Joakim Noah, F/C, Chicago Bulls: If you didn’t play Noah last night, you probably lost whatever match up you were in. Noah put in 23 points, 21 boards and 11 blocks; Noah actually topped Steph Curry’s previous score on DraftDay by .25!
Chris Paul, Point Guard, Los Angeles Clippers: In a light night for point guard plays, Paul delivered the goods. Paul scored 47 DraftDay points and helped many a player take down their head to head match ups.
Iahn Mahini, Center, Indiana Pacers: With Hibbert suspended, many a daily fantasy player put a very cheap Mahini into their lineup. Mahini didn’t have a great game, but was able to post 5 points, 5 boards and an assist.
J.J Barea, Combo Guard, Minnestoa Timberwolves: Perhaps my best call of the night, Barea was a rare bright spot for the T-Wolves last night. Barea scored 20 points in 28 minutes and chipped in 4 assists and 5 boards.
1. Chris Paul- Point Guard defense doesn’t come any worse than the Cleveland Cavaliers, and point guards don’t come more talented than Chris Paul.
2. Russell Westbrook- The Thunder always play high scoring, exciting games against the Nugget’s. Russ is going to get his shots and Andre Miller and Ty Lawson aren’t going to put up much resistance.
3. Brandon Knight- Ever since Jose Calderon forced Knight into the starting 2 guard role, focusing his role more on scoring. Against a weak Hornet’s D, Knight is a solid play.
Value Play: Avery Bradley- It doesn’t get any better than a starting point guard at bargain bin prices against the Warrior’s No-D backcourt.
1. Bradley Beal- This week will probably be the last of Beal’s availability at reasonable prices. Enjoy him against the Knick’s.
2. Gordon Hayward- Hayward has been playing great basketball and will be facing a Charlotte team with no real wing defenders. Additionally, the Jazz’s top 2 scores are doubtful to play, giving Hayward more shots.
3. Dion Waiters- Playing much better and scoring in hoards with Kyrie Irving sidelined. Ride him while you can.
Value Play: Kyle Korver- After a short stretch of poor play, Korver’s salary has dropped on most sites. For a guy getting 30 minutes a night with Korver’s shot, he presents real value.
1. Kevin Durant- Get him in your lineup. Durant has historically torched the Nuggets and tonight will be no different. You won’t win any GPP’s without him.
2. Matt Barnes- In a full slaughtering on Cleveland, expe t Barnes too produce. Cleveland has no solid wing defenders to speak of, and Barnes will get garbage time run.
3. Tobias Harris- No longer a strict value play, Harris is a 25 fppg player as long as the Magic’s rotation stays the same.
Value Play: Courtney Lee - GS-Boston is going to be high scoring and Lee will get his normal run. Always a solid bet for +15 points in high scoring games, since the Rondo injury.
1. Carmelo Anthony- With several of the other high priced options injured or with tough options, Melo is a great play against Washington.
2. Kevin Garnett- It would appear I have high expectations for the Celtics! Garnett has a great matchup against Golden States front court and will be needed to score.
3. Derrick Favors- If one of Milsap or Jefferson sits and you don’t play Favors, you deserve to lose all of your match ups.
Value Play: Donatas Montiejunas- As long as Donuts has the starting role, play him at a cheap price, especially in formats that reward assists.
1. Al Horford- In making the choice of your higher priced players, Big Al might have to get the cut. However, playing against maybe th softest and most-euro’d front court in the league, Horfors is gonna get his points.
2. Ryan Anderson- Anderson’s last game against Deteoit,meh out 30. There isn’t anyone on the team adequately suited to guarding him at the 3 point line and Anthony Davis’s injury gives Anderson even more playing time.
3. Byron Mullens- The statistical models love Mullens tonight and the reasoning is the same as Anderson, no one is out there to chase him around the perimeter.
Value Play: Enes Kanter- Just to reiterate: If Milsap and Jefferson sit, you have to play Favors and Kanter. Even if one of them plays, Kanter is a decent value play.