Jeremy Lin PG Houston Rockets ($7600 Salary at DraftKings) – Lin is coming off a nice fantasy productive game against the Utah Jazz having put up 19 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. As the season goes on it never ceases to amaze me how many good productive players get thrown to the wayside as far as pricing. With each game that Lin starts he is feeling more comfortable and finding his rhythm which is evident in his stats as of late. Jeremy’s price is still on the low side and it would make sense to grab him now at his price because it won’t stay where it is for very long. Not if he keeps outplaying his price tag it won’t.
Projection: 15 pts / 11 ast / 5 reb / 1 blk / 3 stl
Thabo Sefolosha SG Oklahoma City Thunder ($3600 Salary at DraftKings) – Although Sefolosha will not bring you in a bushelful of fantasy points as the beast-boys do but if you are in need a low-priced SG who is at least reliable then Thabo is your guy. He’s good to grab his average or above it on any given night. Rarely does he ever not get his norm. One of the upsides with staring Sefolosha is that it can open the ‘cap’ door to afford that ‘Beast of the Day” or a couple of mid-range priced players. Either way Thabo can help fill that gap while producing his salary cost.
Projection: 12 pts / 3 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl
Chandler Parsons SF Houston Rockets ($5900 Salary at DraftKings) – Have you noticed a trend with certain players , not only this year but each year. Some players just shine against the powerhouse clubs and fizzle out when facing the lousy teams. Case in point, Chandler Parsons. Parsons is averaging 16 points a game so far this season. He has surged his point production like crazy only 3 times and each time it was a top-rated team. Here’s his digits against the big named boys. Against Carmelo and the Knicks, Chandler put up 31 points, against the Heat and LeBron, Chandler put up 25 points and to top it all off. When facing the Lakers and Kobe two weeks ago Parsons put up 24 points. He’ll be facing the Lakers again but look for a few more minutes to be logged in and a spike up from the last meeting in fantasy point production.
Projection: 27 pts / 4 ast / 9 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl
Serge Ibaka PF Oklahoma City Thunder ($6800 Salary at DraftKings) – When you are reading my column, often (like almost every day) I’ll come up and moan and groan about double-doubles. That is Key #7 of my 10 Keys To Winning Daily Fantasy Basketball. A double-double makes all the difference. Not that you necessary need them to win obviously but if you are starting players who register them as easy as we breathe then yes, you want to grab him for your line-up. Ibaka seemed to have been heading to Double-Double Land having nailed 2 in a row (against the Celtics and Clippers) but then fell short after that. Since then he has hovered in the last 3 of 4 games ( 18-9 / 23-9 / 12-7 ). I’m looking for Serge not to doing any hovering or flirting tonight but to go above and beyond his best stat line to date, look for a bunch of blocks too. He’ll nail this DD like nobody’s business. Start “The Swatmeister” tonight and you can thank me tomorrow.
Projection: 19 pts / 1 ast / 12 reb / 5 blk / 1 stl
Nikola Pekovic C Minnesota Timberwolves ($6600 Salary at DraftKings) – Oh man,, how I love this pick tonight. This will be my best value pick on the entire card. I’m telling right now, do not get duped tonight into taking some mega-priced beast who will not live up to his cap-cost. Don’t do it. You need a Center? Well then, just step into my office. Brother, do I have a great deal for you. The best valued player on any site over the last 3 days. Plus, he’s an under a mid-range price tag and is capable of producing ‘beast-like’ points. Start Pekovic with tons of confidence tonight, he is good for a high-end double-double each and every night (that’s basically what he’s averaging now) and this game will be no different. He will crush this 76er team all night. Plus, he’ll have Allen on him all night? Yeah right, okay. Start Pekovic tonight , I promise you, taking him will be as safe as milk and his price is literally dirt cheap. Best value going tonight.
Projection: 16 pts / 3 ast / 15 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl