DFS NBA: Late Night Lineup

With a few different tip-off times tonight, there were a few options for DFS NBA contests. You had your 7 pm early starts, your 7:30 pm expresses, 8 pm, 9 pm and late-night 10:30 pm pools.

There were some quality early starts, but the Warriors, Rockets, and Spurs headlined the night for me from a fantasy perspective so I went with a late-night contest.

The Knicks are in town to face Golden State, which obviously won’t go well for New York. Steph Curry should dominate early and stack up the stat line before getting pulled late as per usual.

Curry will lead my roster tonight, as when picking from only three games you cannot miss on that many points when it’s sitting right there.

Thankfully, we don’t care about the points in the standings so the Knicks can be an attractive team as well.

Carmelo Anthony has been a monster and even though Kristaps Porzingis has cooled off a bit, he’s still an above-average multi-category fantasy pick.

Sasha Vujacic will be getting the start tonight, so at $3600 I had to take the chance.

  • Here’s the rest of my lineup
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When you have Curry, James Harden, Carmelo and to an extent Dwight Howard you’re gonna need more than one discount player, and if he sinks you it wasn’t worth it. So the key to a successful night is of course nailing your big ticket items, but finding nice value among the cheaper options.

Toney Douglas ($4500) Douglas scored 42 fantasy points against the Warriors during his last game. That’s no joke. But the fact that he had 19.2, 31.4 and 22.7 fantasy points in his previous three games respectively is what gives me the confidence to play the Pelican tonight.

Porzingis was sick earlier this week, so Derrick Williams could eat into those minutes again for New York. He’s scored 20+ fantasy points in four straight contests and could have plenty of opportunity late if it becomes a blowout.

 

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup

With only four games scheduled tonight, you may think it will be a slow night for daily fantasy basketball lineups. But one game is all you need when it’s a Thunder vs Warriors rematch. Here is my DFS lineup, including some nice value picks. There is still $500 leftover to do as you wish with, replace and upgrade, but we feel this is a solid lineup either way.

Steph Curry is questionable with an ankle injury that held him out of the Golden State game against the Hawks, but is expected to be ready to play tonight. Considering the ankle, and Kevin Durant‘s effort last time out, I’m rolling with Russell Westbrook tonight. The former two starred in the premiere, so this game is Westbrook’s to own. I’m hoping for a monsterous 50-60 fantasy point night.

Let’s take a look at the remainder of the roster.

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Norris Cole and Mirza Teletovic are the leading value picks here. Cole scored an outstanding 40.8 fantasy points last night and will look to keep it going versus the Spurs. Teletovic should be a popular selection in daily fantasy basketball at just $4700. He’s nailing them from beyond the arc, so he adds additional fantasy points even if he isn’t a dominant factor all game.

If I wasn’t taking Curry, you bet I was taking one of his teammates. Klay Thompson made the cut with back to back 40+ fantasy point games.

I’m looking for 45 fps from Kawhi Leonard against the Pelicans. And Dirk Nowitzki always seems to have a great game when I don’t take him, so with such a small pool of talent available, I’ll take my chances with the bubbling Maverick offense.

Joe Johnson, Alex Len and Luol Deng round of the lineup, as consistent vets who have high (enough) ceilings.

Good luck to all, and to all a good night of ball!

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DFS NBA Picks

Another edition of DFS NBA Picks is upon us. With one 3pm start you had to get your rosters in early, unless you were taking part in only an Evening Game contest.

Tonight is an extra special edition as Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors face off against the OKC Thunder. Let’s see which one of those star ballers made my DFS NBA picks.

  • My Roster

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The Superstars: Steph Curry, James Harden and Russ Westbrook. I didn’t select Curry in my last lineup as my lead superstar and it came back to haunt me. Can’t make the same mistake twice with the league MVP, “Steph! You’re in!”. Harden has had a really nice fantasy month. I’m banking on 35+ fantasy points. Russell Westbrook has been dynamite the last five games averaging 24.2 points, 11.4 assists, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 31 minutes played per game.

Star PowerGiannis Antekounmpo is the lone above-average regular in this lineup. He’s been on fire and is fun to watch dominate inside the paint. If he tops 30 fantasy points it will be a good day.

Role Players: Anderson Varejao, PJ Hairston and Tyson Chandler are all pretty cheap and allowed me to afford my big three (Curry, Harden, Westbrook). Varejao is seeing an increase in minutes since his deadline day trade, Hairston has 20 and 18 points in his last two contests so at $3200 I had to snatch him up. Tyson Chandler has multiple 20+ fantasy point games this month, so once again at that price I had to take a chance on such value.

X-Factor: Not to be confused with eachother, Dieng and Deng are my X-Factors. Dieng has been a whole new player since the end of January, almost putting up 25 fantasy points on a nightly basis, while veteran Luol Deng has seen a revival since stepping in for all the Heat injuries.

The plan is for the superstars to have super games, while my support players all perform to at least their average. One exceptional performance combined with that should propel you to top spot in your daily fantasy basketball contest.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy basketball optimal lineup, but value players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy basketball contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My roster

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Chris Paul is my only major star. He will have to give it everything he has if the Clippers have any hope of beating Steph Curry and the mighty Warriors.

Teague and Carter-Williams provide good value at their price tags compared to most of the board. They average anywhere from 25 to 30 FPPG, a good 5 points more than their peers.

Goran Dragic and Luol Deng could put up big numbers again with all the injuries the Heat are dealing with at the moment. With Wade out specifically, the guard position has many minutes to fill and Deng flashed a version of his younger self last game giving hope for a repeat performance.

Antetokounmpo is the highest priced player remaining on my roster. The big-man has been putting up star-level fantasy stats lately and tonight should be no different. I’m expecting 30 fantasy points out of him.

Gerald Green will also benefit from the additional minutes he will receive tonight (Bosh – Out), while Jabari Parker has heated up as is a very good value.

Center Marreese Speights doesn’t play much, but he is very effective. He can get you 15 points and a few other category fillers if you’re really in a pinch for a low-cost player.

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Golden State Warriors vs Washington Wizards 02/02/16 Preview

Golden State Warriors (44-4) at Washington Wizards (21-25) (8 pm EST)

The most unbeatable teams always seem to fall to the league’s bottom dwellers. That’s just the way it goes in sports. This #NBA season, the Golden State Warriors led by reigning #NBA #MVP Steph Curry have only four losses in 48 games played. 44-4. No matter what it stands for, that’s an impressive stat. In this case, winning basketball games; which isn’t exactly easy no matter who you’re playing against. This is the #NBA after all, and that’s why they have matched the all-time record.

The Washington Wizards on the other hand are…not good. You would think with Curry on the road and no hometown fans to pump him up the Wizards may have a slightly better chance tonight right…? Wrong…They are worse at home (10-15) then on the road (11-10) and the Washington crowd is probably there because they are hyped to watch the will-be 2016 #NBA #MVP Steph Curry.

The -10.5 line is fair, but I think the Warriors will eat it up quick.  I expect the normal Curry routine in this one: scores 30+ points and a handful of assists before he watches his teammates close out the Wizards from the bench during the fourth-quarter as Golden State collects their 45th win of the season.

Golden State recorded 68 assists on 89 baskets, and drained 29 of 59 three-pointers between in their last two. They also extended their streak of at least 30 assists to seven games and at least 10 three-pointers to 10.

The last #NBA team to record 30-plus assists seven games in a row was the 1993-94 Warriors.

Draymond Green had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to tie a 55-year-old franchise record last time out   (ninth triple-double), and Klay Thompson is always one to watch for – making 14 of 18 shots for 34 points himself.

John Wall is obviously Washington’s best player, but Marcin Gortat could pile up the boards tonight and take advantage of a loose Warriors defense for some points if the score is wide.

Advice: All the Warriors are options as the Wizard defense isn’t exactly impenetrable.  Use their depth players wisely to fill holes in your lineup and maybe get a better performance than you would elsewhere based on this matchup.

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Golden State Warriors vs Chicago Bulls – 1/20/16 Preview

The Golden State Warriors (38-4) will take on the Chicago Bulls (24-16) on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce Rotopicker. A free to use tool which allows you to create winning lineups and dominate your fantasy hockey competition. Play the most exciting contests, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks. The premiere Daily Fantasy Sports site.

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Though Golden State has a .500 record over their past four, no one will remember anything prior to Monday’s MLK Day beat down of the Cavs. The defending champion Cavaliers were embarrassed at home by MVP favorite Steph Curry and the Warriors 132-98, with Curry contributing 35 points in only three quarters of play. The Warriors beat the Bulls by 12 points back in November, but this is the closing game of a three-game road trip. Steph Curry will need the continued help of his teammates to fight through the East Coast fatigue and beat the Bulls.

Chicago has dropped four of their last six, so they need this one as much as the next team. Losing Joakim Noah long-term definitely stings, but having a former superstar step in to replace him isn’t the worst situation the Bulls could be in. Pau Gasol will see a big jolt in his playing time, which could result in a steady DFS production, but others such as Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis will see some wood as well. In these teams’ first meeting, Jimmy Butler shot 11-of-16 vs Curry, Iguodala, Green and Barnes…but he was 0-for-4 when Klay Thompson was covering him. Watch for the game inside the game in this one.

 

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