Welcome back to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. Tonight, we get a 9 game slate on basketball. That is a great amount for Tuesday nights, so I am very excited.
At this point in the year, I’m not looking much at the spread and totals, as so much can happen between now and tip off.
On to my favorites!
Tim Frazier – Frazier has been overly consistent since all the injuries happened in New Orleans. He is basically matchup proof, as he is going to get a ton of minutes and see his usage. Chicago has been great to daily fantasy basketball this year, and I don’t see that changing tonight.
Darren Collison – Collison is another guy who has benefitted from injuries and opportunity. Something tells me that Rondo could be held out again tonight, which would certainly help Collison. He has a nice floor and good upside, making him a good play in any format. UPDATE: Ruled out.
Ramon Sessions – Sessions is as close to must play as they come. Wall is probably not going to play, and Beal is close to out as well. If that is the case, Sessions will be in for some big minutes and production against a very bad Brooklyn team. Roster with confidence tonight.
James Harden – Harden is another must play tonight. The Rockets are fighting for their playoff lives, and will absolutely need Harden to be on point to make it. Targeting Minnesota has been questionable lately, or at least it seems that way to me, but Harden is a guy that needs to be in your cash games, period.
Jimmy Butler – With Chicago being without Gasol for the remainder of the year, I like the upside for Butler. While guys like Mirotic and Portis will get the most obvious extra run, it will be Butler who should have to shoulder the load with production. The matchup is nice tonight and I want him in my lineups.
Kobe Bryant – Kobe is playing his last stretch of games, and something tells me he is going to try to make them special. He is priced reasonably, and if he breaks the 30 point mark, you are golden. I think he does that tonight against Durant and Westbrook.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – I love Giannis every time he plays. He did need overtime yesterday to put together a good fantasy outing, but should still be in for a good night against Orlando. It will be fun to see anyone from this team try to matchup with him.
Rudy Gay– I like Gay a lot if both Rondo and Cousins are out. We know Cousins is out, but I really want to see Rondo out too. It is also not out of the question that Gay could sit out though. Either way, he is a good option if he plays.
Luke Babbitt – Babbit is having himself a nice end to 2016, and it should continue tonight against the Bulls. His price hasn’t really moved, and he has a decent shot at 30 points every night he is on the court.
Paul Millsap – I doubt the Hawks feel like they can rest right now, as they are fighting for the best possible position heading into the playoffs. Cleveland at home isn’t the matchup you want to see, but with Millsap playing on a whole different level right now, it’s hard to fade him.
Willie Cauley-Stein – With Cousins out, WCS is one guy I want to look into tonight. He has a great situation against Phoenix, and should be able to have his way with whoever they put on him. He should be able to pay off his salary tonight.
Chris McCullough – This is the least sexy pick on the slate, but McCullough is definitely one that should be on your radar, for no reason other than they have no other bigs than he and Henry Sims. I don’t think he has great upside, but he should be a good bet for 20 points.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Towns is a guy I always want to target and tonight is no different. The matchup is good against Houston, and I think Towns wants to end his rookie year on a bang. Lock him in tonight and you should be set.
Nikola Vucevic – Vucevic has a good position tonight against the Bucks who have really struggled on the glass this year. Vucevic is rejuvenated since returning from injury, and when he is locked in, he is a guy I want a piece of.
Tyson Chandler – Chandler has been ultra-stable and a guy I want tonight in this plus matchup against the Kings. It is going to be hard to spend your salary tonight, but it’s hard to pass on the upside of Chandler. UPDATE: Ruled out, concussion
Good luck to everyone! Let’s all win some cash!