by Will Overton
Injuries are already taking their toll on fantasy basketball and we’re only a couple of days into the season. Keeping a close eye on who is and who is not playing each night will go a long way for you in your daily league lineup making.
Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.
- Brandon Knight, G, Milwaukee Bucks, $4,700: The Sixers not having Michael Carter-Williams is a nice bonus for the guards of their opponents. On opening night we saw the great Donald Slosn torch the Sixers, and if he could do it Brandon Knight certainly should be able to do it. Knight put up huge numbers in his first game despite not shooting well (5 – 17), with 22 PTS, 13 ASTS, 8 REBS, 2 3PTS and 1 BLK. Knight should have no problem taking Tony Wroten and the Sixers to task for his second big game in a row.
- Donald Sloan, G, Indiana Pacers, $2,200: Speaking of Donald Sloan, despite his big first game of the season he’s still available at a crazy low price. Sloan is starting at point for the first couple weeks of the season in place of the injured George Hill and he’s clearly looking to make a splash with the opportunity. Sloan had 16 PTS, 10 REBS and 6 ASTS in his first game and will look to build on that against Memphis. While the matchup with Mike Conley and the Grizzlies will be about ten times harder than the one against the Sixers, he’s still going to play a lot of minutes and because of that alone should have more than $2,200 worth of production.
- Tim Duncan, F, San Antonio Spurs, $5,900: He may be old, but there is a lot of life left in the legs of Tim Duncan. With Tiago Splitter hurt Duncan is the main guy down low for the Spurs and he should benefit from a matchup with the undersized Phoenix Suns. Duncan had his traditional double-double in the opening game of the season and casually put up 36.8 points on fantasy score without anyone really even noticing his effort. I actually expect that he’ll top that total in this game against the Suns by taking on a little more active role on offense given the matchup.
- Carlos Boozer, F, Los Angeles Lakers, $3,700: Now that Julius Randle is out for the season the Lakers need Carlos Boozer more than ever. Especially when you watch their stagnant offense which desperately needs someone to step up along with Kobe Bryant if they’re going to be successful. I think the Lakers will look to Boozer to be that guy for them. Boozer’s minutes have been limited in the first two games of the season, but the Lakers have also been blown out in those games. Hopefully Boozer can log 30 – 35 minutes tonight and be the offensive threat the Lakers need him to be.
- Robin Lopez, C, Portland Trail Blazers, $4,600: Often overlooked because of the more well known members of the Trail Blazers team, I expect you’ll get good value for Robin Lopez often this season. Lopez put up a double-double in the first game of the season with a pair of blocked shots. That’s the kind of value we can expect to see from Lopez on a regular basis. He won’t steal the spotlight most nights, but that’s a good thing for daily fantasy players because he’ll continue to be a good value.
- Lavoy Allen, C, Indiana Pacers, $2,200: I’m going off the grid a little bit with this one, but with David West out Lavoy Allen is the first big man off the bench for the Pacers. At times it works in your favor to draft a couple of cheaper guys even if you don’t expect a huge game in order to afford the more expensive guys. Allen won’t likely score 35 points for you, but he quietly put up 21 in the first game and could match or top that pretty easily given the fact that he should see a fair amount of court time to pull down boards and block shots.