Last night was a smaller slate in the NBA but certainly an entertaining evening. The 76ers and Magic poured on the points and then the Rockets and Jazz enjoyed a close game, with some big performances coming from Nikola Vucevic and John Wall. There are some great games on tap for this evening, so let's delve into the matchups to exploit for DFS tonight.
Chris Paul ($9700): The Nuggets will be coming off a tough game against the Kings and generally don't defend opposing PGs very well. CP3 has been great ever since Blake Griffin went down, and I look for that to continue in a big way tonight.
Andre Drummond ($8000): It has been awhile since I suggested starting the former Huskie big man, but tonight just seems too good to pass up. After Vucevic went off for 35 points tonight, I'll take Drummond in an attempt to replicate that. The 76ers are bad against opposing centers and on a back-to-back, Andre is a must start.
Kemba Walker ($8200): Walker has been very good throughout the season with the occasional huge performance. Kyrie Irving, for all the scoring he provides, is a liability defensively. I expect the Hornets to have to play catch up with the Cavs all night which could lead to a big scoring game from the former UConn man.
Wesley Johnson ($4300): Johnson has been getting a good amount of minutes recently, and just like with CP3, the matchup is very favorable. With such a small price tag, you aren't looking for 30 fantasy points, but that is well within range, especially given the positive recent history in blowout games.
JaMychal Green ($4200): Green is one of the players that most directly benefits from the injury to Marc Gasol. His poor game last time out will scare off most people, so this could be a high reward play if Green can capitalize on a favorable matchup against a weak Lakers team.
Zach LaVine ($5300): Lavine is very consistent in scoring between 22 and 27 fantasy points per game. The matchup with the Raptors isn't great, but you aren't looking for huge numbers. Just getting towards the top of that range will give a good return and save some money for the bigger name players.
Myles Turner ($5800): Turner has been very productive for the Pacers ever since being given ample floor time. With a favorable matchup against Kristaps Porzingis, I look for Turner to rack up some solid scoring numbers. If the big man can add a few rebounds, you could be looking at a great return on investment.
Enjoy a busy Wednesday night in the NBA and happy balling!
The return from the All-Star break has really been quite the exciting time, especially in DFS with HUGE performances from Damian Lillard ($9600) and Anthony Davis ($10200), and the Heat somehow winning with a skeletal crew. The NBA has been nothing but exciting and entertaining and tonight should continue on in that vein.
Games to target:
New Orleans vs Washington (o/u 213.5)
Sacramento vs Denver (o/u 222.5)
John Wall ($9300): After a poor performance last time out after a three game in three night stretch, Wall looks to bounce back against a poor Pelicans defense. Wall has been incredible all year long and in a game sure to produce points, I'd bet heavily on Wall coming out as the top scorer in DFS tonight.
Brook Lopez ($7500): Lopez is another player who has been strong all season long and has really been the only reliable player on the Nets on a night in and night out basis. Portland is not a team dominant on the inside and this game should feature a bunch of points, so look for Lopez to collect plenty of boards and points tonight.
Maurice Harkless ($4400): I have no problem riding this hot streak, as Harkless has gone over 28 fantasy points in three straight. Harkless has gotten extended minutes recently and with an easy matchup tonight, the Portland man is definitely worth a flier.
Marco Belinelli ($4500): The Italian is one of those players that I always seem to catch on an off night. However, as a volume shooter, he should see plenty of opportunities to chuck it tonight against the Nuggets, who are below average at defending the position.
Brandon Jennings ($4600): I thought about putting Jennings in the High Risk category, but I don't think the former Piston is much of a risk. Jennings is seeing 25 minutes of game time and averaging just about 30 fantasy points since joining Orlando. Despite the small sample size, I feel as if Jennings has found a nice niche. Tonight against Philly, the guard should get some more run with the second team as the game should be secured pretty early.
Otto Porter ($5400): Porter has been fairly consistent all year long with the ability to give a boost in return depending on the matchup. Tonight's matchup should provide an opportunity to hit the 30 fantasy point mark and give a nice return on investment.Enjoy tonight's games and check back with me tomorrow as we look at the larger Wednesday slate. Happy balling!
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In picking players this week, I once again looked primarily at ability to make the cut, something that destroyed me at Pebble Beach. But, the real learning was one of my picks was Bubba Watson. I do love Bubba, but he is a big hitter and in a smaller course where a strong shorter game is the thing, he turned out to be a bad selection.
Similarly, picking the sleepers is generally what wins. I did well with Phil Mickelson last week, so here is where I went for the Northern Trust tourney this week in Riviera, California.
Justin Rose ($10,800): Tied for sixth at 12 under at Pebble, Rose is hot, so here is where I will put my biggest bucks.
Bill Haas ($9200): Five-for-six making the cut on the tour thus far, earning an average of 86.1 points per tourney, Haas tied for eighth in Carmel, and shot 70 once, and everything else under par last weekend.
Fredrik Jacobson ($7900): A tough Sunday, but still finished 14 under at Pebble and seven of eight cuts made thus far.
Danny Lee ($7800): Rickey Fowler's mate did quite well in Phoenix two weekends ago and has made the cut six of seven tourneys.
Charles Howell III ($7600): Choked at the end in Phoenix (sigh, I can relate) two weeks ago, but still is nine-for-nine when he plays this year.
Roberto Castro ($6700): Was ten under at Pebble, and has made it through the end seven of eight times.
Please let me know your thoughts/suggestions/ideas/commiserations @lawrmichaels.
Hello and welcome back to the NBA, after what was a very exciting All-Star Break. We saw Aaron Gordon and Zach Lavine compete in an incredible Dunk Contest which was on the heels of Klay beating Steph in the battle of the Splash. But now we’re back, and after a small slate of games on Thursday, we have 14 games in total today, which should lead to a lot of DFS fun.
Kyle Lowry ($8400): Lowry has been exceptional all season long, and he really hasn’t slowed down since a hot start to the year. Going up against Derrick Rose ($7300) on a back-to-back should lead to a very big game, especially for a player right around that $8000 mark.
Paul Millsap ($7800): With Chris Bosh most likely out for an extended period of time, the Heat will be weak in the post, and that is something that Millsap should really exploit. Look for the versatile big man to rack up both the points and the boards en route to a big game.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($8500): How good is this kid? With no games under 30 fantasy points since January 15th against OKC, the big KAT has been consistent and dominant. With Marc Gasol out, the Griz just have no answer for Towns, who should feast inside.
Gary Harris ($4300): Harris gets the minutes, and with Randy Foye gone that will only solidify Harris’ minutes. However, the guard just doesn’t do much. The Nugget has gone over 20 points in each of his last two games, which is a great return. With the Kings up next, look for that sort of production to continue.
Corey Brewer ($4400): Brewer had a very good stretch recently before cooling off. Still, he's averaging over 25 minutes and $4400 is a great price, especially with the Suns next up.
Elfrid Payton ($5500): Payton has put together three straight very good games, and with Deron Williams ($5900) the main matchup, I expect Payton to continue that solid play and rack up good assist and point totals.
Trevor Ariza ($6100): Ariza has been better of late and despite some ups and downs can easily get to the 30 fantasy point mark, especially with a matchup against the defensively weak Suns. He should tally a bunch of rebounds and a decent amount of points and give a nice return on investment.
Enjoy the beginning of the second half of the season and happy balling!
This week certainly saw some interesting developments in the Premier League. Whether it was Leicester City putting their stamp on this title race with a stunning victory against Manchester City, Kurt Zouma’s promising season being cut short, or Liverpool finally almost getting healthy, I am looking forward to Matchweek 26.
Dieumerci Mbokani ($3600): A little used name on the DFS circuits, Mbokani gets a chance to go up against a very damaged West Ham defense. Having started a majority of the matches for Norwich this season, that should continue and returns should be good at a cheap price.
Diego Costa ($6800): I hate Costa. However, the Chelsea man has scored in four of the past six matches, and a matchup against Newcastle is positive, so I will be stuck starting the former Athletico Madrid Striker.
Dmitri Payet ($7700): Fatigue might be an issue after having played 120 minutes midweek, but Payet is too good right now to pass up and the added bonus of dead ball duties makes the Frenchman a must start.
Xherdan Shaqiri ($5000): Please check on fitness before starting. The former Bayern man has the ability to go off for massive numbers and at a mere $5000 and with a matchup against Bournemouth, count me in on the Swiss international.
Andros Townsend ($3900): The former Phenom has lost some of the luster since bursting on the scene with Tottenham. However, pacey players have given Chelsea fits all season long and that would be Townsend. Look for Andros to get in a bunch of crosses and possibly a goal.
Joel Ward ($3400): Ward has been a stalwart for Crystal Palace all season and has produced a few double-digit fantasy point games. Going up against Watford will allow the Palace man to get up and down the flanks freely and hit that double-digit mark.
Aaron Cresswell ($4200): A player I rate highly, Cresswell will be asked to provide plenty of width against Norwich. I look for a bunch of crosses and interceptions to stack up easy points.
Fraser Forster ($3900): I’m finally giving in, which probably means that Forster will allow multiple goals. However, Swansea have been weak on the attacking front and the former Celtic man has been remarkable since coming back from injury.
Please folks remember that these picks are for the featured games starting at 10 AM on Saturday. Stay tuned for a special edition Champions League DFS article coming out on Monday discussing which European star can put you in the money.