Anthony Tolliver vs Randy Foye on New Years Day
Happy new year everyone! It’s New Years Day, which means there isn’t the normal heavy load of Wednesday matchups. What makes it tougher on DraftKings, is that there really aren’t any great value plays.
However, there are two guys worth considering who are minimum-salary guys, Anthony Tolliver and Randy Foye. Tolliver has been starting for the injured Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor. Foye returns to the starting lineup after being benched because of his cold shooting.
If you are looking to play one of these guys, let’s break it down.
Going against the Clippers doesn’t sound ideal, but it’s better than you might think. With Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson as the primary offensive threats on the Bobcats, they will take on Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. Those are tough matchups.
Meanwhile, Tolliver goes up against Jared Dudley, a much more likable situation. In the Clippers’ last two games, they faced the Suns and the Jazz, which means Dudley guarded P.J. Tucker and Richard Jefferson. Neither are big threats. However, Tucker went for 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Jefferson recorded 15 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Tolliver has increasingly been more part of the offense as of late. He’s becoming more comfortable in the starting unit. Also, with his big 6’8″ 240 pound body, he should own Dudley on the glass.
Remember, it’s a minimum salary situation, so if you can around 25 FPTS for Toliver on a limited night of games, that’s a win.
The Philadelphia 76ers are the worst fantasy defense in the NBA. They are 30th in points allowed and last in turnovers. Foye returns to the starting lineup and it sounds like a great opportunity to play him.
I wouldn’t. Because Ty Lawson demands the ball a high amount of the time and Wilson Chandler is taking an increasingly number of shots, you’re relying on Foye’s spot-up three-point shooting for a good outing. He’s averaging 2.1 assists, two rebounds and 0.6 steals. Yes, he had seven assists against the Heat on Monday, but that’s because he came off the bench and most of them came when Lawson was in the game.
Plus, Foye is 4-of-26 from three in his last nine games. He’s made more than three three-pointers in only one contest this season. On the season, he’s averaging career lows of a 36.8 field-goal percentage and a 33.3 three-point percentage. Sure, Foye will likely break out of his slump at some point, but Denver has been waiting for it all season. Foye’s been shaky no matter who the opponent is.
The bottom line is that Foye is a big gamble. Brian Shaw has shown little consistency with his rotation and you have no idea how the minutes will be distributed. He makes a lot of in-game decisions.
Tolliver is the better and safer play.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz