Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 1.28.15 January 28, 2015  |  Craig Pliskin


Two of TheFakeBasketball.com’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Writers square off in today’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball!

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As always @FakeBasketball writers Justin Bales (@BalesSJustin) and Craig Pliskin (@DFSDarthFader) will be arguing their top Guard, Forward and Center Position for daily fantasy basketball lineups today as well as listing a sleeper at each position!

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Craig’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks  

Guard

Top Play:

Lowry

Kyle Lowry- I am picking Lowry here because of the upper-end guards he is the most likely to be overlooked on Wednesday.  He has a great matchup against the Kings, who have allowed some monster games to opposing point guards recently. Lowry does a little bit of everything and he is likely to be lightly owned, so you can use him as a contrarian play in GPPs or in your cash games.   

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I disagree with Lowry being the most overlooked, since I think that will be Lillard (see my pick), but Lowry is often times overlooked and his matchup is great. He’s a nice play in any type of league.

Value Play: 

DJ Augustin- I am just going to play the role of Captain Obvious with my guard picks. Augustin is way too cheap given his opportunity and ceiling.  A repeat of Sunday seems unlikely, but Augustin has a great matchup against Kyrie the Sixers, so roll with him in all formats on basically all sites.

Yes, I copied and pasted from yesterday. No, I am not ashamed. Yes I am using Augustin again because most sites posted Wednesday’s slate without Tuesday’s results in their algorithm. Bet you he costs a lot more the next time Detroit plays.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Augustin seems like he has to be played. That’s all there is to it.

Forward

Top Play:

Gordon Hayward- I am going a little bit under the radar again with Hayward.  On full slates I almost never go to him, but in the three games against the Clippers this season he has averaged 26/5/5.  The Jazz are playing more competitively of late, and the game is in Utah so a blowout is less likely than if the game was in LA.  I like him more as a cash game player than GPP.   

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m one of those people that overlooked Hayward, but now that you mention him, I’m thinking about using him. Unlike you, however, I see him as a better GPP play because he occasionally will disappear and has scored under 30 FPs in four out of 10 games on DraftKings.

Thad Young- Ok I am cheating slightly. (Although we never define what a ‘value’ play really is. I always assumed it might under the average price for a given site.) Young is less than $200 over the average salary on both Draftkings and Fanduel but he has been playing great since moving from the 4 to the 3.  Boston’s front court struggles, so I included Young here because his price and matchup combined with his last few games make him a strong play on Wednesday.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Young has been playing great recently and I see no problems using him tonight.

Center

kaman

Top play:

Nikola Pekovic– Since I cheated at forward, I will compensate at the center position.  If I do not use Cousins, I am going value at center, so there is not point in making a top play that I do not really believe in all that much.  Pekovic is still very cheap and like Young gets the Boston big men matchup advantage. He is going to blow the roof off, but at his price point I have no complaints.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Pek is who I was going to write up, but you beat me to it. I’m a huge fan of this pick.

Value play:

Chris Kaman- As long as Kaman continues to start and play, he is a viable daily fantasy play.  Over the last 7 games he has had to play against, Gortat, Cousins, Gasol, Jordan and the Spurs big men.  By comparison, going against Mozgov is going to feel like playing in the D-league.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I like the comparison, but I’m not a huge fan of Kaman. I don’t mind him in GPPs, though.

 

Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Guard

dame2

Top Play:

Damian Lillard- There are a lot of nice options at the high-priced guards tonight, but Lillard is my top play. He gets a great matchup against the Cavs, who he dropped over 50 FPs on earlier in the year. He will be coming off four days rest, which will help him recover from any fatigue he was suffering from. Lastly, I expect him to be a little under owned tonight (which is extremely important in games like January Jam tonight on DK) because there are guys like John Wall and Kyle Lowry with “better” matchups, who cost the same of less than Lillard.

Craig’s Rapid Reaction: I will bet you $1 that Lowry’s ownership is lower than Lillard’s in the Jam tonight.  I use Lillard a ton and I pick on Irving, so I am totally with you on this one.

Value Play: 

Patrick Beverley- It seems like people are scared to take PatBev because he doesn’t have the big name like Harden, Howard, or even Smoove. He gets a great matchup against the Mavs, who are one of the worst teams in the NBA against the point guard. He also has only scored under 25 FPs (DK) in two out of his last 10 games. He’s extremely consistent, which is why I would rather play him in cash games, but he does have some upside for his price.

Craig’s Rapid Reaction:  If Howard plays, I will not use Beverley because he becomes the 4th or even 5th offensive option.  If Howard sits, I do not have a problem with Pat Bev. On a slate this size, I find it hard to believe there won’t be someone I like better though.

Forward

Top Play:

Paul Millsap- I really wanted to recommend Monroe here, but I used him yesterday, so I figured I’d switch it up. There are a couple reasons why I like Millsap tonight, starting with it’s a home game. Millsap is a much better player at home, which is where I use him most. Second, he has a great matchup. The Nets have been one of the worst teams in the NBA against the power forward and that isn’t going to magically change tonight. Last, Greg Monroe is right around the same price as Millsap with a matchup against the Sixers. Most people should opt to use Monroe, which will allow you to snag a lower owned percentage on a great player in Millsap.

Craig’s Rapid Reaction:  My vote in the Millsap vs. Monroe debate you were having with yourself is that I would use Monroe in GPPs and Millsap in cash games.

Value Play:

Patrick Patterson- Patterson is extremely cheap across the industry and has been splitting time with Amir Johnson at power forward. He most likely isn’t going to dominate night in and night out, but he’s shown the potential to put up 40 FPs, which would be unbelievable value at his price. He gets a matchup against the Kings, who don’t cover any position well (anymore). I’m expecting him to at least hit value, with a chance for much more.

Craig’s Rapid Reaction:   I like Pat-Pat. I think if I coached the Raptors he would start over Amir.  He has been playing well recently so I like it.

Center

Top play:

Andre Drummond- This pick isn’t going to be low owned, but it’s an extremely obvious pick. Drummond is a monster in the paint and the Sixers have a very soft frontcourt. He has great upside, but does come with a little risk, as he tends to get in foul trouble.

Craig’s Rapid Reaction: I agree with basically everything you said here. Everyone and their grandmother will probably have Drummond on Wednesday.

Value play:

Marcin Gortat- How about we throw in a revenge game? For the record, I will use Pekovic 100 times before I use Gortat tonight. He’s scored over a point per minute against the Suns in their only meeting this season, but he only played 20 minutes. Recently, he’s playing around 30 minutes per game and I wouldn’t be surprised if he could score around 30 FPs tonight.

Craig’s Rapid Reaction:  I do not think the gap between Gortat and Pekovic is so large that I would use Peko 100 times before Marcin.  Gortat could very easily hit value against the Suns.

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