HIGH FIVE/low five
Daily Fantasy can be quite the grind! Let us do the grinding 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”. Timberwolves’ PF Kevin Love flies high as Tuesday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play of the night.
Let’s rip it up.
Point Guard: Stephen Curry, GS ($9,800): Clearly the top play of the night at his position, as evidenced by his price. Stephen Curry is fresh off of a 44-point game against Utah that marked the fifth time he’s exceeded the 50 FP threshold in the last 10 games. Tonight, Curry on a Bobcats’ squad that ranks 15th on the year in defending PGs, and more importantly, a team that he torched for 43 points, six rebounds and nine assists last time out. A repeat performance may not happen, but expect Curry to be the top scoring PG nonetheless.
Shooting Guard: Lance Stephenson, IND ($7,800): Again, the top dollar guy is clearly the top play at his position, as is often the case on nights with a short slate. However, with the way Stephenson has been playing, he’s a top play on almost any night. He’s exceeded 35 FPs eight times in the last 10 games, a stretch that includes seven double-doubles and one triple-double.
Small Forward: Paul George, IND ($8,400): I know, I know, another top priced guy is the top play at his position. Seriously though, what kind of expert would I be if I sat here trying to convince you that DeMarre Carroll, ATL ($6,200) is a better play than George, especially when George’s price is so good relative to his potential and what his floor should be tonight vs. a Hawks team that ranks just 26th against SF in both recent weeks, and on the season? Sure, George has been a little up and (mostly) down in the past 10 games, but his price reflects that, and with tonight’s game expected to be close, he should get his full run of minutes. Earlier this year, George had 28 points and 12 rebounds against the Hawks, and though his stat line tonight may be different, the 40+ FPs should remain the same.
Power Forward: Kevin Love, MIN ($11,100): Even with the risk of a blowout here, you’ve gotta love Kevin Love tonight in a game that should be the highest scoring of the night. The Lakers have spent the entire year dead last against the PF, and with no Pau Gasol, tonight should be even worse than usual. In two games against L.A. this year, Love has averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds, and he should have no problem getting similar numbers tonight, even if he sits the entirety of the fourth quarter.
Center: Joakim Noah, CHI ($9,000): Tonight definitely feels like a night you could get away with playing a cheaper option at center, but if you feel the need to roll big, take your chances with Noah. Last game out vs. Phoenix, Noah had 14 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. The Suns have played very well against the center position in recent weeks, but Noah is a double-double machine and should have no problem getting one tonight. I don’t expect Noah to hit value, but 30-35 FPs seems like a reasonable bet on a night where the center position could be fairly weak.