NBA Daily Fantasy Recap 2/28
There were a lot of interesting twists for daily fantasy players Friday night. Goran Dragic and Anthony Davis started the late ESPN game, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry posted triple-doubles and Carl Landry was a late scratch who was supposed to start for the suspended DeMarcus Cousins.
If you missed last night’s action and wonder why your team did so well or poorly, here’s a fantasy recap of last night.
Cleveland 99, Utah 79
Utah got off to a solid start, but Cleveland completely took over after the first quarter. With so many Cavs players sidelined, several people got a bump in minutes. Irving and Spencer Hawes were actually the first players subbed out toward the end of the first and third quarters, but played the entire second and most of the fourth quarter until the game was out of hand. Tyler Zeller got more minutes for the injured Anthony Bennett, took advantage of a weak Jazz frontcourt and fell one rebound short of a double-double.
Aside from Gordon Hayward taking advantage of a shorter Jarrett Jack and Kyrie Irving, who aren’t exactly known for their defense, Utah players were pretty much a bust all around.
The biggest note to take from here is Irving. The Cavs are still banged up with C.J. Miles and Dion Waiters out, so Matthew Dellavedova is the only other Cleveland guard getting meaningful minutes. As long as they are out, Irving should be considered, especially since his salary isn’t coming up enough. However, the Cavs are at Memphis next time, which is a bad matchup.
Oklahoma City 113, Memphis 107
No matter what the competition is and even with Russell Westbrook back, Kevin Durant continues to impress in all areas. Thabo Sefolosha went down with an injury early, which is why you see Reggie Jackson’s 34 minutes. Still, even if Sefolosha is out for a while, Jackson won’t many stats with Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka in the game. As for Westbrook, he’s making strides, but he’s still not the fantasy player who can meet his salary on most DF sites.
For Memphis, Mike Conley is starting to concern me. Conley has now had two very good fantasy matchups, and he’s essentially laid an egg. Even when Marc Gasol returned, Conley was still heavily involved. He did shoot 1-of-10, but his usage percentage is starting to fade as well. As for Mike Miller, chalk this one up as a fluke and just a great shooting night for him.
Golden State 126 New York 103
For the most part, I hate theories that players just try harder in certain situations. But when star players make an appearance at Madison Square Garden, especially when they only get one opportunity a season, it’s an exception. Despite it not being the greatest matchup in terms of FPTS allowed, Curry went off for a triple-double.
Quite frankly, the Knicks were never in this game, and it’s starting to look like they are giving up on the season. Klay Thompson broke out of his shooting slump, but that’s not hard to do when Curry is going off and the Knicks are awful defending at SG and SF. David Lee logged limited minutes once again. He looked fine, but he’ll be back to his usual self soon. Between that, Andrew Bogut only getting 12 minutes and it was a blowout, don’t expect Jermaine O’Neal’s production to stay this high.
The Knicks, well, nothing looks different or noteworthy. Earl Clark and Jeremy Tyler split the time for Amare Stoudemire’s absence, so neither made a huge fantasy impact.
Chicago 100 Dallas 91
Ok, to be clear, I still don’t think the Bulls can beat the Heat or the Pacers in the playoffs. But they are starting to really play some great basketball at the right time. The Bulls were a 7-point road dog, Joakim Noah was nonexistent in the first half and they turned it over 20 times, yet won by nine.
We continue to see Taj Gibson get as many, if not more minutes than Carlos Boozer. It makes sense that they have around the same salaries. Mike Dunleavy is playing more minutes with or without Jimmy Butler, and is becoming a more consistent option. Jimmy Butler was a steal last night on DraftKings at $5,400, but that number should go up soon. He’s getting close to Luol Deng (when on the Bulls) status.
No one ever does well against the Bulls fantasy wise, which is why all the Dallas players didn’t do very well. Monta Ellis is the lone exception, who went for 20-5-4-3-1.
San Antonio 92, Charlotte 82
Whenever the Spurs go against a team that likes to play slow, the game becomes nearly unwatchable at times for the casual NBA fan. The lack of possessions and using the shot clock is incredible.
Outside of Tim Duncan, no one made a noteworthy performance. Kemba Walker had an atrocious game, which is somewhat surprising since the Spurs are weakest at FPTS allowed to PGs.
The one thing certainly to note though is that Kawhi Leonard logged 30 minutes. He also posted 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Put him back on your radar.
LA Lakers 126 Sacramento 122
The toughest thing for daily fantasy players was figuring out who was going to pick up the missing stats from DeMarcus Cousins. Derrick Williams is your guy, who went for 26 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jason Thompson also picked up a double-double. Cousins was suspended for the game, but he will be back for the next contest. Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas had great games as expected going against the horribly defensive Lakers.
The Lakers were bombing three-pointers like it was NBA Jam for four quarters. That especially goes for Jordan Farmar, who was 8-of-10 from distance. Marshon Brooks also entered the backcourt picture with 26 minutes, 23 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal. Jodie Meeks didn’t miss from the field and contributed with 22 points.
At this point, the Lakers are getting healthier, but they aren’t making a push for the playoffs. Logically, the Lakers would start playing their newcomers, Meeks and the other guys who the franchise need to learn more about and if they have a future with the team. The problem is, the rotation literally changes every night, and that won’t be any easier when Nick Young and Xavier Henry return. Gasol is realistically your only consistent option, but since there is great value from the other players, take it one game at a time for who is healthy and where the correlations lie in FPTS allowed.
Phoenix 116, New Orleans 104
For those who gambled on Anthony Davis and Goran Dragic, congratulations. For those who had a backup plan if they didn’t suit up on DraftKings, congrats to you too. This was a game for four quarters and despite both star players being game-time decisions, they crushed, especially Dragic. Plus, Dragic’s news came much later than Davis’.
Other than Eric Gordon, no one else was really a good play, which really hurt a lot of daily fantasy players to end the night. Tyreke Evans got the start after being stuck in the elevator at the hotel (seriously) and managed 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Also, Jrue Holiday is now officially done for the season.
Therefore, it’ll be intriguing to see how Gordon and Evans coexist with more of their minutes coming at the same time. You’d think they would take away from each other slightly, but that remains to be seen.
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