Daily Fantasy NBA Cheat Sheet: Friday, January 12 (UPDATED)
January 12, 2018 | Spencer L
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Gary Harris OUT. Will Barton becomes a cash game commodity while Jamal Murray sees an uptick as well.
Stephen Curry OUT. Livingston will start, but he’s not much of a DFS play. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson will all see usage boosts. They gain traction in tournaments.
Isaiah Canaan probable. This crosses Tyler Ulis off the list of potential value options.
INJURY REPORT – 1:15pm ET
Anthony Davis questionable. There’s a chance he’s closer to probable, so we’ll assume him in unless hearing otherwise.
Stephen Curry questionable. He was able to practice yesterday, so there’s a good chance he returns tonight.
Marquese Chriss OUT. Dragan Bender will start in his place, looking like a nice DFS value.
Myles Turner OUT. Domantas will continue to see 30+ minutes in the Indiana frontcourt. Thad Young gets a marginal boost as well.
DeMarre Carroll questionable. Allen Crabbe stepped up in his absence last game, looking at another opportunity if Carroll sits tonight.
Marco Belinelli questionable. His absence would help solidify minutes for Kent Bazemore.
Tim Hardaway Jr questionable. There’s a chance he returns tonight, although he’d likely be greeted with limited minutes.
These players will continue to miss time: James Harden, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Vucevic, D’Angelo Russell, Mike Conley, Paul Millsap, Nene Hilario
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Chris Paul (HOU): You could easily stack this game, which is a strategy we are looking to deploy tonight. Houston is playing up in pace without James Harden – while taking on one of the worst defenses in the league. Chris Paul will be looking to step up in a big way, and this is easily the highest scoring game of the night (227 over/under).
Spencer Dinwiddie (BKN): Dinwiddie isn’t a 100% necessity, but he makes for an all-around solid mid-range play as long as you aren’t stretching your cap space to roster him. He threw up a clunker last game, but has been a part of 40-50+ FP through the previous week. He should get back on track against an ATL team that ranks 23rd vs PGs.
o Additional Notes:
Isiah Canaan has missed the past two games, resulting in solid minutes for Tyler Ulis (PHX). If Canaan (questionable) is out again tonight, Ulis becomes a solid value complement to Chris Paul on all sites through all formats … John Wall (WAS) is someone we are looking towards on DraftKings, as the salary comes with a meaningful discount from Chris Paul … Eric Bledsoe (MIL) is a fine mid-range option in a high-scoring matchup vs Golden State. If you aren’t a believer in Dinwiddie, Bledsoe makes for a confident alternative in a similar price range … Jamal Murray (DEN) is underpriced on DK and Yahoo, where you can look to him as a utility filler with some upside to boot … Jarrett Jack (NYK) is coming off an outstanding triple-double last game. We aren’t expecting anywhere close to that level of production – especially if Hardaway Jr returns. However, he’s only $11 on Yahoo – worth a look over there.
Devin Booker (PHX): As mentioned earlier, this Houston-Phoenix matchup is where the fantasy action is. Devin Booker is a high-volume, high-upside fantasy superstar with an excellent home matchup and acceptable salary level to make for a prioritized DFS asset tonight.
Kent Bazemore (ATL): On DK, you’ll likely go with Booker or a point guard at your shooting guard position (CP3, Dinwiddie, Bledsoe, Ulis, Murray, etc). On FanDuel, Bazemore checks in as a solid value complement to Devin Booker. He has been up and down this entire season, but the matchup looks great while playing up in pace against a bad Brooklyn defense.
o Additional Notes:
Donovan Mitchell (UTA), Tyreke Evans (MEM), and Victor Oladipo (IND) all profile as tournament options who are too expensive for cash games. They are alternatives from Devin Booker, and Evans looks like the best GPP Pick of that bunch while facing Denver.
TJ Warren (PHX): This is a great fantasy environment and Houston ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards. Roster Warren with confidence through all formats, and his mid-range salary blends very well with the other prioritized options of this slate.
LeBron James (CLE): Cleveland has suffered back-to-back blowout losses, and LeBron James is extremely fired up in the wake of that. There’s a good chance he’ll go “beast mode” against the Pacers tonight. On top of that, Isaiah Thomas is out tonight, which could funnel more usage his way.
o Additional Notes:
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) has a ton of upside in a high-scoring home battle vs Golden State. However, we are leaning towards LeBron in cash games and Giannis as more of a GPP Option behind him … If you can’t fit LeBron or Giannis in your lineups, Gerald Green (HOU) makes for a value filler who should benefit from the fantastic game environment in PHX. Green is a pure scorer who should thrive in this type of matchup.
Dragan Bender (PHX): Marquese Chriss has been ruled out tonight, meaning Dragan Bender should start and see 30-35 minutes. He’s an easy pick at current price points on FanDuel and Yahoo. He’s still acceptable on DraftKings, but the salary is less generous.
Derrick Favors (UTA): Favors makes for a solid mid-range filler with plenty of security to meet his value threshold of 30 FP. Charlotte ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency vs opposing power forwards. Favors missed last game, but is listed as probable tonight.
o Additional Notes:
Ryan Anderson (HOU) is a difficult option to predict. However, he’s cheap with an excellent matchup while seeing 30+ minutes for the shorthanded Rockets. We don’t mind him as a cheap filler in any format if you need more salary relief. Domantas Sabonis (IND) will look to step up once again with Myles Turner out. The salary has grown on FanDuel (tournament only there), but you can look towards Sabonis on DK or Yahoo tonight … Aaron Gordon (ORL) has a comfortable matchup at Washington – bottom ten vs power forwards to be considered on FanDuel as a borderline cash play and fine GPP Option.
Clint Capela (HOU): Capela rounds out the featured picks from Houston-Phoenix, and he may be one of the more important lifts from this game. He has always been an efficient FP/minute producer, and there’s a chance he’ll see heavy playing time (32-34 minutes) against a bad Phoenix defense. He’s a great all around pick through every site.
DeMarcus Cousins (NO) is expensive and more of a GPP expenditure tonight, especially if Anthony Davis returns … Nikola Jokic (DEN) and Dwight Howard (CHA) are nice picks on DK and Yahoo – where they have a significant discount from Cousins/Towns and you can utilize them in utility spots … Kyle O’Quinn (NYK) is a GPP Pick on FanDuel and Yahoo, cash playable on the latter site at minimum price … Enes Kanter (NYK) has been solid for the Knicks lately, and he’s an underpriced GPP asset on FanDuel at only $5300.
FANDUEL LINEUPS – GPP Lineup will come at 6:00 ET Update
DRAFTKINGS LINEUPS – GPP Lineup will come at 6:00 ET Update
YAHOO LINEUPS – GPP Lineup will come at 6:00 ET Update