Daily Fantasy Rundown – NBA DFS – January 26th, 2015
Welcome to Monday’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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Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets have been postponed due to weather.
Russell Westbrook (OKC) – (Major blowout risk keeps him away from cash games; elite tournament play)
UPDATE: The Kings vs Knicks and Trail Blazers vs Nets have been postponed due to weather. Westbrook now becomes cash game playable, as his ceiling in this matchup is incredible. Four out of five games have blowout concerns this evening (spreads of 12 or more), which means I’m going to focus on ceilings rather than floors a bit more as it’s impossible to avoid all blowout risk. Westbrook has arguably the best matchup out of any player today (Minnesota is ranked 29th in defensive efficiency against point guards, seventh in pace), making him a great option in all formats.
Chris Paul (LAC) – Paul is meaningfully cheaper than Westbrook on most sites, including our featured site for point guards (DraftDay). I think that lower price point and a slightly lower spread make Paul the safer cash game option of the two. He’s at home taking on a Denver team ranking 18th in defensive efficiency against point guards and fourth in the NBA in pace.
Larry Drew II (PHI) – Michael Carter-Williams has been ruled out this evening, pushing Drew II into the starting lineup and potentially into heavy minutes (Tony Wroten, back up point guard, is out for the season). Drew II is the only healthy point guard on the Sixers roster and his salary relief could be very useful if you’re trying to roster high priced options like Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis. Drew II is averaging around .65 Fantasy points per minute (underwhelming option) but a 30 minute starting role gets him near his value thresholds industry wide, making him the best available point guard value. Dante Exum (below) is a comparable option, but we expect the Sixers to play at a quicker pace and for Drew II t shoulder more offensive responsibility, which gives him the edge over Exum.