So a couple of months back I journeyed onto Fanduel island to see what all the fuss was about – and I’m here to report – it’s pretty awesome. Being an avid NBA and fantasy fan, I thought this would be a fun little way to combine both and try to win some money. Two months and a grueling 87 contests later, I sit here at around 31% ROI (excluding the Fanduel initial bonus) and pretty happy with how it’s gone.
While I do have some knowledge and have won some money, I discovered that it was very hard to find many articles or sources of information to aide someone in making their daily picks. Of them all, Rotowire is definitely far and above the rest when it comes to stats, value of players, and ease of access, but other than them there wasn’t much valuable information out there. So long story short, I thought I would throw my hand into the pot and see how it goes. I’ll try to update daily with my previous scores and results and my daily value picks for upcoming contests.
Well, here it goes: my top-3 value picks for Feb 11th
PG – Zach LaVine – $3800
This might surprise a lot of people, but bare with me. With the Timberwolves at home with a still-recovering Ricky Rubio, having traded Mo Williams and Troy Daniels, Zach really has a chance to show up big tonight, especially in a blowout. I wouldn’t be surprised if Zach saw 20-25 minutes by the end of the night and to reach value, he really doesn’t need to do too much in those minutes. Think of it this way – on a dollar/point value – if Zach ends up with 10 points, 2 reb, 2 ast and a turnover (pretty bad for 20 minutes) he still equates to around $264 dollars per point. To put this in perspective, that would equal James Harden going for 42.4 or Klay Thompson dropping 28.4. While not crazy numbers or even unrealistic, this is a bad scenario for Zach. I predict him at just above 20 fantasy points with a huge potential if things get out of hand quick.
PF – Mitch McGary – $4300
Another rookie value pick here. This to most Fanduel veterans might not seem too surprising, but McGary has gone for over 30 fantasy points in back to back games since getting regular minutes earlier this week. Although most might shy away with the Grizzles coming to town, just remember that McGary will most likely be squaring off against the likes of Jon Leuer and company. I’ll take my chances.
C – Spencer Hawes – $3800
While Hawes let a lot of people down two nights ago (6.7 pts) I think he’s bound for a comeback tonight. At home against a battered Rockets team, I think Hawes can easily put together a double digit scoring night and tack on a nice number of rebounds as well. While center is a crucial position on Fanduel, with many centers putting up 30 points fairly easily, this might be the night to take Hawes at value and stack up somewhere else. With a similar situation to LaVine (except that he’s starting), Hawes could put up great numbers tonight while providing extra cash to use elsewhere and boost your lineup.