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.
- Mike Conley, G, Memphis Grizzlies, $6,400. Conley is no true bargain, but he is a very solid price (slightly above the $6,250 average), and I love his matchup tonight. We all know how weak the Lakers are, the struggles they have been having, and Conley is the one who will have the ball in his hand all night. Against the Lakers a few weeks ago, Conley put up 32.75 FP’s (23 points, 3 assists), which was slightly above his season average of 30.45.
- Deron Williams, G, Brooklyn Nets, $5,800. Williams is a player I have already highlighted in this space, but he is still very much worth owning. And for less than the average price at that. The point guard is healthy this season, and he also is performing as good as he has been in the past few years. Plus he takes his season average of 34.63 FP’s into a matchup with the 76ers.
- Chandler Parsons, F, Dallas Mavericks, $5,200. Parsons season with the Mavericks has not entirely gone according to plan this season, but he is averaging a solid 14.2 points per game. Facing a Knicks team that has had their share of struggles, and will likely be without Carmelo Anthony, could be just what Parsons needs. He will sprinkle in a few assists and rebounds, and as long as he reaches his season average in points, he will return positive value.
- LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers, $9,100. We all know James is one of the best players in the leagues, so it shouldn’t be a shock that I’m advocating for him. But he appears to be finding his groove, he put up 56 GP’s in his last game, and we need someplace to spend our saved money from below average cost options like Williams and Parsons.
- DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings, $8,400. Based on his production and skill, I would still argue that Cousins is under priced. If Dwight Howard is still sidelined, or at less than full strength, tonight, then I like Cousins that much more.
- Nerlens Noel, C, Philadelphia 76ers, $4,600. We know that Brook Lopez doesn’t offer must resistance in the paint, and that someone has to score and rebound for Philadelphia. Noel has battled some injuries this season, but he has also gone over 30 FP’s in three of his last four games. Based on the priced, I’m going to bet that Noel is finding a little bit of a groove, and he is worth a look at this price.