Andre Iguodala- I called him my play of the night and boy, did he deliver. 28 points, 7 boards and 9 assists is the sort of production that you can expect from Iggy with Gallo sitting. Keep riding him while he is hot.
Dwight Howard- The man is back. I don’t believe in any of the narrative drivel that the mainstream media will spew about his improved play with Kobe out, but it does positively impact his fantasy value. 26 and 17 is nothing to sneeze at.
Steve Blake- His strongest game as Nash’s replacement came last night against San Antonio. 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists skyrocketed past his expected produciton.
Brian Roberts- In only 27 minutes, Roberts posted 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. As a fill-in player for the next few weeks, Roberts is a solid play.
1. Russell Westbrook- The Thunder still need wins to get the #1 seed in the West and the matchup doesn’t get much easier than the flailing Kings.
2. John Wall- Unlike the Thunder, the Wizards have nothing to play for but that isn’t stopping John Wall from destroying everything in his path.
3. Kemba Walker- On the hot streak of his young career, at home, and against the Knicks B-team is basically a perfect scenario for young Kemba.
Value Play: If Brandon Jennings sits again, and all signs indicate that he will, Ish Smith of the Bucks becomes a fantastic value play at a dirt cheap price.
1. Monta Ellis- Riding him until the season ends with Brandon Jennings hurting. Unlimited shots and a solid matchup tonight against a fast-paced Denver team.
2. Steph Curry- Super expensive, but the ailing Tony Parker isn’t going to be able to get in Curry’s way.
3. Wilson Chandler- He just didn’t have a good game last night and Fournier got more minutes than any of us expected, but that isn’t going to make me fade him.
Value Play: Evan Fournier is going to get extra minutes in the Nuggets super-smallball lineups and is very skilled.
1. Kevin Durant- By far the best player on the board tonight and as previously mentioned, the Thunder need this win.
2. Tobias Harris- A tough matchup, yes, but Harris is getting statistics any way possible. It’s impressive what he has been able to accomplish in the middle of the Orlando chaos.
3. Andre Iguodala- His price is getting very high most places, however, with what he has accomplished with Gallo out, I can’t recommend fading him.
Value Play: Steve Novak is the classic GPP play. Very low floor, but a very high ceiling, due to his ability to get hot from 3. With ‘Melo sitting, his minutes will increase.
1. Al Jefferson- Utah needs a win to keep pace with the Lakers and Jefferson is playing really good basketball and draws a cake matchup against Minnesota.
2. Serge Ibaka- With Perkins already announced as out, Serge is probably going to get 40 minutes of run against the pathetic Kings tonight.
3. Ersan Ilyasova- A couple bad games have his price suppressed and I’m targeting Bucks players in a high scoring matchup against the Nuggets.
Value Play: Chris Copeland makes his 4th straight appearance at this slot. With the Knicks banged up, he is going to keep getting productive minutes.
1. Marc Gasol- The only player on the Grizzlies who is even worth fantasy consideration, Gasol is locked in at the moment and no one on the Mavs is going to hang with him.
2. Greg Monroe- Philadelphia is in one of the most chaotic situations possible for a professional basketball team and Monroe can take advantage tonight.
3. Josh McRoberts- It seems weird to suggest you have to play a Bobcats player, but with his current price tag, I don’t see how you can fade McRebound against the Knicks B-Team
Value Play: John Henson will draw the start in place of LARRY SANDERS! tonight and has sky high upside.