Daily Fantasy Basketball: Blazers' SF Nicolas Batum is Tuesday's top play

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Nicolas Batum

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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’ SF Nicolas Batum flies high as Tuesday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play.

Let’s rip it up.


Point Guard: Damian Lillard, POR ($7,700): Lillard’s price continues to be the main draw here, especially considering his recent production both with and without LaMarcus Aldridge.

Over his last four games, Lillard has had averaged over 38 FPs, including 37.1 and 38.9 in the last two, both of which Aldridge has not played.  Value for Lillard is 38.5 FPs.  With his increased share of the offense and a continuation of his recent play, 35-40 FPs should be no problem vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

Also consider, Kyle Lowry, TOR ($9,100), who has back-to-back 50+ FP games and will be facing the Atlanta Hawks.  The Hawks are playing their third game in four nights and their defense ranks just 21st vs. PGs over the last 15 days.

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan, TOR ($7,700): DeRozan has been a bit up and down lately, alternating between sub-20 FP and 35+FP games over his last four.  Nonetheless, he’s got a nice matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, who have given up the seventh-most FPs to SGs over the past 15 days and rank just 22nd on the season against the position.  On a slate with not a lot of great options, DeRozan’s ability to get 30-35 FPs carries more value than usual.

Small Forward: Nicolas Batum, POR ($7,800): Batum has been a revelation in LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence, scoring 49.1 and 51.3 FPs in the last two games.  At that level of production, he is severely underpriced.  Granted, that kind of output is unlikely to continue, but for a player averaging nearly 20 points and 15 rebounds since Aldridge’s injury, even a slight drop in production should still allow for him to meet value.  Speaking of which, value is 39 FPs, which is easily achievable vs. the Bucks, whose defense ranks just 24th and 19th against the SF and PF positions that Batum will see time at.

Also consider, LeBron James, MIA ($10,500), who is at a great price point for a return to Cleveland, where he has played extremely well.

Power Forward: Amir Johnson, TOR ($5,900): With Paul Millsap in a tough matchup and David Lee a bit overpriced, there’s not a lot to be excited about at PF today.

Such is not the case for Johnson, who has averaged nearly 32 FPs over his last four and has a value threshold of just 29.5 FPs.  He’s also got a plus matchup vs. an Atlanta Hawks defense that ranks just 26th over the last 15 days.  Expect 25-30 FPs with possible 35 FP upside.

Also worth your considerations is Tobias Harris, ORL ($7,000) in a matchup vs. a middling Golden State Warriors defense.  Harris becomes an even more attractive play should Nikola Vucevic (ankle) be confirmed out.

Center: DeMarcus Cousins, SAC ($9,400): If you can’t blame it on the night life, you can blame it on the Boogie.  I know I could’ve done that the other night when Cousins was a late scratch and I missed out on the money,  despite scoring a 300 on FanDuel.

However, it should be all systems go vs. Washington in Sacramento.  It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t the most ideal matchup for Cousins, as the Wizards rank eighth, not only on the season, but also over the last 15 days vs. centers.  Either way, Cousins is the only option at this position capable of scoring 40 FPs, even if reaching value (47 FPs) may be a struggle.  Roster Cousins for the guarantee of 35-40 FPs and be happy if he reaches value.

Also consider, Robin Lopez, POR ($6,000)

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