The Day Before Tomorrow – Fantasy NBA News and Notes for January 7th January 7, 2013  |  Scott

Yesterday’s News:

Ty Lawson looks to finally Nuggets Lakers_17069-Lbe over his achilles scare as he led the Nuggets past the Lakers with 21 points while adding 10 assists, 3 steals and the icing on the cake, 0 turnovers in 33 minutes. Lawson has quickly overcome his latest injury woe and should continue to improve going forward if he can stay healthy.

Dwight Howard battled through a shoulder injury to suit up for the Lakers versus the Nuggets on Sunday and gave his owners 14 points on 6-of-7 from the field, a career-high 26 rebounds, 1 steal, and 4 blocks in 41 minutes. He didn’t look overly banged up in the game, but he apparently aggravated the injury at some point and will now have an MRI on Monday. 

Bismack Biyombo finally showed up big again last night with 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Bobcats. Biyombo has been starting and playing decent minutes, but he has been maddeningly inconsistent both in real life and fantasy value. He played 34 minutes in this one and didn’t block a single shot. Keep an eye on him, but I’m not ready to trust him yet.

Amir Johnson stayed out of foul trouble to play 38 minutes against the Thunder early Sunday. Johnson posted 19 points, nine boards and three blocks in the extended run. If he can keep himself out of foul trouble to get to just 30 minutes in most games, he’s going to be a force until the other Raptors bigs get healthy.

Top Lines to Target:

(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)

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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.Screen shot 2013-01-07 at 12.50.37 AM

Check out our EFF Matchups to determine the best plays for yourself.

Point Guards:

  1. Rajon Rondo
  2. Kyrie Irving
  3. Damian Lillard

Value Play: Jason Kidd, Garrett Temple

Rondo, at Madison Square Garden, against a Knicks team that has been decimated by point guards of late? Count me in. Irving continues to improve as the days go by and he’s going to have to carry the Cavs again in this one with Varejao likely out again. Lillard should take advantage of his matchup with Jameer Nelson, who was torched by Jason Kidd last game. Speaking of Kidd, he bounced back nicely and should provide nice value even going against Rondo today. Temple can always post a dud like last night, but he’s playing solid minutes.

Shooting Guards:

  1. JR Smith
  2. Eric Gordon
  3. Wes Matthews

Value Play: John Salmons

Smith is on fire and while the defense of Avery Bradley and the Celtics worries me a bit, how good he’s been at home cancels those fears. Gordon is still sporting a crazy high usage rate and played 35 minutes last time out. Matthews is back, going for over 30 FPs two games in a row. Salmons hasn’t been doing anything great, but he hasn’t been horrible of late either.

Small Forwards:

  1. Carmelo Anthony
  2. Nicolas Batum
  3. Luol Deng

Value Play: Kawhi Leonard

Melo is constantly banged up, but also unstoppable this season, he should be locked in against a Boston team that boasts no elite defender big enough to handle him. Batum went off against Minnesota in a road game and comes him into an even better matchup with the Magic. Deng gets the Cavs and finally is starting to look healthy once again and his price is still nice because of a couple injury duds. Leonard should have Stephen Jackson out and a nice matchup with the Hornets.

Power Forwards:

  1. Dirk Nowitzki
  2. JJ Hickson
  3. Carlos Boozer

Value Play: Tyler Zeller

I don’t like the prices of the expensive options at PF much tonight, so it’s where I’m using a lot of value. Nowitzki has scored over 23 FPs in his last two and played over 30 minutes in his first start Saturday. Hickson should bounce back nicely against a much weaker Orlando frontcourt. Boozer should have another nice game against the very young Cleveland frontline without Varejao. Zeller showed a little more upside in a good matchup last time out, but limit expectations against a strong Bulls squad tonight.


  1. Joakim Noah
  2. Tyson Chandler
  3. Al Jefferson

Value Play: Tiago Splitter

Noah bounced back last game following his sickness and double-doubled against the Heat, he should do that and more against the Cavs tonight. Chandler fits the mold of centers that have been dominating the Celtics and he’s got a nice price tonight as well. Jefferson averages almost 20 points and over 30 FPs at home and has a nice matchup with the Mavs as well.

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