DiRTy Plays – Tuesday’s NBA Breakdown

March 10th, 2015

 

Tuesday’s NBA Fantasy Breakdown

Each week we are going to provide you with a breakdown of each position based on Fan Duel and DraftKings scoring parameters to show you who has been producing and who you should consider over the next week.  These rankings are solely based on point production for each of these sites.  Since the PG position has been the most productive we have limited our results to publish to any player averaging above 30 fantasy points per game over their last 5 games played.  The remaining positions will display rankings for players who have averaged over 25 fantasy points per game over their last 5 games.


Fan Duel Point Guards

Ranking Player Fan Duel PPG
1 R. Westbrook 71.85
2 C. Paul 49.96
3 R. Rubio 40.04
4 J. Wall 39.04
5 D. Lillard 39.02
6 M. Williams 37.56
7 S. Curry 36.4
8 T. Evans 35.46
9 G. Hill 33.7
10 R. Jackson 32.82
11 J. Lin 32.7
12 K. Lowry 32.2
13 T. Lawson 31.46
14 T. Parker 30.32
15 G. Dragic 30

No surprise here, Westbrook leads this group but can you believe that is this overwhelming.  It is one thing for us to write it but now you can physically see how much better he has been than everyone else.  This is why he is a must play until Durant comes back, I should say, if Durant comes back.  Other notable players are Rubio coming in just over 40 fantasy points per game and Tony Parker just cracking the 30 point list.  Parker is still cheap considering this valuable position on Fan Duel and you should consider him as he just went for 40+ in his previous contest.

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DraftKings Point Guards

Ranking Player DraftKings PPG
1 R. Westbrook 75.45
2 C. Paul 51.5
3 R. Rubio 41.6
4 J. Wall 41.1
5 D. Lillard 40.9
6 M. Williams 38.75
7 S. Curry 38.6
8 T. Evans 37.8
9 G. Hill 34.7
10 R. Jackson 34.65
11 J. Lin 33.7
12 K. Lowry 32.875
13 T. Lawson 32.45
14 G. Dragic 31.7
15 E. Bledsoe 31.25
16 I. Thomas 31.15
17 T. Parker 30.75

Not much difference in rankings here across both sites but again you can see Westbrook averaging an unthinkable 75.45 fantasy points per game.  As we have noted for you, if you score 300+ on DraftKings you will cash over 90% of the time.  When Westbrook is playing he gets you 25% of this number lately so you only need to average 32 points for the remaining 7 players.  Rubio comes in 3rd and for most he is an unknown in fantasy as the T-Wolves are terrible in terms of their record and most of their game don’t make it to national TV.  That’s why you need to follow us on Twitter @TheDirtCanon and we will provide you all the information you need during each nights games so you can be in the know without having to purchase the NBA League Pass.  One other key notable here is Reggie Jackson.  Since coming to Detroit he has put up huge numbers and is free to score the ball given there isn’t really a backup for him and he has two monsters down low that rebound the basketball.  He will have a huge night tonight against the Lakers.


Fan Duel Shooting Guards

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 J. Harden 52.45
2 V. Oladipo 41.26
3 D. Wade 39.56
4 D. DeRozan 37.26
5 M. Ellis 28.86
6 R. Stuckey 27.86
7 G. Henderson 27.76
8 G. Antetokounmpo 26.94
9 K. Martin 26.1
10 G. Neal 25.66
11 J. Redick 25.24
12 K. Thompson 25.24

“The Beard” tops our list of SG’s bud did you know that Oladipo has been jumping up this list over the past couple of weeks.  He has now averaged over 40 fantasy points per game over his last five and is becoming a Must Have on our daily NBA fantasy DiRTy Plays.  We will continue to highlight these players and key notables in the future.  Gary Neal has been strong and he still doesn’t crack the $4,500 marker on Fan Duel so if you need to save some cap space and still need to get a solid 25 spot look for Neal to be your guy down the stretch to the NBA Playoffs.

 

DraftKings Shooting Guards

Rankings Player DraftKings PPG
1 J. Harden 55.2
2 V. Oladipo 42.85
3 D. Wade 41.425
4 D. DeRozan 38.25
5 M. Ellis 29.9
6 R. Stuckey 28.8
7 G. Henderson 28.65
8 K. Martin 26.7
9 J. Redick 26.55
10 G. Neal 26.15
11 K. Thompson 26.15
12 J. Smith 25.65
13 T. Johnson 25.5
14 B. Beal 25.25
15 B. Knight 25.05

Dwayne Wade and DeMar DeRozan have been on a nice run over the last two weeks of play and should be considered on nights where there aren’t too many PG’s and PF’s that are high caliber players.  It’s tough to spend on SG’s when you must have an Anthony Davis in your lineup and a Westbrook as your PG.  That said, Wade has put up 40+ fantasy points in 3 consecutive games and with Whiteside having maturity problems, causing fights in every contest, DWade will put up numbers for your lineup and let us help you find the others you need to win.

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Fan Duel Small Forwards

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 L. James 45.66
2 K. Leonard 40.12
3 R. Gay 39.84
4 D. Green 39.54
5 K. Middleton 32.76
6 G. Hayward 32.48
7 A. Wiggins 30.2
8 N. Batum 29.46
9 T. Harris 28.88
10 D. Gallinari 28.14
11 P. Tucker 25.8
12 W. Chandler 25.14

King James tops this list with Durant out he will continue to do so.  It is important to note that quietly Leonard has put up some big numbers of late and the Spurs are fine tuning for their playoff run winning 5 straight.  Leonard has been a big part of that and will continue to do so.  PJ Tucker has been a Sleeper of late and now you can see why, this position doesn’t typically put up big numbers on your fantasy lineup unless you have James and Tucker has been less than $5,000 for most of February and March this year.

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DraftKings Small Forwards

Rankings Player DraftKings PPG
1 L. James 48.05
2 R. Gay 41.5
3 K. Leonard 40.8
4 K. Middleton 33.9
5 G. Hayward 33.75
6 A. Wiggins 30.9
7 N. Batum 30.8
8 T. Harris 29.65
9 G. Antetokounmpo 29.1
10 D. Gallinari 29
11 P. Tucker 27.35
12 W. Chandler 26.35
13 J. Green 25.6
14 D. Carroll 25.325
15 M. Kidd-Gilchrist 25.05

Rudy Gay and Chris Middleton have been strong producers on DraftKings for the SF position.  They are both producing 33+ points per game of late and affordable which has been the key to success for this position.  Don’t overspend here unless you go with King James and look for Sleepers on our daily DiRTy Plays so you can keep raking in the dollars.

Fan Duel Power Forwards

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 A. Davis 58.81
2 L. Aldridge 41.1
3 G. Monroe 39.88
4 P. Millsap 35.81
5 N. Noel 35.8
6 D. Favors 35.04
7 P. Gasol 34.78
8 S. Ibaka 33.32
9 T. Jones 31.92
10 N. Mirotic 31.84
11 K. Love 31.68
12 K. Faried 30.62
13 Z. Randolph 29.1
14 A. Bargnani 28.56
15 B. Bass 26.16
16 Josh Smith 26.1
17 E. Ilyasova 25.1

Anthony “The Brow” Davis is on a tear just like Westbrook almost averaging 60 fantasy points per game over his last 5.  The Pelicans and Thunder are going to give us all we can handle down the stretch as they both look to get into that 8th seed in the West.  That means that Davis will continue to be a Must Have and should be considered every night he plays.  Remember last week when Westbrook put up 82 and Davis put up 78.  They got you 160 fantasy points and produced over half of the points you needed to cash.


DraftKings Power Forwards

Rankings Player DraftKings PPG
1 A. Davis 60.425
2 L. Aldridge 42.2
3 G. Monroe 42.15
4 D. Green 40.5
5 N. Noel 37.8
6 P. Millsap 37.35
7 D. Favors 36.45
8 P. Gasol 36.3
9 S. Ibaka 34.3
10 N. Mirotic 33.4
11 T. Jones 32.95
12 K. Love 32.5
13 K. Faried 31.95
14 Z. Randolph 31.275
15 A. Bargnani 29.9
16 Josh Smith 27.65
17 B. Bass 27.5
18 D. West 26.1
19 E. Ilyasova 25.95
20 M. Morris 25.9
21 T. Young 25.25
22 D. Motiejunas 25.25

We can continue to praise Davis and tell you what you already know but instead why not look down the list and you will find some hidden gems of late.  Noel and Mirotic are scoring fantasy points at will and they do it in very different ways.  Noel is a very active player and will tend to get you steals and blocks that most don’t realize are the key elements when considering upside for your fantasy lineup.  When someone gets 2 steals and 2 blocks per game they are giving you an extra 8 points per night and you didn’t even know it.  Mirotic is logging some big minutes and has turned into the closer for the Bulls.  He scores most of his 18 points per game in the 4th quarter and he will continue to do so even when Gibson comes back because the Bulls need offense and he stretches the floor for Gasol to work inside with Noah at the high post.

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Fan Duel Centers

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 A. Jefferson 43.62
2 D. Cousins 42.7
3 D. Jordan 38.46
4 A. Horford 37.36
5 H. Whiteside 36.96
6 M. Gasol 36.86
7 A. Drummond 36.62
8 R. Gobert 33.94
9 J. Noah 33.72
10 N. Vucevic 33.29
11 M. Gortat 33.26
12 E. Kanter 28.35
13 B. Lopez 26.88

A slight surprise for those of you who don’t get to watch the Hornets play often but Al Jefferson has been putting up some huge numbers of late and comes in at #1 with 43.62 fantasy points per game over the last 5 games.  Whiteside is creeping up the list quickly and his salary shows it but when you grab 20+ rebounds in consecutive games that will do it.  His problem is his attitude and if he doesn’t get it turned around quickly his limited funds will be sent off to charity and he will sit the bench with the Heat most likely not making the playoffs this year.


DraftKings Centers

Rankings Player DKPPG
1 D. Cousins 44.975
2 A. Jefferson 44.55
3 D. Jordan 40.25
4 A. Horford 38.8
5 H. Whiteside 38.625
6 M. Gasol 38.35
7 A. Drummond 38.2
8 R. Gobert 36
9 J. Noah 35.45
10 N. Vucevic 35.125
11 M. Gortat 34.55
12 E. Kanter 29.475
13 B. Lopez 28.05

I could sit here and tell you all about Cousins and Jordan and their ability to rebound and score inside, how Cousins has increased his assists to 4+ per game and Jordan recording 10 straight 15+ rebounds in a game but instead let’s talk about Gobert.  He has been a huge element to the Jazz since the trade deadline and Kanter was shipped to OKC.  Gobert shares in his Windex capabilities, averaging 16 rebounds per game over the last 5.  Once he establishes a 15 foot jump shot he might be unstoppable.   It’s also nice that he has 3+ blocks in a game 3 out of his last 5 contests.  That 6 points you can’t always count on, unless you have Gobert.

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Monday’s Recap

In a night of only a few games there was a huge night put in by “The Brow”.  He posted an amazing 66 points last night on Fan Duel and a 70 spot on DraftKingsWe advised you yesterday that he would be the highest point scorer by far and he certainly was.  For more information on today’s games be sure you check out the DiRTy Plays – Week of March 9th to get all the Must Haves and Sleepers for today’s best players with their projections.  We have also put up some lineups to consider for tonight’s games.  You can click here to be taken directly to this information.

Fan Duel Earnings:

  • Started with $100deposit on January 16th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 9th, 2015 are $2,199.50.
  • Profit for the week of March 9th is a total of $32.

How We Did

(4700 of 86206) Scored 297.7 – $1 Entry and won $3

(69 of 551) Scored 250 – $25 Entry and won $60

(50 of 909) Scored 297.5 – $5 Entry and won $25

***Entered with a total of $55 and won $87 for our profit of $32***

DraftKings Earnings:

  • Started with a $50deposit on February 15th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 9th, 2015 are $480.40
  • Profit for the week of March 9th is a total of $16.25

How We Did:

(416 of 14100) Scored 288 – $0.25 Entry and won $1.25

(186 of 12206) Scored 293 – $4 Entry and won $20

***Entered with a total of $5 and won $21.25 for a profit of $16.25***

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Dirty Minds

A little warmth on a snowy day…

Venezuela 2014

Miss Venezuela – click for bio

For the Ultimate in Degenerate-Gambling, that’s Migbelis Lynette Castellanos from Venezuela and like any good Horse Race, she is the favorite to win tonight’s Miss Universe at +760 (check out the rest of the lines here).  While we handicap the race for the crown of the universe, would you be surprised to know that Switzerland and Sweden both have brown hair?  They do.  You can bet the chance for victory, for those two nations, are now slim.  Of the top 6 favorites, two of them are questionable selections that have trouble with to many furloughs, Miss USA (will never win under our current reputation) and Miss Colombia (maybe if she resembled, or was, Sofia Vergara).

If you are looking for a (relative)longshot at +2526, then it would be safe to bet on Miss France – the political reasons alone make this a good gamble and she is french and blonde.  Here is the rest of the field airbrushed for your review.  Im going with a $2-Trifecta-Box of the following:

From left to right – India+Ireland+Netherlands+Puerto Rico+Russia+France

 

Either way at the end of the evening we and most importantly THEY, are all winners.


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Dexter Fowler was traded from the Astros to the Cubs for SP Dan Straily and 2B Luis Valbuena.  Dex showed in only 505 plate appearances and 116 games a stat line of .275/.375/.399.  The switch hitter still cannot hit right-handed pitching very well, nor does he steal bases like he used to, but he can still get hurt regularly and still occasionally get on base, along with flashing some leather in the field, from time-to-time.  The lineup surrounding Fowler could help improve his power numbers (and OPS) slightly, hitting in the Friendly Confines.  So expect an improvement over his Astro days, but not his Rockie past.  Defensively he could be a top 10 CF playing at Wrigley.


Coach K sits at win 999 and win 1,000 could come on Sunday at St. John’s.  All the titles, Final Fours, ACC championships, wins, etc…Have come from a guy who in his 1st decade (158-124) coaching basketball was…meh – here are some numbers to consider:

1,306 career games

421 wins in the ACC – Dean Smith has 422

311 active coaches have fewer overall wins than Coach K has ACC wins

1,098 wins for Pat Summit, the only other basketball coach with 1,000 career wins

2 ACC programs that have fewer overall wins than Coach K – Miami+FSU

5 years before Coach K had a winning ACC record

226 wins for the coach listed at #2 all time at Duke – Eddie Cameron

10 schools with winning records against Coach K (including his time at Army)

  • Arizona 5-3
  • Cal 2-1
  • Holy Cross 4-2
  • Iona 3-2
  • Kings College 1-0
  • Lafayette 4-1
  • Long Island 1-0
  • Louisville 4-2
  • Stanford 2-1
  • Tennessee 2-1
  • After beating UConn and Wisconsin this year, Coach K got to .500 against both

55 wins over Maryland – the most over any single opponent

38 losses against North Carolina, the most to any team – however he does have 40 wins over the Tar Heels

19 games not coached by Coach K due to back surgery in 1994-95 – record 4-15

$9,680,000 salary to coach 12 players


 

APTOPIX Super Bowl Football

the NFL posted a picture with the caption: “Behind the scenes: making the SuperBowl XLIX footballs”. Clearly someone has to understand how social media works and the meaning of proper timing

I say so what! It is time for everyone to stop with the avalanche of faux-outrage.  No one has a problem that Aaron Rodgers over-inflates his balls, so how is it we care if Tom’s balls are slightly deflated.

We hear cries of rampant fraud and we only say this because it’s the Patriots.  It is sermonized from the Mount because of how often they win.  Is Spygate or now De-flate-gate, more severe than an entire organization, purposefully circumventing the salary cap for 3 seasons, so the franchise can win back-to-back Superbowls in the ’90’s?  I think so and how soon the howling stops for Broncos fans, while they pontificate the sins of others.

Furthermore, this is an NFL problem, not a Wild Bill or Tom problem.  The balls were inspected and approved before the game, so we are really talking about a half of a game.  If the NFL really gave feculence to who’s got deflated balls, then they would control the ball-handling process – they do it for the balls that are kicked, so why not the balls the quarterback holds so often – otherwise the NFL, and you too if you are outraged, should really question why the game is worth it, if an advantage can be had by the size of one’s balls.

Here’s a sampling over the years of bad things by bad men, not from New England:

New York Jets caught taping NE, December 2007 after Spygate

Jimmy Johnson admits on Fox’s pregame show related to Spygate: “This is exactly how I was told to do it 18yrs ago by a Kansas City Chiefs scout…”

Mark Schlereth was fined $5,000, 1-4-97 for excessive vaseline during a playoff game against Kansas City – admits that he and for many other players, this was a common practice

San Francisco 49ers in 2000, fined for violating the salary cap regarding Jim Druckenmiller, Lee Woodall, Brent Jones and Steve Young.  Total paid by Carmen policy and Dwight Clark = $600,000 and the 49ers surrendered some draft picks in ’01 and ’02.

Steelers steroid use in the ’70’s

Denver Broncos fined $950,000 and a third round draft pick for circumventing the salary cap from 1996-1998.

Don Shula signed a contract to be coach of the Miami Dolphins when he was still the coach of the Baltimore Colts.  The Dolphins were charged with tampering and have to give up their 1st round pick to the Colts.

Miami Dolphins strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, trying to knee the Jets’ Santonio Holmes during a punt return.

Russell Wilson says God threw those 4 INT’s as a test and to setup a dramatic finish – no word yet on who threw the winning TD pass

Clearly there is more evidence that suggests the Broncos may have been more crooked with the integrity of the game in ’90’s under Shanahan, then what we believe the Patriots have done the last 15 years.