Editors Note: Yesterday we debut our coverage on fantasy sports and because it was well received we will continue to move forward with it. These lineups are designed for Draft Kings but can also work for Fan Duel but the prices won’t match up in that format. Please let our author, Brandon, know what you think of his work by leaving a comment
PG: Jeremy Lin
SG: Eric Gordon
SF: Lebron James
PF: Greg Monroe
C: Jonas Valanciunas
G: Alexey Shved
F: Thaddeus Young
Utility: Rudy Gobert
Last Night’s Recap: Success! I placed top five in all my leagues and I hope you took some of my advice. Mostly everyone met and exceeded expectations with Curry leading the way with 60 points. Value plays Carroll and McCallum also picked up the slack of Randolph and Martin. Martin simply wasn’t very involved with the offense last night and Randolph’s usage and minutes were down but still chipped in 28 points. Last night was a win but it’s important to stay humble.
PG: Expensive point guards are taking a night off and my two plays tonight are Jeremy Lin and Alexey Shved. Clarkson has been hot for the Lakers lately but he should have his hands full with Reggie Jackson, leaving Lin as the beneficiary. Lin was dynamic for a stretch but cooled have the past two games. Going against the weak backup guards in Detroit should give Lin a chance at going off. Shved has been quite good with the Knicks, putting up at least 20 in 5 of 8 games. He is still incredibly cheap and even if Hardaway Jr. is able to go, Shved is a reliable play. Avoid Kyrie Irving against Rondo and watch out for Tony Parker, he is still capable of big things.
SG: Shooting guard is a tough position but tonight I would say either Eric Gordon or Joe Johnson. Johnson had a monster game against New Orleans just last month but has cooled off of late. He offers boom or bust potential but tomorrow should be a good one for JJ. Gordon is a good play because he is the best offensive weapon other than the insanely talented Davis. Especially with Evans a little banged up, Gordon will be expected to step up. You can’t go wrong with either player, if Evans doesn’t suit up, Gordon is a must start. I would say definitely avoid Oladipo. He has been hot but his price skyrocketed and he hasn’t done those kind of numbers against Indiana this year.
SF: Lebron James is the way to go. Chandler Parsons won’t be able to contain him and you always know what you will get with Lebron. He can easily put up 40 fantasy points but tomorrow should go for 55 plus. The other forwards just don’t have appealing match ups and the bottom of the pool is too risky.
PF: Hollins finally gave Thaddeus Young the starting nod and it was a success. Assuming he continues to start, Young should pay off continuously at only $5200. He put up 30+ in his first start and scored 19 and 5 off the bench against the Pelicans last month. I think Young is in for a big game, even against Davis’ defense. Greg Monroe has a good matchup with Lakers, although I do like Jordan Hill, he should easily go off for 20 and 10. He played against the Lakers off the bench earlier in the season and contributed across the board. Josh Smith went off as the PF that game as well, so expect Monroe to do the same, if not better tonight.
Center: Ah, Jonas Valancunias, the much under appreciated big man. JV has great potential that has been squandered this year because the coach tends to go with a smaller lineup. When given minutes and opportunity, JV has been a monster and more than justifies a $5000 price tag. He went off against the Spurs last month and should again with the presence of Duncan forcing the coach to play him. While there is some risk, Jonas offers enough upside at a cheap price to make the risk worth it.
Play of the Night: Bargnani has officially been invited to Rudy Gobert’s block party. Something is just shouting at me that Gobert is a must start tonight. The Knicks are on a back to back, and the Jazz are coming off a night off. I think Knicks will play lazy and Gobert will be there to send the shots back like he’s done all year. He’s also shown more than consistent double double capabilities since Kanter left and I should he’s due for a 15-15 night with 4 blocks.