Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 01/05/16: Greg Monroe, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 1/4/15 Games: Kyrie Irving Regaining Form & More

by Will Overton

Call me crazy, but Monday Night Basketball beats Monday Night Football every time and last night was a fantastic example of that. We had Kyrie Irving rounding into form, Serge Ibaka benefiting from the injury to Kevin Durant and much more. We’re breaking down the top five box score standouts from last night, including the two guys mentioned before. Let’s get to taking a look:

Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers (29 MINS, 10 – 16 FG, 25 PTS, 8 ASTS, 6 REBS, 2 3PM)
This game had to be the best one since returning for Kyrie Irving, coupled by the most minutes he has played. Irving led the team in scoring and assists, contributing offensively on a large portion of the possessions he was on the floor for. You knew he was going to get back to this point, but it’s still good to see him playing at this level. Irving is a top 15 player in fantasy basketball when he’s at 100% and if he’s not there right now he’s certainly really close. If you can spin someone like DeMar DeRozan or even Marc Gasol for Irving this would be your chance, the value is only going up from here. Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 01/04/16: Allen Crabbe, & More

by Ray Kuhn We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple. There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start. Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 1/3/15 Games: Jimmy Butler Goes Off & More

by Will Overton

The NBA season is finally starting to take center stage a bit more now as the NFL season winds down towards the playoffs. With 16 NFL games yesterday though the TV’s were pretty clogged with coverage for football. If you missed out on the NBA action don’t worry, because we’re covering the five biggest box score standouts of the night for you right here:

Jimmy Butler – Chicago Bulls (39 MINS, 15 – 23 FG, 42 PTS, 5 ASTS, 4 REBS, 1 BLK, 1 STL, 2 3PM)
Sometimes it feels like Jimmy Butler fades to the background of the NBA and the fantasy basketball landscape and we almost forget that this guy is a legitimate superstar. Then he goes out and has a game like this, where he almost single handedly leads the Bulls to a big win and we all remember again. Derrick Rose sat out for this game, and while I’m not sure that it was the reason for the big game, he does seem more comfortable stepping up and being the man on offense when Rose isn’t on the court. Aside from just the scoring, Butler’s ability to do a little of everything sets him aside in my opinion as the clear number two at shooting guard in fantasy basketball. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 12/30/15: Ish Smith Leads Philadelphia to Victory, & More

by Ray Kuhn

On the last day of 2015, we can take a look back at a year that was filled with exciting basketball action. This season is just two months old, so there is plenty more action to come and stories to be written. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from last night’s games, other than the Warriors getting blown out with Stephen Curry.

1) Ish Smith is Taking Advantage of His Chance

To begin the season, Smith was essentially the last man standing in New Orleans’ back court and he did pretty well with the opportunity. Once the injured Pelicans returned, Smith’s playing time began to disappear and he ultimately found himself on the way to Philadelphia. The 76ers are now 2-1 after acquiring Smith, I know that means just about nothing, but he is a player who should be on your fantasy radar. On the season, Smith is averaging 9.8 points and six assists per game, but those numbers are only rising. After scoring 18 points last night and coming an assist away from a double-doulbe, the journeyman is averaging 18 points and 8.3 assists in his last three games.

2) Paul George Has a Tough Night

The first thing I’m going to say here, is not to panic. You had to expect it wouldn’t be a completely seamless return for George from last year’s injury, but at the start of the season he made it seem that way. At the same time though, George is still averaging 24.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, so it is hard to complain too much about his performance. However, things have been more difficult over the past five games for George beginning when he shot just 7.1% from the field against the Spurs. Over that stretch, he hasn’t shot better than 43.8%, and the 19 points he scored last night was his highest. It also must be noted that did come against Jimmy Butler who is one of the toughest defenders. I wouldn’t have too much concern here.

3) Jonas Valanciunas is Back

After missing just over a month, the Toronto center has returned. Last night was his second game back, and his first in the starting lineup. Bismack Biyombo has been playing well in Valanciunas’ absence, but I would not be concerned about Valanciunas’ usage moving forward. The Raptors are taking it slow with their big man as he has played in 21 minutes in both games while struggling to get involved in the flow of the offense. In each game, Valanciunas has made four of his seven shots and he has grabbed four and nine rebounds respectively. Feel free to use him again in DFS and move him back into your season long lineups.

4) Ricky Rubio is in a Sharing Mood

The Timberwolves are building a nice young core, and when you look at it, Rubio appears to be on the outside. Now Rubio is still a young and talented guard, but the fact that he is entering his fifth season in the league at age 25 makes him a veteran. While there will be games where Rubio does reach double digits, he generally doesn’t score more than about 10 points as his season averages have ranged from 9.5 to 10.7 points per game. That was true again last night as Rubio scored 10 points, but he also handed out 17 assists to bring his season average to 9.2 per game. There are plenty of weapons for Rubio to find, and while there might be more exciting options in Minnesota, Rubio should not be ignored.

5) Kobe Bryant Gets Cheered in Boston

Now let’s be cleared, this is a very isolated incident and it happened at the end of the game and only because it was Bryant’s last visit to Boston. Bryant closed out his career in Boston with a double-double, but he didn’t do it in the same manner we have come to expect from him. The guard made just 5 of his 18 shots from the field as he scored 15 points, but Bryant did pull down a season high of 11 rebounds for the double-double. On the season, Bryant is averaging 17.2 points per game, and this is what we can expect from the guard moving forward as he is now just an ordinary player for the most part (although there is nothing wrong with that at this point in his career).

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 12/29/15: Al Horford Goes Off & More

by Will Overton

With five games on the slate last night we broke down the box scores and picked out one guy from each game who stood out on the stat line. We have a good mix of guys here with some emerging names, established names and some guys who used to be a name and were having a resurgence last night.

So here are those five box score standouts from last night:

Al Horford – Atlanta Hawks (36 MINS, 11 – 15 FG, 30 PTS, 14 REBS, 1 BLK, 1 STL, 5 3PM)
Last night had to be the best game of the year from Al Horford who played a big role in leading the Hawks to a come from behind win over the Houston Rockets.  Horford was feeling it on offense all over the place, including raining down threes, with a season high five of them made. Because of the tempo of the game and volume of shots put up Horford was also able to pull down more rebounds than normal, doubling his season per game average. Horford’s overall value has been a little bit limited this season because of the fact that the Hawks have so many weapons on offense sharing the load. Still, he’s going to have nights like this where his star shines the brightest and over he’s good for a consistent 15 and 7 with at least one block each game. Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/30/15: Shaun Livingston Gets an Opportunity, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/29/15: Matthew Dellavedova’s Spot Start & More

by Will Overton

Five games is really nothing compared to the 11 game slate daily fantasy players had to work with last night. That said, five games is plenty enough to make some solid lineups and there are even some advantages to these medium sized schedule nights. There are three guys that are jumping out to me as good value plays for tonight’s games and we’re going to discuss all three right here:

Matthew Dellavedova, G – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Denver Nuggets – $3,500
According to Kyrie Irving this will be the last game he misses going forward, but we already know he won’t be playing tonight against the Denver Nuggets. When Irving sat out over the weekend it was Matthew Dellavedova and not Mo Williams getting the bulk of the minutes and I expect it to be that way again tonight. This is a fine time for Dellavedova to be getting a spot start too as the Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league at allowing fantasy points to point guards. Dellavedova is a strong candidate for a double-double tonight with points and assists, while knocking down a couple threes and grabbing a steal or two as well. That’s plenty of production for this price. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 12/28/15: Kemba Walker Has a Scoring Outburst, & More

by Ray Kuhn

In case you were sweating out a fantasy football match-up, hopefully a victory and not a defeat, we have you covered from the night in hoops. There was a full night of action in the NBA, and here are five performances that stood out.

1) Kemba Walker Puts Up 38 on the Lakers

We know that the Lakers don’t offer up much in the way of defense, and Walker took care of things Monday night. Walker has been the main offensive show in town for Charlotte, and that continued against LA as he scored 38 points. Not only is Walker scoring this season, with an average of 17.9 points per game and about 1.5 three-pointers a night, but his production has been well rounded. Last night, Walker was a very efficient 14 for 25 from the field and he added six rebounds and five assists to raise his season averages to 4.2 and five, respectively. Don’t look now, but Walker is becoming a top option in the back court.

2) Wayne Ellington Has a Big Night From Downtown

Prior to Monday night, Ellington is not a player who should be on your fantasy radar. But should he be? For starters, the Nets just are not that good and Ellington has been coming off the bench. Entering the game, Ellington was averaging just 5.2 points per game, so you are excused if you didn’t see his 26 point performance coming. As per usual Brooklyn was not having success, so Lionel Hollins tried to change things up for the second half, and he went with Ellington. That move went on to work as he made seven 3-pointers and ended up with 33 minutes on the night. I wouldn’t go crazy over one game, but Ellington should at least appear on your radar as the opportunity is there.

3) Jamal Crawford Contributes off the Bench

With Blake Griffin sidelined for the next few weeks, someone needs to pick up the slack for the Clippers. Instead of try to uncover a new player who is taking Griffin’s spot in the starting lineup, I would just look to a player whose role might just increase slightly; Jamal Crawford. Crawford came of the bench on Monday and scored 21 points in 27 minutes. You aren’t going to get much else from Crawford other than contribution on the offensive end, but the scoring potential is there. On the season, Crawford is averaging just 11.3 points per game and his performance has been inconsistent thus far. However, this does represent a buy-low opportunity.

4) Omri Casspi Has a Career Night

Casspi has proved to be a useful fantasy option at times, especially in certain situations in DFS, but never before have we seen the offensive output that we saw Monday night. The forward looks at home in the starting lineup, and December has been a prosperous month for him. While he did not extend his streak of three straight double-doubles, Casspi did erupt for 36 points which included 3-pointers. He also added six rebounds as he season averages now sit at 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

5) Kyrie Irving Has His Strongest Game Yet

Irving’s parting gift for his owners after putting up 22 points on Monday, is a day off on Tuesday. Given the nature of his injury, it should not be surprising that Cleveland is taking it slow with Irving, but it does appear that he is rounding into form. Granted it has been just four games, but Irving put up a season high of 22 points last night and he looks to be get back into form. While he is averaging just three assists per game, I would not be concerned, as I would expect it to take a little time for him to re-incorporate himself into the offense as a play maker.

 

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/28/15: D’Angelo Russell is Getting Comfortable, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

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