It was a tough day for Fantasy owners on Monday, as several big-name players were forced out. If you’re in weekly formats, unfortunately you will not be able to change your lineup for six days, which will seem an eternity. However, if you’re in Fantasy formats that allow daily moves, or Daily Fantasy leagues, there are great values out there.
First off, New Orleans Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis (concussion) took a shot to the head in Monday’s narrow loss to Houston. He is a risky Fantasy play in the short term, as he could miss time as the team works to clear him. If he is forced to the shelf, PF Ryan Anderson would be a great Fantasy value, and C Omer Asik, available in more than 50 percent of all Fantasy leagues, might also see some additional run with C Alexis Ajinca also picking up minutes.
And stop me if you’re heard this before, but Chicago Bulls PG Derrick Rose (back, hamstring) left Monday’s game against the Miami Heat due to back and hamstring issues. With Rose on the shelf it might mean PG Aaron Brooks finds his way into the starting five, and he could be a tremendous value in Daily Fantasy play. It won’t take much for him to exceed DFS salary expectations.
Sacramento Kings F Rudy Gay (eye) suffered a scratched left eye in Monday’s game, and he has already been ruled out for Tuesday. The loss for Fantasy owners of Gay is the gain for those using F Omri Casspi, as he is expected to slide into the starting lineup.
Lastly, while it doesn’t affect anyone this week, Los Angeles Clippers PF Blake Griffin (hand) is not traveling with the team, and according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Griffin might have suffered a hand injury in an undisclosed team-related incident.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Brooklyn, Chicago, Indiana, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
WEEK 14 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
CHARLOTTE HORNETS: The Hornets have four road games this weekend, but it is going to be a good week. They kicked it off with a double-overtime win at Sacramento, and they face two more favorable games in Portland and at L.A. Lakers.
DETROIT PISTONS: The Pistons will face the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, the top two defenses in the Eastern Conference. Look for the Pistons to struggle for most of the week.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
TUESDAY – Phoenix at Philadelphia. There will be very little defense in this game, and that means big Fantasy production.
WEDNESDAY – Cleveland vs. Phoenix. Tyronn Lue wants to go up-tempo, and that should be 110+ points against a bad D.
THURSDAY – Sacramento at New Orleans. The Kings rank 30th in the NBA in defense, the Pelicans rank 29th.
FRIDAY – Oklahoma City vs. Houston. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are all great DFS plays.
SATURDAY – Golden State at Philadelphia. The Warriors roughed up the Spurs, imagine how they’ll treat the lowly 76ers.
SUNDAY – Minnesota at Portland. Look for a total of at least 210 points in this game – i.e. big-time Fantasy stat lines.
Oklahoma City at New York (7:30 p.m. NBATV)
Dallas at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. NBATV)
Houston at San Antonio (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Dallas at Golden State (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
New York at Toronto (8:00 p.m. TNT)
Chicago at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Houston at Oklahoma City (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
L.A. Lakers at L.C. Clippers (10:30 p.m. NBATV)
San Antonio at Cleveland (8:30 p.m. ABC)
Chicago at L.A. Clippers (3:30 p.m. ABC)
Boston at Orlando (6:00 p.m. NBATV)
Minnesota at Portland (9:00 p.m. NBATV)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Shabazz Muhammad||SF||MIN||14.1 PPG past 11 games|
|Derrick Williams||SF||NYK||13.4 PPG past 11 games|
|Mirza Teletovic||PF||PHX||12.6 PPG past 7 games|
|Archie Goodwin||SG||PHX||11.3 PPG past 7 games|
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAS||10.7 PPG past 10 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||8.0 RPG past 8 games|
|Omer Asik||C||NOP||7.6 RPG past 11 games|
|Salah Mejri||C||DAL||7.0 RPG past 3 games|
|Trevor Booker||PF||UTA||7.0 RPG past 10 games|
|Derrick Williams||SF||NYK||6.4 RPG past 11 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||4.3 APG past 8 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||3.8 APG past 10 games|
|Matthew Dellavedova||PG||CLE||3.7 APG past 11 games|
|Joseph Young||PG||IND||3.7 APG past 7 games|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||3.6 APG past 11 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||2.6 SPG past 8 games|
|Nene Hilario||PF||WAS||1.8 SPG past 9 games|
|Pablo Prigioni||PG||LAC||1.8 SPG past 9 games|
|Thabo Sefolosha||SG||ATL||1.6 SPG past 9 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||1.4 SPG past 8 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|John Henson||C||MIL||2.3 BPG past 10 games|
|Salah Mejri||C||DAL||2.0 BPG past 3 games|
|Bismack Biyombo||C||TOR||1.9 BPG past 8 games|
|JaVale McGee||C||DAL||1.5 BPG past 10 games|
|Jeff Withey||C||UTA||1.3 BPG past 11 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Troy Daniels||SG||CHA||23 3PT past 9 games|
|Mirza Teletovic||PF||PHX||20 3PT past 7 games|
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAS||19 3PT past 10 games|
|Paul Pierce||SF||LAC||17 3PT past 9 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||16 3PT past 8 games|
(statistics through January 24, 2016)