Draft Kings NBA – February 8, 2017

Here are the games and the names I’ll be monitoring for my #DFS #DraftKings NBA line-up on Weds. February 8, 2017

  • San Antonio Spurs vs Philadelphia 76ers:  It is never a safe bet when you are talking a Spurs game, and big fantasy output, but this match-up is worth monitoring. Joel Embiid is out for the 76ers, so Jahlil Okafor and Norlens Noel will find themselves playing extra minutes tonight. Same goes for David Lee with the absence of Pau Gasol.   76ers also offer us TJ McConnell as a nice mid-price option at PG
  • Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets:  Wizards are quickly becoming a primary destination for Daily Fantasy Sports Option. They play a high paced game and often find themselves in high scoring games.  Adding the fact that their opponent tonight are the woeful Brooklyn Nets, the Wizards are primed to put up a ton of point, but his game does offer us a risk of a blowout.  Hoping it remains a semi-competitive game,  we have to give serious consideration to John Wall, Bradley Beal, Martin Gortat and Otto Porter.
  • LA Clippers vs New York Knicks:  The Knicks defense continues to get worse with each game so I expect a solid outing from a lot of the Clippers players.  Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers, JJ Reddick and DeAndre Jordan are all in play with a potential to have a very strong outing tonight.  The Knicks do offer us a couple of options worth considering as well. Willy Hernangomez is sure to get serious playing time with the continued absence of Joakim Noah, while Derek Rose should capitalize on the thin Clipppers backcourt, and should have a solid outing tonight
  • Boston Celtics vs Sacramento Kings:  This game deserves our full attention. It’s full of risky plays, and there is a chance the Celtics will run away in this one, but the Kings are without DeMarcus Cousins, which opens up possibilities on both teams, to take full advantage. With no Cousins, we have should take a long look at Matt Barnes, Darren Collison and Ty Lawson as the names who will carry the offense, but also, don’t forget to take a look at Costa Koufas and Willy Cauley Stein as cheap options on the Kings.  The Celtics should shine in this game, and Isiah Thomas, Al Hortford and Jae Crowder are all worthy of consideration for tonight.

Going Cheap:  Brandon Ingram (LAL); Costa Koufas (SAC); Jahlil Okafor (PHI)

Going Big:  Isiah Thomas ( BOS); Kevin Love (CLE); Steph Curry (GSW)

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Draft Kings NBA – February 2, 2017

Here are the games and the names I will be monitoring for my DFS Basketball line-up on February 2nd, 2017

  • L.A. Lakers vs Washington Wizards:  The Lakers are a bad defensive team, with no interior defense, while the Wizards like to push the ball, which ends up creating high scoring games, but also gives extra possessions to their opponents.  For Washington, I really like Markieff Morris and Martin Gortat to have a solid game and rack up fantasy points to meet or exceed value, while for the Lakers I like D’Agnello Russell if he is healthy and cleared to play.
  • Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets:  One of the more interesting game on the menu, since both teams have issues on defense, but will not struggle to score on offense.  The Hawks offer interesting options with a high ceiling in the form of Dennis Schroeder and Paul Millspap, but let’s not forget about Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore as solid options to have strong games tonight.  On the other side of the ball, for the Rockets, we continue to look at James Harden, as he is capable to extraordinary numbers, and as his sidekicks go, I am looking at Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon as cheaper options to fill out some roster spots.
  • LA Clippers vs Golden State Warriors:  This should be a game that will produce high scoring and solid box score numbers … as long as it’s not a blowout, which is a possibility.  The Clippers are still without Chris Paul, so their Guards give us interesting options in the form of Austin Rivers, JJ Reddick and Raymond Felton, while Blake Griffin is my pick to have a very solid game.  On the other side, for the Warriors, I like their Guards Steph Curry and Clay Thompson to have very strong games, but once again, this game does pose the possibility of a blow out which will limit the minutes played by the Superstars
  • Going CHEAP:  Raymond Felton (LAC); Kent Bazemore (ATL)
  • Going BIG:  James Harden (HOU); Blake Griffin (LAC)

Draft Kings NBA – Jan. 31, 2017

Some Games and some Names I’ll be monitoring for my Draft Kings DFS daily line-up for Tuesday January 31, 2017

  • New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards:  This being the Knicks and the awful defensive effort they are bound to show, the Wizards become an interesting option for tonight. I like this match-up for the mid-level guys on the Wizards roster.  Markieff Morris, Otto Porter and Martin Gortat are in line for a solid performance against a bad defense and have great potential to exceed value tonight.  The Knicks have the red hot Carmelo Anthony who should continue to shine scoring the ball, but Porzingis is also starting to show signs of coming out of his slump. (Buyer Beware – Guillermo Hernangomez / Joakim Noah / Kyle O’Quinn – The Knicks continue to shuffle the three without a solidifying who will be getting the lions’ share of the minutes )
  • Sacramento Kings vs Houston Rockets: This is an interesting game if you want to look at a few risky options. Typically I love to take a look at anyone going against the Rockets because we all except a high scoring game both ways, but the Kings just don’t offer a lot of options behind DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins is the one start who should be able to carry your fantasy line-up on this evening. Going against a potential MVP in James Harden, I expect Cousins to be in beast mode, also considering the fact the Rockets don’t have anyone who should offer him problems on the defensive end.  Sadly behind Cousins it’s all a crap shoot, but if you need a few cheaper options you may want to consider Ty Lawson; and Garrett Temple of the Kings.  For the Rockets, they go as James Harden goes, and after a slow night in his previous game, I expect him to play like the super star he is and match Cousins step for step.  I believe Harden and Cousins will both have big nights, and one of them should be anchoring your fantasy line-up tonight
  • San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder:  This game is very intriguing to me, as it offers us plenty of cheaper options at the PF and C positions due to injuries on both teams. These are all fairly risky options, but can pay off in a big way.  For OKC, with Enes Kanter out, it’s not just Steven Adams who will benefit with extra minutes.  Domantas Sabonis and Joffrey Lauvergne are now in line for more playing time and some extra touches of the ball.  They are very cheap but deserve a look, since we do need to find a couple bargains. The Spurs are dealing with a similar issue and with no Pau Gasol for San Antonio tonight, we have David Lee and Davis Bertans as cheaper hail mary plays to fill out your roster.
  • GOING CHEAP: Domantas Sabonis (OKC); Joffrey Lauvergne (OKC)
  • GOING BIG:  James Harden (HOU); DeMarcus Cousins (SAC)

Draft Kings NBA – January 27, 2017

Here are some games and some names worth considering for your DFS Draft Kings NBA line-up for Friday, January 2017

  • Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers;  The Cavaliers have been struggling and the Nets offer the recipe to fix that, in the form of a terrible defense.  This should be a game where LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love take care of business.  This has a potential for a blowout, but if it remains a game, those 3 will do the heavy lifting and fill up the stat sheet.  For the Nets, I continue to look at Caris LaVert , who continues to force his way into meaningful minutes and is still priced at only 4k.
  • Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers;  We know what the Rockets will give us. High octane offense with a ton of scoring, all orchestrated by James Harden who is positioned for a huge game tonight.  I also like Patrick Beverly of the Rockets as a nice cheaper option for your line-up.  The 76ers make for an excellent option tonight. Houston doesn’t have the bigs to contains the weapons Philadelphia has, so monitor which of the bigs will be playing tonight. Embiid, and Okafor make for a great option, but if one of them is out tonight, Norelen Noel is a great cheap, athletic big who will find himself in a very good match-up vs. The Rockets.  Don’t forget Robert Covington, TJ McConnell and Ersan Ilaysova, who are all capable of lighting it up in a high scoring game where playing defense will be a foreign concept.
  • Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks;   If you are looking  for some git names that are just below the 10k price point, this game should offer great options.  John Wall, Markieff Morris and Bradley Beal of the Wizards while the Hawks should not have any issues to put up solid numbers behind the play of Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroeder.

Going Cheap:  Guillermo Hernangomez (NYK); Nerlens Noel (PHI – Embiid or Okafor are out )

Going Big:  LeBron James (CLE); James Harden (HOU); Kyrie Irving (CLE)

Draft Kings (DFS ) NBA – Jan. 24, 2017

Here are the Games and Names I’ll be paying attention to, for my DraftKings NBA line-up on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Celtics vs Wizards:  The match-up of all world PGs, and you can’t go wrong with either guy. Both John Wall for Washington and Isiah Thomas for Boston are primed to have a big night in what figures to be a high scoring game. Both teams run deeper than just 1 star, and on this day, I like Bradley Beal for Washington and Al Hortford and Jae Crowder to have big nights for Boston
  • Clippers vs 76ers: This is very interesting match-up with a lot of potential in my eyes.  The Clippers are hampered by injuries and have a lot of cheaper options. They are risky, but they do have a high ceiling and can be an absolute steal on any given night. Take a look at Raymond Felton, Austin Rivers and JJ Reddick as well as Mo Speights for the Clippers.  The 76ers have been playing excellent basketball and TJ McConnell is a great play for tonight with no Chris Paul to contend with.  Robert Covington and Ersan Ilyasova also make for interesting plays this evening with a high ceiling against the depleted Clips.
  • T’Wolves vs Suns:  The Suns have their issues on defense, and with the T’Wolves collection of young stars, the roster is worth a look. We all know Carl Anthony Towns, the high priced star of the T’Wolves, but I also love this match up for the athletic forward Gorgei Deng and even Zach LaVine should warrant a look.  On the Suns, it’s the Eric Bledsoe show and he is always in play as the main attraction of the Suns offense.

Going Cheap:  Gorgui Deng (MIN); JJ Reddick (LAC);

Going Big:  Isiah Thomas (BOS); Eric Bledsoe (PHO);

Draft Kings NBA – January 23, 2017

Games and Names:

Here are some games and respective names on my radar, when building my DraftKings line-up for Friday, January 23, 2017

  • Washington vs Charlotte:  Charlotte is tough defensive match-up, but both team have explosive PGs who can go off in a big way. For tonight, I think it’s Kemba Walker who is the more intriguing option, while on Washington, I think Martin Gortat is in line for a very productive stat line this evening.
  • Golden State vs Miami:  The common theme of the games vs. the Warriors, is the opponents will have their share of scoring opportunities because the game is always at such a high pace.  This makes Miami a team worth looking at, with names like Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, as well as their secondary options of Dione Waiters and James Johnson
  • LA Clippers vs Atlanta:  Clippers are so badly depleted by injuries that by default they have options worth a look. In the backcourt, guys like Felton, Reddick and Rivers are all capable of a big night against the Hawks, while on the other side, the Clippers injuries should make them a good match up for Dennis Schroeder and Paul Millsap of the Hawks.
  • San Antonio vs Brooklyn:  The Spurs are not about filling up the stat sheet, but since the Nets are so bad defensively, and Tony Parker is out due to injury, Patty Mills is worth a look if you need a cheap option for your team.  On the Nets, pay attention to Caris LaVert who continues to get more minutes and is still very fairly priced
  • Houston vs Milwaukee: Two teams that push the pace, which should produce fireworks, but it’s not the hidden gems I am looking at, in this one. It’s the 2 starting PG who should have an all world outing in this one. If you are building your team around one star tonight, flip a coin between James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo and hope the game stays close so both stars can get big minute
  • *** Going Cheap:  Patty Mills (SA); Joakim Noah (NYK)
  • *** Going Big:  Giannis Antetokounpmpo (MIL); James Harden (HOU)

Draft Kings NBA – January 20, 2017

Games and Names:

Here are some games and respective names on my radar, when building my DraftKings line-up for Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Trail Blazers vs 76ers:   This can end up being a great match-up for both teams. The 76ers find themselves in a favorable match-up for Joel Embiid, while for Portland, Damian Lillard should shine against the Philadelphia guards.  Don’t forget to look beyond the teams biggest stars.  Both teams have their share of defensive issues which can open up the door for guys like Irsan Ilyasova, TJ McConnell and Robert Covington to put solid numbers.
  • Nets vs Pelicans:  The Pelicans get a great match-up vs a team that doesn’t do a good job slowing anyone down. Jrue Holliday and Anthony Davis should shine vs the struggling Nets.   The Pelicans do have some issues of their own, and the Nets offer some cheaper, but riskier options.  I like how R.Hollis-Jefferson has looked the last couple of games, and will strongly consider riding him while this type of output continues.
  • Warriors vs Rockets:  Ok, I know I am stating the obvious here, but this should be as fun and high scoring as a game can get.  Load up, because if it stays close, this is the one that should produce huge stat lines for multiple players.  For The Warriors, Durant is primed for another big game, while Steph, Draymond Green, and Klay all make for a great option. Don’t forget the cheap Center, Zaza Pachulia who has a good chance to surpass 20 fantasy points in this game. For the Rockets it’s all about James Harden, but his supporting cast is in a great position for a solid game.  Patrick Beverly, Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon…you are all in the mix !

Going Cheap:  Zaza Pachulia (Warriors); Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Nets)

Going Big:  Kevin Durant (Warriors); James Harden (Rockets); Anthony Davis (NO)