Christmas Day brings us five games on the schedule that begins at 12:00 P.M. ET with the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets and running to the last game of the day at 10:30 P.M. – between the L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
The DFS industry will be running some big tournaments on Christmas Day (Draftstreet.com $100,000 prize-pool, Draftkings.com $250,000 prize-pool and Fanduel.com $100,000 Christmas Slam).
With all the big tournaments running on Christmas Day I will focus on players across the industry that I am considering for my line-ups.
Enough with the chit-chat – let’s get down to business and find what players I like for these large-prized tournaments.
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets: As of now we do not know if Paul Pierce plays against Chicago; due to his close-line of George Hill Monday night. If Pierce is a no-go, “D-Will” is the only hope for Brooklyn who is already without Brook Lopez. Keep an eye on the situation since we could be getting a top-notch PG who has to carry his team.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs: The three-time NBA Champion comes with a reasonable price-tag at most sites; due to his limited minutes, causing his FP AVG lower than normal. I do not see San Antonio blowing Houston out of the building, allowing for Parker to log more minutes against the defensive struggles Jeremy Lin has.
Tony Snell, Chicago Bulls: Over the last two games he is averaging about 25 fantasy points per game and 42.5 minutes per game. When he steps on the court against Brooklyn we know he is facing a defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs. There is some great value on Snell against the Nets, since Chicago’s loaded with injures ; Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler are all hurt.
Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat: “D-Wade” took a seat on Monday night; he is now well rested for the match-up against the L.A. Lakers and their defense that allows the third most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. On a day where I am not high on many two-guards I may have to spend some money on “Flash”.
J.R. Smith, New York Knicks: The often trouble veteran has strung together four-straight 30 plus fantasy performances. If I was running the Knicks; Smith would be playing the two against the Thunder since “KD” should guard “Melo”, allowing for Smith to find some open looks against a Thunder defense that sits in the middle of the pack for fantasy points allowed to opposing SGs. This is my personal feeling on what we are going to see, allowing for him to exceed his value at most sites.
Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets: “The Truth” has back-to-back strong outings against Washington and Philadelphia before being ejected after just 16 minutes of court time Monday night. If he is not suspended there is no reason he does not exceed his value against a Chicago team that allows the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: One thing I know about finding match-up advantages; play whatever PF is facing the Houston Rockets. Terrance Jones is not a strong defender, causing Houston to allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing PFs this season. Timmy is still priced under what his value is, making him a strong play in this match-up.
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers: I am a fan of taking the former Oklahoma Sooner when playing on Draftstreet.com since they subtract for missed shots and Griffin doesn’t miss much due majority of his shots coming within five-feet of the rim. In the first meeting with Golden State he finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists and 1 block; there is no reason we do not see a similar stat line.
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks: The leg injury is behind him now, playing 33 or more minutes the last three contests; averaging about 27 fantasy points per game. On paper he gets a tough match-up with the Thunder who allow the fourth-least amount of fantasy points to opposing centers this season. For his reasonable price-tag and the inside presences New York will need from him, there is value in him against the Thunder.
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets: James Harden is battling a sprained-ankle and may not play ready for the Christmas Day showdown with San Antonio. If he is not on the court, the value in “D-12” goes up as Houston needs someone to step up their game. The last three games the three-time defensive player of the year has averaged over 50 fantasy points per game. Keep an eye on the injury report and if Harden is a no-go than slide Howard in.