Quick — name the best point guards in the NBA. Chris Paul? Russell Westbrook? John Wall?
Many times, Stephen Curry‘s name gets dropped by the wayside, but he’s doing the best he can to increase his profile leading the GSW. Last night, despite a rocky shooting effort from the field, Curry managed to triple-double, posting 14 points, 13 rebounds and 16 assists. Curry’s third career triple-double means he’s only the 7th player in Warriors history to accomplish the feat.
Curry has clearly positioned himself as one of the best point guards in the league, and his only real weakness is the high level of turnovers (averaging 4/game this season, up from 3.1 from last season). Maybe Curry doesn’t really have to shoot well to position the Warriors to win — he’s shot 36% or less from the field 4 out of the last 5, but has managed to contribute in other areas to make up for it (30 rebounds, 59 assists in that same timespan).
All things considered, we shouldn’t expect Curry’s shooting struggles to continue — in fact, once he’s able to hop out of the shooting slump, we could see him make a serious run at Paul to become the league’s best PG…if he isn’t already, that is!
The Daily Fifteen
We have a jam-packed slate of over twelve games today, so let’s hop right into the action. There’s one early game — Cleveland and Boston, so if you’re in an early league, you should get your lineup in before the start time (1pm EST).
DeMar DeRozan: The Raptors are rematching the Knicks tonight, this time at their home in Toronto. DeRozan posted 26.5 DSFP in last night’s game — I expect that to be his floor tonight. With a salary just about $13K on DraftStreet, he’s a solid foundational piece to build around for your roster tonight.
Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic: The Sixers still haven’t figured out how to guard any backcourt (1st in ease to opposing PGs and SGs), and Bledsoe/Dragic are entrenched as the core scorers on this Phoenix squad. The Suns are heavily favored to win (10.5 Vegas favorites), so beware of blowout potential here. But Bledsoe and Dragic are both in line for excellent games, and will deliver value on their current DraftStreet salaries.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Enough joking about how to spell this guy’s name — he’s put up some monster lines over the past few games. Milwaukee’s GF has posted 23.75 DSFP or more in 4 out of his last 5 games. He’s hot. At a price of only $8.5K DSS, buy now…because he won’t be this cheap for long. Anteokounmpo has a good matchup against the Timberwolves tonight.
Jimmy Butler: This guy has been incredibly inconsistent since returning to the lineup in mid-December, but I’d have to admit that fading him on Christmas Day wasn’t the best decision. He has a neutral matchup against the Mavs tonight at home and the Bulls are injury-ravaged, meaning Butler should be in line for some major run. But he’s still a boom-or-bust option until he shows more shooting consistency.
Anthony Davis: Sure, you were expecting Davis to literally go off and score a fantasy point a minute last night. That wasn’t the case, as he finished with 31 DSFP in about 40 minutes of game time, but he didn’t fully abuse his salary. If NOR has any chance to take down the Rockets tonight, Davis will need to have a major game. Davis’ $18K DSS still screams value to me, and I believe he’s a strong play to deliver value as a top player tonight. Toss out last night’s minor dud and roll with Davis with confidence.
Jordan Hamilton: Randy Foye is struggling, and Hamilton is in line to start at SG, meaning there’s some short term value to consider here. Sure, Denver isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse, but Hamilton is a decent source of points, rebounds and steals. Couple that with his low, low short-term salary and he’s a value play that you can’t write off.
Josh McRoberts: Condia took this guy last night, and he went off for 34 DSFP in 31 minutes. Put all of the Duke hate aside — McRoberts is a productive player and has a big opportunity to post some quality minutes as a starter for the Bobcats. McRoberts has a soft matchup against Paul Millsap and a Al-Horford-less Atlanta Hawks squad tonight. He’s a buy, and you may end up fading most of your GPP tonight with the purchase.
PJ Tucker: What does this guy need to do to get some fantasy love? He posted a 31 DSFP night against the GSW in a blowout last night (double-double), and has posted 26+ DSFP in 2 out of his last 3 games. Tucker is CHEAP, and he’s getting at least 25+ minutes these days. It’s time to fade hype players and take the ones that deliver value…Tucker is a great buy as he remains under the radar.
Wilson Chandler: Yes, I’m digging Chandler’s matchup tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies, as I expect him to take on an odd combination of Tayshaun Prince and James Johnson. Chandler is one of the most under-the-radar players in the league — chalk it up to playing for an average Nuggets squad, or Denver’s market. But there’s no denying that there’s potentially great value here — he’s in line for major run and has scored 24+ DSFP in 4 out of his last 6. Chandler is a buy, and a potentially great source of value, tonight.
Anderson Varejao: Andrew Bynum has been excused from his team indefinitely, leaving Varejao to take the lion’s share of the minutes at Center for the Cavs. If you’re playing in a morning league, make sure that Varejao is part of your plan. For $11K DSS, you’ll get a monster share of points and boards, hell, even some steals and blocks. Lions! Monsters! Buy him now.
Andrea Bargnani: As soon as we wrote this guy firmly off the fantasy radar (thanks Tyson Chandler), he goes off for a 30 point DSFP night. Sure, maybe his amazing game was more of a statement than anything against his former employers, but you can’t write him off yet. Bargs should continue to see 30+ minutes at the 4, and until his minutes drop, is worth looking at. At under $10K DSS, invest!
Dwight Howard: Howard single-handedly killed daily fantasy owners’ chances to win on the 26th — my apologies if you were stuck with his massive salary. But here’s the thing — he hadn’t gone under 32 DSFP in 5 out of his last 6, prior to the clunker. HOU will lay the points easily on the Pelicans, meaning Howard is a buy. Don’t let the recent foul trouble deter you away (5 fouls/game in his past two games)
Marcin Gortat: Andre Drummond continues to be a defensive liability, meaning Gortat has a shot at a big game. The game situation is particularly intriguing — Washington is a slight favorite at home, and the game should feature it’s share of points (202 OU set by Vegas). Gortat is a reasonable shot at his $12K DSS.
Nikola Pekovic: Today’s going-against-the-Bucks-center.