All right Fake Basketballers, if you are anything like me, you begin your daily research by logging on and seeing how your previous day went. It’s always one of two things: I relish in my newly earned winnings or I take a few minutes to consider what could have been if I had just swapped out one guy for another. After a few minutes of sulking, I pick myself up, dust the dirt off my shoulders and remind myself that today is a new day with endless possibilities! Thus begins my daily research. I start by going through the match-ups to see what games stand out. I study the players with a fine tooth-comb looking for the diamond in the rough or the match-up too good to pass up. I check game logs and then of course reading all the great content from our writers here at The Fake Basketball.
After much deliberation and research, I form what I call my “short list”- which if I’m being honest is rarely very short. However, I always find a solid group of guys that instill confidence, and I know will make me rich (cue evil laugh). Therefore, without further ado, I bring you my core of where I will start with my line-ups today, or what I will refer to as “The Stretch Four”.
Draymond Green SF
With David Lee out today at Phoenix, Draymond Green is expected to start again. Dray is a true stat stuffer who always produces with minutes. This year, his per 36 are 9.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 3ptm, which is good enough for 30 FPPG. The last 7 games where Dray has gotten at least 20 minutes, he hasn’t had less than 20 FPPG and has averaged 26 FPPG. I love days when I can play guys like Draymond and know they are getting minutes for a near minimum price like $3,200.
Danny Green SG/SF
Don’t look now but Danny Green is back to his old form. Injuries have played a factor for the resurgance with Manu and Kawhi hurt, but Green has really hit the ground running after coming back from a hand injury. In his first 3 games back, he has scored 23.75, 40.25 and 38 FPPG and made 9 3ptm while playing 37 minutes per game. Pop has been less than pleased will Marco’s defense, so I expect Green to stay on the court in Charlotte tonight. Even if his shot isn’t falling Green has been rebounding well and getting steals and blocks. Today is officially Green Day, come celebrate Earth with me and start your line-ups with Danny and Draymond.
PG/SG Steph Curry
Steph Curry has been an absolute monster vs. Phoenix this year averaging 55 FPPG including a 14-13-16 line whis shot wasn’t following. David Lee is out once again and Klay Thompson is in a horrible slump and is also significantly worse player on the road (shoots 40% compared to 47% at home) . Steph is going to have to carry the load today and he has proved his is more than capable. He just put up 54 FPPG vs. Chicago on Thursday with Lee out. In his last 10 games, Curry has been over 50 FPPG an insane 6 times, and over 63 FPPG 3 times! Once again, he probably as high upside as anyone today and for less the guys like LBJor Love. You shouldn’t have many problems working Curry in with the value available today.
Andre Drummond PF/C
I will be the first to say that playing Drummond is not for the faint of the heart, but today seems like the right day to take a chance. The former Mr. iCarly faces off against the Nuggets today, who give up the 23th most fantasy points to opposing centers on the season and 29th over the last 2 weeks at 48.81 FPPG. Drummond has been rolling and averaged 43.4 FPPG over his last 5 games, coming off a 16 point 22 rebound game last night. Denver has taken the 5th most shots at the basket in the NBA on the year and Drummond is near the top of the league at protecting the rim. This should create plenty of opportunites for blocks. Tonight I’m counting on Drummond to give me the edge in some GPPs in a juicy matchup vs. the Nuggets.
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