The DFR Circuit heads over to FanThrowDown tonight, a site that is fast becoming one of my favorites for daily fantasy basketball. Every week they are making improvements, and they certainly have the best customer service in the biz. Make sure you head over to try and take down Team DFR in tonight’s NBA Circuit event!
Picks of the Night:
Ricky Rubio ($7,300 FanThrowDown) is the definition of hot fire these days and has a very juicy matchup with Houston, a team that gives up lots of points and doesn’t defend the PG position very well. Rubio racked up his first ever career triple-double a couple days ago against the Spurs. Yeah, against the Spurs. Of course they were without Tony Parker, but he has never been known for his defense. Rubio then followed up with a 21-point, 10-assist and 6-rebound performance the night after against the Pacers, another team that prides itself on tough defense. Rubio is a true 4-tool player right now and is racking up numbers every night. If he can do this well against two of the toughest, defensive-minded teams in the NBA, he should have no problem with Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets.
John Wall ($7,300 FanThrowDown) is another point guard who is absolutely crushing lately, posting two huge double-doubles in his last two games. This coming from a guy who missed half the season and says he is still not in great shape conditioning-wise, Wall is playing big minutes and his price is only going to rise from here. The matchup is solid against Greivis Vasquez, and the Wizards play much better as a team at home. Play Wall with confidence.
With Kobe “out indefinitely,” Dwight Howard ($8,800 FanThrowDown) just might turn into the fantasy stud we’ve seen in years past. Kobe out of the picture means 20+ shots up for grabs per game, and Dwight will have to take over as the focal point of the Lakers offense, something he’s enjoyed in the past. Not the best matchup in the world against the Pacers, but Howard is very familiar with Roy Hibbert and has dominated him in the past.
Steve Blake ($3,800 FanThrowDown) played 34 minutes last game and should be the guy who sees the biggest uptick in minutes with Kobe sidelined. He actually played some SG beside Steve Nash and played pretty well last game. He should see an increase in minutes and shot attempts tonight and could make for a nice value play if he gets hot. Jodie Meeks will also likely see an increase in minutes, but he has always been a very streaky player.
With Kyrie out of the picture right now, it’s been Shaun Livingston ($4,300 FanThrowDown) filling in at PG for the Cavs. On Tuesday, he drew the start and provided 12 points, 3 rebound, and 6 assists, a very solid line for a guy at his price level. Coach Byron Scott has said over and over again he likes the way Livingston plays, making him a pretty safe daily fantasy value play right now.
Marco Belinelli ($4,800 FanThrowDown) is one of the hardest guys to recommend after his atrocious performance on Wednesday against Sacramento, one of the weakest defensive teams in the NBA. That being said, the Bulls team as a whole played like horse radish, and coach Tom Thibodeau is not going to let that happen again. He had been very consistent leading up to the dud against the Kings, and his price is still pretty low. Marco should be able to get back on track against GS.