Monta Ellis- 19 points, 4 rebounds, 14 assists and 6 steals. Monta Ellis literally had it all. Against a bad Charlotte team, there was no way that Ellis was going to go off.
Josh Smith- 18 points and 14 boards is what you should expect from Josh on a good night. When J-Smoove is in the groove, he’s an elite fantasy asset.
Francisco Garcia- I can admit when I read a situation wrong; I believed that James Anderson and Carlos Delfino would be the main beneficiaries of James Harden and Chandler Parsons sitting, but Garcia drew the start and scored 15 points with 5 assists at a dirt cheap price.
Andre Drummond- I was all over Drummond on every site and he simply just didn’t show up against the Raps, only scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in limited minutes.
(Since we have a short slate, there will be 2 guys and a value play at each spot)
1. John Wall- Get him in your lineups or forever hold your peace. Wall is playing incredible basketball right now and as vaunted as the Chicago defense is, Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson without Joakim Noah to back them up aren’t going to stop Wall.
2. Steve Blake- With Nash sitting, Blake is a supreme value play in a matchup against a team with a point guard almost the same age as Nash.
Value Play: Mike James is a great play against a bad Lakers defense.
1. J.R Smith- I don’t think that Wade goes, make Smith the de facto #1 play of the day. When he is getting to the rim like this, he is unstoppable.
2. O.J Mayo- As the primary ballhandler for the team. Mayo will always have great upside for his price.
Value Play: Kirk Hinrich is cheap and playing 30 minutes as the setter of the Chicago offensive table.
1. Carmelo Anthony- ‘Melo takes it to the Heat and the Knicks need these wins.
2. Jimmy Butler- With Belinelli expected to miss another game, Butler should get a bulk of minutes between the 2 and the 3.
Value Play: Assuming Wade and Lebron sit, I like Mike Miller as a very cheap, but high upside option. If Miller gets hot, he could score over 25 fantasy points.
1. Dirk Nowitzki- Dirk is Dirk again. Rejoice in the fact that he isn’t priced that way anywhere.
2.Taj Gibson: Noah sits and Gibson becomes a top play. These daily fluctuations make NBA fantasy hard to play, but rewarding in the end.
Value Play: I’m still riding Antawn Jamison as Metta World Peace’s replacement and I haven’t been disappointed.
1. Dwight Howard- Finally playing like Dwight, consider him a lock for at least 40 fantasy points tonight.
2. Pau Gasol- While Dirk is back on offense, he is still slower and lumbering, in combination with his subpar defensive instincts. This means that Pau is going to get work done in the low post.
Value Play: Brandan Wright is still logging productive minutes for the Mavs.