Daily Fantasy Rundown – Daily Fantasy NBA – January 9th, 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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Stephen Curry (GS) – Cleveland ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency against point guards and tied for 23rd in overall team defensive efficiency. The Warriors have the highest team total of the evening (109.75) and while they are 12.5 point favorites, they don’t play another game until Tuesday. Blowout risk is always a concern for double digit favorites, but I think the long layoff after this game gives the Warriors incentive to give their starters a usual compliment of minutes. I feel confident he’s our top overall point guard option tonight.
Next-in-line: John Wall (WAS) – Russell Westbrook deserves consideration in this breath, as does Kyrie Irving, but both are priced differently than Wall. The Bulls have been a bottom third defense against point guards this season and Wall is at home where he’s historically been a better performer. He’s in play on sites the price has come down.
Jarrett Jack (BKN) – Deron Williams is out which makes Jack a valuable commodity once again. Lionel Hollins has talked about reducing his minutes (as well as Joe Johnson‘s minutes) but realistically it will be hard for him to play Jack less than 35 minutes. The Nets lack a competent ball handler behind Jack and their guard depth chart without Williams is basically Jack, Johnson, and then Karasev or Alan Anderson (who also have to play small forward some). At current price points, he’s the strongest value of the night even if you project him for closer to 35 minutes than the 40 he’s been approaching in games without Williams. Philadelphia ranks 24th in defensive efficiency against point guards and plays at the league’s third fastest pace which should help make up for any extra possessions lost by a minutes reduction.