• I never enjoy the four-game slates as much as the larger ones but we’ll have to live with it. It’s no different in terms of cashing but it does limit variety in lineups.

    Point Guard

    Stud: Jrue Holiday ($6,400)

    Holiday missed the first portion of the season but has since returned and he hasn’t missed a step. His minutes are a bit low because the team is easing him back into action but Holiday wasn’t returning from an injury. Assuming he sees a couple more minutes, Holiday should have no issue hitting value and could do much more against Dennis Schroder and the Hawks. Russell Westbrook is also a great play despite his seemingly ridiculous price tag of $12,500.

    Value: Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,900)

    After an abysmal performance against the Blazers where he had zero assists, Mudiay has averaged 37 DK points per game over his last three. The Bulls have given up the third-most fantasy points to point guards this season so Mudiay is a fine play at $5,900.

    Shooting Guard

    Stud: Jimmy Butler ($9,200)

    We were given a glimpse of Butler’s upside with the absence of Dwyane Wade and Rondo in a couple of games this season. One can only imagine Butler’s potential if Wade and Rondo were to both miss the same game. Both are playing tonight which makes it a bit tougher to spend up for Butler but he should be able to destroy the Nuggets. He’s been on a tear as of late but be weary of the upside lost in Wade’s return.

    Value: Lou Williams ($5,300)

    Williams would almost certainly be considered a must-play in cash games if D’Angelo Russell were to miss tonight’s game. Russell missed the shootaround this morning and I’d be pretty surprised if he ends up playing. Lou Williams has seen 57 minutes over the last two games and should see 27-30 minutes once again. He’s a near lock to hit value against the Thunder and he should exceed value if Russell ends up sitting.

    Small Forward

    Stud: Carmelo Anthony ($7,800)

    Melo is finally nearing $8,000 and it’s the most expensive he’s been all year. He’s coming off a monster game against the Hawks and he should be able to repeat his performance against the Blazers. They’ve actually guarded SFs relatively well thus far but I’m not too worried about Melo in this matchup. He’s a great cash option.

    Value: Danilo Gallinari ($5,900)

    Gallo has finally strung a few good games together. He’s been a bit inconsistent this season but as of late, he’s been very solid. His upside is quite low due to his stat set but he’s a great cash game option. Gallo has scored 30 fantasy points in four straight games and will look to keep that streak alive tonight. Expect him to hit 5x value but don’t expect much more than that.

    Power Forward

    Stud: Anthony Davis ($11,000)

    Anthony Davis has been a monster this season and Jrue Holiday returning can only make things easier on him. Teams were focusing in on Davis for obvious reasons but now with his dynamic scoring PG returning, the floor should open up a bit. He’s scored 138 fantasy points over the last two games and will look to keep it rolling tonight. He’s one of the top options for the night, you’ll likely have to decide between Westbrook and Davis, I prefer Davis but it’s a small margin.

    Value: Kyle O’Quinn ($3,600)

    O’Quinn is a personal favorite of mine so there may be some pretty obvious bias showing here but DFS requires bias no subside so I’ve come to terms with dropping my love for him in DFS. He’s a per-minute gem but has always struggled with foul trouble. I’m hoping he can keep his fouls down this game and can see at least 20-25 minutes in this one. He’s not the safest cash game play but he has some upside in GPPs if he can see some solid run.

    Center

    Stud: Dwight Howard ($7,700)

    First of all, I won’t have heavy exposure to Howard here. He’s almost $8,000 and his minutes are stuck in the 27-30 range. That’s not what I look for in my expensive players but he has been very consistent this year. I won’t have a ton of exposure to him but he still makes for a decent play against the Pelicans.

    Value: Robin Lopez ($5,300)

    Similar to Danilo Gallinari, Ro-Lo has very limited upside. His minutes tend to fluctuate on a night-to-night basis but he should see his minutes in the low 30’s against a big Denver team. He’s a safe cash game play but that’s about it. Expect R0-Lo to have a line similar to 10-8-2 but with the potential for a bit more.

     

     

     

Fantasy News

  • Kobe Bryant
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning, along with four other people who were on board.

    TMZ broke the report, which has since been independently confirmed by other media outlets. Bryant's helicopter suffered mechanical failure leading to a fire and a crash in the Calabasas hillside. There are no survivors. We at Hoop-Ball, as well as the entire basketball community, send our deepest sympathies to the Bryant family during this trying time.

    Source: NY Post

  • Gabe Vincent
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have recalled two-way guard Gabe Vincent from the G-League on Sunday.

    This comes as we await updates on Jimmy Butler (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (Achillies). We won't speculate too much into how this relates to those two, but this does mark Vincent's first time with the big club since signing his contract. He'd see some minutes if neither suit up, but probably not enough to get onto the fantasy radar.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    J.R Smith is rumored to have a workout scheduled with the Lakers this week according to a report from Heavy.com.

    The free agent guard has been off the radar for a while, and should he actually get this work out it would seem like a case of former teammate LeBron James doing him a solid more than anything. It feels unlikely that he'd make the team, and even less likely that he'd have any fantasy relevance if he did.

    Source: Heavy.com

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) will not play Sunday, and still has no timetable to return.

    This will be Murray's sixth straight missed game, and follows comments from head coach Michael Malone earlier this week that he's still "a ways off" from returning. Monte Morris returned to the bench after four relatively unsuccessful stints in the starting lineup. The Nuggets appear to be looking towards larger lineups that include Malik Beasley and Michael Porter Jr. in favor of traditional ones with Morris as the lead guard.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (left knee contusion) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Rockets.

    Little surprise here, as Millsap continues to progress through this injury with no timetable to return. Jerami Grant will continue to be the main benefactor in his absence, and Michael Porter Jr. will also continue to see extra minutes.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans' front office and coaching staff have liked what they've seen from Zion Williamson when he plays at center, and have indicated that they will continue to experiment with him there.

    Head Coach Alvin Gentry in particular has shown an early willingness to test Zion out at the five. “We’re going to have to take a look at it" Gentry said "Sometimes we like matchups at the five, with guys having to guard him, and we feel like he can guard them. It gives us a quicker, more (ball movement)-oriented team.” Williamson saw nearly half of his playing time at center in both of his first two games, and the early returns appear to show that it can work well for the Pelicans. Should he see a lot of time there once he's fully ramped up to speed that will obviously take a toll on Derrick Favors' and Jaxson Hayes' playing time.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

    LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis shot 13-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 31 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in a 108-91 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

    Davis was questionable with a glute injury, but he was able to play and show why he's the number one player in 9-cat this season. Davis is a fantasy stud and should be a top-2 player ROS.

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn notched his fifth-straight double digit scoring effort with 10 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    Dunn's minutes have crept up a bit in the month of January and he has responded by averaging nearly two steals a game to go along with respectable countable numbers. The low scoring output is ok in this one as he made four of the six shots that he attempted, providing an semi-efficient game as he made all two of his shots from the charity stripe.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

    James added eight assists and seven rebounds on this historic night but was unable to get the win as the Lakers lost 108-91 to the Sixers. LeBron will continue to chug along with top-10 value ROS and is now only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the all-time scoring list.