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. All of these players will not appear in every single one of my lineups, but each player is on my radar.
- Danny Green – G – San Antonio Spurs – $4,500 – at Washington. One of the common themes in daily basketball is to play “find the value play on the Spurs.” With Kawhi Leonard slated to be out and Manu Ginobli also questionable, Green figures to get a lot of run tonight. On the season Green is averaging 25.8 FP’s, but depending on game flow he does have the potential for more. The other good thing about Green, is that he is generally a consistent option even when he doesn’t have a standout offensive night.
- Tony Wroten – G – Philadelphia 76ers – $5,000 – vs. Atlanta. For what it is worth, there are a lot of nights where Wroten is Philadelphia’s best scorer. Wroten has battled some injuries this season, and he also doesn’t have the name recognition of other options, but I find it hard to go against his price and average of 30.7 FP’s per game. What I like about Wroten is he also averages 5.3 assists and 1.7 assists per game, so he is a well rounded option.
- Joe Ingles – F – Utah Jazz – $2,200 – vs. Golden State. And here is your minimum play of the night. With Rodney Hood out, Ingles appears to be the main beneficiary. On the season Ingles is not going to stand out to anyone as he averages just 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Unless you are specifically playing in the daily format and need a minimum salary player, he is not someone that should be anywhere near your radar. Over the past few games, Ingles has been coming close to 20 FP’s per game as his playing time is increasing. Against the Pacers last week, Ingles showed what he can do as he put up eight points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
- Paul Milsap – F – Atlanta Hawks – $7,200 – at Philadelphia. Milsap is interesting option, and also the fourth most expensive forward on the night. It is possible that some owners will overlook Milsap due to the name recognition of the Cleveland forwards and also his last three lackluster games. I wouldn’t hold it against Milsap and I would look for the versatile forward to bounce back against the 76ers in a game which Atlanta should dominate.
- DeMarcus Cousins – C – Sacramento Kings – $8,800 – vs. Dallas. So far tonight, center is the one position where it is worth paying up. On the season Cousins is averaging 47.92 FP’s and is coming off his last two performances that saw him put up 64.75 and 63.25 FP’s respectively. It is hard to find someone playing better than Cousins currently is now that he is healthy again averaging 23.9 points and 12.3 points per game.
- Chris Bosh – C – Miami Heat – $8,100. I wasn’t kidding when I talked about spending at the center position tonight. Bosh has become a proven scorer for the Heat and playing the Lakers tonight also doesn’t hurt. Based on his 34 points and seven rebounds against the Clippers two nights ago, it also appears that Bosh’s calf is fully healthy.