Daily Fantasy Rundown – Daily Fantasy NBA – January 4th, 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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Kyle Lowry (TOR) – Lowry’s price point on DraftKings is a bit challenging and the matchup isn’t elite (Phoenix ranks sixth in defensive efficiency against point guards), but the bump in pace (Phoenix plays at the fifth fastest pace in the league) and the short slate make Lowry the option I’m most willing to pay up for around the industry. I think DeMarcus Cousins is the top overall play this evening but center has a few more distinct value plays than point guard and most sites have more available slots for point guards than centers. Lowry is in the highest total game (217.5) with the tightest spread (Raptors favored by one) and Lowry’s usage rate remains elevated (31 percent) without DeMar DeRozan on the floor.
C.J. Watson/Donald Sloan (IND) – This one is going to be a challenge on early lock sites. We know George Hill is out, but C.J. Watson remains questionable with a sore foot. He warmed up last game but was unable to go and Donald Sloan filled in admirably. Sloan got a price bump on DraftKings and is priced similarly to Watson on many sites. One of them will benefit from a great matchup with the Lakers who rank 29th in defensive efficiency against point guards, 30th in overall defensive efficiency, and seventh in pace. If Watson is out, Sloan becomes an elite value play at the position. The line is a bit less clear with Watson who is playing through an injury and would still have competition at the position. If we get clarity he’s cleared well before the game I think that would be a good enough sign to consider him a value play at the position.