by Ray Kuhn
Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.
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 (USA Today’s DFS engine). If you do play on other sites in the industry the same logic and thought process is applicable. Additionally, you can also use these tips to help you in your season long leagues.
- Elfrid Payton, G, Orlando Magic, $3,400. Payton’s rookie season has not gone exactly as planned thus far, but he hasn’t been a disappointment yet either. There is still a lot of season left for Payton to live up to expectations of being Damon Lilliard, and the return of Victor Oladipo hasn’t put a damper on things either. At this point, and at this price, Payton is the perfect post hype option. He is averaging 20.2 FP’s for the season and has eclipsed 20 in each of his past three games.
- Lance Stephenson, G, Charlotte Hornets, $5,300. We highlighted Stephenson a few weeks ago on the website about his lack of scoring but efficiency in other areas of his game. That production, 8.6 rebounds and 5.4 rebounds per game, is still there, but the scoring is starting to pick up. Stephenson has gone over double digits in six of his last seven games including 17 points against the Heat on Sunday.
- Amare Stoudemire, F, New York Knicks, $4,400. Stoudemire is not the same player he was when he first came to New York, but so far he is having his best season in a few years. His minutes are limited, but the production is there, and it has been consistent. He is averaging 24.27 FP’s per game, and without Dwight Howard in the middle against the Rockets tonight, Stoudemire should have more room to work.
- Jimmy Butler, F, Chicago Bulls, $6,500. Butler does not have the name recognition of the other top forwards on this list, but the production is there. He is averaging 36.5 FP’s per game which is three more than Kevin Love for $1,900 cheaper. The main thing here is that Butler is scoring averaging 20.4 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds. In his last game. Butler scored just 19 FP’s, so it is possible that owners could be napping on him tonight.
- Brandan Wright, C, Dallas Mavericks, $3,300. If you are looking to save money tonight, going with Wright at center is a good way to do it. He has been coming on strong reaching double digits in points in each of his last seven games and he is also blocking 1.5 shots per game which helps his value.
- Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic, $7,400. If I am going to spend money at the center position tonight, this is going to be where. Based on his production, 40.5 FP’s per game, and price, Vuceivc is the best value. He has put up over 30 FP’s in each of his last 10 games and is averaging 19.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.