John Wall, Klay Thompson and Marc Gasol are just three studs to play in Daily Fantasy Basketball on February 8, 2017.
There is a juicy 12 game NBA slate on February 8.
Twelve games are a lot to process, but the first thing to do is get rid of a couple of the games. The reason for this is to make the player pool smaller. The bigger the player pool the more information and that will lead to overthinking and it can and WILL stress you out.
By making the player pool smaller it will help you concentrate on the players and games that can give you the best outcomes on your teams. Here are the games I am getting rid of right from the start:
Philadelphia 76ers vs San Antonio Spurs:
I will not be playing any 76er in this game. The Spurs are too good on defense and this game has the making of a blowout. The Spurs will sit some of their regulars and if they do that it will open up some value but if they don’t, the starters won’t get their regular amount of minutes. This is an early game so the injury report should be out early and if there are starters on the Spurs who are sitting out, I will have some interest from their normal bench players because of the uptick in minutes (Patty Mills, Dewayne Dedmon, Kyle Anderson and Jonathan Simmons will be the benefactors of the starters sitting). On a big slate you don’t need to take unnecessary risk. Avoid this game and move on.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons:
This game has ugly written all over it. Neither team have fantasy studs on them but rather a bunch of up and down players. Instead of guessing which players will go off, I am going to get rid of this game from my player pool and move on.
Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans:
I like some of the players in this game (Gordon Hayward, Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis) but the biggest problem in this game is the Jazz defense. You don’t want to attack the Jazz on Defense. They have an elite rim protector in Rudy Gobert and their team defense is one of the best in the league. Instead of paying up for Anthony Davis, this might be the night you completely fade him and look in a different direction.
The rest of the games have some good potential.
The key to daily fantasy is paying attention to the injury report. An hour before the first tip off at 7 p.m. ET is the time to check the injury reports. Unfortunately for those teams playing later in the night, the injury reports don’t come out in time to make adjustments to your rosters. You can’t do a late swap like last year to your lineups, so after the 7 p.m. ET slate, you are stuck with your players. If you have a player that is listed as questionable or gets sat out the last minute, there is nothing you can do about it.
Check the injury reports, Twitter or any other site that has information on the players that might sit. Look for games that have high over/under and attack them. Let me know who I missed, who I got wrong and the players you guys are going to be targeting on this night.
Here are the plays for February 8, 2017: