Feb 19, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
There are only two games eligible for the turbo lineups tonight, and with Kevin Durant out, you won’t have any problem getting the players that you want in your lineup. Money really is not a concern ih the turbo tournaments tonight.
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Here is my turbo FanDuel lineup for February 24:
George Hill, Pacers ($5,400): The minutes restriction is off, but Hill has had two clunkers since the All Star break. He only played 23 minutes in the blowout of Philadelphia, and only has 16.4 points against a solid Golden State team. He should do better tonight against the Thunder, but since money is no option, you are basically comparing Hill to Lowry. I would bet Lowry still scores more.
Worth The Cost:
Russell Westbrook, Thunder ($11,100): Westbrook is in the midst of one of the hottest fantasy stretches of the season. He has three straight 50+ point fantasy games, and his lowest output in the month of February is 36.7 points. Kevin Durant is out again, so expect Westbrook to stuff the stat sheet again. The Pacers defend the point pretty well, but Westbrook is still your best bet for a 40 point fantasy night in FanDuel tonight.
Kyle Lowry, Raptors ($7,400): I listed him as a risk last night, and he had his best fantasy game since the return of DeMar DeRozan with a 36.9 point effort against the Pelicans. That is 5x value. The chances of him doing that again tonight to Dallas are slim to none. Rajon Rondo is one of the worst plays at PG for fantasy purposes, but he is still a very good defender.
Westbrook and Lowry ($18,500)
Next: It's Thin At SG
Feb 22, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the basket past Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson (9) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Rodney Stuckey, Pacers ($5,100): Stuckey has been one of the best fantasy values of the last week. Since the All Star break, he has averaged 42.8 fantasy points per game. That’s right: more than 8x value. You almost have to play him tonight against the Thunder. They have had trouble defending off guards, and it won’t be any easier for them tonight without Durant.
Worth The Cost:
Monta Ellis, Mavericks ($7,200): Ellis has not been over 40 fantasy points since February 7th, so why do I recommend him tonight? Well, for one, there aren’t many options. The real reason though is his matchup against Toronto. The Raptors don’t defend the perimeter particularly well, which should open things back up for Ellis. He is one of the few guys that can get you 40 at SG.
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors ($6,700): DeRozan still struggles against good perimeter defenses, which Dallas has. He only has 42.4 fantasy points over his last two games. His shot simply isn’t falling right now, and the chances that it starts against Dallas are pretty slim. You are comparing him to Stuckey in the turbo. I would still think that Stuckey outscores him despite the price discrepancy.
Ellis and Stuckey ($12,300)
Next: The Top Two SF Options Are Hurt
Feb 23, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) passes as Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson (3) and forward Amir Johnson (15) defend during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Raptors 100-97. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
James Johnson, Raptors ($4,500): So long as he is starting, he is going to produce enough fantasy points to make him a bargain. In his last three starts, he has averaged 31.3 fantasy points in those games. That is a 7x value. Play him until his price gets too high.
Richard Jefferson, Mavericks ($3,800): It was Jefferson, not Al-Farouq Aminu, who did the damage in place of Chandler Parsons on Sunday. Jefferson will get another start tonight against the Raptors, and he is one of the better options of the night. He has started three of the team’s last ten games. In those games, he has averaged 25.4 fantasy points. That is nearly 8x value!
Al-Farouq Aminu, Mavericks ($4,300): Jefferson is $500 cheaper and starting, so that automatically makes him a better option. That doesn’t mean that Aminu can’t still be a bargain. It does mean that if he doesn’t score, which was the case on Sunday, he really hurts your lineup. He mustered only 7.4 fantasy points in 24 minutes on Sunday. He also has five games under 20 fantasy points in his last seven games. He has more upside, but he is a much bigger risk than Jefferson.
Johnson and Jefferson ($8,300)
Next: No Good Cheap Options At PF
Feb 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) takes a shot against the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Detroit 114-109. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Amare Stoudemire, Mavericks ($5,100): Stoudemire scored 14 points in just 11 minutes in his Mavericks debut. Against Charlotte, no less! He minutes should continue to increase since he is the only true center behind Tyson Chandler. His production should as well.
Worth The Cost:
Serge Ibaka, Thunder ($7,200): Ibaka has also been on a tear since the break. In three games, he has tallied 128 fantasy points. That makes him a fantastic value right now. I am betting that all winning lineups will have Ibaka tonight. He has been dominant with Durant out, and has looked very good now that he has a serviceable center beside him.
David West, Pacers ($6,700): West has struggled in two games since the break against teams that are solid at the four in Golden State and Philadelphia. Tonight is no different as he has to tackle Serge Ibaka and the Thunder. West should likely do better than the back-to-back 18 point games that he had put up, but not enough to warrant his price. That said, you are essentially comparing West to a horde of backups, so he is still likely the best option despite the risk.
Ibaka and West ($13,900)
Next: C Is The Only Position With Tough Decisions
Feb 11, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Enes Kanter, Thunder ($6,200): Kanter has put up 66.6 fantasy points in two games with the Thunder. He is thriving alongside Ibaka, and there is no reason to think that that won’t continue. As long as he is giving you 5.5x value, he is a great addition to your lineup.
Worth The Cost:
Tyson Chandler, Mavericks ($6,500): Chandler is averaging 25 fantasy points per game since the break. That is a little bit low for his price, but he is consistent. Toronto has defended the post pretty well lately, but if Patrick Patterson is out, Chandler should have a little bit easier time in the middle. I am on the fence about Chandler and Kanter. Both are good options tonight.
Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors ($5,900): Jonas went nuts on a New Orleans frontcourt that was without Anthony Davis. He has shown flashes of that kind of brilliance over the last two years, but he has serious consistency issues. That will continue so long as he gets himself in foul trouble, which is likely where he will find himself against Dallas tonight. Especially with Amare Stoudemire wiggling into the rotation.
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