By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: Twitter @DrJoeThompson
After struggling all season, the Brooklyn Nets decided they needed a new identity. They watched some WWE and transformed from NBA team to a wrestling stable. They are now called the Brooklyn “Brawlers.” Many people think wrestling is fake (it’s not) and you can count the Bulls among those “people” who think it’s not real. The Bulls and Joakim Noah learned the hard way that wrestling is not “fake.”
Andrea Bargnani aka “Roman Fury” drove and used the ball (steel chair) as his weapon of choice and destroys Noah’s shoulder. To add insult to injury, Bargnani throws an elbow for good measure, which knocks Noah out.
This new wrestling identity for Brooklyn will only help matters for them. I would not want to step onto the same court as Jarrett “Jack,” “The Apostle” aka Thaddeus Young, and “The Neighbors” aka Joe Johnson and Thomas Robinson. This could very well turn the season around for the Nets.
Lastly…Trevor Booker is my favorite player in the NBA and it’s not even close…..
Tuesday Slate for December 22th, 2015
Memphis @ Philadelphia—7pm EST/4pm PST (MEM -10.0; O/U 194.0)
Detroit @ Miami—7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST (MIA -4.0; O/U 194.5)
Dallas @ Toronto—7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST (TOR -4.0; O/U 196.0)
LA Lakers @ Denver—9pm EST/6pm PST (DEN -5.0; O/U 203.5)
Prices are courtesy of DraftKings.
Point Guard (High Value): Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors ($8,300)
Lowry had a rough game (27.25 fantasy points) in his last outing against Sacramento. His shot was off and affected the rest of his performance. However, he’s coming off a day of rest which is a good thing for Lowry. He’s shooting 42% from three, averages 1 more assist per game (6.4) and looks sharper coming off one day of rest. He’s going against the Mavs tonight who rank 24th against PGs in DraftKings. I fully expect Lowry to get back on track with a great performance tonight.
Bargain(s): D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,500); Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets ($5,400)
Shooting Guard (High Value): DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors ($7,400)
DeRozan has been so damn consistent about high scoring fantasy points it’s like he’s the NBA’s Charlie Sheen pre-HIV diagnosis. Consider that over his past 10 games, he has dropped below 30 fantasy points only once and that was 8 games and 17 days ago (12/5 against the Warriors). Tonight, he’s in a plus matchup against the Mavericks and the SG position is thin tonight. He’s a no-brainer and I expect another 30+ fantasy point night.
Bargain(s): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons ($5,300); Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets ($4,000)
Small Forward (High Value): Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies ($5,500)
Barnes benefitted greatly with the demotion of Zach Randolph to the bench for the Grizzlies as he jumped into the starting lineup. He has given the Grizzlies a great 3rd option and his defense has been exceptionally good. He’s been filling the stat sheets and rewarded fantasy owners who rostered him over his past 5 games. He’s averaging over 32 fantasy points over his last 5 games and that even includes a dud (11.75 on 12/16). This game may be a blowout tonight but Barnes has to play well against Robert Covington to help the Grizzlies cruise to an easy win. I expect a stat-stuffing performance from Barnes tonight.
Bargain(s): Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks ($4,600)
Power Forward (High Value): Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers ($6,000)
Randle plays better when he’s motivated and he should be motivated in a variety of ways tonight. He’s coming off a terrible game and he’s going up against a guy known for pissing people off with his motor in Kenneth Faried. Combine those two with a high-scoring, up-and-down affair in which Randle thrives, and you have a good fantasy formula for Randle. His only downside is his minutes (averaging a little over 22 minutes/gm in his last 10 games) but there will be plenty of possessions tonight to make up for that.
Bargain(s): Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors ($4,100)
Center (High Value): Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers ($6,500)
Somebody has to score for the 76ers, right? RIGHT?! Okafor has been the main focal point for the 76ers’ offense since day 1 and is the only legitimate scoring threat. He’s going to get plenty of touches and scoring opportunities today as Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies rank 24th against Centers on DK. The 76ers are going to need him to have a big game if they want any opportunity at getting their 2nd win of the year–that was the saddest sentence I’ve ever written in my life.
Bargain(s): Joffrey Lauvergne, Denver Nuggets ($4,400)
****Daily Fantasy Tip of the Day–A good mix of “chalky” (players everyone likes on that given night) plays and against the grain picks are what you’re looking for when crafting a GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) team. Find the right mix and match to set your lineup apart in big tournaments.
Get well soon!