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With all the value out there last night, we had one of the highest scoring nights of the fantasy season. I somehow managed to profit on a night where I had Carmelo Anthony (9 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast) and Greivis Vasquez (7 Pts, 7 Ast, 6 Reb, 5 TO) both laying duds in most of my lineups; fortunately, guys like Chandler Parsons (24 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast), Nikola Vucevic (20 Pts, 12 Reb, 6 Ast) and the Bulls trio of Taj Gibson (19 Pts, 19 Reb, 3 BS), Nate Robinson (20 Pts, 8 Ast, 2 Reb) and Jimmy Butler (16 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast) salvaged my night.
Luol Deng (25 Pts, 14 Ref, 5 Ast) was the man of the night going for over 50 FP, returning huge value in a rare start at PF for the Bulls as they were without their big men again.
J.R. Smith (25 Pts, 6 Red, 4 Ast) was hot for the Knicks in a blowout win at home against the Kings. Carmelo Anthony basically did nothing in the first half and didn’t play in the 4th quarter because of the blowout. If you had told me the Knicks would beat Sacramento at home 120-81 and Melo would only go for 9 points, I would have called you psychotic.
James Harden (21 Pts, 11 Reb, 11 Ast) matched Parsons as the Rockets cruised past Charlotte in Houston. Kemba Walker (24 Pts, 3 Ast, 3 Reb, 4 Stl) was the lone bright spot for the Bobcats in the loss.
While it didn’t hurt your fantasy lineups, Kevin Durant (32 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast) and Russell Westbrook (28 Pts, 5 Ast, 2 Reb) got theirs but suffered a surprising road loss in Cleveland, as Kyrie Irving’s huge fantasy day (35 Pts, 3 Ast, 3 Reb) carried the Cavs to victory.
Damian Lillard (23 Pts, 8 Ast, 2 Reb) posted a big line for Portland with Wes Matthews missing the game with a ankle injury.
Yes, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, but that doesn’t mean us daily fantasy players can’t get our fix (especially us people from New England, who are so excited for the game today). Thankfully, the NBA scheduled some afternoon games so we can enjoy some NBA before that other big game tonight.
With only three games on the schedule, it definitely won’t be as high-scoring as last night, and our options will be much more limited. The Clippers will be on the road in Boston where they will be without CP3 for a 7th straight game. Eric Bledsoe will fill in, and I think Blake Griffin has a big day after a sub par performance his last time out in Toronto. Jeff Green’s price isn’t going to stay low for long, as he looks locked into a much bigger role with Jared Sullinger out for the season.
Dwight Howard is supposed to be back after a one game absence with a shoulder injury, taking value away from Pau Gasol and Earl Clark. Jose Calderon is having issues with his visa and has yet to be cleared to play. If he does get clearance, Coach Lawrence Frank said he’s locked in as the Pistons starting PG, but if not, I see Brandon Knight playing well at home against Steve Nash.
Rudy Gay is expected to start for the Raptors but will likely be matched up with LeBron James, which is never a good thing for fantasy lineups. Andrea Bargnani might suite up and is expected to be a game-time call today.
Picks of the Day:
Blake Griffin – Had a not so hot outing last game against the Raptors in an unexpected road loss but should get back on track against a depleted Celtics squad.
Kobe Bryant – Detroit ranked dead last in defensive efficiency in the month of January against the SG. The Lakers have been playing better as of late, with Kobe leading the way.
Jeff Green – If the Celtics are going to keep winning, Green is going to be a big part of it. The minutes will be there, and his confidence is growing every game.
One of the four Celtics guards – Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa. Your guess is as good as mine on who will perform the best. If I had to pick one, I’m taking J. Terry. A week ago I swore never to take J. Terry, but his numbers and play are saying otherwise as of late. They’re nothing special, but he has yet to lay a dud since Rondo went down, something the other three cannot say. Also, the Clippers are pretty weak at defending the SG, ranking 23rd-worst in defensive efficiency in the month of January.