Feb 19, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a 3 point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Here are my all day FanDuel lineups for February 22:
Mo Williams, Hornets (5,400): Williams was stellar in his Hornets debut last night. He racked up 43.8 fantasy points and ran the offense with efficiency. This is exactly what Charlotte was looking for when they traded for him. I wouldn’t expect Mo to top 40 fantasy points against Rajon Rondo and the Mavericks, but I wont rule out 6x value (32.4 points). You likely wont do better than that at any position.
Jerryd Bayless, Bucks ($4,400): Michael Carter-Williams is doubtful with his lingering toe injury, which means that Bayless will get another start. He was outstanding against Denver on Friday night, putting up a season high 34.4 fantasy points. Atlanta will offer more resistance that the Lawson-less Nuggets did, but I still expect Bayless to flirt with 7x value. He is another great play for you bargain shoppers.
Worth The Cost:
Russell Westbrook, Thunder ($11,000): Westbrook is averaging 51.9 fantasy points over his last ten games. Averaging! How can you go against him right now? I don’t care who he plays or where. I’m finding a way to put him in my lineup.
Stephen Curry, Warriors ($10,200): Curry has been nearly as good as Westbrook lately. He has averaged 47 fantasy points per game over his last ten games. He has a nice matchup against the Pacers tonight, and he could end up scoring about the same as Westbrook at a modest discount.
Isaiah Thomas, Celtics ($6,000): Thomas will make his Celtics debut tonight against the Lakers. It is a great matchup for Thomas, not only because he figures to be a starter for Boston, but because the Lakers still don’t defend well. There is still a crowded backcourt situation in Boston, but the difference for Thomas here is that he is likely the most talented of the bunch of himself, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and Evan Turner. There is some risk here as you don’t know how much he will play, but I am betting that the Celtics brought him in to run the show. This is likely a risk worth taking. Especially in the late tournaments.
Tim Frazier, 76ers ($3,800): Frazier performed well again on Friday night, putting up 25 fantasy points. The problem here is that Isaiah Canaan is now in town. The Sixers have not announced who will be the starter, but given the job Frazier has done so far, I would not be surprised if he still sees close to 30 minutes per game. At least in the short term. I would think he would keep the job until Canaan takes it.
Reggie Jackson, Pistons ($4,400): It is widely assumed that Jackson will start at PG for Detroit going forward, but with the way that Spencer Dinwiddie played, he may not see much over 30 minutes. Especially in his debut. Add to the fact that he is played a solid defensive team in the Hornets, and you get a situation I want no part of tonight. There are enough better options to not have to take this risk.
Westbrook and Bayless ($15,400)
Next: Not A Lot Of Options At SG
Feb 6, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Wayne Ellington, Lakers ($4,900): Ellington did not play well against the Nets on Friday. Now he gets a Celtics team that has the guard rotation in flux. Ellington has scored at least 20 fantasy points in seven of his last ten games, and has topped the 30 mark a couple of times as well. It looks like a good matchup for Ellington so long as he can knock down a few shots.
Tim Hardaway Jr, Knicks ($4,600): Hardaway is now on the bench behind Cleanthony Early, but how long can that really last? Many minutes have come free with Carmelo Anthony being shut down, and Hardaway would seem to be one of the benefactors. He outplayed Early by a lot on Friday. If he does again today, which is likely, he may end up starting very soon. You should be able to get somewhere near 5.5x value from Timmy today.
Worth The Cost:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks ($6,600): The Freak had an off night on Friday, and still put up 22 fantasy points. That is not what you need from his price, but that is the lowest total that he has put up in his last 13 games. The Hawks are good enough defensively to give him some problems, but I would bet at worst that he still hits at least 22 fantasy points. He also has a very high ceiling. He is one of the few guys priced this low that can hit 50 fantasy points.
Victor Oladipo, Magic ($6,900): Oladipo has been over 23 fantasy points in every game since Christmas. He has a high floor for a player of his price, and while he doesn’t quite have the 50 point upside of Giannis, he is still capable of getting into the high 30’s. He is a relatively low risk option.
Klay Thompson, Warriors ($7,100): Thompson has a nice matchup against the Pacers, but I find it hard to trust him right now. He has been below average since his late January hot streak. He has only been over 30 fantasy points – which is where you need him for 4.5x value – once in February. You can find plenty of better options today.
Arron Afflalo, Trailblazers ($5,200): The Blazers are going to make good use of Afflalo because they love what he can do for them on the defensive end. However, there are several better offensive options ahead of him in the pecking order, and a pure shooter in Wesley Matthews challenging him for minutes. He likely wont have the value that he did in Denver most games. As if you needed more reasons to stay away, this is his first game with his new team, and he has to play the Grizzlies, who are outstanding on defense. Don’t risk it with Afflalo today.
Oladipo and Antetokounmpo ($13,500)
Next: The King Is Still King At SF
Feb 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) grabs the ball over Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Cavaliers won 127-89. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Al-Farouq Aminu, Mavericks ($4,800): Chandler Parsons is out tonight, meaning that Aminu will enter the starting lineup once again. He is producing even when he doesn’t start lately, but when he started in place of Parsons earlier this month, he scored over 25 fantasy points every time. That is over 5x value, and he should have no problem doing that again. Even against the Hornets.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets ($5,700): MKG returned to his high level of play before his hamstring limited him prior to the All Star break. He racked up 30.8 fantasy points last night against the Thunder. With Parsons out tonight, he is a strong play once again. 5x value seems likely.
Gerald Henderson, Hornets ($5,700): Henderson and MKG have proven that they can co-exist and still both produce nice numbers. Lance Stephenson has not done anything to warrant taking his job back, so Henderson is still the best SG option that they have. That makes him a nice option for you as well.
Worth The Cost:
LeBron James, Cavaliers ($10,500): James racked up 43 fantasy points in just 25 minutes on Friday, so even if they blow out the Knicks today, LBJ will still get his points. On the off chance that the Knicks hang around, he has the potential for many more points. At any rate, he is a low risk high dollar option. Those aren’t always easy to come by.
Khris Middleton, Bucks ($6,500): Middleton has been a nice surprise for the Bucks since Jabari Parker went down. He has been over 20 fantasy points in every game since Parker went down. That gives him a consistent floor, and a ceiling around 40. You can do worse.
Robert Covington, 76ers ($6,300): I still love Covington’s game, but the issue here is not Covington. It is the people around him. The 76ers don’t have a good distributor at the point right now. and it hurt Covington’s value. There is a chance that this situation sorts itself out, but that likely wont happen tonight. There are safer options available.
Nicolas Batum, Trailblazers ($5,600): The minutes are there, but the production has not been. Batum is wildly inconsistent, but the silver lining here is that the arrival of Arron Afflalo could really help Batum. He will have someone else on the perimeter to help out defensively, which could have a desired effect on his offense.
Kidd-Gilchrist and Aminu ($10,500)
Next: Will Aldridge Be Productive Tonight?
Feb 9, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Bass, Celtics ($4,800): Bass racked up 30 fantasy points against a solid Kings frontcourt on Friday in his first start for the injured Jared Sullinger. This likely wont be an isolated incident. Bass has the talent to come up big for the C’s in the absence of Sullinger. That makes him a great play in daily leagues.
Ed Davis, Lakers ($6,000): Davis has almost completely pushed Carlos Boozer out of the rotation in L.A. right now. The tragedy here is that the Lakers didn’t release Boozer from purgatory at the deadline. Having Boozer around could still limit Davis’s value, but there is no reason not to ride him while he is hot. He put up 43.3 fantasy points on the Nets on Friday. He gets a similarly undersized Boston team tonight, so the potential is there for him to do it again.
Worth The Cost:
Serge Ibaka, Thunder ($7,100): Ibaka has 81.3 fantasy points in the two games since the All Star break. He has picked up his production without Durant on the court, and seemed better playing alongside Enes Kanter yesterday. There is no reason not to play Ibaka against the Nuggets frontcourt that can’t seem to defend anyone.
Zach Randolph, Grizzlies ($8,500): Aside from the one disaster against Minnesota a couple of weeks ago, Randolph has consistently produced 35+ fantasy point games. His matchup against Portland is not a great one, but there are not many good high-dollar options tonight. Randolph is one of the better ones.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Trailblazers ($9,300): Aldridge struggled against the vaunted Jazz frontcourt on Friday to the tune of 26.6 fantasy points. The Grizzlies are just as good, if not better, than Utah up front. LMA could be in for another uphill battle, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him under 30 fantasy points again. That just wont get it done for his price tag.
Paul Millsap, Hawks ($7,600): Millsap has been under 28 fantasy points in five of his last seven games. That is too big of a risk, even against the undersized Bucks frontcourt. His last two matchups, against Boston and Toronto, looked like good ones on paper. He managed just 48.7 fantasy points in those two games combined.
Ibaka and Bass ($11,900)
Next: Who Is The Best Option At C?
Feb 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Rasual Butler (8) shoots the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Cavaliers won 127-89. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Timofey Mozgov, Cavaliers ($5,700): Mozgov now has 12 straight games with 20 or more fantasy points. He is certain to reach that plateau against the Knicks, possibly even by halftime. That makes him one of the better low-priced options tonight.
Enes Kanter, Thunder ($5,900): Kanter played well in his Thunder debut, picking up 28.3 fantasy points against a solid Charlotte team last night. He should only get better as he gets more accustomed to the team. That likely wont help much tonight, but his matchup against Denver will.
Worth The Cost:
Al Horford, Hawks ($8,200): Horford has dominated undersized teams, and that is exactly what the Bucks are. He was over 40 fantasy points against Minnesota, Boston, and Philadelphia, and even did against solid teams like Portland and Washington. I can’t come up with a good reason not to play Horford tonight.
Al Jefferson, Hornets ($8,300): Jefferson is the lowest risk of the higher priced centers. He has not been under 30 fantasy points in his last ten games, and even topped 40 a couple of times in that span. He has a higher floor than anyone else at center tonight. If you have the money, Jefferson gives you security.
Tyson Chandler, Mavericks ($6,300): Chandler is a solid 25 fantasy points per night guy, but I don’t trust him against the Charlotte frontcourt. Not at this price anyway. Both of the bargains will likely have a better night than Chandler does.
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