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Fantasy Basketball: T'Wolves' Kevin Love is Saturday's top Daily Fantasy Basketball play

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Love is in the Air: Wolves PF is the top DFS play on Saturday (Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

HIGH FIVE/low five

Daily Fantasy can be hard work!

Let us do some of the work for you with “High Five/Low Five”.  Each day, we help put you in the money by presenting you with FIVE of the “top tier” plays,  as well as a quick list of FIVE “value plays”.  Starting with today’s “High Five”, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves stands out among today’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball plays on, but there are also other great options at the different positions that should provide excellent value as well.  Let’s take a look.

Point Guard: Damian Lillard, POR ($7,500): In five career games against Minnesota, Lillard is averaging 25.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 6.0 apg. Last time out versus Minnesota, he had 36 points, six rebounds, and six assists.  Ricky Rubio wants nothing to do with Lillard.  You, on the other hand, should want everything to do with him tonight, especially with a price that is +1K less than the top tier PGs and in a game that feature the highest over/under (O/U) of the night by a large margin.  I fully expect that he meets or exceeds his value threshold of 37.5 points tonight, with a great chance of matching or outperforming the more expensive options ahead of him.  Save the money to spend elsewhere and pencil in Lillard as your top PG option.

Also consider: Michael Carter-Williams, PHI ($8,600)
Fade: Ty Lawson, DEN ($8,800), 

Scoring Guard: DeMar DeRozan, TOR ($8,700): Steady and consistent.  With +40 fantasy points (FP) in seven out of the last 10 games, and only one game below 35 FPs, that’s exactly what DeRozan has been, and frankly, sometimes that’s all you can ask for from the inconsistent SG position.  Add in a plus matchup against a Clippers team that ranks 29th versus SGs over the last two weeks, and not only do you have consistency, but also considerable room for upside.  If you’d like to have a fairly good idea of what to expect, rather than spend your time hoping for numbers that may never come, DeRozan is your man.

Small Forward: Kevin Durant/Jeremy Lamb, OKC ($12,100/$4,100): There’s not much to say about Durant that hasn’t already been said before, so I wont waste your time saying it.  Just know this: Philadelphia has ranked at or near dead last versus SF for much of the season, and should he suit up, few players are more of a lock for 45 FPs than Durant, and even fewer have 70 FP upside.  That said, monitor his status leading up to lock time, and if he sits, don’t hesitate to start Jeremy Lamb, who showed himself to be more than capable of exceeding value, as he did last night against Boston.

Power Forward: Kevin Love, MIN ($10,800): There is almost absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have Kevin Love in your lineup tonight.  His price is lower than it has been for much of the season, he’s averaging 30 ppg, 12.2 rpg, and 4.2 apg versus Portland in his last five games against them, and the game has a 220 over/under.  Need I mention that he nearly had a triple-double against them last time out with 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists?  Or that he’s narrowly missed a triple-double the last two games?  Maybe tonight’s the night?  If it is, you don’t wanna miss out.  Either way, triple-double or not, Love is a must play and the popular pick to be the night’s top scorer as far as FP goes.
Also consider (if you dare): LaMarcus Aldridge, POR ($11,100)
Fade: Zach Randolph, MEM ($8200)

Center: Nikola Pekovic, MIN ($7,700): This guy may look like Non from Superman II, but as far as Robin Lopez is concerned, he may as well be General Zod.  Like his counterpart Kevin Love, he also had a great game against Portland last time out with 30 points and nine rebounds, and has fared well against them in recent history averaging 20.5 points and 11 rebounds over the last two seasons versus Portland.  With other top center options either having difficult matchups or simply being too expensive relative to what you can expect from Pekovic at $7,700, he is my top center play of the night and sure to be rostered in my cash games.
Fade: Dwight Howard, HOU ($9,300)

Today’s low five:

Point Guard: George Hill. IND ($4,900): Denver is 24th versus PGs the past two weeks, and with tonight’s game expected to be a tad higher scoring than your typical Pacers game, Hill should provide decent value for his price.

Scoring Guard: Lou Williams, ATL ($4,000): Williams provided stellar value last night, getting additional minutes due to the absence of DeMarre Carroll.  Now, with Jeff Teague expected to miss the next two games as well, Williams should see a little run at PG, in addition to the extra run he was already receiving.  You can expect output in the range of 20-30 FPs from Lou Willy tonight, which is a steal for 4K.

Small Forward: James Johnson, MEM ($4,400): Johnson had a real nice game last night versus the Rockets, and while expecting a similar game may be pushing it, I still believe he can provide solid value for his price given his ability to contribute across several categories.

Power Forward: Gustavo Ayon, ATL ($3,500): Ayon started in place of Pero Antic last night, and while his performance was nothing amazing, it was definitely solid.  He should once again be able to meet or exceed value tonight against a weak Milwaukee front court for minimum price.

Center: Timofey Mozgov, DEN ($3,800): Call this more of a hunch than anything, but given Roy Hibbert‘s size I can’t really see Denver matching him up with the smaller Faried and Hickson all night, so i think Mozgov gets closer to 25 minutes and has 20-point potential if he crashes the boards hard against the weak rebounding Hibbert.

Tags: Fantasy Basketball Kevin Love LaMarcus Aldridge Minnesota Timberwolves

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