Welcome to the first edition of The Sports Scripts daily fantasy plays for the NBA season. It’s a new year and a fresh start for daily fantasy sports. It’s my goal now to bring you daily fantasy sports plays for major slates of games. If you ever do not see a post and have questions as always I can be found on twitter @mattbell211.
THE ELITE STUDS
The guys in this section are always good plays it’s just a matter of can you fit them in your line up.
Steph Curry – He’s matched up with the Bucks who are one of the worst at defending the PG position.
Kevin Durant – He’s playing lights out basketball right now having over 45 fantasy points in all but 1 of the last 5 games.
Lebron James – He doesn’t put up the type of fantasy numbers of Durant, but he’s also starting to become cheaper and still fills up the stat column.
NOW ONTO THE REST OF THE PLAYS
Paul George is looking to be one of my favorite plays for Tuesday after glancing over the action. He’s taking on a Toronto team that is playing extremely well which leads me to thing it should be a competitive game. He’s capable of putting up the numbers fantasy to have the best night of any player and his price tag is not near as high as the likes of Lebron and Durant. The Raptors don’t really have anyone who can defend him and he should be able to have his way with them on the offensive side of the ball. He’s averaging 38 fantasy points per game this year, but hasn’t been as productive lately. I think he bounces back in a huge way on Tuesday!
Anderson Varejao is really close to being my favorite play for the day with the match up against the 76ers. The 76ers give up the most points in the NBA and don’t rebound that well either. This should all equal a ton of fantasy value for Varejao on Tuesday. He’s playing all the minutes he can handle with Bynum out of the picture and has grabbed at least 11 rebounds in all of the last 5 games he’s played. He put up 54 fantasy points last Thursday and I’m calling it now I expect to see something close to that total again Tuesday.
Damian Lillard is coming off one of his worst fantasy point totals of the year on Saturday and draws a nice match up to rebound with on Tuesday. The Kings are at the bottom when it comes to stopping opposing point guards and that will play into the hands of Lillard. He’s averaging 35 fantasy points a game this year and I would expect to seem him go over that in this match up.
Kemba Walker is at home on Tuesday which means you have to consider him. He’s a much different player fantasy wise at home then he is on the road averaging a full 3 points more per game. He’s shoots ball percentage wise much better as well when he’s at home verses on the road. He’s going to be matched up with John Wall who is no threat on the defense end of the court and will need to score or assist Al Jefferson to keep the Bobcats in the game.
David Lee, right now to me is playing some of the best basketball of anyone in the NBA. He’s totaled over 40 fantasy points in each of his last 3 games and now gets to face a Bucks team that is a mess if you ask me. David Lee is just missing averaging a double double on the year and as long as his price isn’t sky-high he makes for a nice power forward play on Tuesday.
Paul Gasol might still be a Laker on Tuesday and then again he might not, but if he is then you need to roster him. He’s playing basketball better than he has in probably two years as is the main scoring threat for the Lakers right now. The last 3 games he’s played nearly 40 minutes has placed fantasy point totals of 49,60, and 38. He shouldn’t have any trouble taking it to Dallas on the offensive side of the ball.
Anthony Davis is a name you will probably see and hear a lot on Tuesday in the daily fantasy sports industry. Miami is the worst rebounding team in the league and doesn’t defend the center positions well. I’m not going to say Davis is a bad play because he’s not and will produce the fantasy points. I’m just not as high on him as some will be because his price tag is so high and I think the ceiling is set at around 45 fantasy points for him.
AND THE VALUE GUYS TO FIT THE STUDS
Iman Shumpert is still priced very cheap on a few sites and where you can get him at those cheap prices I think he could be a very nice play on Tuesday. The last 3 games he’s had fantasy point totals of 40,40, and then 20. If he gets you 20 at a cheap price you’ve done well, but if he gets you 40 then you’re in good shape. He’s in a nice match up as well as the Pistons rank near the bottom in defending opposing shooting guards.
Kendall Marshall is a must play on any site where his price hasn’t caught up yet as he’s playing nearly 40 minutes per game and has put up over 40 fantasy points in each of the last two. This is a situation when I don’t think you want to over think it and try to fade Marshall.
Trevor Booker is getting around 25 minutes a game now with the Wizards satisfied in bringing Nene is for around 20 minutes to keep him healthy. Booker is a tremendous rebounder and can provide a ton of value for you on a site where is priced in the bottom of salaries.
Danny Granger is near minimum on just about every site right now and isn’t going to get over 20 minutes, but the thing I notice with his game logs is he is going to get you anywhere from 15 to 20 fantasy points. If you want some almost guarantee points from your value play with not much upside then he is your guy.
We need to monitor the situation closely in Cleveland with Kyrie Irving hurting and now Jarret Jack as well there is going to be some fantasy gold in this game as the Cavs take on the 76ers. The problem is we will have to wait till right up until tip-off to see who is suiting up for the Cavaliers. If Kyrie goes I think he’s playable, but if he’s out and Jack goes than Jack is the guy I would play. If both guys are out look for CJ Miles and Dion Waiters to both be nice value plays.
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