If you had Rudy Gay last night, I feel you’re pain. He is becoming one of the scariest picks in daily fantasy basketball, as he’s been a late scratch two times in the past two weeks. In other words, he’s officially on my shit list no matter how good his match-up is. Even if you were on a site that has the late player swap feature, Rudy Gay screwed you last night due to the Raptors being in the first game. That being said, we move to a new week with a solid five games on the table this evening. Tonight’s DFR Circuit event is over on StarFantasyLeagues, so make sure you get on over there if you want to try to catch me in the standings!
*All prices reflect StarFantasyLeagues pricing
Picks of the Night:
Deron Williams – $13,636 - He’s actually been very consistent since the All-Star break, averaging around 24 points and 7 assists per game. He draws a favorable matchup against Jrue Holiday and the Sixers, who have been absolutely terrible as of late. The 76ers will be on the second of a back to back coming from Orlando where they just lost to the Magic, the 2nd worst team in the eastern conference. The Nets are on a three game winning streak right now, and Williams should easily help them make it four tonight in Philly.
Stephen Curry – $15,953 – Curry put up 54 real points against the Knicks around two weeks ago in a dream night for fantasy owners. He gets the Knicks at home tonight, and if he can even do half of what he did that game you’ll be happy. The Knicks have been very lackadaisical defending the point guard recently, and Curry should be able to have his way once again tonight.
J.R. Smith – $10,656 – Smith is sitting at a great price on StarFantasyLeagues right now, and there’s still a chance Carmelo Anthony doesn’t play and Smith is forced to carry the offensive load once again. He has proven many times this year that he is highly capable of dominating a game when need be, and if Melo is out that will be the case tonight. Even if Melo plays, at such a cheap price he should still provide solid value.
Manu Ginobli – $9,625 – With Tony Parker out of the picture right now, it’s been Manu doing most of the ball handling when he’s in the game. Key words there are “when he’s in the game” because that hasnt been much as of late. That being said, when he is in, he has been producing some very impressive fantasy numbers. Tonight the Spurs will take on OKC at home in what could be a statement game for San Antonio. I’m thinking Coach Pop is going to give Manu more minutes than usual in an attempt to win this game. The Spurs are at home, with rest, and there’s really no reason not to let Manu lose tonight.
Jermaine O’Neal -$7,845 – Still unclear when O’Neal is going to make his return, but if it’s tonight then he should most definitely be considered for your lineup. Whenever he returns, he is going to be thrown right into the starting center position with Marcin Gortat out for the forseeable future. If O’Neal doesn’t play, it will be Scola getting more minutes than usual again and could also make for a nice value play.
Kenyon Martin – $5,260 - With Amar’e Stoudemire expected to miss up to six weeks with a knee injury, it’s going to be Martin stepping into the bigger role. The Knicks need size without Amar’e. Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby can’t play significant effective minutes, so people like Chris Copeland and Martin are going to see more court time. Martin is an energy player and should thrive against GS, a team that ranks dead last in opponent efficiency against the PF over the last ten games. David Lee sat out his last game with a shoulder injury but vowed to play tonight against the Knicks, meaning he could be even worse defensively than usual if he isn’t 100% recovered from injury.