Daily Fantasy Rundown – Daily Fantasy NBA – January 11th, 2015
Welcome to Sunday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem” and “dinkpiece”. Each day throughout the NBA season our daily NBA scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. Our analysis will help you consistently build winning rosters over the long run.
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Chris Paul (LAC) – Even though this game has substantial blowout risk (Clippers are 10 point favorites), Paul has an incredible matchup (Miami is ranked 27th in defensive efficiency against point guards), which should mitigate some of the blowout concerns. In this same matchup earlier this season, Paul went off for 51 Fantasy points in 32 minutes. It’s a small sample but it goes to show that Paul has been successful in this matchup and didn’t have to play high minutes to post gaudy Fantasy totals.
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Kyrie Irving (CLE) – Irving’s DFS stock continues to trend upward without LeBron James (33.1 percent usage rate/20.4 percent assist rate with LeBron off the floor; 25.5 usage rate/18.6 percent assist rate with LeBron on the floor). His individual matchup against Sacramento is favorable (ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency against point guards) and an uptick in minutes without LeBron James (averaging 38 minutes this season, around 41 minutes without LeBron) only helps his overall value. Irving only trails Chris Paul in my personal rankings but both should finish close in terms of raw totals, making Irving the better value (cheaper industry wide). Continue to start Irving in all formats.