Picks for Tonight’s $200,000 FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Championship Qualifier

It’s Friday, which means FanDuel is hosting their weekly qualifier for the $200,000 Fantasy Basketball Championship tonight.  I’ve looked through tonight’s games and put together a list of elite players who should have good games, as well as some bargain plays who might surprise with a good performance.  If you haven’t been playing this weekly tournament, you can SIGN UP FREE HERE.


Point Guard

Stephen Curry (GSW, $8000) – At home, against the Charlotte Bobcats, need I say more about this matchup?  Curry should have a big night.

George Hill (IND, $6700) - Hill is matched up on Kyrie Irving, who isn’t known for his defense.  Hill put up 30 FD points on the Cavs a couple weeks ago without Irving in the lineup and I’d expect that he will probably get close to that again tonight.

Jose Calderon (TOR, $4900) – Kyle Lowry continues to be sidelined with his triceps injury which leaves Calderon as the starter.  Calderon has been averaging nearly 30 FD points a game and has a nice matchup at home against a weak Magic squad.


Shooting Guard

DeMar DeRozan (TOR, $6400) – Toronto’s two primary scorers, Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani, are out so the scoring load has fallen to DeRozan.  He should get somewhere between 15-20 shot attempts against the Magic at home, which is good potential for $6400.

Jordan Crawford (WAS, $6000) – The Wizards are without John Wall and AJ Price and have been giving Crawford plenty of run with the ball in his hands.  That should continue tonight in Detroit.

Alan Anderson (TOR, $3500) – The Raptors are loaded with good plays tonight and Anderson is another one.  He’s bargain basement price and seems to be scoring well going for 24, 18 and 16 points in his last three games.  If you want to load up on a couple of studs elsewhere on your roster, Anderson is a great cheap roster filler.


Small Forward

Carmelo Anthony (NYK, $9100) – He’s scored 30+ in four of his last five.  He’s a must start if you have the salary cap space.

Paul Pierce (BOS, $7500) – Pierce has been a little hit or miss lately, but he put up 40 in his last one and could be on a nice streak.  He’s also one of those guys that even when he’s not completely on, still puts up a good FanDuel score because he can contribute in so many categories.

J.R. Smith (NYK, $5600) – Smith went through a slump a couple weeks ago, but he’s been looking good lately scoring 15+ in his last 7 games.  That should continue tonight at home against a Bulls team running Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli in the backcourt.


Power Forward

David Lee (GSW, $8800) – At home against the weakest interior in the league.  Matchups just don’t get any better than that.

Zach Randolph (MEM, $7900) – Randolph has a home matchup against the Mavs, who might be without Elton Brand and Brandan Wright.  Not sure if there is anyone that can stop Randolph tonight.

Ed Davis (TOR, $4500) – And back to Toronto we go.  Andrea Bargnani is out and Davis has been doing a great job filling in for him.  At $4600, he should easily be able to pick up enough stats to justify that salary.



Marc Gasol (MEM, $7500) – Gasol has a great matchup at home against Chris Kaman.  Should be a good night for Gasol.

Greg Monroe (DET, $6800) – The Pistons have  home game against the weak interior of the Wizards.  Monroe should match up well against Chris Singleton, Kevin Seraphin and Emeka Okafor.

Nikola Vucevic (ORL, $5600) – Vucevic has been putting up nice double-doubles over the last couple of weeks and has a decent matchup against the Raptors who are dealing with injuries.


Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes for Monday, December 17

Hope all you guys in the fantasy football playoffs had a successful Sunday and good luck with Monday Night Football!  I survived yesterday, one more game to go next week.  Here are the fantasy basketball highlights from Sunday:


Houston 96 @ Raptors 103

Patrick Patterson missed the game with a bone bruise injury.
Marcus Morris got the start at PF, 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Jeremy Lin 7 points and 2 assists.  He’s almost unplayable in fantasy leagues.  Houston is probably regretting that fat contract right about now, while the Knicks are quietly smiling.
James Harden 14 of 15 from the free throw line.  Soon teams are going to figure out that if you stop Harden, you stop the Rockets.  I’d double and triple team him and dare any of the other Rockets to step up.

Jose Calderon had a triple-double, 18 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.
DeMar DeRozan 19 points on 19 shots.
Alan Anderson finally shaking off the rust, 24 points on 12 shots.  He’s worth a look, considering the Raptors are desperate for scoring.
Terrence Ross could get a little run with so many Raptor injuries.  He should be on your waiver wire watchlist in keeper leagues.


LA Lakers 111 @Philadelphia 98

Metta World Peace is playing out of his mind this season, 19 points, 16 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
Dwight Howard double-double, 17 points and 11 rebounds.  3 steals and 2 blocks.
Chris Duhon with a respectable game, 14 points and 4 assists.
Kobe 34 points on 21 shots.

Nick Young is back from his toe injury, 30 points on 23 shots, 6 of 12 from three.
Spencer Hawes 7 of 12 for 16 points.
Evan Turner 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
Kwame Brown got the start at center, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.


Denver 122 @ Sacramento 97

Kenneth Faried a subpar game, 6 points and 8 rebounds.  He’s been inconsistent all season.
Ty Lawson 11 points and 7 assists.
Andre Iguodala with another decent game, 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
JaVale McGee 7 of 9 for 19 points.  He’s really improving as the season progresses.

Jason Thompson a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins a double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas 20 points and 4 assists off the bench.  The 4 assists were a team high.  This guy really needs to be starting for the Kings.  Stash him on your bench if you have a spot.
Marcus Thornton missed another game for personal reasons.  He’s probably just mad the Kings keep jerking him around.  Like most shooters, the guy needs to be getting 30+ minutes a game.


New Orleans 94 @ Portland 95

Ryan Anderson 7 of 10 from three, 26 points.
AF Aminu got a start at SF, but just 8 total minutes.
Greivis Vasquez almost a triple double, 23 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists.
Anthony Davis not looking very good on the boards, 5 rebounds last night.
Dominic McGuire just signed with the Hornets and could work his way into 25 minutes a night.  Keep an eye on him.

LaMarcus Aldridge suffered an ankle injury, check his next gametime status before using him.
Nicolas Batum with a rare 5 x 5:   11 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks.
Wesley Matthews tried to give it a go with his hip injury, but only lasted 4 minutes.

Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes for Saturday, December 15

Big Congrats to ‘PennyPacker’ on his win in the Fanduel $200,000 DFBBC Qualifier last night.  It was his first win on the site and definitely proof that all you have to do is get in the game and enter to win!


Dallas 74 @ Toronto 95

Shawn Marion looks healthy again, 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Jae Crowder missed the game with the flu.
Dahntay Jones got a start at SF, but did nothing, 2 points and 1 rebound.
OJ Mayo had an off night, 2 for 8 shooting, 10 points and 6 turnovers.
Dirk Nowitzki could be back practicing next week.

Andrea Bargnani is out for the next month with an elbow injury.
Kyle Lowry is out for the next 10 days with a triceps injury.
Jose Calderon got the start at PG, 14 points and 3 assists.
Ed Davis got another start, 6 points and 8 rebounds.
Alan Anderson finally returned, 0 for 8 shooting.


LA Lakers  102 @ Washington 96

Dwight Howard only got 8 shots, 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Kobe 9 for 29, 30 inefficient points.
Jodie Meeks with a nice game, 9 of 14 for 24 points.
Devin Ebanks got a start at PF, 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Emeka Okafor 1 of 6 for 2 points.
Chris Singleton got the start at PF, 4 points and 5 rebounds.
Jordan Crawford 11 points on 17 shots.
Cartier Martin 5 of 11 from three, could be worth a look if you need threes.


Philadelphia 85  @Indiana  95

Jrue Holiday missed the game with an ankle injury.
Nick Young picked up a start, 4 of 14 for 8 points and 5 assists.
Jason Richardson 1 fo 6, 3 points.
Evan Turner really having a good season, 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Gerald Green and Sam Young split minutes evenly filling in for Lance Stephenson.
Roy Hibbert showing signs of life, 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Paul George 28 points on 17 shots, 3 blocks.
DJ Augustin a DNP.


Golden State 85 @ Orlando 99

David Lee a big double-double, 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Stephen Curry 43 minutes, 25 points and 3 assists.  Hope the ankles hold up under that many minutes.
Klay Thompson another poor shooting game, 3 of 13 for 9 points.
Jarrett Jack getting starters minutes, 36 last night, 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists.

Nikola Vucevic double-double, 12 points and 17 rebounds.
JJ Redick 4 of 7 from three, 16 points.
E’Twaun Moore, 3 of 5 from three.  He could be a good stash in keeper leagues.


Detroit 105 @ Brooklyn 107  (2 OT)

Brandon Knight 47 minutes, 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Tayshaun Prince tried for a triple double, 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Andre Drummond needs to be starting, 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 18 minutes.
Rodney Stuckey looks like he’s finally got things turned around, 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Brook Lopez finally returned from his foot injury, but looked rusty, 9 points on 4 of 10 shooting.
Gerald Wallace 50 minutes, 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Joe Johnson 52 minutes, 28 points and 5 assists.
Reggie Evans got the start at PF, zero points and 10 rebounds.


Milwaukee 90 @ Cleveland 86

LRM a Moute got 36 minutes, 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a block.  He’s worth a look in deeper leagues.
Larry Sanders back in the starting lineup after an illness, 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Monta Ellis 33 points on 24 shots.
Brandon Jennings poor shooting night, 5 of 20 for 16 points.
Samuel Dalembert a DNP.
Mike Dunleavy missed with a sore knee.

Kyrie Irving getting back into game shape, 9 of 23 for 26 points, but 6 turnovers.
Anderson Varejao hitting the boards with 18 rebounds, but his shooting has been off for the last few games, 4 of 9 last night.
C.J. Miles got the start at SG, 6 of 14 for 17 points.   Dion Waiters might return Tuesday.


Minnesota 113 @ New Orleans 102

Kevin Love suffered a thumb injury, hopefully there will be a more detailed report today.
Nikola Pekovic 14 of 18 for 31 points.  He stands to benefit if Love misses time.
Alexey Shved moved into the starting lineup at SG, 13 points and 8 assists.  Great short term add.
Andrei Kirilenko 39 minutes, seems like his back injury is finally healed.
Ricky Rubio could return within the next week, check your wire.

Ryan Anderson 4 of 11 from three, 20 points.
Greivis Vasquez a PG double-double, 15 points and 17 assists.
Austin Rivers finally had a good game, 9 of 14 for 27 points.  Might be time to check the wire to see if he’s out there.
Anthony Davis 28 minutes off the bench, 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Jason Smith has a torn labrum, may need surgery.  More minutes for Robin Lopez.


Boston 89 @ Houston 101

Rajon Rondo 15 points and 13 assists.
Paul Pierce 18 points on 18 shots.
Courtney Lee got the start over Jason Terry, but both guys got equal minutes.

Chandler Parsons got close to a triple double, 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Jeremy Lin only 6 shot attempts, 5 points.
James Harden 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals.
Greg Smith looked incredible, first time I’ve really got to see him play, 20 points on 8 of 9 shooting.  Put him on your waiver wire watchlist.


Sacramento 103 @ Oklahoma City 113

Isaiah Thomas 26 points in only 16 minutes.  You have to stash this guy on the bench if he’s available in your league.
John Salmons 1 for 7, 3 points.
DeMarcus Cousins 3 of 12 for 10 points.  He’s such a headcase.

Serge Ibaka double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Kevin Durant 31 points on 14 shots.
Russell Westbrook 13 points and 13 assists.
Kevin Martin 5 of 13 for 18 points.


Utah 84 @ Phoenix 99

Al Jefferson double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds, 3 blocks.
Paul Millsap 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  He suffered a minor ankle injury, so check it for his next game.
Mo Williams with an off night, 2 of 5 shooting for 4 points, 7 assists.
Randy Foye poor shooting, 3 of 13 for 10 points.
Gordon Hayward 0 for 5, 3 points.

Marcin Gortat slowly breaking out of his funk, 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Jared Dudley solid shooting, 9 of 12 for 22 points.  He’s locked in as the starting SF.
Luis Scola just 13 minutes.
P.J. Tucker looking healthy, 15 minutes, 5 of 8 for 10 points.  Put this guy on your waiver wire watchlist in keeper leagues.


Memphis 94 @ Denver 99

Zach Randolph should have had a better game against a weak Denver interior, 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Marc Gasol 2 of 10 for 10 points.  He should have done better against Koufos/McGee.  Still had 5 assists though.
Rudy Gay 21 points on 21 shots.
Mike Conley 5 turnovers.
Jerryd Bayless 11 assists.

Andre Iguodala with a rare good game, 20 points, 7 assists and 5 steals.
Ty Lawson’s stats seem to suffer when Iguodala has a good game, 13 points and 5 assists.
Andre Miller with a solid effort off the bench, 18 points and 4 assists.
JaVale McGee 4 blocks.
Corey Brewer getting some decent run lately, 24 minutes, 9 points and 4 rebounds.

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Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes for Tuesday, December 11

The biggest line of the night went to Tony Parker, who picked up his first career triple-double going for 27 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds.  It seems strange that as long as Parker has been in the league and playing at a high level, that this was his first triple-double.  Better late than never I guess.  On to Monday night’s fantasy highlights:


Detroit 97 @ Philadelphia 104

Rodney Stuckey is finally getting his act together, 19 points and 5 assists.  Grab him off the wire if he’s still out there.
Greg Monroe a nice bounce back game, 22 points and 7 rebounds.
Kyle Singler’s fantasy star is falling quick, 5 points and 2 rebounds.  Stuckey should take back his starting spot soon.

Jrue Holiday moving into elite PG status, 25 points and 8 assists.
Evan Turner a near triple-double, 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
Nick Young returned from a toe injury, but didn’t do much.  Give him a few games to get his shooting touch back.
Spencer Hawes got 32 minutes, 15 points and 8 rebounds, three blocks.


Golden State 104 @ Charlotte 96

Stephen Curry is red hot right now, 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
David Lee a double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Draymond Green tough shooting night, 0 for 8.  Green is worth a look in keeper leagues.
Klay Thompson’s shooting is getting a little better, 4 of 7 Monday.

Bismack Biyombo another start, 3 blocks.  Grab him off the wire if you need blocks.
Kemba Walker 24 points, 6 assists.
Jeff Taylor had a disppointing night, 1 for 8 shooting.  He could lose the starting SG spot soon.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 17 points and 7 rebounds.  Solid.


Atlanta 92 @ Miami 101

Josh Smith 4 of 5 from three, 22 points.  It was nice last night, but this isn’t the spot on the floor where you want to see Smith shooting the ball.
Al Horford a double-double machine lately, 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Jeff Teague 3 assists, 5 turnovers.
Kyle Korver missed another game with his back injury.

LeBron James with an average 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Chris Bosh double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dwyane Wade with a great shooting night, 11 of 13 for 26 points.
Udonis Haslem missed with the flu.


San Antonio 134 @ Houston 126 (OT)

Tony Parker triple double, 27 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists.
Tim Duncan off night, 1 of 9 shooting.
Gary Neal 29 points on 18 shots.
Danny Green 2 for 7 from three.  He’s a great short term pickup if you need threes.

Jeremy Lin with 38 points, 4 of 5 from three.   Only 2 turnovers.
James Harden missed the game with an ankle injury.
Omer Asik big double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Tony Douglas 41 minutes.  He’s starting to get decent minutes and could be worth a look if Lin slumps again.


Sacramento 96 @ Dallas 119

Tyreke Evans missed another game with a knee injury.
Francisco Garcia with a start, 25 points on 16 shots, 3 blocks.
DeMarcus Cousins 25 points on 17 shots.
John Salmons 7 assists.
Isaiah Thomas 2 for 9 shooting, 4 points.
Marcus Thornton only 19 minutes.  No clue what the Kings are thinking by not playing Thornton more minutes.

Chris Kaman toughing it out through an ankle injury, 18 points and 2 rebounds.
OJ Mayo 3 of 4 from three, 19 points.
Shawn Marion missed with a groin injury.
Darren Collison doing ok off the bench, 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting.
Dahntay Jones got the start at SF, 11 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Vince Carter 1 of 6 from three.


Toronto 74 @ Portland 92

Andrea Bargnani suffered an elbow injury and didn’t return.
Amir Johnson got ejected for arguing with the ref and then decided to throw his mouthpiece just for extra emphasis.  Suspension possible.
Kyle Lowry suffered a triceps injury and could miss time.  Grab Jose Calderon if you need a short term fill in at PG.
Linas Kleiza missed the game with a knee injury.
Mickael Pietrus returned after missing a game, but looked a little off going 3 for 13 shooting.

Wesley Matthews was out with a hip injury.
Nicolas Batum was out with a back injury.
LaMarcus Aldridge tried to pick up the slack, 30 points and 12 rebounds.
Damian Lillard 2 of 14 and he tweaked an ankle.  Not a good night.
JJ Hickson double-double 16 points and 11 rebounds.  7 of 7 shooting.