Daily Fantasy Rundown – NBA DFS – January 16th, 2015
Welcome to Friday’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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Russell Westbrook (OKC) – Russell Westbrook is my top point guard option this evening as he’s projected to have the largest raw total out of all point guards. Westbrook’s price point has been declining since Kevin Durant is now healthy and even though tonight’s matchup isn’t favorable from a defensive efficiency standpoint (Warriors are ranked second in defensive efficiency against point guards), this game is projected to be high scoring (214.5 point total) and should remain close (three point spread). Westbrook is the second or third most expensive point guard on most sites (like our featured site, DraftDay) and I’d like to take advantage of that tonight as Westbrook will partake in a high paced game that should remain close and push starters to play a few more minutes.
Stephen Curry (GSW) – Curry is right behind Westbrook in our point guard rankings and I like him for most of the same reasons as I like Westbrook. I’ve already mentioned that this game is projected to be high scoring and should remain close, which might grant Curry and the Warriors’ starters a few more minutes. There are so many options at the point guard position that I’m looking for differentiators that might make a play stand out. Curry is averaging around 48 DraftDay points in three games against the Thunder this season and if he can replicate that same Fantasy output, he gets within a point of meeting value (averaging 46 DraftDay points this season). On sites where Curry is cheaper than Westbrook (FanDuel), I’d give Curry the nod over Westbrook.
Next in line:
Chris Paul (LAC) – (Elite matchup and price point is discounted on some sites; he trails Curry and Westbrook in my personal rankings but is viable due to a lower price point than those two)
Michael Carter-Williams (PHI) – If Tony Wroten is out this evening, Carter-Williams becomes the top value play at the point guard position. His minutes become solidified (no clear back up at the point guard position) and the ball handling responsibilities fall squarely on his shoulders when Wroten doesn’t play (as evidenced by an increase in assist rate with Wroten off of the floor), making him a nice value play at his current price, which has been consistently falling across the industry. I would only consider Carter-Williams if Wroten is out since there are top plays at the position that I’d like to pursue.