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.
- Darren Collison, G, Sacramento Kings, $5,100. Sure there are point guards out there better than Collison, but not for the price. The ball is in his is hands at all times, and he is averaging 15.9 points and 7.0 assists per game. Sacramento isn’t that exciting of a team, and they play out west so it is easy to forget about them, but from a fantasy perspective Collison is a solid option. His assist totals are certainly aided by having Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins to feed the ball to.
- Aaron Brooks, G, Chicago Bulls, $3,000. It was in doubt whether Derrick Rose was going to play Monday night, so I’m thinking he might not be out there tonight. And even if he is, you have to figure he will be rested more than normal, and Kurt Hinrich is not 100% either. Brooks has had his moments this season, but also has been inconsistent – based mainly on his playing time. This is a situation you need to watch closer to game time, but Brooks could prove to be a very good value play.
- Danilo Gallinari, F, Denver Nuggets, $3,300. Gallinari missed the beginning of the season due to injury and then was on a pitch count once he came back. It appears, at least based on the last two games that Gallinari is starting to find his groove with 29.25 and 19.75 FP’s respectively in the last two games. The main thing here, is that he is getting more playing time and finding his groove in the offense. And at this price, its certainly worth it.
- Draymond Green, F, Golden State Warriors, $4,700. Green continues to benefit from the absence of David Lee and the fact that the Warriors need a 3rd option. Green isn’t much of a scorer, averaging just 12.5 points per game, but with 7.5 rebounds a game he is a very well rounded and valuable option. I’ll take his 29.83 FP’s per game with the potential for more if he has a good offensive day.
- Greg Monroe, C, Detroit Pistons, $6,000. Monroe has had a few down games in his last 10, but he is still averaging 31.98 FP’s on the season. I know we are just going back to old reliable here, but the price and expected level of production make me feel comfortable about using Monroe here. I also like the matchup against Milwaukee as they don’t have a legitimate post body to deal with Monroe.
- Chris Bosh, C, Miami Heat, $8,100. You are going to have to pay for Bosh, there is no bargain here, and DeMarcus Cousins at $8,400 is also a better player, but Cousins is the default pick. Cousins has to deal with Anthony Davis, and Bosh will be playing in a game where there will be lots of offense against Golden State. I’m banking on Bosh as an offensive threat here, 21.8 points per game, to go along with his 8.8 rebounds.