The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11/9/14: Kyle Lowry, Demarcus Cousins and More

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.

We know that Sunday’s in the fall are often reserved for Pro Football, and there is not a shortage of exciting games today, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about basketball either. There is one afternoon game, Orlando at Brooklyn, but for daily purposes it appears that game will not be available in most formats.

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.

  1. Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors, $7,200. Point guards that do it at all, such as Lowry are always appealing here. Lowry will likely meet little resistance from Philadelphia and he is the third ranked point guard tonight. Stephen Curry will cost you $1,500 more, but he is on the tail end of back to back games and will likely be more targeted after putting up 59.5 points last night. I’ll take the savings and go with Lowry. Read more

Fantasy Basketball Crystal Ball: A Look Ahead At The Coming Week: 11/10/14 – 11/16/14

by Will Overton

It’s that time again to start figuring out who is going to start and who is going to sit this week for those playing in a league where you have to set your lineup by the week. It can feel at times like drawing straws or flipping a coin would be easier when making some choices, but be rest assured we are here to help you choose based on data as best as possible.

This week’s schedule is not nearly as busy as last week. Last week over half of the league played four game schedules and only one team played two games. This week there is a handful of teams playing two games and a pretty even amount playing three versus four. That means you’ll be faced with more of the this guy isn’t as good but plays more games decisions.

Let me do my best to help you in your decision making process by breaking down how many games each team plays, who does and does not have favorable matchups and who you should add off the waiver wire. Let’s get started: Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11/8/14: Al Horford, Anthony Davis and More

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.

We know that Saturday’s in the fall are often reserved for College Football, and there is not a shortage of exciting games today, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about basketball either. There is one afternoon game, Portland at the Clippers, but for daily purposes it appears that game will not be available.

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.

  1. Avery Bradley, G, Boston Celtics, $4,200. Rajon Rondo is missing tonight’s game as he gets the screw from his hand removed and Marcus Smart will be sidelined after last night’s ankle injury, so Bradley should expect to see an increase in minutes. So far this season he is averaging 30 minutes a game, but with Rondo out, the ball will be in Bradley’s hands a lot more which will hopefully lead to more assists than the 0.6 he is average so far this season (although the track record is not there). This is more of a pick due to his price point and the potential windfall of points at a reasonable price. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11/7/14: Gordon Hayward, Greg Monroe and More

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.

  1. Jeremy Lamb, G, Oklahoma City, $2,200. It is not often that you get a starting caliber player for the minimum price, but that is currently the case with Lamb.  Whether or not Lamb actually starts is still up for debate along with how many minutes he will play, but 20-25 would not shock me in his season debut. Monitor this situation as we get closer to game time to ensure that Lamb will be playing, but if he takes the court the guard will be a large part of the Thunder’s offensive plans with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant sidelined. Not to belabor the point, but finding values like Lamb is what you need to do in DFS. He is priced at the minimum due to an injury and his perceived role at the start of the season. Read more

Trend Spotting: Themes From The First Week Of The Season

by Will Overton

With just two games on the slate tonight we are going to bypass the daily “Sixth Man” article for daily leagues. Instead today we are going to take a look at some early season trends and things we are learning after a week of basketball.

With teams having played just a handful of games so far we are looking at really small sample sizes, but it still doesn’t hurt to start noting trends that continue to pop up and note what it means for fantasy owners.

You don’t want to overreact to any trend that is only been happening for a week, but these are things that are worth keeping an eye on for daily leagues and yearly leagues. Let’s take a look at some of these trends and discuss what they mean for fantasy players:

The Lakers and Celtics Defense Is Awful

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are the two most storied franchises in the NBA with a long history of rivalry between the teams that goes way back. This year the only thing they will be fighting over is the worst defense in the league award. Boston’s best effort was holding Houston to 104 points and the Lakers pride themselves in holding the same Houston team to 108 points, those are honestly the best defensive efforts these teams have given. Read more

Small Sample Size Special: Is Marc Gasol About To Have A Breakout Season?

by Will Overton

It seems to me that every season we want to proclaim it the breakout year of Marc Gasol, waiting for the 20 and 10 dominant center to come bursting out of him. This preseason was different though, I think now that Gasol is 29 years old we have come to accept him for what he is, a solid center who doesn’t have the upside we once thought. A guy whose career best point average is 14.6 PPG.

Now four games into the season I find myself asking again, is this Marc Gasol’s breakout season? For once we didn’t expect more from him than we should, but now he looks like he might be ready to give it to us, albeit just four games into the season.

Gasol has gone over 20 points in three out of four games so far and also has a double-double in the one and only game that he didn’t get to 20. Gasol is averaging 22.5 PPG so far with 8.5 rebounds per game to pair with it after the first four games. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11/5/14: John Wall, Greg Monroe and More

by Will Overton

There are only five teams not playing basketball tonight and so we have got a really deep talent pool to choose from in daily leagues tonight and in my opinion these are the best nights to play because you aren’t likely to have similar teams with others. It’s also a great night because there’s no football on and that crazy voting thing we did yesterday is over too, so basketball can and should get our undivided attention.

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. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. John Wall, G, WSH, $7,600: Every team needs a star which is why we often look for bargains. One of the better not top dollar, but still expensive, stars that should outperform his expensive cost is John Wall. Forgive me, but I don’t have a lot of faith in Donald Sloan being able to check Wall, he certainly wasn’t slowing down Brandon Knight last night. Which also brings me to the point that Indiana is on the back end of a home/road back-to-back which makes me like the Wizards all the more. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11/4/14: Jeremy Lin, Pau Gasol and More

by Will Overton

After a few smaller slates of games we get eight games tonight before a really full slate tomorrow night. With 16 teams playing you shouldn’t have a problem creating a lineup for your daily leagues today. If you haven’t given daily leagues a shot yet this is a good time to try it out.

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. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Sebastian Telfair, G, OKC, $2,200: The return of Reggie Jackson was supposed to signal the end of Sebastian Telfair’s fantasy value. Yet in Jackson’s first game back Telfair played 35 minutes because Andre Roberson left with an ankle injury. Telfair put up 16 PTS, 6 ASTS, 5 REBS and 3 3PTS last night in the game and could very well be starting again tonight. Telfair should get plenty of steals as Jackson may be more comfortable playing off the ball and Telfair now has 22 assists in his last three games. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Three Players Benefiting From Others Misfortune

by Will Overton

It’s a fine line weaving the waiver wire for the first few weeks of the season. You don’t want to give up the guys you invested a mid round pick in just because they aren’t playing so well in their first handful of games. At the same time what if you pass up someone off to a hot start and that person carries it on for a full season?

One of the things to watch for are injuries and who benefits from those injuries. We broke down the Russell Westbrook injury last week, but that wasn’t the only injury that took place, just the biggest one. Replacement players can sometimes be the best waiver wire adds because they have playing time handed to them.

Here are some of the guys who are benefiting from early season injuries that are available in a lot of leagues right now: Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 11/3/14: Jeff Green, Joe Johnson and More

by Will Overton

After a short schedule yesterday you’d expect more games today, but with only six games on the schedule the talent pool for daily leagues still isn’t that deep today. Nonetheless there is potential for some high scoring games on the slate today, primarily with Houston in Philadelphia and then Boston and Dallas squaring off in a game that should see both teams go over 100.

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. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Joe Johnson, G, BKN, $4,600: When I watched Joe Johnson take out the Pistons last weekend I was watching a guy who seems to have decided to carry the Nets on offense. Last season it looked at times like the team didn’t know who the alpha dog scorer was, but I think Johnson is ready to make it clear this year. I expect the Thunder will try and cover Johnson with Andre Roberson, who is a solid defender, but Johnson will find a way to get his and for just $4,600 he’ll be a steal. Read more