Basketball Picks Daily Fantasy Expert Advice

Doug Norrie

Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks for DraftStreet and FanDuel 1/12/14


Going to be a quick one today as little HoopDreams is preparing for her birthday party so instead of sweating games like a champion, I'll be pretending to be excited about the characters in the movie Frozen (like a champion). Small slate of games today which means you need to extract maximum value from your picks. But fear not, while I'm chasing two year olds around the HoopDreams mansion, you'll be using the DFSR plays to cash your leagues.

Quick reminder about these picks. At DFSR we employ a system that seeks to gain the most points-per-dollar. When we give a recommendation, it’s because we believe that player has the best chance to meet or exceed his price. On any given the night the highest dollar player can be expected to score the most points, but that doesn’t always make him the best play for the money. Just something to keep in mind. On to the picks. 


Point Guard


Interesting day at point guard. With the three games, there are legit six good PGs going. This is rare. Rather than try and recap each guy, I am going to put them in order of how much I like them on each site. I left off dudes at the end if I don't think they are worth considering on the site.


PG - DraftStreet Value

1. Jeff Teague DS $11698 - Clear favorite

2. Isaiah Thomas DS $14518  - Close second

3. Ricky Rubio DS $14028 - Distant third

4. Tony Parker DS $ 13441 - Only in a pinch


PG - FanDuel Value

Much more closely grouped here. Go the way the money works

1. Tony Parker FD $6600

2. Kyrie Irving FD $8500

3. Mike Conley FD $7100

4. Ricky Rubio FD $7100  

5. Isaiah Thomas FD $8200   


Shooting Guard


Because point guard value is strong on DraftStreet today, there is only one guy who is a play on both sites:

Dion Waiters DS $9224 FD $5600 - He is getting the bulk of the SG run with the Cavs. Love the matchup


SG - FanDuel Value

Manu Ginobili FD $5500- Check to see if he's playing

Kyle Korver FD $5100 - A consistently good play on this site.



Small Forward


Great prices here today

James Johnson DS $9335 FD $4000 - His DS price has finally fallen enough to recommend him there. Has logged big minutes for Memphis last two games. Fills it up.

Kawhi Leonard DS $10178 FD $5500 - Pretty much a must start on DS today for me. FD is closer as I will work him, Johnson and Gay around depending on money.


SF - DraftStreet Value

Luol Deng DS $8872 - On a minutes restriction, but almost worth a flyer at this price.


SF - FanDuel Value

Rudy Gay FD $7700 - A top value on FD today. Almost a must start for me.



Power Forward


Lots of value here tonight and a few guys (Bargnani and Hickson in particular) are listed as PF on FanDuel and C on DraftStreet. I put them both in the next section.

Boris Diaw DS $7515 FD $4100 - This is a minutes thing. If he is getting Splitter's minutes again, he is a great play at this price, especially o DS.

Paul Millsap DS $14691 FD $8300 - Love the prices here. While matchup with Memphis isn't ideal, the price is hard to ignore.

Kevin Love DS $20273 FD $11200- Don't love his value relative to other mid-to-upper tier salaries today. But man he's good.


PF - FanDuel Value

Tristan Thompson FD $5900 - Top PF option for the money on FD today.






C - DraftStreet Value 

Andreson Varejeo DS $14922 - Playing at a high level without Bynum's ugly mug around.


C - FanDuel Value 

Demarcus Cousins FD $10000 - It's Boogie and really no one else. He will be in all of my lineups here tonight.


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