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The Day Before Tomorrow – Fantasy NBA News and Notes for February 8th

posted by Scott

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POR @ HOU

PHX @ OKC

LAC @ MIA

Strong Plays for Tonight:

(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)

My early daily DraftDay Freeroll lineup is to the right.

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Point Guards:

  1. Kyrie Irving
  2. Damian Lillard
  3. John Wall

Value Play: Ricky Rubio

This slate looks eerily similar to Wednesday’s point guard slate, because it is. Irving played just 28 minutes due to a huge blowout of the Bobcats and still managed to post solid numbers. He’s at home again, on a day’s rest and has another solid matchup with Orlando and a banged up Jameer Nelson. Lillard has really become a focal point of the Blazers offense now that Nicolas Batum has basically given up shooting and he gets a nice high-scoring matchup with the Rockets and Jeremy Lin. Wall played a season-high 39 minutes and took 18+ shots for the 3rd game in a row, he’s also at home, where he’s shooting 46% on the season. Rubio posted his second consecutive double-digit assist game and played a season-high 37 minutes.

Shooting Guards:

  1. James Harden
  2. Kawhi Leonard
  3. Kyle Korver

Value Play: Lance Stephenson, PJ Tucker

Harden gets a great matchup with the Blazers coming off maybe his best game of the season versus the Heat the other night. Leonard is finally looking like the player hyped so much in the preseason for the Spurs, I’d prefer Manu be out if I’m using him though. Korver has been playing heavy minutes nightly for the Hawks and should get his shot going at home versus the weak wing defense of the Hornets. Stephenson had a bit of a down game last time out, but he always struggles a bit on the road, but he’s back at home on Friday versus the Raptors. Tucker has been playing solid minutes of late and has averaged 33 mpg against the Thunder this season as the Suns use him to defend Durant.

Small Forwards:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Chandler Parsons
  3. Metta World Peace

Value Play:  Maurice Harkless

James is going to be an excellent play again today because he’s playing in another competitive game against a team that starts Caron Butler at small forward. Parsons has been playing heavy minutes with Carlos Delfino banged up  and his versatile game has immense upside. MWP is going to have to start playing heavy minutes again for the Lakers with Pau Gasol down for the count and he’s been really good in games he’s played 32+ minutes.  Harkless is playing around 40 mpg with Afflalo out of the lineup and he’s not on the road trip this weekend due to a personal matter.

Power Forwards:

  1. LaMarcus Aldridge
  2. Earl Clark
  3. Tristan Thompson

Value Play: Lamar Odom

There’s not much to say about Aldridge other than that he and Lillard have been carrying the offense since Batum injured his wrist and another good matchup with the Rockets undersized power forwards should be fun to watch. Clark has played 40+ minutes two games in a row and should play a ton of minutes at all three frontcourt positions for the Lakers whether Dwight is in the lineup or not and the matchup with the Bobcats doesn’t hurt. Thompson has been flat out producing for the Cavs no matter what amount of minutes he receives and that should continue against a depleted Magic frontcourt. Odom is playing right around 30 minutes whether he’s starting or coming off the bench right now, so he’s safe as a value play.

Centers:

  1. Al Horford
  2. Nikola Vucevic
  3. Roy Hibbert

Value Play: Tiago Splitter

Al Horford should take full advantage of a Hornets frontcourt that simply can’t match his strength. Vucevic is the best player on the Magic right now and getting a ton of shots and rebounds, his matchup with Tyler Zeller and the Cavaliers is just icing on the cake. Hibbert has been playing better of late and after a day of rest, he should be solid again in a home game. Splitter should continue to be solid despite the fact that he lacks any noticeable upside.

Scott

I write about NBA things before they happen @fakebasketball and have very real dreams about very fake sports. I also write the Matchup Machine @thefakefootball

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