Like most of us, one of my favorite things to do is look at a busy slate on the NBA schedule and figure out what players I should be using in my lineups. It brings me such satisfaction to look at the prices of each player, the Vegas lines on each game and the points by position charts to piece together my lineups.
I was asked the other day; “The articles you write about the lineups, is that the lineup you actually use?” To answer straight forward, no. However, I do use variations of these lineups. These players placed in this article are the ones that stood out the most. While I may not use this specific lineup, I do use most of the players in this Plays of the Day article to build my roster.
Now, without further ado, here’s what you have been waiting for:
Wall’s price-tag has dropped considerably since returning from his knee injury, but if you have been watching him over his last four games you would see that he has broken 50 fantasy points in two of those outings. With the Wizards facing off against a New York Knicks team that is ranked fourth worst in the NBA at defending the point guard position, we could be looking at a solid night from one of the top-3 point guards in the league.
The Spurs are having one of those “Pop” nights. That means almost all of the players on the team will be getting the night off for rest. With Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Rudy Gay all getting the night off, Murray could find himself back in the starting lineup where he was putting up some pretty solid numbers. Remember, Murray was once at a $5,600 price tag.
Since returning from his groin injury Booker has stepped on the floor with flames in his hands. In his last four games the young two guard has been averaging 43.4 fantasy points per game. The matchup with the Nuggets could go one of two ways, blowout or down to the wire. Vegas currently has the over/under at 218.5 points, which is projected to be one of the highest scoring games of the night. The Nuggets have been struggling to guard the shooting guard position over the last five games and with Booker being so hot as of late, he seems like a solid play.
From one projected high-scoring game to the next. Evan Fournier has the potential to be a 35 fantasy point player each night. He’s a bit of a headache in terms of trusting him night after night, but the Rockets are struggling and are giving up an average of 56.2 fantasy points per game to shooting guards.
Reggie Bullock & Gerald Green
The price tag on these two players are way too low for you not to have them in your lineup and that’s why I’m not separating them. Gerald Green will continue to get minutes with James Harden sidelined and Reggie Bullock has been playing his role to the absolute best of his abilities since being inserted into the starting lineup in Detroit. If you’re looking for value plays in your lineup, one or both of these guys can help you out.
Lyles has been a name on the rise after not even seeing playing time earlier in the year. Next to Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee, Lyles’ skill-set is a perfect match to be on the floor with both players. Over the last 10 games the big man has averaged 15.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 3-pointers while playing 29.2 minutes per game. The Suns are among the top-3 worst teams at defending the forward position.
Anthony is capable of putting up big numbers in a hurry and when facing off against the Lakers, this could be a night where we get to see Melo at work. The matchup against any of the forwards on L.A.’s roster seems to give Anthony the edge, whether that be because of his three-point ability or his veteran knowledge. Either way this guy has the capability of going off tonight and there’s a good chance his ownership is 15-percent or less.
Richaun Holmes & Tyson Chandler
I feel like starting the new year off right and that means giving you two more value plays. Richaun Holmes is an obvious choice since Joel Embiid is out with a hand injury. His ownership will be quiet high, but when the pick is right it’s right. Tyson Chandler is on here because of his price and the minutes he continues to see with the Suns.
So there you have it. I hope these picks help you build the strongest lineups of the night and win some big money.