Fantasy Basketball 2014: Daily Dose; February 9th
Yeah, about last night…
Daily players saw a ton of misfortune on Saturday night, as big name players went down. Guys like Kevin Love, who was a late scratch, ultimately killing owners everywhere and Ty Lawson, who left the game early, suffered injuries, not to mention a handful of underperforming players.
Let’s hope Sunday sees better luck.
Note: FPPG totals are based off FanDuel scoring.
Chris Paul, PG (vs PHI)
FPPG allowed to PG: 45.16 (30th)
I have missed talking and writing about the best point guard in basketball. CP3 has missed the last 18 games with a shoulder injury, and the fantasy gods must have presented him with a welcome back gift in the form of the Sixers defense. This unit allowed a 40-year old Steve Nash to look half his age on Friday, so I can’t wait to see what Paul does against this unit. I see Paul posting multiple steals in this one, as the Sixers lead the NBA in turnovers per game at 17.5, while their opponents rank second in steals (9.5 per game). Paul is also one of the league’s best assist producers, so he should flirt with double-digit totals in this one. Point guards are averaging a league-leading 10.17 assists per game against Philly this season, and with the pace factor (both teams rank inside top-10 in pace), I foresee a bunch of lob city action from Paul. And sure, this game could easily be a blowout, but if his price has gone down, I think he’s worth it because playing three quarters against the 76ers is essentially five.
Courtney Lee, SG (@ CLE)
FPPG allowed to SG: 35.51 (17th)
Lee continues to serve as a good value play each night. With Mike Conley and Tony Allen still out, Lee has logged an insane amount of minutes, playing 37.8 over his last five contests. I like him tonight against a very weak Cleveland defense that is allowing the most points per game over the last three outings (118.7). I see some serious three-point potential here for Lee, who is nailing 1.2 triples per game over his last five. The Cavs are coughing up the second-most points per game from beyond the arc, coming in at a healthy 27.1. And a league-leading 26.3 percent of their points allowed have come from the three ball, so expect Lee to nail a few in this one. At a respectable 9,800 on DraftDay, Lee should be in line for a nice game this evening.
Trevor Ariza, SF (vs SAC)
FPPG allowed to SF: 38.46 (27th)
Ariza has quietly been playing some good basketball as of late. Over his last five outings, he’s averaging a solid 16 points, six rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and two triples per game. He’s been essentially a lock for 30-35 fantasy points whenever you roll him out there, but I think he has a bit more upside tonight against a Kings defense that is surrendering the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. Ariza, a tough defender who is averaging close to two steals per game, should swipe a few passes in this one, as Sacramento opponents are averaging eight steals per game, the 8th-most in basketball. The Kings are also allowing the fourth-most points per game on the year (103.7), so Washington and Ariza should see plenty of scoring opportunity in this contest.
Jared Sullinger, PF (vs DAL)
FPPG allowed to PF: 41.78 (19th)
Sully is red, red hot right now.
Over his last five games, the Ohio State product is averaging an insane 20.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, two assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 triples per game. He’s posted 40 or more fantasy points in each of his last four outings, and has really cemented himself as the top guy in that crowded Boston frontcourt. His price has certainly gone up, but he makes for a good play again this evening against an undersized Dallas frontcourt. Over the last 15 days, power forwards are shooting a league-leading 62 percent from the field against the Mavericks. He’s posted a double-double in four of his last five contests, and could definitely make it five of his last six tonight.
Joakim Noah, C (@ LAL)
FPPG allowed to C: 50.09 (30th)
Don’t think, just put Noah in all of your lineups if you are playing during the early games (this game is at 3PM).
It’s almost the middle of February, but nothing has changed with the Lakers. They are still decimated by injury, still can’t play defense and still can’t rebound the basketball. No team in basketball is coughing up 50 fantasy points per game to a position this year– none other than the Lakers, that is. Opposing centers are averaging a league-leading 16.21 rebounds per game and a league-leading 3.27 assists per game. That bodes well for Noah, who is arguably the best passing big man in basketball, averaging 5.6 assists per game this year. LA is allowing a whopping 57.8 total rebounds per game this year, which is the most in basketball, and in the first meeting between these two squads, Noah hauled in 21 rebounds to go along with 17 points and six assists. Teams are also averaging 48.4 points in the paint per game against the Lakers, which, you guessed it, leads the NBA. I could go on for hours talking about how great Noah has been this year (averaging 11.5/11.3/4.2) and how bad the Lakers have been.
Let’s just hope Noah can refrain from using the F-word today.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.
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