Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 2.15
February 15, 2017 | Jason Bales
Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Russell Westbrook – Russell Westbrook has been playing far too well of recent to avoid him in 50/50 contests or tournaments. He did flop in his last game, but he has over 70 fantasy points in three of his last four games, so he is consistently hitting value. The New York Knicks are horrible defensively, and Westbrook should take full advantage. Expect a triple-double performance.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Westbrook is always a great option.
Monta Ellis – Monta Ellis is not a very exciting option tonight, but he does provide a lot of value at his price tag. Ellis is playing 30 minutes per game and consistently posting over 20 fantasy points. His upside is there, but he has yet to show it. Fortunately, his price tag is low enough that 20 fantasy points is a solid performance. Roster him in all leagues.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: He has been producing, but there are other options around his price that I like slightly more.
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LeBron James – The small forward position is a battle betweeen LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard tonight. Leonard is more consistent for his price tag, but James has the greater upside, especially with Kevin Love out for the next six weeks. James posted over 75 fantasy points in one of his last three games. He gets a great matchup against the uptempo Indiana Pacers, so feel free to fire him up in both 50/50 contests and tournaments.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: James can be inserted into all of your lineups tonight.
Frank Kaminsky – Frank Kaminsky is playing extremely well of recent. In his last four games, he has over 35 fantasy points in three of them, posting 45 fantasy points in 36 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers. His price tag is on the rise, but it is not quite high enough. His fantasy production is currently higher than that of his price tag, which makes him a great option in all leagues. It may feel odd making Kaminsky a primary fantasy option tonight, but it is the right move.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m a bit fan of Kaminsky in tournaments.
Greg Monroe – Greg Monroe is playing big minutes for the Milwaukee Bucks now that Jabari Parker is done of the season. In his last game, he posted over 50 fantasy points. Monroe is likely going to shine for the remainder of the season. Until his price tag skyrockets, roster him in both 50/50 contests and tournaments regardless of his matchup.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Monroe is a high upside GPP option.
Kelly Olynyk – Kelly Olynyk is a great tournament option against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. He is cheap, and two games ago, he posted over 40 fantasy points in 27 minutes against the Utah Jazz. He has great upside, and his consistently, while not good enough to roster him in cash games, is solid. He should at least hit 20 fantasy points tonight, and that will at least keep most fantasy lineup alive. He also has the ability to post another 40 fantasy point performance, which is great for his price tag.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Olynyk has been playing well enough to be used in all leagues tonight.
Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Jrue Holiday – Holiday saw his price drop because of a tough matchup against the Grizzlies. He’s averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game over the last 10 days, though, and he’s entirely too cheap tonight. He’s a fairly consistent option, but he comes with tremendous upside, as well. He has been locked into huge minutes for the Pelicans recently, and Holiday makes a great option in all leagues for his current price tag.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I believe Holiday is a little risky, but he’s a solid option tonight.
Nik Stauskas – Stauskas has been on fire for the Sixers recently, as he’s averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.0 steal per game over the last 10 days. He has scored at least 23 fantasy points in five of his last six contests, including a huge 37.25 fantasy point performance against the Spurs. He gets a decent matchup against the Celtics tonight, and Stauskas has been playing more than well enough to be used in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: It may be a good idea to use both Stauskas and Ellis in a lineup tonight.
Kawhi Leonard – Leonard is averaging a healthy 50.1 fantasy points per game over the last 10 days, and he has been a consistent player with good upside over that span. He’s the focal point of the Spurs offense, but he has also been providing peripheral stats, as well. He gets a matchup against the Magic, who don’t have anyone that is going to be able to guard him tonight. If you don’t want to pay up for James, Leonard is a solid option for a bit cheap.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I prefer paying up for James, but Leonard does make a great option.
Juan Hernangomez – Emmanuel Mudiay, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, and Darrell Arthur have all been ruled out for the Nuggets tonight. That means someone is going to have to soak up the minutes. Hernangomez was the player to do so in the Nuggets last game, as he scored 50.5 fantasy points in 43 minutes. He has been a great fantasy option when given the minutes this entire season, and he’s projected to play around 30 minutes tonight. He can be used in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I agree Hernangomez can be used in all leagues, especially if he’s announced as the starter.
Nikola Jokic – The Nuggets are dealing with a ton of injuries, which means Nikola Jokic will be locked into big minutes tonight. He has scored 67.25, 52.75, and 62.75 fantasy points in his last three games, and he gets a solid matchup against the Wolves tonight. There’s no reason to believe Jokic won’t play minutes in the high-30s, and he’s a great option in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Jokic is an elite center, and that will be on full display tonight.
Mason Plumlee – As mentioned above, the Nuggets have multiple players out tonight. Plumlee is set to make his debut, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he’s forced into 25 minutes. The Nuggets recently stated that they don’t want to use Jokic and Plumlee together, which is a bit confusing from a trade perspective, but this is one of the only times we’re going to see Plumlee this cheap. He isn’t more than a GPP option, though.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not a huge fan of Plumlee tonight.
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