I hope everyone was able to ring in the New Year with a big celebration; it is time to get back to work today and jump into some daily fantasy basketball contests. The Association has five games on tap tonight, highlighted by the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves battling it out in the “Gopher State”.Today I will go back to fanduel.com for the players I have on my consideration list tonight.Enough chit-chat – let’s get down to business and find some players for our line-ups tonight.Center: Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76’ers ($7,300): The former Washington Huskie scored 40 or more fantasy points in two of his last three games. Tonight he faces the Denver Nuggets who he scored 27 .6 fantasy points in 30 minutes during the first meeting between these two teams. Philly needs a big game out of him tonight if they want to compete in this contest.Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers ($6,300): The man in the middle for the Pacers has been inconsistent at times this season, allowing for his price-tag to drop. Tonight he faces the Toronto Raptors who he scored 31.9 fantasy points against in the first meeting between these two teams. Indiana’s favored by just 5.5 tonight; meaning this game is going to be close, allowing for him to log plenty of minutes to exceed his value.Power Forward: Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76’ers ($8,000): “Thad-Yo” is on fire now, scoring 45 or more fantasy points in four straight games. Tonight he faces the Denver Nuggets who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing PFs this season. There is no reason he does not keep up his recent play with this favorable match-up tonight.Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks ($7,600): “The German Big-Man” has been extremely consistent the last ten games, scoring 30 or more fantasy points nine times. Tonight he faces the Washington Wizards who is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing PFs the last five games and who he scored 36.6 fantasy points against back in November’s meeting between these two teams.Point Guards: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,800): The former UCLA Bruin is coming off a monster 31 point, seven rebounds and 13 assists performance against Portland on Monday. Tonight he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves who are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs this season. Anytime two fast pace teams face each other the PGs benefit the most since they set up the pace of the game.Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets ($7,800): My day would not be complete if I did not mention the point guard who face the 76’ers and their defense that ranks dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing PGs this season. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has strung three straight performances of 30 or more fantasy points; look for another strong performance in this great match-up.Small Forwards: Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards ($6,800): The former UCLA Bruin is coming off a 45.2 fantasy point performance against Detroit on Monday. Tonight he faces the Dallas Mavericks who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. In the first meeting with Dallas he finished with 39.4 fantasy points, I like the chance for another strong performance from him tonight.Shawn Marion, Dallas Mavericks ($5,400): The veteran swingman is coming off a season-high 32 points on Monday against the Timberwolves. Tonight he faces the Washington Wizards who allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. In the first meeting between these two teams this season he finished with 21.8 fantasy points, look for a better performance now that he is more involved offensively.Shooting Guards: Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans ($6,600): The former Memphis Tiger is on fire now, scoring 32 or more fantasy points in six straight games. Tonight he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. Look for another strong performance from him tonight in this favorable match-up.Randy Foye, Denver Nuggets ($3,500): I wanted to find a true value play tonight since there is plenty of value in the players I mentioned above. The former Villanova Wildcat played 34 minutes his last game, finishing with 22.9 fantasy points. Tonight he faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing SGs this season. If he gets 25 or more minutes, his value will get exceeded with the dirt-cheap price-tag he has.
Happy New Year!