by Will Overton
Fantasy Basketball players have now had a couple of days to get their feet wet with daily fantasy basketball and hopefully some money has been made. We have a little bit of a smaller slate of games tonight, just four games total after last night’s packed schedule. Even with just four games being played though, there is still plenty of DFS talent to choose from and we’re going to try and help you make a winning lineup. Here are three guys I like for tonight’s action with some bonus notes to follow:
Jae Crowder – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls: The Celtics are going to be playing the back end of a back-to-back, coming into Chicago this morning from Boston. That said, this is a young team early in the season and I don’t think it’ll matter. It helps that Jae Crowder was able to sit out most of the fourth quarter of a blowout over the Nets. Before sitting down, Crowder logged 27 MINS last night with 21 PTS, 4 REBS, 2 STLS, 1 BLK, 3 3PM. Crowder is a stat stuffer who does a variety of things well, and I can’t imagine you’ll be able to get him for $5,200 for too long, so take advantage of it now and use him against the Bulls.
Kyle Korver – Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards: Last year was a bit of a down season for the Hawks sharpshooting wing. Korver is coming off a nice preseason, one in which he finished by hitting 9 of his last 17 three-point attempts and scoring 13.0 PPG in the final three games. Korver doesn’t do a ton of things, but he is deadly from downtown and should be good for at least or more three’s tonight. Korver won’t score 40 or anything, but with an incredible $3,300 price tag on Korver, getting 20 – 25 fantasy points is plenty and it allows you room to pay up for others.
DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles Clippers @ Portland Trail Blazers: Good news, all those missed FT’s that DeAndre Jordan is bound to have, they don’t count against him in DFS. I am high on all three of the Clippers top guys, but Jordan checks in at the best value costing just $7,700. The Trail Blazers big men leave a lot to be desired and I can Jordan and Blake Griffin having their way with the most of the night tonight in a high scoring fast paced game. Jordan should be all but a lock for that double-double bonus which is a really nice perk to remember.
Bonus Notes For The Night
- It’s going to be tempting for fantasy players to overreact to early performances from guys like Jonathan Simmons and Allen Crabbe and want to play them at their pricing. Simmons is an interesting name for tonight because the Spurs could pull away early and turn to their bench as Poppovich likes to do. Still, I am expecting a high ownership on Simmons so take note of that for tournament games. Meanwhile, Crabbe looked excellent in the opening night game, but he’s still in a timeshare with Evan Turner and Moe Harkless so be cautious about anticipating a repeating performance.
- Tonight’s slate of games is actually one where you don’t have to go down into sub 4K range too much because there are so many good options in the $4,000 – $6,000 range. I think if you go down and grab Korver so you can afford a big price tag or two that’s smart, but then you can fill your team with guys in that mid-price range and end up with a solid team that really has no punts.
- I do think it is worth noting the way in which the Utah Jazz’s guards and wings just absolutely schooled the Blazers on opening night. The trio of Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and George Hill combined for 74 points and was 7 – 17 from downtown. I’ve already talked about how I kind of like a Clippers stack tonight, and if I am rolling with that, J.J. Reddick is definitely a part of that at just $4,600. Reddick should get some good looks in this game and a 20 point performance with 3 or 4 treys would not be a surprise.