It’s another busy night in the NBA with 10 games for us to select our players and build the roster that could potentially bring us some of that Christmas money back. Also, on a side note, happy holidays FanCave supporters!
Let’s just jump right in:
Teague has been a hit or miss fantasy player basically all season-long. Reality wise you know what you’re going to be getting from the veteran point guard, but when it comes to figuring out if he’ll make value on the night is always a question mark. However, those same flaws could also be the reason why Teague could be apart of the winning lineups in most tournaments. He’ll be facing off against a Denver Nuggets team that is giving up the fifth most points to point guards in the league, the 23rd ranked team in turnovers per game and they are coming in on the second night of a back-to-back. Teague’s ownership could potentially be under 10-percent on the night, which makes his points even more valuable.
Harrison has been filling in as the Memphis Grizzlies starting point guard while their star player, Mike Conley, continues to recover from an Achilles injury. Harrison’s placement in most lineups will be because of his cheap price-tag. He has made value in two of his last three games, and with Tyreke Evans (right knee) potentially sitting out this game, Harrison could see his workload increase even more.
Holiday has been struggling as of late, but going against a Knicks team that struggles to guard three-point shooters at his position, he may be able to regain his traction. I’ll be honest, this is more of a gut-play more than anything else. The stats around playing Holiday doesn’t bode well for me making a case to play him. However, the last time I suggested playing Holiday the guy went off for 50 fantasy points.
You have to ride this guy when he’s playing this hot. Crawford has been on a tear over his last four games, averaging 18.2 points to go along with three assists and 2.2 3-pointers while shooting 54.7 percent from the field. According to Vegas Insider, this matchup between the Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves will be the second highest scoring game of the night at an over/under of 214 points. Crawford can score in bunches and over the last five games the Nuggets have been ranked just outside the top-10 of one of the worst teams to defend the shooting guard position.
I think you’re starting to see a trend here. The focus of our lineup build is going to be surrounded this Nuggets vs. Wolves matchup. Butler doesn’t need to have an argument made for him to be placed in your lineup with confidence. As the Nuggets continue to struggle to hold on to the basketball, putting one of the league’s best two-way players in what is predicted to be the second-highest scoring game of the night in your lineup is never a bad thing to do.
Porter hasn’t really held the consistency as he did during the 2016-17 season, but the guy can still put up some solid numbers. The Washington Wizards will be facing off against a young Atlanta Hawks team that has been showing some signs of fight in them over their last few games. Porter has the ability to knock down multiple 3-pointers in a hurry, as well as grabbing a handful of rebounds and steals. I have him in the majority of my lineups.
Green has seen his price-tag drop considerable while he was out with his shoulder injury. The Warriors are still going to be without Stephen Curry which means Green will continue to carry more of the point guard duties in his absence. The defensive player of the year has the chance to get a triple-double on any given night and with the Jazz still missing Rudy Gobert, Green looks to be a solid player to have in your lineups.
The Cavs are facing off against a young, struggling Kings team that’s entering the night on the second night of a back-to-back, and this has Vegas favoring Cleveland 9.5 points on the road. Crowder has quietly been picking up his production as of late and has been meeting value in two out of his last three games. The Kings continue to have their struggles on the offensive end of the floor, particularly with holding the basketball, so adding a defensive specialist could mean we could see Crowder easily rack up two or three steals for an easy six to nine fantasy points. Sacramento also struggles to guard the three, especially in drive-and-kick situations, and even with Crowder’s struggles on the year he’s still not someone to leave open.
I will some this up in one easy question for you – who on the Nets can stop this man? Cousins could be in full Boogie mode tonight. Cousins is arguably the best big man in the game today and with his price dropping from over $12k to now $11.5k, he has almost become a must-play because of his ability to erupt on any given night.