With not too many games on the schedule today, I'm opting for one deal at every position.
Less options, more analysis.
You lucky dog you.
1. Emmanuel Mudiay, DEN, PG ($6100)
Fresh off a career high 26 points (on 10/16 shooting!), Mudiay is worth a flier today. If he keeps up the momentum, you have a potential steal on your hands... It should be noted that efficiency is not Emmanuel's strong suit though. He's sitting on a particularly terrible 33.3 FG% for the year, and while 6.3 AST on the year is a great number, 4.4 TOs makes the ratio less than NBA standard... He's a bit of a wildcard, but this is your high upside play for today.
2. Jamal Crawford, LAC, SG ($4800)
As long as he's rolling, I'm still gonna type his name. Check out his scoring numbers from the last 4 games (respectively): 20, 15, 37, 18. After a slow start to the year, the underpriced Jamal Crawford is firmly back in the groove. The counting stats are minimal, but for $4800, you won't find a better option...
3. Jae Crowder, BOS, SF ($5400)
Coming off his best game of the season, Crowder is white hot right now. Against the Nets the other day, look at his numbers: 19 points, 8/12 FG, 3 3PM, 5 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL. He's been really steady the last 5 games, so I think he's a real value pick right now. He's becoming a steadying force in Boston's evolving team identity... Select Jae Crowder with confidence today.
4. Ed Davis, POR, PF ($4500)
I hate assuming that one good performance will necessarily lead to another, but I've always been a firm believer of momentum in Fantasy Sports. Call it a hunch - or perhaps experience - but there's this strange psychological 'click' that happens in players sometimes. Ed Davis might have just had that click last game. After a terrible year (in basically every way), Ed scored 17 points on 7/8 shooting, with 15 rebounds. It basically came out of nowhere this season, but those numbers are not unprecedented for Davis. Last year, he averaged 8.3 PPG and 7.6 REB. If the floodgates just opened, you just got a real steal for $4500...
5. Bismack Biyombo, TOR, C ($3500)
I was really torn between recommending Biyombo at C for $3500 - or Scola at PF for $4400 (consider that a bonus tip). Jonas Valanciunas just sustained a major injury to his finger, and is out for an extended period of time (likely a month or more). That means usage has opened up in a significant way in the Raptors' frontcourt. It's unclear if Scola or Biyombo will benefit more from Jonas' absence, but I opted for Bismack - as I always prefer the lower cost option. Scola is steadier, but Biyombo has a larger payoff. B2 does have a game this season with 10 points, 10 boards and 3 blocks. With increased usage, he could produce Dewayne Dedmon type numbers (Orlando's DD put up great defensive counting stats while Vucevic was injured). This call is swinging for the fences, but sometimes you just gotta...
And we're done here.