JEREMY'S DAILY JEWELS
Throughout this NBA season I’ll be sharing some interesting notes and quotes I come across while doing my research for the upcoming DFS slate in a new DGCourtroom.com feature called: Jeremy’s Daily Jewels.
Tuesday may very well be Kawhi Leonard Day in the NBA with the Spurs All-Star small forward expected to make his season debut. Coach Gregg Popovich will more than likely keep him on some sort of minute limit, so it may be wise to take a wait-and-see approach. Obviously, the rest of the Spurs will all take a hit and we should refrain from playing them until their prices come down to reflect their new roles.
It’s possible that John Collins will be making his triumphant return to the Hawk’s starting lineup just in time for a marvelous matchup with Cleveland. Collins has already put up over 30 fantasy points twice against the Cavaliers, doing so in under 25 minutes each time. And long as Mike Muscala and Dewayne Dedmon remain sidelined then Collins should see all the minutes he can handle, so long as he can resist the urge to commit boneheaded fouls.
Unlike Paul George yesterday, I will not be having reservations about rostering J-Collins fresh off an injury (assuming we only hear good news throughout the day) because with upper body injuries, once you’re cleared to play it’s assumed you’re all healed up and good to go.
We should be intrigued by Dennis Schroder’s price dropping $400 on FD ($300 on DK), especially against an opponent he’s already scored 27 and 28 real life points against this year. In their last contest, LeBron James was forced to man up on Schroder down the stretch although I wouldn’t anticipate this happening again.
The Nuggets will once again be without the services of The Joker Nikola Jokic, meaning increased playing time for Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee as well as increased usage and ball-handling duties for Will Barton, Gary Harris, and even Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay.
Andre Drummond is in the ultimate bounce-back spot after back-to-back duds against the Warriors and Celtics. Without Jokic, Denver has given up 47 Fanduel points to Myles Turner, 55 to Nicola Vucevic, and 78 to DeMarcus Cousins.
Was milk a bad choice?
While all out hating on Lonzo Ball’s game has become the hip, new thing all the cool kids are doing, dfs is sometimes more about situations and opportunities than the long-term outlook on a player. On the season, the Knickerbockers are allowing the most steals, 2nd most assists, and 6th most blocked shots to the point guards they’ve faced. I also like to play Lonzo exclusively on the road when he gets away from all the distractions in L.A. (I can already picture pops on tv talkin’ smack about how well his boy played in MSG). Consider every single bucket ‘Zo gets something like a bonus.
It was ironic that merely minutes after Carson Wentz suffered his unfortunate injury, Joel Embiid was ruled out of action on Sunday night. Until we get news on Embiid, Robert Covington, and T.J. McConnell, it’s virtually impossible to make projections on any of Philly’s players.
I note later that this game is 3 in 4 days and 4 in 6 for the Sixers, and some rookies’ bodies may not yet be fully adjusted to the NBA grind. I’m not implying this is necessarily the day to get off Ben Simmons, but maybe the cheaper Kristaps Porzingis makes for a nice pivot.
Minnesota has slowly but surely been improving their team defense, as evident by the fact they’re only giving up the 19th most Fanduel points per minute to opponents over the last week.
Taj Gibson: the most interesting man in all of dfs. For some reason this guy’s price refuse to rise to match his production. Only $5.3K on Fanduel? Versus Philly? Yes please.
While we normally don’t like to roster players whose prices are on the rise, I think the exception can be made for Buddy Hield. Although not even Miss Cleo can correctly predict Coach Dave Joerger’s rotation on most nights, Buddy has gotten constant run of 28, 33, 25, and 29 minutes over his last four. When you look at his production over that stretch, he’s surpassed the traditional metric of 5x value three out of four times with ease – even at his current salary. Especially against an opponent like Phoenix, Hield will do some damage as long as he’s given the minutes.
Unfortunately, Willie Cauley-Stein’s return means we must bid farewell to Zach Randolph for the time being. It truly is a sad day in the dfs world when Z-Bo can no longer be in the thick of our player pool. Here’s to wishing his price drops and the Kings rest some other players soon. Now excuse me while I pour out a little of my 40 ounce for Z-Bo.
Tuesday’s game marks the first night of a back-to-back for Denver, Phoenix, and Washington.
This is Philly’s third game in four days and its fourth in six days.
Let’s Talk About Pace, Baby:
LAL (1) @ NYK (19)
DEN (13) @ DET (22)
ATL (11) @ CLE (14)
WAS (17) @ BKN (2)
SAS (29) @ DAL (24)
PHI (5) @ MIN (23)
PHX (3) @ SAC (28)
(League rank as of 12/11)
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