Tonight we’ll once again rely on evolving valuations of volatile assets in our expert daily NBA top plays.
The previous two evenings we targeted Tyreke Evans heavily in our expert daily NBA top plays, and to great success I might add. Evans is a historically volatile player whose role was rarely defined. Situations change though, and we took a calculated risk in deploying him into our lineups the past two nights. Our evaluation it turns out, was spot on.
Tonight we’ll look to another player whose main struggles this season have been consistency, and whose coach has shown a willingness to send messages in the form of decreased playing time and even benching. These are perfect opportunities for the focused daily fantasy basketball player to cash in on, as the price tag is generally low and many opponents will simply be too risk-averse to take the plunge. Let’s dive into tonight’s expert daily NBA top plays and examine precisely why we’ll be doing the opposite.
Five Guys Expert Daily NBA Top Plays
Jeff Teague $10,900 - Let me introduce you to the topic of our previous conversation. Teague has returned from injury in a big way the past four games, averaging 27.3 points. The Hawks are in the midst of a freefall, and though Teague has been unable to stop the bleeding he has at least contributed enough to make them a competitive ball club. Few teams have been decimated by injuries to key players like the Hawks this season, and with Al Horford and Paul Millsap sidelined Teague’s usage rate is necessarily high.
Ty Lawson $12,000 - What broken ribs? Lawson was a man on fire in his return to the court Monday night, exploding for 58 fantasy points against the hapless Minnesota perimeter defense. The Nuggets draw another up-tempo opponent in the Dallas Mavericks this evening, and the style of play suits Lawson’s frenetic skill set quite well. I won’t go so far as to project nearly 60 fantasy points again, but I certainly think 40 is a reasonable baseline.
Monta Ellis $10,600 - I talk a lot about price plays, and here we have another prime example. Ellis muddled through a down stretch in February, but has managed to turn the heat back up over the past two weeks. As with Lawson above, a furiously-paced matchup best suits his strengths, and I believe that bodes well for him tonight.
Nicolas Batum $9,800 - It was nice of the 2012-2013 Batum to finally make an appearance. After posting arguably the most noteworthy “breakout” campaign last season, Batum had been quiet for most of this year. It’s true though that he struggled through many nagging injuries, and he does appear fully healthy at last. That’s resulted in two weeks of prolific production.
Dirk Nowitzki $10,900 - For all the reasons Monta Ellis is a great play, Dirk fits the mold as well. The matchup, the pace of play, and the price point due to a slight downgrade in performance of late all contribute to providing a solid bargain in his discounted salary.