Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 1.10 January 10, 2017  |  Michael Worton


 Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Guard

Top Play:

Kyle Lowry – Kyle Lowry is the best guard option on the board tonight, as his price tag is currently just a little bit too low. The Boston Celtics are not one of the better defensive teams in the league, and Lowry has at least 55 fantasy points in two of his last three games. Against the Chicago Bulls, he posted over 65 fantasy points, and he has over 40 minutes in two of his last three games, as well. There is no reason to avoid him in 50/50 contests or tournaments tonight.

Michael’s Rapid Reaction: We’re one pick in and already you’ve taken my pick. Lowry is almost must play for me tonight. He’s gone over 63 in 2 of his last 5 games. He’s locked into minutes and the offense obviously goes thru him. My only concern would be if they decided to throw Marcus Smart on him here and let DeRozan feast, but that’s just a big maybe, fire away with Lowry.

Value Play:

George Hill – George Hill is a great tournament option tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are a semi-uptempo team, and Hill should benefit from the increase in tempo, as the Utah Jazz are about as slow as it gets. In his last four games, he has over 35 fantasy points in two of them. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, he showed off his impressive upside, posting over 45 fantasy points in 29 minutes. Hill tends to play over 30 minutes per game, and he should hit value, but he has been too inconsistent to trust in 50/50 contests.

Michael’s Rapid Reaction: Too inconsistent / too injury prone, same thing. As long as he doesn’t stub his toe on the way to the court he should be a fine tourney play on this slate. Kyrie has stepped up his defensive effort as of late, but effort doesn’t always equate to results. The Jazz will need an all around day from Hill to keep this one close.

 


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Forward

Top Play:

DeMarcus Cousins – DeMarcus Cousins has been struggling of recent, which means that his price tag came down quite significantly. That is great news for fantasy owners that love to play tournament leagues. Cousins has 80 plus fantasy point upside, and his price tag is barely higher than that of Paul Millsap. In six of his last eight games, Cousins has over 50 fantasy points, and he posted over 60 fantasy points two of those six games. For the time being, leave him out of cash game lineups. He will prove his consistency soon enough. 

Michael’s Rapid Reaction: He’s still hit value in 6 of his last 8 games. The Kings are playing their 4th home game in a row so Boogie is well rested. The Pistons were one of the more solid defensive teams in the league, but they’ve given up 114 points or more in 3 straight games. The Kings like to push the pace, and if the Kings are scoring points, it’s because Boogie is scoring points.

Value Play: 

Jeremy Lamb – Jeremy Lamb is a little bit expensive on DraftKings, at least compared to FanDuel, but with Nicolas Batum doubtful to suit up tonight, he is worth consideration in all leagues. Lamb played over 25 minutes in his last game, posting over 25 fantasy points against the tough San Antonio Spurs defense. Tonight, he gets a much easier matchup against the uptempo Houston Rockets, and he should at least hit value. The Charlotte Hornets utility player is one of the best salary relief options on the board tonight.

Michael’s Rapid Reaction: The minutes will be there, he’s definitely going to fire up shots, the pace is the highest of the night, and the matchup is fantastic, what’s not to love?

Center

Top play:

Hassan Whiteside – Hassan Whiteside, much like DeMarcus Cousins, has been struggling of recent. Some fantasy owners take that as an indication to avoid the struggling player. Some fantasy owners – the smart ones – look at that as an opportunity to get an elite-level player for a discount. That is exactly what Hassan Whiteside is tonight – an elite-level player for a discount. He has 60 plus fantasy point upside, and while he has not been playing well of recent, he could bounce back at any point in time. Do not roster him in 50/50 contests. He is a tournament only option.

Michael’s Rapid Reaction:       I think you put him here to test me. But nooooooo, you won’t get me. Whiteside has been on the #HardPass list for weeks now, even when he isn’t playing. I may have a history of putting players on a ban, and Whiteside has made that list. You make great points, he’s well under priced, and he played well against the Clippers in his first game back from injury, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I can’t!

Value play:

Marcin Gortat – Marcin Gortat is the best center option on the board tonight for cash games. He has over 35 fantasy points in five of his last six games, and his price tag is very reasonable. The Washington Wizards should have little difficulty scoring tonight against the Chicago Bulls without Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. Roster Gortat in all leagues.

Michael’s Rapid Reaction: He’s easily the hottest Center in the league right now, averaging 35.8 DK points a game over his last 5 contests. The Bulls are getting destroyed down low right now and the only team the Wizards have blown out in the last few weeks are the Nets. Even a short handed Bulls team is better than the Nets. Fire without fear.

 

 


Michael’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

 

Guard

Top Play:

Reggie Jackosn –  He’s playing fantastic right now. He no longer has a minutes restriction and the Pistons are playing at a much faster pace with him on the floor. He’s averaging 42.1 DK points over his last 5 games and gets a matchup with the Kings, who are my favorite team to target in DFS. They’re bad enough on defense to give up a ton of points but good enough on offense to keep the game close. He’s playable in all formats.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Reggie Jackson is definitely playing at full health right now. Roster him in all leagues.

Value Play: 

Darren Collison – I really like the idea of targeting this game. DC is a fine tournament play tonight. The matchup is fantastic, the Pistons rank 25th in the league at defending the PG. DC has put up 24.3, 30.8, 19 & 41 in his last 4 contests. He’s wildly inconsistent which what makes him a great tourney play at his price.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Darren Collison should be used in tournaments only tonight.

 

Forward

Top Play:

Kawhi Leonard – I was going to put Rudy Gay here to just make it a clean Pistons/Kings sweep. But, Kawhi is a great 50/50 play tonight. The Bucks rank 28th in the league defensively against the SF and since returning from an illness he’s been right back to Mr. Consistency. The Spurs blew out the Hornets his last game or he was well on his way to another 40 burger. He put up 42 & 45.5 DK points his 2 games prior and another 40 seems likely tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Kawhi Leonard is just not playing consistently enough to roster in 50/50 contests. He still makes for a great tournament option at his price tag.

Value Play: 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist –  MKG is priced low enough to be used in all leagues. Since Batum has been injured, MKG has scored 30.8, 24.3 & 29.3 DK points. He’s rebounding the ball really well, averaging 11 a game over his last 3 contests. This game has the highest over/under of the night, so I see another double-double for MKG.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should be able to hit value with Nicolas Batum doubtful to play tonight.

 

Center

Top play:

Julius Randle – He’s DK eligible to be put at the Center spot, so he qualifies here. Besides Gortat, he’s my favorite play of the night. He’s averaging 42.4 DK points a game over his last 5 contests. Portland ranks 30th & 28th down low and Randle just went for 36.8 DK points against these Blazers 3 games ago on the road. Now he catches them at home in the 2nd highest over/under game on the slate. I have him putting up over 40 again tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Julius Randle has been playing well of recent. He makes for a solid tournament option.

Value play: 

Kelly Olynyk – Olynyk brings a nice salary relief to any tourney team. He’s averaged 23 DK points over his last 3 games and really excels in games that are played at a fast pace. The last time these 2 teams met Olynyk dropped 27.8 DK points in 23 minutes. He’s playing right at 20 minutes a game, so another 20 minutes & 20 DK points isn’t too far of a stretch.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I’m going to have to pass on Kelly Olynyk tonight.

 

Both Writers Will Gladly Respond to Questions and Comments on Twitter at @worton316 and @thedominatordfs.

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