Friday’s Starting Five
- Updated: December 27, 2013
Tons of fantasy goodness to sort through out there today in preparing for tonight’s games! A slate of nine games has me excited to get back into digging up gems to help you guys hopefully win some fantasy cash! Let’s get to it by looking at three games I’m targeting, as well as matchups I’m looking to exploit in these games.
Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons O/U-201.5
This will be the first matchup between these two teams, which both on average give up 100+ points per game. Orlando hasn’t topped 88 points in their last three games and has not notched a win in any of those contests, but they do get a matchup with a Detroit squad that has lost three straight of their own. Despite these three loses Detroit has managed to keep a steady offensive output with 100+ points in all contests. Something has to give here, and with Orlando’s offense struggling of late this just might be the perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. I myself am shying away from the Magic side of the ball but Vuc does become an interesting GPP play (as always) against a team that ranks 29th against defending opposing centers.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards O/U-206
Anytime the T’Wolves take the court you can expect a fair amount of points to go up, and this matchup with a struggling Wizards team, shouldn’t slow them down. Washington ranks in the middle of the road in the league for team defense (13th) at just over 100 points per game, and should look to bounce back from a losing streak of their own in this one. The last time these two teams met Washington defeated the Wolves 104-100 lead by 16 assists by John Wall, without the likes of Trevor Ariza. I see another close, quick paced matchup here with John Wall taking advantage of suspect defense by Ricky Rubio at home.
Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns O/U- 209.5
Looking at the team defense numbers for the Warriors I’m surprised to see that they rank in the top ten for points against, however for most teams to compete their pace and style of game has to match that of the Warriors, especially at home. The Oracle Arena is money for capitalizing on fantasy studs on the Golden State side of the ball where they average an additional four points per game. The Suns do struggle slightly on the road, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but with Dragic and Bledsoe at full strength and a trio of big men who are capable of big things any night, anything can happen. They did beat the Warriors last time out 106-102 in Phoenix, and I expect to see a similar score here as well.
The Starting Five:
John Wall -Washington Wizards
As mentioned before, Ricky Rubio isn’t going to be able to keep up with Wall in this one just as he wasn’t able to last time out. Wall is one of the most athletic guards in the league and Rubio just isn’t there yet with his defense.
Klay Thompson- Golden State Warriors
I’m sure I’ll hear about how Klay isn’t actually better at home when you look at his stats, but instead I’ll justify this pick by saying that Phoenix ranks 21st in the league against SG over their last 15 matchups. Boom roasted.
Josh Smith- Detroit Pistons
If you’re still not playing J-Smoove at this point I don’t know where you’ve been at, but it’s still not too late to jump on board. His price has yet to adjust accordingly on some sites, and he’s still listed at sub 8k on Fanduel. Get him in your lineups folks.
David Lee- Golden State Warriors
David Lee has been on fire as of late with a double-double in his last ten! games, you can’t pass him up. He’s nowhere near the price of elite PF’s and has the steady output you’re always counting on.
Nikola Pekovic- Minnesota Timberwolves
The last matchup with the Wizards didn’t bring too much fantasy value for Pek, but with the roll he’s been on you can’t help but put him out there. Averaging 44.5 FDP over his last three matchups, I’m riding the hot hand here.