher salaried guys have mostly tough matchups.
2. Nikola Vucevic - On the other side of the token, Vucevic has been incredibly consistent and is priced reasonably.
3. Ryan Anderson - Anderson is going to see an uptick in minutes with Anthony Davis out and Serge Ibaka is not great at chasing 3 point shooters.
PF Value Play: Amir Johnson - Johnson is getting 30+ minutes a game is available at a backups price against Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson
1. Omer Asik - Asik is my #1 center for the night due to Milwaukee’s current woes and Houston’s pace.
2. Tyson Chandler - Chandler gets David Lee and an injured Bogut.
3. Greg Monroe - Monroe is Detroit’s #1 offensive option and Washington won’t be able to stop him entirely.
C Value Play: Robin Lopez - Lopez will get a majority of minutes at center with Anthony Davis out.