Fantasy Basketball 2013: Strong Plays For December 3rd

By Adam Pfeifer
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It’s Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013.

The fantasy football playoffs are among us and fantasy hoops is in full swing. And for as much writing as I do, it occurs to me that a very large portion of fantasy owners play in daily fantasy leagues. My sincerest apologies for not remembering y’all. So, with that being said, allow me the opportunity to make up for it.

For you daily fantasy hoops fans, I’ve provided some strong options for Tuesday’s action.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG (vs ORL)

FPPG allowed to PG: 33.3

A personal favorite of mine, Carter-Williams is turning out to be one of the biggest draft day values in fantasy this season. So far in his rookie season, MCW is averaging an impressive 17 points, 7.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds and a league-leading 3.1 steals per contest. The matchup is favorable, and Carter-Williams continues to play strong. The last time Carter-Williams faced Orlando, he posted a solid line, scoring 23 points, while adding four rebounds, three assists, a block and four steals. Both Philadelphia and Orlando rank inside the bottom-10 in PPG allowed (1st and 10th, respectively), so this game should feature plenty of points. Also, big man Nikola Vucevic isn’t expected to suit up in this contest, which leaves a gaping whole in the paint. Carter-Williams has done nothing to force owners to not play him, so why start now?

Ed Davis, PF (@ PHX)

FPPG allowed to PF: 39.35

With Marc Gasol out for the foreseeable future and Zach Randolph sidelined with an ingrown toenail (yes, you read that right), Davis may be an outstanding play on Tuesday night. Only two teams allow more fantasy points to the power forward position this year, and in place of Randolph on Saturday night, Davis benefited the most, logging 29 minutes, resulting in 10 points, one steal and eight rebounds. It could have been a better night, but Davis was in foul trouble, finishing with five fouls. The Grizzlies offense typically runs through the big men, and granted, they may be without their two dominant ones, but Davis should still get plenty of opportunity in a terrific matchup. His only competition for playing time is Jon Leuer.

Glen Davis, PF (@ PHI)

FPPG allowed to PF: 33.93

Davis is an absolutely outstanding play with Vucevic ruled out for this game. Outstanding, I tell you. The last time Davis played the Sxiers, he had his best game of the season, posting 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block. He’s averaging 28 minutes per game since debuting, and should log plenty of minutes this evening with Vucevic out. The Sixers lack size and physicality in the paint, allowing 42.8 points in the paint per contest. Philadelphia is also one of the weakest rebounding teams in basketball, surrendering 34.1 defensive boards per game, ranking second-most in the league. This team has allowed monster games from guys like Ryan AndersonErsan Ilyasova and Davis over the last couple of weeks, and we could see another strong repeat performance from Big Baby.

Channing Frye, PF (vs MEM)

FPPG allowed to PF: 34

Frye won’t be a cheap play much longer, as owners are beginning to take note of his red hot play. Over his last five games, Frye is averaging 17 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and three three-pointers per game. He’s shooting a healthy .455% from beyond the arc, and his Tuesday night matchup isn’t anywhere near as terrifying as it once was. The Grizzlies frontcourt is banged up, like I mentioned earlier, and as a result, their interior defensive numbers have suffered. Frye is taking almost five threes per game this season, and he continues to maintain that role in the starting lineup, logging 32.4 minutes per game over his last five. Give him a hard look.

Rudy Gay, SF (vs GS)

FPPG allowed to SF: 34.43

His field-goal percentage has been pretty ugly (.383%), but the fact remains that Gay has been very productive in fantasy land, producing top of the line value. There’s appealing volume with Gay. A guy who is taking upwards to 20 shots per game, logging 36 minutes per contest and averaging just under 20 points per game. He should continue to see volume, as opponents are averaging a healthy 85.1 field-goal attempts per game, which is the eighth-most in the league. Golden State could be ahead in this one, which means plenty of heat checks and jacks from Gay, a guy who is already shooting the ball more than almost anyone. Gay may be known for his offensive touch, but he’s also bringing it on defense, averaging 1.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. Opposing teams facing Golden State are forcing 8.4 steals per game, which ranks 10th-most in the league. Also, Andre Iguodala (hamstring) is an elite on-ball defender, but fortunately for Gay, Iggy remains sidelined. I like this matchup a lot for Rudy.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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