Fantasy Daily Five, Jan. 4

By Darryl Howerton #21

Accountability Report Cost Points Value
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.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 1: Norris Cole #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots against Jeff Green #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies on February 1, 2016 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Bargain

Point Guard

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.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 2: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on February 2, 2016 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Splurge

Shooting Guard

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.

during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 2, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
.Jonathan Bachman/NBAE via Getty Images
Bargain

Small Forward

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.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 1: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies on February 1, 2016 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Bargain

Power Forward

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.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 2: Robin Lopez #8 of the New York Knicks shoots against Tyler Zeller #44 of the Boston Celtics during the game on February 2, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Bargain

Center

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.