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Four Point Play: Highlighting DFS Targets For 11/15/16 Games

by Ray Kuhn

Tuesday’s often have a smaller slate of games, but this season things have been better, and there are five games on tap tonight. Of the 10 teams taking the court, two teams (Brooklyn and Miami) will be playing on back to back nights. They are slated to take part in the highest scoring game of the night against the Lakers (over/under of 219), and it is a game to target when rounding out your team. The fact that neither team has any true stars helps in roster construction, as there are value plays abound.

As far as stars in action tonight, the Cavaliers are 5.5 favorites at home against Toronto (over/under of 210.5) and Portland is facing the Bulls at home in the second highest scoring game of the night (213.5). There is no reason not to build your roster around two or three studs tonight as LeBron James is the only player above $10,000 tonight ($10,300).  Read more

The Four-Point Play: Highlighting DFS Targets For 11/01/16 Games

by Ray Kuhn

Tuesday’s are often a big night in the basketball community, and tonight is no different. There are eight games on tap, and with them they bring a lot of tough choices. Slates like this are my favorite because there are enough games that you are forced to make difficult decisions when building your lineup, but you aren’t overwhelmed with too many options either.

Let’s take a look at some of the players we are targeting for tonight’s action. What is also nice about the eight game slate, is that there are multiple ways to build a lineup (all prices referred to are from Draft Kings). We must also note that, due to the World Series, the match-up between Cleveland and Houston (which has multiple top fantasy options) was moved up to start at 6pm and is not part of this evening’s slate.

Stephen Curry – PG – Golden State Warriors

While it might seem odd to include Curry here, things are a little different so far this season. We are only a few games into the season, but Curry has yet to distinguish himself in 2016. In fact, Damian Lillard is $300 more than Curry tonight, but it is for a valid reason. And it is by that same logic that Russell Westbrook and James Harden’s prices this season have been almost $3,000 more than the Golden State point guard.

Logic that makes sense in fact. Read more

Rotoprofessor Roundtable: Who Should Be This Year’s Number One Pick?

It’s not often you get the number one pick in a fantasy draft, or at least I don’t get it very often. If you happen to have the first pick in your draft this season you have a tough choice on your hand with three very good options at the top that I have heard tossed around as the number one pick.

Here at RotoProfessor the writers have some dissenting opinions on the question of who is number one and so we have each taken a different side and will argue the case for each of our guys to be the number one pick. At the end you can decide who you think truly deserves to be number one:

Will Overton: James Harden – Houston Rockets

The race for number one is tight and while I can see the argument for any of these three guys, I have to give the nod to James Harden and I’m going to do so for a few reasons. One of the first things you can do is look at his stats from last season: Read more

Ray McCallum is a Name to Know

by Ray Kuhn

Alright, let’s state the obvious. We are now in a confusing time for fantasy basketball. Teams are gearing up for their playoff runs, teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and there are teams merely playing out the string.

Injuries are catching up to players, some performances are beginning to suffer, and players who were previously unknown are beginning to emerge. Players are going from the waiver wire to the starting lineup and literally becoming valuable fantasy options over nigh after previously being unknown.

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Myles Turner is Turning Into a Legit Option

by Ray Kuhn

It seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Karl-Anthony Towns would be the Rookie of the Month for the entire season in the Western Conference, and Kristaps Porzingas would receive the same honor in the Eastern Conference. However Porzingas appears to have hit a rookie wall, and Myles Turner is poised to take his place.

After spending one season in college with Texas, Turner was drafted more on his potential than his actual performance. Turner averaged 22 minutes a game last season and scored 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. With a little less than two months to go in Turner’s debut season, the forward is poised to eclipse that performance.

On the season, entering Wednesday night’s game, Turner appeared in 34 games and was averaged 10.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Over the past month though, things have begun to pick up for Turner. And he has certainly proven that he is worthy of the increased role.

First, let’s take a look at one of the most important factors for a rookie to deal with. Aside from the learning curve of adjusting to NBA action, the physical stress of an increased workload is a lot to deal with. As the Pacers increased Turner’s workload, they made sure to also make sure his body can withstand the physical demands (click here for an in depth profile of Turner as he progresses through his rookie season). There are few times when a player’s diet is noteworthy, but this is one of them.

“After the brief call, Turner devours his tortellini and cheese bread. He tries to eat as many carbs as possible because with all this newfound playing time, he’s losing so much weight. Turner will need the added pounds and strength, because the Pacers will need him.”

Other than the note about Turner’s diet, the article provides a great deal of insight into how hard the rookie works and how committed he is to being a successful professional. The fact that Turner missed 20 games with a thumb injury in November helped control his workload this season and also gave him time to work on his game.

The benefits of that are now being realized as Turner is seeing his role increased, especially late in games (click here for the article).

“I’m very comfortable in any situation with him shooting from the perimeter and catches inside,” Vogel said of Turner after Monday’s game. “He’s a great finisher.”

In the last month, Turner is averaging 13.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 51.7% points per game and averaging about 31 minutes a night. Against the Knicks on Wednesday, Turner scored 24 points in 30 minutes while also picking up six rebounds.

Ultimately, this is a sign of things to come for Turner who we must remember is still just 19 years old.

Market Watch: Buy Low on Joe Johnson, & More

by Matthew Bellerose

We have come to the point of the season where the teams are starting to discover their futures. You should know by now whether you have a shot at making the playoffs, or are within enough point of your roto league championship. I wish you the best in your league. Keep building that team for the final push. It’s the last weeks that matter most, and moves now can set you up the best for the future.

Buy

Emmanuel Mudiay PG Denver Nuggets

This is quite a risk. However, the reward is sky high. Playing on a mangled Nuggets roster, there is plenty of room for his potential to show through. Coming back from an extensive injury, Mudiay is stepping into a larger role. This team is sort of a lost cause this season, and they might as well develop their budding star. He has played over 30 minutes in 3 of his last five games and has scored double digit points, 6 or more assists, and just under 2 steals a game in each of those games. He is not an option for your team if you are in a turnover league, or need to improve your field goal percentage. But if you need a long shot boost, get Mudiay.

Sell

Joe Johnson SG Brooklyn Nets

Johnson showed some flashes of his former self in recent games with a drastic increase in minutes. The Nets have a depleted roster, and the veteran Johnson cannot keep up his current pace for long enough, as shown by his two point performance in his most recent game. He averaged over 16 points a game in a four game stretch which is 5 higher than his season averages. At his age he is also a bit of a health risk, and he is not necessary for the future of the Nets. His value is at his highest of the season, so I would move him as soon as possible.

Hold

Jrue Holiday PG New Orleans Pelicans

I am a big fan of the backcourt for the Pelicans with Holiday and Evans. Now without Eric Gordon for a month, Holiday is going to step into a bigger role, and there is always room for assists with Anthony Davis on your team. He has posted 9 or more assists in his last four games, as well as averaging over 15 points a game. Those are excellent numbers, and I expect them to continue. These are around his career averages, and he should return to those, if not improve upon them for the remainder of the season. If you have him hold him, if you don’t, I would definitely throw out an offer to the owner.

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 01/08/16: Devin Booker, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

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The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 1/6/16 Games: Kyrie Irving is a Threat Again, & More

by Ray Kuhn

As we reached the mid-point of the week, there was plenty of NBA action to enjoy. There was confusion as to Portland was listing as inactive and the Knicks have already eclipsed their win total from last season, among other things. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out.

1) Kyrie Irving is Back

Yes, I know, Irving actually returned to the court a few weeks ago. But after playing a season high of 34 minutes last night, but more importantly dominating the fourth quarter, it is safe to say that Irving should no longer be looked at as a rehabbing player. We are now at the point in the season with Irving where we no longer have to be concerned about minutes limits and restrictions. Irving scored 32 points in 34 minutes last night while shooting 14 of 22 from the field with 18 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. He also added five rebounds and just three assists, but the takeaway here is the confidence he showed as an offensive threat. On the season, the point guard is averaging just 15 points and 4.2 assists per game, but both of those totals are on the rise.

2) Chris Paul Has an All Around Game

Earlier this season, Paul could have been considered a disappointment. The production was solid, but he really wasn’t doing too much to jump off the stat sheet; especially considering where he was drafted. Last night though, Paul did just that as he scored 21 points but more impressively handed out 19 assists. Paul is still a little bit behind the pace he has established over the past few seasons, 17.6 points and 9.2 assists per game are nothing to sneeze at either.

3) Can Mario Chalmers be a Fantasy Asset?

The problem with me asking this question, is that it is reactionary. In reality, for the rest of the season, we will likely be chasing Chalmers’ best performance, which came last night. With Mike Conley sidelined by an Achilles injury, Courtney Lee got the first crack at replacing him. However, that didn’t last long as he had to leave with a hip issue paving the way for Chalmers. The guard then put up 23 points while adding eight rebounds and nine assists. Prior to this season, Chalmers played close to 30 minutes a game in a complementary role for the Heat, and just barely eclipsed 10 points per game once. So far this season, he is averaging 9.2 points per game with Memphis, and I would not consider him a scoring threat. If Conley and Lee have to miss any more substantial time, then Chalmers is worth a look, but that’s about it unless you are in a deep league or need a true value play.

4) Chandler Parsons Does Something

To call this season a disappointment for Parsons might even be an understatement at this point. Granted he was limited by injury to start the season, has had to acclimate to a new team, and was previously dealing with a hip injury, but it has been a good start to his career in Dallas. Last night, the Mavericks had four rotation players on the bench, so by default Parsons had to step up, and he did with a season high of 21 points. After watching him not only struggle to score but to be efficient from the field, it was also a good thing to see him shoot 9 of 16 on Wednesday. After averaging 15.7 points per game last season, Parsons still has a long way to go as he is at just 8.9 currently, but there is upside.

5) Jonas Valanciunas is Also Back

Not only did Valanciunas miss over a month with injury, but it has taken some time for him to round back into form. The big center was out due to a broken hand, and last night was the first time he eclipsed the 30 minute mark since his return. Valanciunas looks fully healthy and like he has his legs under him as he had a nice double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. For the season, Valanciunas is close to a double-double with 11.7 points and 9.1 rebounds a game, but I would expect to see both of those numbers be on the rise now that there are no more limits on his playing time.

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 01/06/16: Marcus Smart, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

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Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 01/05/16: Greg Monroe, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more