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”. Portland Trail Blazers’ PF LaMarcus Aldridge flies high as Tuesday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play of the night.
Let’s rip it up.
Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas, SAC ($7,900): Both Thomas of the Sacramento Kings and his counterpart, Cleveland Cavaliers’ PG Kyrie Irving, CLE ($8,300), are in great spots tonight for similar reasons. Neither one has much more than a passing interest in playing defense and the fact that this game is expected to be close with a fairly nice over/under of 204, bodes well for both men. Thomas has topped 35 FPs in four out of his last five games, including 47.6 FPs in his last game out vs. a Washington Wizards’ team that has been every bit as poor at defending the PG position as the Cavaliers have been. Thomas and Irving should produce somewhere in the 40 FP range tonight. That said, with Thomas being slightly less expensive, I’m rostering him and seeing if I can make that $400 work for me somewhere else on my roster.
Shooting Guard: Gordon Hayward, UTA ($7,100): The Lakers play fast on offense and bad on defense, especially vs. opposing SGs and SFs, the two positions that Hayward is likely to see time at tonight, ranking 28th vs. both positions in recent weeks. Though Hayward has only topped value on his current salary twice since returning from injury eight games ago, the undermanned Lakers will provide the perfect foil for him to get back on track with a 35+ FP performance. Hayward is his team’s best player and going against a terrible team and on a night devoid of a lot of top options at SG. That’s worth something.
Small Forward: Kevin Durant, OKC ($12,300): Yes, the price is high, but at a thin position it’s a price worth paying for a player that is all but guaranteed to give you 45+ FPs, while having 60+ FP potential. Durant has topped the 45 FP mark in each of the last four games and will be expected to do the same and then some tonight on the road vs. the Portland Trailblazers in what will probably be the highest scoring game of the night, if not also the most competitive with a spread of just one. Oklahoma will need all that Durant can give, and Durant will in turn give the Blazers all of him that they can handle. Pay big and expect big. 50 FPs feels like the floor tonight.
Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge, POR ($10,200): Far and away the best player at his position tonight — even more so than Durant at SF, who will at least have LeBron James to contend with. LMA comes into tonight’s game fresh off a 48 FP performance against Minnesota and has dominated the Thunder this season. In their three previous meetings, Aldridge is averaging 30.7 points and 14.3 rebounds, including 29 and 16 just a few weeks ago. Aldridge is a must play tonight and should challenge Durant for the top overall performer of the night, despite being over $2,000 cheaper. LMA, all day !!!
Center: DeMarcus Cousins, SAC ($9,700): Sacramento Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins has been nearly unstoppable since returning from injury, averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds, and topping 45 FPs in three of four games. Even in an “off game” last time out vs. the Washington Wizards, Boogie was able to produce over 35 FPs. Tonight, he squares off against a Cavaliers team that ranks just 20th vs. opposing centers in recent weeks and could be without Anderson Varejao. This game has a tasty over/under of 204 and should be close with just a one-point spread. I’m expecting a big game from Cousins tonight, especially if Varejao is out. I’m setting the floor at 40 FPs, with the sky being the limit.