By Darryl Howerton #21
|Wednesday’s picks (4 of 5 at 4.00-plus value)||$30.9||97.6||3.16|
|Season’s picks (195 at 330 4.00-plus value)||$2,143.1||9,185.4||4.29|
Accountability Report uses FanDuel’s scoring (cost in thousands)
Four of our Fantasy Daily Five picks Wednesday all hit 4.00-plus value scores, but all it takes is one unannounced injury and unexpected DNP to Jimmy Butler to spoil the best-laid of plans, resulting in a woeful 3.16 value score.
Norris Cole, Pelicans (vs. L.A. Lakers)
With Cole getting the starting nod over Jrue Holiday, a good fantasy player in his own right, expect the former Heat guard to continue to be a great bang-for-buck performer at his low salary, especially if he continues to log 30-plus minutes tonight against the defense-less Lakers, as he is sure to do.
James Harden, Rockets (at Phoenix)
Harden never veers far from his averages of 28 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, and when he does, it is on the positive side, it’s on the positive side, like 40-7-11 Saturday versus Washington and 35-11-8 the week before at New Orleans.
P.J. Tucker, Suns (vs. Rockets)
Tucker is good for double-digit points or double-digit rebounds in most games recently, which makes him a good bang-for-buck performer, especially with T.J. Warren going down. At worst, even with stable playing time, Tucker is good for 7 points and 6 rebounds.
Anthony Davis, Pelicans (vs. L.A. Lakers)
Davis is back to filling out every stat in the box score, best evidenced by his performance against the Spurs Wednesday night: 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, 4 steals. It doesn’t get much better than that. And if it does, we’ll find out tonight when A.D. plays the Lakers.
Robin Lopez, Knicks (at Detroit)
Lopez got 37 minutes of playing time Tuesday and showed what he can do with that kind of burn: 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Who knows? Lopez may get similar time Thursday night when he is matched up against Andre Drummond. It’s worth taking a chance, especially at such a low salary.