Welcome to Five Guys No Burgers and Fries: Daily Fantasy Basketball!
In this article we’ll be examining daily fantasy basketball strategy by discussing five NBA players that have an excellent chance of performing well this evening. We’ll also recap how our top picks from Friday performed from a daily fantasy basketball perspective.
Friday’s Five Guys
Ricky Rubio had a monster night with 18 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal. You were happy if you started him.
Kyle Lowry had an extremely disappointing evening despite the great matchup. He logged over 3o minutes but only had four shot attempts, weird.
Jameer Nelson ripped off a monster line with 15 points, 13 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal.
Mareese Speights‘ minutes are officially a concern now, as he logged only 22 on Friday. He still managed 18 points and 5 rebounds, so as a value play he performed admirably.
Nicolas Batum started slow against Houston, but the second half was a different story. By the time it was over he had put up 24 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 4 treys.
Today’s Five Guys
Kemba Walker is back to being an unstable quantity on the road, and a feared warrior at home. Boston is coming off a marathon against Denver last night, and frankly haven’t been able to figure out an optimal point guard defense since Rondo went down, despite their improved overall play. (DraftKings $6,400, FanThrowdown $7,800, FanDuel $7,100)
Spencer Hawes has been the picture of stability since Thaddeus Young went down three games ago, averaging 37 minutes, 14.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists in that span. He’s as safe a mid-range play as they come right now. (DraftKings $5,600, FanThrowdown $6,400, FanDuel $5,800)
Charlie Villanueva is a player I honestly never thought I would be mentioning again. Buried on the Detroit depth chart for the better part of two seasons now, he’s been cut loose into the Pistons injury laden and trade induced rotation. As long as he’s seeing 25-30 minutes a game each night, he’s impossible to avoid at his price tag. (DraftKings $4,000, FanThrowdown $4,500, FanDuel $4,200)
Tony Parker is who you’ll want to target if you’re looking for a safe, high end, stud this evening. The Spurs are on the road playing the second half of a back to back, without Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili, which ensures they’ll be forced to fight tooth and nail for a victory. Parker has been playing at an MVP level over the past month, and should have no problem putting up numbers on an undersized Nate Robinson. (DraftKings $8,900, FanThrowdown $8,200, FanDuel $8,200)
Greg Monroe is another high end play that gives you a good mix of upside, combined with a safe fantasy point baseline. Over the past month he’s been morphing into the player scouts had envisioned him being when he was first drafted, contributing in every category. (DraftKings $8,800, FanThrowdown $8,200, FanDuel $7,800)