VICTOR CLAVER, NORRIS COLE HEAD UP FRIDAY’S DAILY NBA VALUES
A lot of Fantasy players either set daily lineups, or play in daily Fantasy leagues such as Draft Kings, Fantasy Feud, etc. During the course of the season, on the busiest days in The Association, we'll have a short and sweet blog to help guide you with your lineup decisions.
For Friday, April 5, there are 12 games in the NBA. The Miami-Charlotte (8:00pm ET, ESPN) and Houston-Portland (10:30pm ET ESPN) games will be televised nationally.
Jimmy Butler, SF/SG, Chicago (vs. ORL): Butler has been giant for daily (and standard) Fantasy owners lately. He dropped 16 points on the Nets Thursday in a surprising win for the shorthanded Bulls, and he is averaging 15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.0 spg over his past three outings. He has also managed a swat in four straight games, making him extra value for those who play in formats which reward two points per blocked shot. He still comes with a mid-level price tag in most daily games, too.
Victor Claver, PF/SF, Portland (vs. HOU): If Claver isn't a name you're familiar with yet, you're really going to like him. SF Nicolas Batum (shoulder) is dealing with a labrum issue in his shoulder, and not only is he a question mark for Friday's contest, but he could miss the remainder of the season. As such, Claver will step into the starting five again. He is averaging 9.5 ppg with 3.5 rpg over his past two outings, and he has hit seven of his past 10 field goals. He has played 27.5 minutes per game during the span, and is a great cheap option.
Norris Cole, PG, Miami/Mike Miller SF/SG, Miami (at CHA): Cole and Miller are expected to be in the starting five for the Heat again, as Gs Ray Allen (ankle), Mario Chalmers (ankle) and Dwyane Wade (ankle) are each expected to sit. F LeBron James (hamstring) is also a huge question mark, and could sit again, making PF Udonis Haslem, and perhaps PF/SF Rashard Lewis also good additions in daily Fantasy leagues like DraftKings.com.
Marcus Thornton, SG, Sacramento (vs. DAL): Thornton has really come on over the past two games, averaging 19.5 ppg with 4.0 rpg in his past two games. The Mavericks allow 102.1 points per game, which is fourth-worst in the NBA. Thornton and the Kings should post big numbers in this potential shootout.
Damien Wilkins, SF/SG, Philadelphia (at CHA): Wilkins continues to carry a mid-level price tag in daily Fantasy play, but he is posting huge results. He is averaging 16.3 ppg over his past seven outings, making him a tremendous mid-level pick-up. Adding Wilkins, and guys like Claver and Cole above, will give you a chance to stock your lineup with two or three superstars.
Jerryd Bayless, SG/PG, Memphis (at LAL): Bayless disappeared in his last outing, misfiring on all eight of his field goal attempts. That's two times in the past three games that he has missed every shot he has taken from the floor. He simply cannot be trusted right now, even though he has a tempting mid-level salary.
Kobe Bryant, SG, L.A. Lakers (vs. MEM): Some might feel this to be a bit controversial. How can you ever suggest sitting Kobe in any format? However, the Grizzlies allow just 89.8 points per game, which makes them the best scoring defense in the NBA. He certainly won't score in single digits, or something that dramatic, but he isn't going to come close to the 21.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 12.5 apg and 3.0 spg level that he has been performing.
George Hill, SG/PG, Indiana (vs. OKC): Hill had been battling a hip ailment, and it appears that he has been affected over the past four games. He has knocked down just 12 of his past 32 field goal attempts, averaging only 10.0 ppg with 4.0 rpg and 3.8 apg during the span.
O.J. Mayo, SG, Dallas (at SAC): Mayo is another player who has been soldiering on despite a nagging injury. Mayo has been dealing with a shoulder issue, and he has hit just 14 of his past 48 field goal attempts over the past four games. He has averaged just 8.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3.3 apg over the past four games. His price tag is still a little high for that type of production in daily Fantasy leagues like DraftKings.com, so be safe and go another way.
Luis Scola, PF/C, Phoenix (vs. GS): PF/C Jermaine O'Neal (calf) has looked healthy over the past two games since coming back from a calf issue. O'Neal has averaging 15.5 ppg with 6.5 rpg over the past two games, making him a nice value. On the flip side, Scola has seen his production slide and value plummet, as he has averaged just 9.0 ppg with 6.5 rpg over the past two games.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftKings.com
|PG||Stephen Curry||GS||$9,700||C||David Lee||GS||$7,400|
|SG||Norris Cole||MIA||$3,000||G||Jimmy Butler||CHI||$5,600|
|SF||Damien Wilkins||PHI||$4,400||F||Carmelo Anthony||NYK||$9,600|
|PF||Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||$7,300||UTIL||Victor Claver||POR||$3,000|
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