FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – January 19

fanduel-nba-strategyThe college basketball season is really a sprint. The non-conference slate is largely just stretching and warm up. Conference games are the meat of the race and the postseason tournaments are the final kick. We are heading around the first curve and this weekend has some really intriguing games. Louisville hosting Syracuse appears to be the game of the weekend, but there are good games across the country. Let’s look at my nine-player lineup for Saturday.

Jeff Withey, forward, Kansas Jayhawks at Texas (Draft for $8,200 on FanDuel): Withey has taken a nice and somewhat unexpected step up as an offensive player while his defense has continued to be top notch. The seven-footer is second in the nation in blocked shots (behind St. John’s freshman Chris Obekpa) with 4.7 rejections per game to go along with 13.1 points and 8.2 rebounds. Perhaps even more impressive than his shot blocking prowess is his ability to stay out of foul trouble. Texas has a pair of young inside players (Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh) who are decent on defense, but the fifth-year senior should be able to school them. Last year against the Longhorns, Withey averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks.

Carrick Felix, guard, Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Arizona (Draft for $7,500 on FanDuel): If you like guard-eligible players that can rebound (and who in their right mind doesn’t?), the Felix should be strong considered. The senior swingman has provided at least six rebounds in his last 12 games and topped 10 five times. He isn’t as a slouch as a scorer as well and is averaging 15.5 points. The Sun Devils host their intrastate rival on Saturday in their only game this week. Felix had nine points and six boards in the loss at Arizona last season, but had 23 points in the win over the Wildcats in the Pac 12 tournament. He is getting more shots as a senior and doing more on the defensive end (1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks).

C.J. Fair, forward, Syracuse Orange at Louisville (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): When one player goes out, someone else is going to get more shots and playing time. While Fair’s playing time was already quite high, he should get more shots with James Southerland on academic suspension. Louisville is a top defensive team, but Fair can score in a variety of ways and has taken a bigger offensive role in his last two games. He has provided 45 points against Providence and Villanova to go along with 16 rebounds and eight blocks. The 6-8 junior will cause match up problems for the Cardinals and had 13 points and five boards last year in 35 minutes as a reserve at Louisville.

Keith Appling, guard, Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): Sometimes these picks have to be counter intuitive. Appling has been slumping and faces the tough defense of Aaron Craft. However, he is the Spartans’ leading scorer and has the ability to get to the line to get easy points. In his last four games, Appling has made just 25% of his field goals (9-of-36) and 11% from 3-point land (1-of-9). Despite the slump, he has been playing heavy minutes and averaged 9.5 points and 5.8 assists. The Spartans beat the Buckeyes twice in three meetings last year and Appling averaged 9.7 points and 3.0 assists.

Alex Oriakhi, forward, Missouri Tigers at Florida (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): Missouri took a licking last Saturday against Ole Miss (in a game that I watched and wrote about). The team is missing Laurence Bowers, who is doubtful for Saturday’s match up against the Gators, which should be one of the best games on the SEC slate this year. No one is going to confuse Oriakhi with Bowers, but the 6-9 transfer from Connecticut can take advantage of missed shots and defensive errors to put some points on the board. He is a strong rebounder and has blocked nine shots in his last three games. The price on Oriakhi might be a bit high, but he should be able to produce against Patric Young.

Chane Behanan, forward, Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse (Draft for $6,700 on FanDuel): Behanan keeps defying injury reports. He was supposed to be out two weeks ago with the flu. The 6-6 sophomore suffered a high ankle sprain and only missed one game after he was slated to miss at least a week. We’ll have to give him points for toughness. Look for Behanan to do damage to the vaunted 2-3 Orange zone on Saturday. Last year in two games against Syracuse, Behanan averaged 13 points and 8.0 rebounds despite playing just 23.0 minutes. He shot 12-of-15 (80%) from the field in the two games. Syracuse won both meetings, so Louisville will have revenge on their minds.

Jaquon Parker, guard, Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Marquette (Draft for $5,900 on FanDuel): Cincinnati may be another team without one of its stars. Cameron Wright sprained his knee and might not be able to play Saturday against the Golden Eagles. While Parker may not be Wright’s direct replacement, he figures to get more opportunities. He has scored 23 points in his last two games to go along with 11 rebounds. Parker is hitting 40% of his 3-pointers this season. He also had the best scoring game of his career last year against Marquette. The 6-3 senior put in 28 points in a Feb. 29 win to allow the Bearcats to split the season series. Parker had 15 points in the other meeting with the Golden Eagles.

Jabari Brown, guard, Missouri Tigers at Florida (Draft for $5,400 on FanDuel): It may seem like a bad strategy to take more than one player from a team, but there are plenty of instances when doubling down works out. Since becoming eligible on Dec. 17, the 6-5 Brown has not been shy about hoisting 3-pointers. The sophomore transfer from Oregon should be able to shoot over Florida defenders and has been able to out produce his salary consistently. He did get into a bit of foul trouble Wednesday against Georgia, but still managed to put up 15 points in 22 minutes by hitting three 3-pointers. Because of his size, Brown is a nice rebounder for a guard (4.4 per game) and will get other counting stats because of his high number of minutes.

Amath M’Baye, forward, Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State (Draft for $5,300 on FanDuel): Prior to the season, I overrated a lot of transfers. I won’t do it again next season. M’Baye looked to be a solid contributor for the Sooners after a good sophomore season at Wyoming in 2010-11. The 6-9 Frenchman has started every game and averaged 11.8 points in his last five games. He is not the primary scorer for Oklahoma, but can play off of Romero Osby and Steven Pledger. Despite his height, M’Baye has only blocked 0.7 shots and none against Big 12 competition. To round out your bench, the junior should get plenty of playing time against the Wildcats and hopefully play more than the 18 minutes he did on Wednesday against Texas Tech.

Perry Missner likes to watch college basketball, but he does so on mute. You can contact him at or @PerryMissner on Twitter and he won’t put you on mute. He likes you better than Dick Vitale.

FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – January 12

fanduel-nba-strategyWednesdays in January and February are excellent for college basketball fans.  Thursdays are pretty good as well with the Pac 12 filling out the schedule. Yet, for me and for most people, it is all about Saturday. I can sit on my couch all day and barely move a muscle. It may not be good for my skeleton and it may rot my brain to some extent, but I am peaceful and happy. Isn’t that all anyone can ask for? Here are the nine players I’ve added to my team on FanDuel who I will be rooting to victory on Saturday:

Murphy Holloway, forward, Ole Miss Rebels vs. Missouri (Draft for $7,900 on FanDuel): Which team has the best record in the SEC? Why if it isn’t the Rebels from Ole Miss. Coming off a win over Tennessee in which they scored 92 points, Ole Miss may be legit. They will be tested Saturday against Missouri, but the 6-7 Holloway should have his way on the interior since the Tigers will be without Laurence Bowers. Players like Alex Oriakhi will still clog the paint for Mizzou, but Holloway should be able to get his sixth double-double in the last seven games. The fifth-year senior has averaged 15.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals though 14 games and the only thing that can stop him on Saturday is fouls.

Shabazz Napier, guard, Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame (Draft for $7,700 on FanDuel): Napier is a excellent player for FanDuelists to look at. Despite standing just 6-1, Napier has averaged 7.7 rebounds over his last four games. We knew he could score, we thought he could pass, but did we know he could board? No, we didn’t. After having a few quiet games in the early part of December as the Huskies beat overmatched competition, Napier has started scoring big numbers again. He equaled his season high with 29 points in the overtime loss to Marquette on New Year’s Day. Over his last five games, Napier is averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.6 steals. Last year, he had 16 points and five assists in the win over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center.

Ben McLemore, guard, Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech (Draft for $7,600 on FanDuel): There are two schools of thought on a player coming off a career game. One is that he will likely regress and disappoint. The other is that he is hot and should continue to play well. McLemore had 33 points in the overtime win against Iowa State on Wednesday and was unconscious from the field (10-12 FG, 6-6 3-pointers, 7-7 FT). He only had three rebounds and one assist, but he has shown in past games that he can provide a wealth of stats. The athletic wing should have little problem with the Red Raiders. McLemore may not score 33 points, but he may have more than 33 fantasy points.

Victor Odalipo, guard, Indiana Hoosiers vs. Minnesota (Draft for $7,200 on FanDuel): There are a lot of people who are praising Odalipo of late. While I don’t want to see like a smirking smart guy, I’ve liked Odalipo since he was a freshman. He has always had elite athleticism and been able to play excellent defense. This season, the 6-5 wing has added fantasy production to get everyone to notice. He has scored in double digits in his last 13 games and has hit 67.2% of his field goals and 47.8% of his 3-pointers, which is a marked increase over his first two years. The Hoosiers will be tested by Minnesota and Odalipo averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds against the Golden Gophers last year in two games.

JayVaughn Pinkston, forward, Villanova Wildcats at Syracuse (Draft for $6,400 on FanDuel): Pinkston has two strikes against him since he comes off the bench and is playing at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Yet, it is hard to dislike what the 6-7 sophomore is doing for the Wildcats of late. Pinkston has averaged 15.4 points in his last seven games and had a season-high 26 in the win over St. John’s on Jan. 2. Last year, the 260 pounder had 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench against Syracuse. He joined the starting lineup in the following game and had some big games down the stretch.

Quinn Cook, guard, Duke Blue Devils at North Carolina State (Draft for $6,200 on FanDuel): The last two games from Cook have been a synopsis of what he can and can’t do. Last Saturday, he did not score in 38 minutes against Wake Forest. He missed all 11 of his shots, which may have led to extra shots at practice. Cook rebounded on Tuesday with a career-high 27 points in the win over Clemson. So which Cook is the real guy? The answer is always somewhere in between. This is a big game in Raleigh for the Blue Devils. In 2011-12, Cook only had two points in nine points in his only appearance against the Wolfpack.

Kaleb Tarczewski, forward, Arizona Wildcats at Oregon State (Draft for $5,700 on FanDuel): The Wildcats may have suffered their first loss on Thursday against Oregon, but they will have to rebound to take out the Beavers on Saturday. Arizona was supposed to have a great recruiting class, but none of the freshman have distinguished themselves. Tarczewski was supposed to be the jewel of the freshmen since he is a seven-footer with offensive skills. He came into Thursday averaging 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22.0 minutes. Fouls have not been an issue over the last five games after he fouled out twice in a row. Tarczewski should have a nice size advantage against Oregon State and have a nice game as a low-cost player.

Wally Judge, forward, Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Cincinnati (Draft for $5,600 on FanDuel): It seems many years ago that Judge was the heir apparent for Michael Beasley with Kansas State. Things have not gone well for either player as the NBA has not come easily to Beasley and Judge left Manhattan after two disappointing seasons. While he hasn’t exactly been reborn with the Scarlet Knights, he is a functional player who is providing 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Cincinnati is a perimeter-oriented team, so Judge could get some easy baskets on the offensive glass and could have a nice rebounding game if he can stay out of foul trouble.

Montrezl Harrell, forward, Louisville Cardinals vs. South Florida (Draft for $5,500 on FanDuel): When you are running out of money on your salary cap, you may need to take a flyer on a player like Harrell. He will start for the Cardinals against the Bulls with Chane Behanan out with a high ankle sprain. The 6-8 freshman had 14 points on Wednesday against Seton Hall in his second start of the season (and first since the opening game). Harrell is athletic, big, and has some decent offensive skills. He is hitting more of his field goals (63.4%) than his free throws (58.6%), and has scored in double digits four times even in limited minutes.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tips Wednesday 1/9/13

fanduel-nba-strategyWell, we made it to NBA Wednesday and we’ll be setting our sights and investing our cash into the eleven games that are scheduled for tonight. If you’re looking for a game that may provide the offensive fireworks then keep an eye on the Lakers / Spurs match-up. Without anymore delay, let’s get to the value-plays that will make you some cash to help with those holiday bills that we’d all like to forget about. Let’s get to your plays.

Greivis Vasquez PG New Orleans Hornets (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – Well let’s see. Vasquez is sitting on nine straight double-digit scoring performances keeping in mind that 5 of those nine games were double-doubles and he ‘hovered’ over another two of those. I have been personally taking Vasquez each and every night where I feel he is of value, the guy never disappoints and easily brings in two times his salary and do you know why that is? It’s because his price never moves. Vasquezs’ price tag is steady and has not remotely caught up with his value and I don’t see that changing here. Things will remain the same in this game as Greivis will face these same Rockets that he did last week in which he scored 15 points, 14 assists and 3 rebounds. Starting Vasquez is one of the safest and reliable decisions that you could make tonight for your line-up. Make that smart move, his price is steady on all sites.

–> Projection: 17 pts / 11 ast / 3 reb / 2 stl

Klay Thompson SG Golden State Warriors (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – Looking at the SG position for tonight and there is literally a ton of options that are loaded with value. Thompson seems to be the likely candidate who I’ll be starting tonight for sure. Klay is yet again coming off of a great night of production as he loaded up the stat sheet having scored a team-high 14 points (4-of-10 FG, 3-of-7 3Pt, 3-of-4 FT) along with 2 assists, 1 rebound and 2 blocks in 30 minutes of floor time Saturday night in the Warriors loss to the Clippers. Thompson will be going against the Memphis Grizzlies this evening, a team that Klay has already done well against this season. Now, here’s where the value comes into play. Klays outing versus the Grizzlies came in the second game of the season (November 2nd) and since then Klay’s daily stat line has ballooned. Given the fact that his points, assists and rebounds are not even close to what he was averaging in that match-up in November, we’ll look for a surge in production average here as Thompson will, without a doubt, get you and I a minimum of 30 fps tonight. Easily too.

–> Projection: 19 pts / 3 ast / 6 reb / 2 blk / 2 stl



Chandler Parsons SF Houston Rockets (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – There is a mystery in the sport of professional basketball that men throughout the world have yet to figure out. It’s a mystery unlike any other. Some could say that this subject matter should just be filed away along with Roswell and Sasquatch. This mystery that I’m speaking of is this ‘illness’ that seems to spread throughout the NBA every year. What has literally blown my mind is how these players come off the sick list after dealing with the flu, cold or whatever else is out there and their first game back, BOOM, beast-mode numbers. Well, it’s the same ‘ol same ‘ol for Chandler here. The first day back from the flu and what does he do? He puts up 32 fantasy points (20 pts / 3 ast / 5 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl) and he made it look easy. Parsons will take on the Hornets tonight and Chandler should have his way with them as he has twice already this season. Look for Chandler to go above and beyond his average digits against New Orleans, which by the way are 11.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Be sure to start him as he is another player whose pricetag has yet to catch up to his value.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 5 ast / 9 reb / 1 stl

Thaddeus Young PF Philadelphia 76ers (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – Young looks to take on the Toronto Raptors tonight and I’m looking forward for history to mirror image itself in regards to his previous meeting against the dinosaurs. Way back in the day (a few days before this past Thanksgiving) Thad met up with the Raptors and produced against them like he always does. Young put up a solid stat line in that game having scored 18 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Young is by far, the safest and most reliable choice at the PF position tonight. Please don’t make the mistake of not starting him. Ain’t worth it.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 1 ast / 8 reb / 2 blk / 3 stl

Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – I love Vucevic in this situation tonight. His price has been steady without any real change. Remarkable, considering the fact that Nikola can ‘beast’ with the best of them. There is too much (Well, I guess you can really never have enough) value with this kid tonight. Vucevic is on the verge of registering his 5th double-double in a row and I have nothing but confidence that he’ll get that fifth double-double tonight against the Nuggets. Note: Just an FYI but it was a real toss-up between both of the Nikola’s tonight both will have great games as both are in marshmallow match-ups. Take either one that will fit into your starting line-up tonight. Great value in both players.

–> Projection: 16 pts / 4 ast / 17 reb / 2 blk / 1 stl


– Nikola Pekovic C Minnesota Timberwolves
Projection: 25 pts / 1 ast / 16 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

– Arron Afflalo SG Orlando Magic
Projection: 26 pts / 3 ast / 4 reb / 1 stl

– Tristan Thompson PF Cleveland Cavaliers
Projection: 15 pts / 2 ast / 16 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

– Jeremy Lin PG Houston Rockets
Projection: 18 pts / 7 ast / 5 reb / 3 stl

DraftStreet NBA Tips & Value Picks for Monday 1/7/13

draftstreet-NBA-tipsIn what looks to be a very offensive minded evening, the NBA unleashes 7 great match-ups tonight on the start of a new week. Also, given the fact that there’s no more Monday Night Football, all eyes will be on the NBA tonight. The value market is somewhat limited tonight but I’m very sure I’ve picked the cream of the crop for you and you’ll have no problem cashing in this evening. Let’s get to ’em.

Greivis Vasquez PG New Orleans Hornets (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – Vasquez has become the proverbial ‘force to be reckoned with’, it’s very apparent that this guy has something special and that ‘something’ is what will help carry us to the cashiers window. As hot as hot can be Vasquez is coming off of the overtime win against the Mavericks in which he scored 25 points (11-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and added 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 1 steal. Greivis has also been hovering around the triple-double mark as of late. Just a matter of time before it happens. It could happen tonight and why not? Vasquez is now averaging 18.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 11.0 assists in his last five games. Greivis takes on the Spurs (again) tonight and he’ll look to repeat his previous numbers against them which in fact are solid. His average in the two meetings this year is now 11 points, 8.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. No reason not to start Vasquez here as he’ll get a slight increase on his Spurs average.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 6 ast / 12 reb / 1 stl

Francisco Garcia SG Sacramento Kings (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – I’ve got to be honest, I’m not that crazy over the SG selections today. Very short on value but I think I have someone who , (and I hate using this phrase) is due. Garcia was on quite of a mini-tear there for a while as he was getting decent floor time but has come up short in his last few starts. I see that trend changing tonight. Garcia is logging in decent minutes per night yet hasn’t had a double-digit scoring night in three games. Look for Garcia to turn it around here and get back on track. Look, you really can’t go wrong with starting him. Garcia is literally all the way down on the price list and since Evans and Thornton have gone down Garcia is still able to live up to his salary and anything over that for us is gravy.

–> Projection: 11 pts / 3 ast / 6 reb / 2 blk / 2 stl

John Salmons SF Sacramento Kings (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – Here’s another player who has benefited from the Evans / Thornton injuries and there’s a big reason why you should be starting Salmons tonight. Salmons has been playing well over the last few weeks but his days could be numbered. There could be a slight chance that Evans ‘could’ start tonight but that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. Regardless, being able to start and actually getting out there and producing are two completely different things. I see Salmons starting this evening and logging in his normal 32-plus minutes. Salmons time could very well be limited after this very game so if you’re going to start him then it should be tonight. There is a touch of risk here with this play but the potential for a nice payoff is too good to pass up.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 5 ast / 6 reb / 2 stl

Anthony Davis PF New Orleans Hornets (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – Look for history to repeat itself when you start Davis tonight. Anthony loves playing the Spurs. No, I mean he really loves playing the Spurs. In the two games this year that he has faced them Davis is averaging 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Nothing to over think here as Davis has their number and the Spurs know it. Although Anthonys last few games have lulled, this start tonight against the Spurs may be just what Davis needs to get back into the saddle. He should have no problem tonight as he’ll have the 63-year old Duncan covering him throughout the night. Expect similar digits tonight from Davis as he’ll take S.A. to the house, again.

–> Projection: 17 pts / 1 ast / 10 reb / 3 blk / 1 stl

J.J. Hickson C Portland Trail Blazers (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – How good has Hickson been lately? Take out your Webster’s and look up the definition of ‘double-double’. Got it? Okay, you see that picture? That’s a photo of J.J. Hickson. Talk about a guy being on absolute fire? Hickson has just set the longest double-double streak by a Portland player since Kermit Washington in 1980. Not only that but J.J. He now has 19 double-doubles on the season and has passed, get this, the Lakers Dwight Howard for most DD’s in the league. Not too shabby huh? Plus, his price is reasonably low considering the fact that he puts up beast-like numbers for a mid-range price.

–> Projection: 19 pts / 2 ast / 7 reb / 2 blk


– Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic Projection: 20 pts / 2 ast / 19 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

– Jameer Nelson PG Orlando Magic Projection: 26 pts / 4 ast / 8 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

– Tristan Thompson PF Cleveland Cavaliers Projection: 15 pts / 2 ast / 13 reb / 2 blk / 1 stl

– Alonzo Gee SF Cleveland Cavaliers Projection: 14 pts / 3 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

– Jason Kidd SG New York Knicks Projection: 14 pts / 6 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – Dec. 29

fanduel-nba-strategyAfter the majority of the first three days of the week off, the college basketball engine revs itself up for the march toward March. There will be no little breaks on the way and conference play will start across the nation in the next week or so. This Saturday is the non-conference slate’s last big gasp and there are some nice match ups.

The biggest of the games is Kentucky at Louisville. Here is my lineup for this Saturday’s FanDuel contest and I had $5,700 left over. I have picked a sleeper or two that may help you fill out your lineup for this weekend. Let’s take a spin through my choices.

Russ Smith, guard, Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky (Draft for $7,300 on FanDuel): I consider Smith Louisville’s “designated scorer.” While Peyton Siva handles the ball, Smith is the only member of the Cardinal team that can consistently create his own shot. It helps in fantasy terms that he is not shy about hoisting shots as well. Through 12 games, he has taken 14.8 field goals per game and gone to the line six times per game. In his last six games, Smith has attempted 55 free throws and made 45 (81.8%). In the regular season meeting, Smith had 30 points, five rebounds, and three steals against the Wildcats. He was held to nine points in the Final Four loss.

Alex Poythress, forward, Kentucky Wildcats at Louisville (Draft for $7,000 on FanDuel)Since scoring 20 points in four straight games in November, the 6-7 freshman has struggled. He was held to three points against Notre Dame on Nov. 29 and scored just nine points before fouling out against Marshall on Dec. 22 in Kentucky’s last game. As long as he can stay out of foul trouble (which is a concern on the road), Poythress should get plenty of opportunities to put up fantasy numbers. He is still averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and I think he’ll break out of his slump against Louisville.

Okaro White, forward, Florida State Seminoles vs. Tulsa (Draft for $6,300 on FanDuel): The Seminoles are  team that is so geared toward defense that their offensive game can simply disappear. That apparently happened in a three-game losing streak four weeks ago against Minnesota, Mercer, and Florida in which the team averaged 57.0 points. Through it all White has been able to put up numbers and the 6-8 junior is averaging 13.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks. He should have his way against Coach Danny Manning’s Golden Hurricane on the interior.

Julian DeBose, guard, Rice Owls at Texas (Draft for $5,900 on FanDuel): Last week, I gave a nod to Rice guard Tamir Jackson who is the only proven scorer on the squad. Rice is back for another FanDuel game against the Longhorns, so I’ll go with the less proven scorer in the Owl backcourt. DuBose is a 6-4 sophomore who is moderately boom or bust. He has four games of seven or fewer points, but has scored at least 11 points in all of the other seven games. DuBose tends to get in foul trouble, which limits his playing time, but he should match up well against the Longhorn guards and be able to outperform his contract.

Chris Denson, guard, Auburn Tigers at Illinois (Draft for $5,900 on FanDuel): Playing against the guard-strong Illini on the road might not seem favorable for Denson. The 6-2 guard is playing in just his fifth game of the season after being suspended for the fall semester because of poor academics. Since returning Denson has averaged 17.0 points and provided a combined 16 rebounds in his last three games. Denson has always been a good scorer, but has had limited opportunities to play in his first two seasons with the Tigers. His time is now and he appears to be aware of that fact.

Jonathan Holmes, forward, Texas Longhorns  vs. Rice (Draft for $5,800 on FanDuel): I liked Holmes 10 days ago when the Longhorns beat North Carolina and I think he is a player on the rise. The 6-7 sophomore only had eight points in the loss to Michigan State last Saturday, but he fouled out after playing just 19 minutes. That likely won’t happen at home. The Owls are undermanned in the frontcourt and Holmes is averaging 7.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. He only had five points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes against the Owls last year, but I think his role is expanding on this year’s Longhorn squad.

Desmond Simmons, forward, Washington Huskies at Connecticut (Draft for $5,400 on FanDuel): It’s a battle for Husky supremacy in Connecticut. While both teams have nice perimeter options (I particular like C.J. Wilcox and Shabazz Napier), the teams both have nice value players in the frontcourt. Simmons is a good rebounder for Washington. He has not taken more than seven shots in a game (and in the game in which he did take seven against Nevada, he missed all of his shots), but he makes up for low point totals with rebounding and shot blocking. Simmons is averaging 8.2 rebounds and has six blocks in his last five games.

DeAndre Daniels, forward, Connecticut Huskies vs. Washington (Draft for $5,400 on FanDuel): Connecticut is extremely thin in the frontcourt, so Daniels is getting a big chance as a sophomore to play. The 6-8 forward has scored 15.3 points in his last three games, including a career-high 23 in the Dec. 7 win over Harvard. He is not a good 3-point shooter (24% from long range), but he is active on the offensive end and is a good finisher. Washington will likely play at a good pace, so Daniels may get some easy points in transition.

Ryan Harrow, guard, Kentucky Wildcats at Louisville (Draft for $5,300 on FanDuel): Even with a tough match up against Louisville, Harrow is an extreme bargain for Saturday. The North Carolina State transfer showed that he could put the ball in the hoop against the Thundering Herd on Dec. 22. He had 23 points on 10-of-17 from the field. If he can continue to hit shots from the perimeter, it will open up Kentucky’s inside game. The Cardinals are defensively ferocious, but Harrow is so cheap and will get playing time that he should be a nice bargain.

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FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – Dec. 22

fanduel-nba-strategyAs a fantasy writer, I am never sure whether I should look back at previous posts and report on how I did. I always check to see how I did, but whether you, the reader, care is questionable. On one hand, it seems to add transparency to the writing and maybe we can both learn from my mistakes. On the other hand, it seems somewhat self-indulgent (and braggy if I hit on all of my picks).

You can let me know if you want me to post past results at (or @PerryMissner on Twitter). In any case, Elijah Pittman and Juwan Staten were decent picks last week. Leslie McDonald has forever earned my enmity. Here are this week’s picks for your FanDuel battles.


Michael Carter-Williams, guard, Syracuse Orange vs. Temple (Draft for $7,600 on FanDuel)

Coming into the season, the title of best point guard in the nation was open. After 10 games, the competition is close. Carter-Williams has made many people wonder (including me) why he was unable to get any playing time as a freshman last year. The 6-6 point guard is averaging 10.7 assists to lead the nation. That would represent the highest average in the last 10 years. Granted, conference play has not started and Temple is a pretty good defensive team. MCW has five straight double-doubles and I don’t think the Owls will be able to break that streak.

Kadeem Batts, forward, Providence Friars at Boston College (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel)

The Friars have been a great source of fantasy goodness because of their short bench. They have been winning as well with six straight wins. They will hit the road for the first time since mid-November as they face a former Big East team in the Eagles. Batts has been playing very well, especially in his last three games in which he has averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. The 6-10 junior still gets heavy minutes even with Arizona transfer Sidiki Johnson eligible. Batts should see at least 30 minutes and provide at least 35 points on FanDuel.

Branden Dawson, guard, Michigan State Spartans vs. Texas (Draft for $6,300 on FanDuel)

Dawson, a 6-6 guard, is one of my favorites this season. He looked like he had star appeal in the opener against Connecticut, but has not quite taken off yet. Dawson is big enough to post up most of the Longhorn guards and he is quick enough to run around the Texas forward. The Longhorn win over North Carolina may have been more about the Tar Heels than the Longhorns. Look for Michigan State to win with Dawson offering close to a double-double with a handful of assists and steals.

Johnny O’Bryant, forward, LSU Tigers at Marquette (Draft for $6,200 on FanDuel)

I spent a lot of time touting O’Bryant prior to last year and the 6-9 forward went mild. He has made a nice jump in his sophomore season and is averaging 13.1 points and 9.0 rebounds. The Tigers handed Marquette their first loss last year, but O’Byrant did not score in 14 minutes. However, under new coach Johnny Jones (who came from North Texas), O’Bryant appears to be taking on the Tony Mitchell role. If the sophomore can stay out of foul trouble, he should have a solid game against the Golden Eagle frontcourt.

Jordan Bachynski, forward, Arizona State Sun Devils at Texas Tech (Draft for $6,100 on FanDuel)

Generally, I don’t like to take bigs on the road where they can easily get in foul trouble. However, match up trumps this worry and Bachynski should be a man among boys against the Red Raiders. The 7-2 junior has made a nice leap and is averaging 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.8 blocks. On Dec. 8, the Canadian had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocks in the win over Cal State Northridge. Texas Tech does not have much size, so Bachynski should be a great play.


Tamir Jackson, guard, Rice Owls vs. TCU (Draft for $7,200 on FanDuel)

Jackson came to Rice at the same time as Arsalan Kazemi in what was supposed to be the rise of the Owls under coach Ben Braun. Kazemi left after last season and is now on Oregon. For this year’s Owls, Jackson is the lead scorer. He has taken at least 15 shots in his last six games and has scored at least 18 points in five of the games. Jackson started slowly against Chicago State on Wednesday, but finished with 22 points in the overtime win. The 6-3 guard had 13 points and seven rebounds against TCU last year, and he could could double his scoring numbers on Saturday.

Scottie Wilbekin, guard, Florida Gators at Kansas State (Draft for $5,800 on FanDuel)

Wilbekin began the season under suspension and has only started two games, but he has been an important part of the Gator backcourt. The 6-2 junior spent his first two seasons in Gainesville as a reserve, but is now playing starter’s minutes. He is only averaging 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, but I like the way Florida matches up with Kansas State. Wilbekin and Angel Rodriguez should have a good battle and I think the Gator guard will come out on top statistically.

Nigel Spikes, forward, Marshall Thundering Herd at Kentucky (Draft for $5,4000 on FanDuel)

I am going with deep sleepers on my last two picks. Spikes is a 6-10 fifth-year senior for the Thundering Herd who will be matching up against the young and talented Wildcat bigs. However, I am going to give the nod to experience with Spikes. He has been a solid rebounder for Marshall with 8.7 rebounds per game to go along with 7.0 points and 1.3 blocks. If you are looking for a low priced option and would take a huge flyer on a player, make a move for Spikes when he plays at Rupp.

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FanDuel NBA Line-Up Picks Tuesday Dec. 18th

It’s NBA Tuesday and that means another opportunity to enjoy watching a few games and more importantly, to win some money. C’mon, who are we kidding? With the holiday season approaching what better time to bring in some extra cash to buy the wife and kids a few gifts or to possibly pay some bills. Regardless, you’ll cash tonight with what I’ve got here for you. Good luck and see you back here tomorrow.


Kemba Walker PG Charlotte Bobcats (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – Walker has become the real deal as far as this Charlotte team is concerned. Kemba is coming off a stellar performance on Saturday in which Kemba had his best performance to date. Walker scored 32 points (11-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT) along with 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal all while logging in 38 minutes. That game was Kembas career high in point production. Walkers price is still at a bargain and hasn’t ballooned yet but as we know that can change overnight. Keep in mind that Kemba has scored in double-digits in every game this season but one, that being the Thunder game from last month where Kemba was shutdown completely. Pay what you need to for Walker and you’ll be getting the best production from any other PG on the card tonight.

Projection: 27 pts / 2 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

Additional PG Worth A Look

Greivis Vasquez New Orleans Hornets

Projection: 14 pts / 7 ast / 4 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl



Klay Thompson SG Golden State Warriors (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – I’m going to start this kid tonight with the hopes of him getting out of his two-game funk. Thompson is coming off two of the lousiest showings this year to date. Thompson is facing the New Orleans Hornets tonight and I’m counting on history to repeat itself. Klay has a recent history of putting up good stat lines against this team and see him doing more of the same damage tonight. Thompson, against the Hornets has averaged 19 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. I’ll give the kid a pass on his past two starts and just chalk it up to an ‘off’ night, he’ll turn things around here. I think Klay tops his previous average against New Orleans tonight and has his best game yet this month.

Projection: 17 pts / 4 ast / 5 reb / 2 blk

Additional SG’s Worth A Look

Marco Belinelli SG Chicago Bulls

Projection: 21 pts / 4 ast / 6 reb / 1 stl

Andre Iguodala SG Denver Nuggets

Projection: 13 pts / 7 ast / 8 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl



Harrison Barnes SF Golden State Warriors (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – Harrison Barnes might not yet be a household name but at least for tonight he will be. I’m going out on the proverbial limb a bit here by recommending him but that my friends is what can make the difference in beating your competition. Barnes is one of those players where if you give him serious playing time he will produce for you. Example given, Harrison has just come off of a 19 point performance against the Hawks on Saturday in which he was able to log in 31 minutes of court time. In Barnes case, he (like so many others) when given the time can beast it out with the best of them. I’ll start Barnes tonight and will look forward to him having that extended time on the floor, because if he gets his 30-plus minutes this evening he very well could be the best value play on the whole card tonight.

Projection: 18 pts / 5 ast / 5 reb / 1 stl

Additional SF Worth A Look

Metta World Peace Los Angeles Lakers

Projection: 18 pts / 4 ast / 9 reb / 2 stl



Thaddeus Young PF Philadelphia 76ers (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – Young has been quietly putting up fantasy production on a daily basis. Thad is coming off of his third double-double in a row and he’ll look to make this start number four. Young faces the Mavericks tonight and that is good news for anyone that is planning on starting him. In the previous meeting last month versus Dallas, Young put up a solid stat line. In that game Young scored 20 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds and 1 steal all while logging in only 29 minutes of playing time. Young has been more consistent with his shooting since the last meeting but even more so than that is the fact that Thad is getting more playing time on the floor. Youngs price is hovering around the mid-price range so there’s no excuse not to place him into your line-up tonight.

Projection: 22 pts / 3 ast / 7 reb / 3 blk / 3 stl

Additional PF Worth A Look

David West Indiana Pacers

Projection: 16 pts / 1 ast / 10 reb / 3 stl



Al Horford C Atlanta Hawks (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!)- In yet another “History Repeats Itself’ play, we’ll be turning our sights towards Big Al Horford. Al is facing the Wizards tonight in what this fantasy sports writer thinks will be his best performance of the month. Horford has already seen Washington twice thus far and as well as he’s done previously against them tonight will be better. Much better. In his last two starts against the Wizards, Al is averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 assists, 11.5 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Solid, yes. Am I looking for more than his average tonight, yes. Will he get it? Most definitely. Al will be on the floor most of this game as he is also averaging 42.5 minutes of floor time when playing Washington. Do not make the mistake of not starting Horford, it will cost you if you don’t. You’ve been warned.

Projection: 18 pts / 3 ast / 13 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

Additional Centers Worth A Look

Nikola Pekovic Minnesota Timberwolves

Projection: 19 pts / 2 ast / 12 reb / 2 stl

Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Bobcats

Projection: 10 pts / 1 ast / 9 reb / 3 blk

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Fanduel Basketball Strategy For Monday Dec. 17th

As the NFL regular season slowly (and painfully) draws to a close we are reminded that we still have the NBA to get us through those times of daily fantasy fixes. There are only six games on the slate tonight but I believe that I’ve got the best value plays out of the 12 teams going tonight. Let’s get to them and lets win some loot because before you know it those Christmas bills will be rolling in.

Raymond Felton PG New York Knicks (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – Felton saw somewhat of a dip in his fantasy production a few games back but have righted the ship since. Actually, it looks as if Felton could bee beginning to warm up again. I believe he is. After the Denver and Brooklyn games, Felton has come back and registered 31 fantasy points against the Lakers and a meaty 40 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers two nights later. Start Felton tonight as he’ll pick up the slack with the possibility of Melo being a no-go.

Projection: 22 pts / 8 ast / 5 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

Another PG Option For Monday:

Mike Conley PG Memphis Grizzlies: Projection – 14 pts / 7 ast / 4 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

Marco Belinelli SG Chicago Bulls (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – Marco has been as steady as a rock. At the very moment that he was inserted into the starting line-up he has done nothing but produce. Belinellis log in time per start is a testament to the coaching staff having faith in the guy. Belinelli has logged in close to 40 minutes per game since he has become a starter. Marco is still at a price range that won’t break your bank. Start him and don’t think twice even though he’ll be facing the high-flying Grizzlies. This kid doesn’t get intimidated.

Projection: 20 pts / 5 ast / 6 reb / 2 stl

Another SG Option For Monday:

Arron Afflalo SG Orlando Magic: Projection – 21 pts / 4 ast / 6 reb / 1 stl

Rudy Gay SF Memphis Grizzlies (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – I’ve got bad news and I’ve got good news. You want the bad news first do ya? Okay, here it is. The bad news is that Gay is coming off of a lackluster game to say the least versus the Jazz in which he scored 14 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound and 2 steals. Not much to write home about huh? Well, now the good news. For those of us who play most of the time know that it is a must to start Gay after any lull in performance, it’s just how he rolls. I am expecting a massive bounce-back game here tonight against the Chicago Jordans from Rudy and he’ll get it too.

Projection: 21 pts / 4 ast / 10 reb / 2 stl

Another SF Option For Monday:

Chandler Parsons SF Houston Rockets: Projection – 18 pts / 4 ast / 9 reb / 2 stl

Jason Thompson PF Sacramento Kings (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – I’m looking forward to this match-up in a huge way, JT is as well. Thompson usually flies a bit under the radar at times due to the big names and big salaries although I see him at a must-start here. Thompsons price is too hard to ignore to due to the fact of his fantasy point production on any given night. Jason can put up a double-double at anytime, more so than not and is steady with his playing time on the floor. Thompson will roll with another double-double in this meeting with Phoenix. I also expect this meeting to be a high-scoring affair in which Thompson will prosper.

Projection: 13 pts / 3 ast / 12 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

Another PF Option For Monday:

Serge Ibaka PF Oklahoma City Thunder: Projection – 16 pts / 1 ast / 10 reb / 3 stl

Nikola Pekovic C Minnesota Timberwolves (Draft on FanDuel Today & Play For HUGE Cash!) – I present to you the best value at the center position tonight. Pekovic is another one of those players who get looked over due to the fact of the big name / salary status. Good, that’s just what we want. We want our opposition to grab someone who is more costly yet brings less points to the final tally. Look towards starting Nikola tonight. In his last 3 games he has registered 32, 37 & 37 points while logging in an average of 37 minutes in those outings. Listen, his price is low and the value that you’re getting with Pekovic is well worth it, trust me on this one.

Projection: 23 pts / 2 ast / 11 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

Another Center Option For Monday:

Tyson Chandler C New York Knicks: Projection – 19 pts / 2 ast / 12 reb / 2 stl

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FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – Dec. 15-16

fanduel-nba-strategyIt has been a rather quiet week in college basketball with the excitement of November in the past and students taking finals. Things will ramp up over the next few weeks, starting with some big games on Saturday, including a sunny bi-coastal game of Florida at Arizona. Like we did last week, we’ll look at five value plays on Saturday and a few Sunday stars to consider for FanDuel battles.

Elijah Pittman, forward, Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Cincinnati (Draft for $5,800 on FanDuel): Pittman is a junior college transfer who is playing his first year with the Thundering Herd and averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. In a home game against the perimeter-based Bearcats, the 6-9 junior could do some damage. He is averaging 14.3 points and had a 16-point, 14-rebound game earlier in the season. Pittman is also a decent passer out of the low post, so he could add some bonus points via assists.

Leslie McDonald, guard, North Carolina Tar Heels vs. East Carolina (Draft for $5,500 on FanDuel): One of the questions I had coming into the season was who was going to be the second option on the Tar Heel offense. James Michael McAdoo was the clear number one, but who would knock down shots from 3-point land? The 6-5 junior tore his ACL last year, but has returned for his junior season. In his last six games, McDonald has hit 19 3-pointers and is converting 50% of his threes on the season. Even in limited minutes, he has scored 38 points in his last two games with eight rebounds and eight assists.

Dominic Artis, guard, Oregon Ducks vs. Nebraska (Draft for $5,500 on FanDuel): The Ducks have blown out their last three opponents and Artis, a 6-1 freshman, has taken part in the fun with 12.3 points and 5.0 assists. He has scored at least 10 points in all but two games and shot a respectable 44.4% from the field. Nebraska is coming to the Pacific Northwest and the Cornhuskers may have trouble corralling Artis. He is a nice mid-range play.

Juwan Staten, guard, West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Michigan Wolverines in Brooklyn (Draft for $5,500 on FanDuel): Last week I was hurt by a Mountaineer (Aaric Murray) and a player going against Michigan (Arkansas’ B.J. Young), but I am going with another West Virginia against the Wolverines. This game is not in Ann Arbor; it’s in Brooklyn as part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Classic. Like Murray, Staten is a transfer who came from Dayton to play for coach Bob Huggins. He has been scoring well (10.6 points), but his assists are down from his freshman year with the Flyers. He will need to be at his best to give the Mountaineers a chance to win over Michigan.

Ronnie Johnson, guard, Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame (Draft for $5,200 on FanDuel): I hesitate to take medium players in road games when they are playing in tough arenas. Of the Boilermakers’ three players named Johnson, I am most intrigued by Ronnie. The 6-0 freshman has shown the ability to hit the boards, score, and provide assists on occasion  He had 11 of the team’s 44 points last Saturday in the surprising loss to Eastern Michigan and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start again (or at least get starter’s minutes) against the Fighting Irish.

Sunday Stars

Tony Mitchell, forward, North Texas Mean Green vs. Southeastern Louisiana: Mitchell will likely cost you, but don’t worry too much about his slow start. As a freshman, Mitchell provided double-double averages, but he only getting 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first 10 games of his sophomore season. North Texas has had to get used to a new coach, Tony Benford, and Mitchell has been hyped like no Sun Belt Conference player in recent memory. Despite the downsides, Mitchell is producing nicely and the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana will not be able to stop him. I am predicting a breakout game.

Markel Brown, guard, Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Central Arkansas: The undersized Cowboys have been one of the more pleasant surprises of the first five weeks of the season. While sophomore Le’Bryan Nash and freshman Marcus Smart have garnered most of the headlines, Brown has been producing steadily. The 6-3 junior has provided at least 11 points in all but one game and is one of the better rebounding guards in the country. He is averaging 14.0 points and 4.9 rebounds. Central Arkansas gives up points in bunches, so Brown should have a nice game.

Joseph Bertrand, guard, Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Eastern Kentucky: I like to spotlight second and third options. For Illinois, the first option is Brandon Paul and fellow senior D.J. Richardson is Paul’s wingman. Bertrand is a 6-6 guard who comes off the bench. He is hitting 45.5% of his threes and 59% of his field goals. He has not scored in double digits in three December games, but if Illinois takes a big lead on the unbeaten Colonels, Bertrand could get some extra playing time.  His per minute stats are good for points, rebounds, and steals.

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FanDuel $10,000 NBA Contest Tonight: 5 “Must Start” Players

Well, it’s about time. The NBA is finally giving us a slate with some meat on its bones. Are you ready for some basketball? I sure hope so because we’ve got 13 games tonight. Within those 13 games are some great value plays for tonight that will help you cash in. Here are your plays for tonight.

Mike Conley PG Memphis Grizzlies (Draft for $6,400 on FanDuel Today) – By starting Conley you are getting somewhat of “The Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde Show”. The value for the dollar is always there, don’t get me wrong. Conley is somewhat like a box of Cracker Jack. You know the surprise will fall into three categories. Very good, good and well, not so good. For tonight I’ll be banking on ‘very good’ from Mike (Seeing that his last game falls under ‘not so good’) and after some rest should bounce-back very nicely here. Plus, you can’t beat his price.
Projection: 16 pts / 8 ast / 6 reb / 1 blk / 4 stl

O.J. Mayo SG Dallas Mavericks (Draft for $7,200 on FanDuel Today) – I will personally be tuning into this game between the Mavericks and the Celtics. Why? Oh , that’s easy. I have been anticipating this match-up for the sole purpose of watching Mayo have one of the best games of this still young season. I am also looking forward to seeing ‘Mr. Inconsistent’ aka Jason Terry try to slow down Mayo. It won’t happen Also, O.J. is coming off of another great outing on Monday night against the Kings we he scored 19 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Please keep in mind that O.J. got ‘rested’ towards the end of the game once it was in the blow-out stage. After a little rest Mayo can be dangerous. You want to start him when he’s dangerous and he is rested. Will the Celtics hold the Mayo? Not likely.
Projection: 26 pts / 7 ast / 8 reb / 2 stl

$10,000 NBA Contest Tonight!

John Salmons SF Sacramento Kings (Draft for $4,100 on FanDuel Today) – There’s really no excuse for Salmons not to take the reins with the opportunity that’s been given him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dogging the guy (Otherwise he would never be found recommended in this column) but he just seems unsure of himself at times. However, there are other times when it’s just the opposite. I watched Salmons the other night and he floored me. I watched him score 19 points and added in 11 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals against the Blazers. You could see his confidence clearly. I’m looking for somewhat of the same outcome that he had against Portland here.Note: Sorry about the Dr. Phil insight into Salmons mind but we need every edge we can get.
Projection: 17 pts / 4 ast / 11 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

Thaddeus Young PF Philadelphia 76ers (Draft for $6,900 on FanDuel Today) – If you are looking for (and who isn’t) the best valued player tonight at the PF position then you have found your starter in Young. Thaddeus has been filling the stat sheet constantly, almost on a daily basis. His price is at the mid-tier player range which personally is a joke. Young can get you , maybe not ‘beast’ numbers but he can come close and that’s on any given night. For a high-valued option and the most bang for your buck, then you need Young tonight. He will not disappoint.
Projection: 23 pts / 2 ast / 8 reb / 1 blk / 4 stl

Omer Asik C Houston Rockets (Draft for $6,200 on FanDuel Today) – There’s something about NBA players that are recovering from any flu-type symptoms. Their first few starts back after recovery, for whatever reason they go into a type of ‘beast-mode’. Well, that point was proven once again the other day as Omer’s first game back from his bout with the flu and drilled the Spurs to the tune of 21 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. Omer is back in the swing of things and will once again (get ready) put up ‘Asik’ stat line tonight due to the fact that he isn’t ‘Asik’ any longer (I’ve got a million of ’em folks).
Projection: 17 pts / 3 ast / 17 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl