This is usually where I talk about how we did with the picks last week, but not this edition.  I think it’s a good time to talk/rant about what’s going on in the industry, because 140 characters on Twitter isn’t long enough.  As many of you know the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry is under fire. We recently had  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of New York say it’s illegal to play DFS in the state of New York.  I don’t think it’s right for a person to have that much power in any state.  To cut the head of the snake is just stupid in my opinion.  New York has the most DFS players than any other state, with an estimated 900k.  That’s a big hit for Draft Kings, Fan Duel (which is headquartered in New York) and any other site.  Also, think of the tax money that the state of New York is losing out on.  What states should be doing is protect the consumer by regulating DFS, not abolish it.  The industry got too big too fast.  Both of these companies are valued at a little over a billion dollars each.  That’s just crazy how fast it happened.  Then with Draft Kings and Fan Duel going on an all-out media blitz promoting millions of dollar in winnings, you’re going to attract a lot of unwanted attention.  Now of course the politicians have their hands out wanting their cut of the pie.  I’m not shocked at all because the political industry is probably the dirtiest and most corrupt industry we have. It’s been that way for the longest time and will continue to be that way.  Many have asked, is season-long fantasy going to be affected?  Probably not and here’s why:  If there were season long companies worth a billion dollars and promoting million dollar winners, I am sure these scumbag politicians would go after those companies.  But there isn’t.  One final thing I would like to say is that I encourage everyone who enjoys and plays fantasy sports to contact their state rep and let them know how you feel.  Also feel free to comment or ask any questions below.  

 

Point Guards

Brandon Knight (7,100) is a fine cash game option.  The Suns are playing at the second fastest pace and Denver gives up the most points to PG’s.

Elfrid Payton (5,500) should really benefit from not having the injured Victor Oladipo on the court.  You really didn’t see it Friday night because the Utah Jazz play at the slowest pace in the NBA.  Saturday night he gets to play the Wizards who are the fastest pace team in the NBA.  That type of game suits Payton’s skill set a lot better.

Chris Paul (8,600) was out last game with that nagging groin injury and is questionable on Saturday night.  Look for Austin Rivers (3,200) to start in his place, but I can’t recommend him unless you decide to really punt one of the guard spots.  

 

Shooting Guards

If I am spending up on a player it will be for James Harden (10,100).  Dwight Howard is not expected to play on the second leg of a back to back.  Harden’s usage rate is at a sick 34.6% this year without Howard in the lineup.

Eric Bledsoe (8,100)same as Brandon Knight above.

Danny Green (4,100) is a nice cheap option that should see a lot more shot opportunities if Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili, who are both questionable, sit this game out against the 76ers.

If Bradley Beal (6,900) is out again then Gary Neal (3,200) should get the start again.  He played 26 minutes last game and had 18.25 DK points.  I know that’s not a lot of points, but he still reached value at such a depressed price.

 

Small Forwards

Unless you are going to spend up for LeBron James (9,900), which isn’t a bad GPP option because he should be low owned, I think most people will try to save some salary at the SF position.

Tobias Harris (5,900) had a great game Friday night with 19 pts and 13 rebs.  To get that production for under 6k is just what can win a GPP for you.  He should benefit from the pace the Wizards play at.  

Stanley Johnson (3,200) has seen more playing time the last two games with 27 and 32 mins.  He didn’t disappoint either by giving you 6x value. If you’re going the stars and scrubs approach, he is a guy you should look at.

 

Power Forwards

With Dwight Howard out, Clint Capela (4,800) should get the start.  Now don’t expect the world from him. About mid 20’s minutes is what your looking at, but Dallas gives up the most point to PF’s on the year.  

Something tells me this might be the spot where Pop takes the opportunity to sit Tim Duncan.  18 point favorites at home against the 76ers.  David West (3,100) would be an auto play if that’s the case.  

Markieff Morris sprained his knee Thursday night and is questionable to play on Saturday night.  Jon Leuer (3,200) filled in after Morris went out and played 24 minutes.  He had over a fantasy point a minute finishing with 30.25 DK points.  He should smash his cheap salary if he gets the minutes Saturday night.  

 

Centers

Center is terrible on Saturday night.  With Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Bogut back ,it really cuts out the value.  I don’t see anyone worth using right now under 5k.  So I am going to pay up with Andre Drummond (9,500).  He has had a double/double in every game this year.  That’s enough for me to plug and play him.

 

Don’t forget to check twitter for any late scratches and player news.  As always you can catch me on twitter @realdaddybigs or leave a comment below. Good luck this weekend in your games.

  1. eric says:
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    hello mr danb just a quick question for you who would you prefer green (gsw) or vucevic? 16 team h2h 9 cats
    here is my lineup btw, cause someone offered me his vucevic and marvin williams for dieng and green

    1. (1) Anthony Davis PF,C
    2. (32) Eric Bledsoe PG,SG
    3. (33) Draymond Green SF,PF
    4. (64) Danilo Gallinari SF
    5. (65) Gorgui Dieng PF,C
    6. (96) Darren Collison PG
    7. (97) Jordan Clarkson PG,SG
    8. (128) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG
    9. (129) Jusuf Nurkic C (IL) olynk
    10. (160) Kris Humphries PF,C dropped for waiters
    11. (161) Rodney Hood SG,SF
    12. (192) Kent Bazemore SG,SF
    13. (193) Tiago Splitter C dropped for gibson

    • danb

      DB says:
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      @eric: I’m not a season long guy. Sorry! Never played in a hoops cat league. There are more qualified people on the site that can answer this question for ya.

  2. Wen says:
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    Hi danb, got a waiver pickup question. Which of the following has the best overall value ROS?
    Luol Deng, Lou Williams, Jeremy Lin

    Thanks for the help!

    • danb

      DB says:
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      @Wen: I hate answering ROS questions cuz one injury can help either player

  3. TheJohn says:
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    is will barton good long term?

    should i play ish smith tomorrow??

    9 cat roto… thanks!!

  4. Aladeen says:
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    Would you trade Harden for PG13 and Wiggins? thanks!

    • Aladeen says:
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      Also, what do you think of these scenarios?
      1) Harden + Dragic for Lillard and Dray
      2) Monroe + Bledsoe for Dray and CJ
      3) Bledsoe+Otto for Wall and Al Jeff

      • danb

        DanB says:
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        @Aladeen: Stand pat and be patient

    • danb

      DB says:
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      @Aladeen: Hell no

  5. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I’m curious Dan. Do you consider daily fantasy sports, which unlike season long is almost always played for money, to be gambling?

    • danb

      DB says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: 1st of all I never played in a free season long league. DFS is a game of skill. Since gambling is a game of chance my answer is no I don’t.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @DB: isn’t DFS more like poker though than a skilled game or sport? You will perform better if you understand strategy, but in the end you have little control over whether Bledsoe gets 30 points or 2 points. Similarly you can’t control whether a 3 of spades turns up or a 10 of diamonds. Plus I’m concerned about the players using advanced algorithms and playing multiple games who do this for a living. It’s tough to compete against that. I respect your opinion and am somewhat on the fence, thanks in advance for your response.

        • danb

          DanB says:
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          @miles proudfoot: DFS is just like anything else you do in life. The more time you put into it the better the results. Season long is for people that don’t have much time. DFS is for someone like tonight that has 4 or more hrs to spend researching and making hoops lineups across the industry.

  6. EPH says:
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    Sir Gobert (2 games) and put in Chandler (4 games) on weekly league? I have Whiteside at the other C spot so he can cover the blocks.

    • EPH says:
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      @EPH: *Sit

    • danb

      DanB says:
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      @EPH: Play Chandler

  7. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I think I’m done with daily for now. I heard that 91% of the winnings are going to 1.3% of the players. And 85% of players are losers. Those odds make Vegas look like it’s giving money away. And it’s my guess is that those 1.3% is probably about how many people are using some sort of computer algorithm to make their picks. That’s fine and all, just not for me. Personally I consider it gambling and the closest thing I compare it to is the stock market. Which is 100% perfectly legal gambling. I’m not against DFS in any way but before I think about spending any more real money on it I want it to be HEAVILY regulated and I’m not entirely sure what that would even entail.

    The last John Oliver had a good segment on it. A few interesting tidbits, like how one of the sites actually applied for a gaming license in the UK. They kind of showed their hand there.

  8. danb

    DanB says:
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    I don’t know if those numbers are correct. I do know that I do this for a hobby and I am profitable. You have a way better chance at winning 100k or million in DFS than in any state run lottery. Now laws are way different in other countries. In the UK if u want to offer a game of chance or skill you need a gaming license. It’s not called a gambling license. I did see the John Oliver bit on HBO last night and I found it very funny. Gotta remember he is just going by what the mainstream media wants you to hear. Which we all know isn’t always the truth.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @DanB: Yeah I was dying with the part with Seth Rogan. Hehe. We’ve all been there!

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