Welcome to the SharkTank ladies and gents!
Here at the tank I cover who’s good, and who we might think is good, in our 9-game Monday!
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Shark-O-Meter: 75-40 65%
Shark of the Night: 6-2 75%
Value Shark: 6-2 75%
Monta Ellis (32+ FPTS) SHARK OF THE NIGHT – Monta has had some subpar performances as of late and there’s no better way to get his numbers off the roof against a Washington squad who likes to run. Remember the game against the Kings the other night? I’m seeing the same game here with much more efficiency. The match up is excellent against Young or Crawford. Without Curry, I’m hoping for a huge line from Monta, I’d say get him in all of your lineups.
Josh Howard (23+ FPTS) VALUE SHARK – Josh Howard’s price hasn’t increased greatly simply because he hasn’t had any games wherein he exploded. If he’s good at one thing though, it is consistency. He’s averaged more than 20 fantasy points since returning and I’m looking for that trend to continue for him. But match up wise, tonight should be the best that he’ll have in two weeks. I’ll take advantage of it right here.
Ty Lawson (30+ FPTS) - Lawson has been a man on a mission ever since returning to his squad. He’s awarded player of the week by the NBA and I’m looking for his dominant performance to continue against the struggling Kings. He’s going up against a more inexperienced Isaiah Thomas tonight and this should be interesting. Lawson will push the tempo, score a bunch, and force some errors from the rookie. I say we ride Lawson till he slows down.
David Lee (33+ FPTS) – David Lee has been very defensive-oriented lately. He’s been gobbling up rebounds in his past games than ever this season. I’m hoping his hard work continues and gives him better numbers. Lee has always had a sweet stroke from the outside and he can bang bodies inside as well. His match up tonight is also very favourable against Booker and Blatche, active but inexperienced in one and no defense for the latter.
Dwight Howard (41+ FPTS) – Dwight is coming to town tonight! He should easily dominate Toronto’s frontcourt. I’m guessing his numbers should be boosted by a little bit cos the Raptors won’t be able to do anything but foul him, and believe me when I say, it’s something the Raptors are good at. Dwight should have a very good game, and a monster if this game goes the distance. If you’re looking for a center, here’s your guy.
Chris Paul (35> FPTS) – I’m putting Paul here only for one reason, and that’s because there are so many good guards in the pool. In my opinion Paul has his work cut out for him, unlike other PG’s wherein they have to do a lot of work in order to secure the W. I’m not saying that the Clippers don’t need Paul, all I’m saying is they easily win without him putting up big numbers. I’m going to pass up on him tonight at his price even with his match up.
Demar Derozan (28> FPTS) – No, Derozan didn’t wake up and wanting to play better basketball. And no, he is not better by every means. Derozan is a one-dimensional player who has to get stats outside of the points category. He needs to learn to play defense under Casey’s system – which is great by all means. Against a Magic squad, it’s harder to see the alley-oops that we saw last night, and I’d sit him down tonight.
Kevin Love (42> FPTS) & Blake Griffin (36> FPTS) - Love has failed once, and will fail again. It’s hard to pay the price tag on Love against the Clipper defense and pay for Griffin against the Minny frontcourt as well. These are two great matchups that could easily end up in duds. (This includes Pekovic and Jordan) I’d sit them down tonight, with a sleight this good, there’s no need to force yourself to choose one or two of them.
Demarcus Cousins (34> FPTS) – Cousins has been dominant lately, but tends to fall off come end-game. It seems like teams are finding it easier to adjust after half time. I’m not a big fan of his match up well as one can argue that Nene is out. But Denver is a scrappy bunch, and Harrington is a very underrated post defender. It won’t be easy for Cousins tonight, which is why I’m sitting him down.
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Good luck fellas!