Readers would have enjoyed a successful day on Moneyball yesterday by taking Tyreke Evans (46.3 points @ $3,500) and Terrence Jones (39.9 points @ $4,400). I’m hoping to unearth some serious value for readers who are entering the $12,000 Saturday Swish on Moneyball today! Check out these NBA daily fantasy tips below.
Ricky Rubio – $5,700
Ricky Rubio seemingly goes through phases of output in fantasy NBA. The last two games have been extremely productive in that he has managed scores of 40.1 and 48.5. Before these games, however, he didn’t score above 26.1 in five games. Rubio is much more suited to tournament contests on Moneyball, considering his up-and-down nature. Today’s matchup against the Thunder is a good one for Rubio and the game is expected to be a close one as well. Look for Rubio to step up and have one of his better games today in Minnesota.
TJ McConnell – $5,100
Did you see TJ McConnell’s game-winning shot to sink the Knicks the other day? Crazy. McConnell has worked his way into the starting point guard position for the 76ers, and the Philadelphia team have managed a 5-1 record with him at the helm. He’s averaging 30.3 fantasy points in his last five games with a high score of 41.3 thrown in there as well. His consistency is the most rewarding aspect, with no game under 5x value since starting for the 76ers.
Nicolas Batum – $7,500
Nicolas Batum returns from his knee injury after practicing fully. Batum managed to find a high-level of consistent output towards the end of 2016 and is averaging 37.4 fantasy points over his last ten games, including his most recent outing of 19.3, two weeks ago against the Pistons when he left the game after hyperextending his knee. Batum will make work of the Philadelphia 76ers today and make his stamp on 2017.
Dion Waiters – $4,200
Here’s a classic tournament play – Mr. Dion Waiters from the Miami Heat. Waiters missed all of December with a groin injury and has made his way back into the Heat starting lineup, moving Wayne Ellington to the bench. He has some value right now at $4,200, especially after his 26.6 performance against the Warriors early this week. Before his groin injury, Waiters was managing consistent output of 30+ fantasy points for a stretch in November.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – $10,500
It was a toss-up between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the high-end small forward position today, although both aren’t in noticeably favourable matchups. Instead, I was all over the elite small forward options today because of the severe lack of other alternatives at the position. Small forward is where today could make-or-break any lineup and I’m almost tempted to go with both Giannis and LeBron because only then you’ll ensure you’re getting great output. Giannis was previously suffering from an illness but will return today to put in a standard 45+ Giannis performance.
Terrence Ross – $3,900
Terrence Ross is yet another boom-or-bust player making it into the recommendations today – there will be plenty of high-scoring potential for your Saturday Swish team! Ross squeaks into the small forward spot here because of the lack of other alternatives, as mentioned above, but also the incredible matchup against the Brooklyn Nets which can turn anyone into an elite fantasy option.
Al-Farouq Aminu – $4,100
Al-Farouq Aminu started the season in a painfully slow way, before missing 15+ games due to injury as well. Since then, he’s returned to the court and has stepped up his game. Aminu is averaging 30.8 fantasy points per game through his last five outings and has provided more than 7x value in his last four games. At this price, he’s both an excellent double-up play and a tournament play because he is heavily undervalued if keeps up these performances.
Derrick Favors – $4,000
We’re frustratingly close to Derrick Favors’ return to being a fantasy goldmine. He’s managing the occasional game of excellence, but they are tying in with sub-par performances too. There’s every chance that this injury lingers all season long, so effectively we are banking on one of his good days – which is what tournament play on Moneyball is all about! You must take a risk or two if you want to take home some of that $12,000 prize pool!
Joel Embiid – $7,400
Every single time. I need some sort of catchphrase, buzzword or just general saying that I can include here that sums it all up. Embiid is worthy of fantasy selection at $7,400, and he has hit 5x value or more in eight of his last nine games. He’s consistently scoring around the 37-38 fantasy point range and provides excellent security from the big man position.
Jonas Valanciunas – $5,500
If you’re looking for tremendous upside and a potential point of difference today, go for Jonas Valanciunas. Firstly, he’s coming off that massive 46.6 fantasy point game against the Celtics (in just 27 minutes!!!). But, let’s not get trapped into recency bias, there’s every chance that won’t happen again. Instead, let’s look at what favours him today, and again, it’s the matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
Thanks for reading today’s NBA daily fantasy tips and good luck!