NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/9/13

No Nash and a hungry Lakers squad taking on the hapless Hornets? Give me Steve Blake as quick as possible.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
LeBron JamesF48.25$18,5002.61
Paul GeorgeG-F34.65$13,4002.59
Marc GasolC32.5$12,6002.58
Greivis VasquezG29.65$11,6002.56
Ryan AndersonF26.93$10,3002.61
Jarrett JackG24.1$9,2002.62
Josh McRobertsF24.83$8,4002.96
Jonas ValanciunasC26.2$8,0003.28
Jimmy ButlerG-F23.68$8,0002.96

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The Best of the Best

LeBron James - Am I going blind, or did LeBron's cost really go down a bit because of his "injury" troubles? He probably would have made our optimized rosters anyway, but thanks for the little bit of help, Fantasy Guardians. LeBron's 27 points in 30 minutes did a pretty good job of convincing me that he's healthy, and with Wade and Bosh unlikely to play, he'll be the sole go-to guy again tonight against the Bucks. Milwaukee's defense is a bit above average (11th defensive rating), but is there a team you'd really not trust LeBron against?

Kevin Durant - He might not be the Slam Dunk that LeBron is, but the guy who has a 40 percent chance at the scoring title should never be counted out. Also not to be counted out: Utah's .504 effective field goal percentage (eFG%) allowed to opposing small forwards. Considering Utah's No. 21 defensive rating across the board as well, I'd also expect to see some Durant assists come into play.

Jrue Holiday - Maybe Deron Williams has improved offensively from the beginning of the season, but his defense is still down in the gutter. With a 109 defensive rating, Williams is a major part of the reason the Nets sit only No. 17 in team defensive rating and No. 24 in defensive turnover percentage. Holiday's 2-for-24 Hurricane Ugly last week against Charlotte is a thing of the past; he shot a respectable 7-for-17 against Miami on Saturday.

Top Mid-Range Values

Ryan Anderson - What do you get when you cross a power forward with a team-leading offensive rating (114) and second-highest usage rate (24.2 percent) with a defense that allows the power forward slot to shoot .506 eFG% from the field? Sweet old fantasy goodness. The Lakers are slightly above average in rebounding percentage, sitting No. 13 on the offensive end and No. 10 on the defensive end. However, Anderson won't have to worry as much about turnovers: the Lakers are next-to-last at forcing those.

Steve Blake - It's fun when teams take on the identity of their mascots. The Heat get hot from the field. The Bulls play angry. And New Orleans really does flail wildly on defense like there is a nest of hornets chasing them. With Steve Nash out for the Lakers tonight, it's Blake who should reap the assist and occasional point benefits that comes from playing the third-to-least efficient defense in the NBA. Blake is cheap in most formats too and excellent as a one-hit-wonder before Nash returns.

Nazr Mohammed - After a brief 21 minute stint against the Pistons, it's back to the bench again for the injured Joakim Noah. So that means we're climbing back up on that Nazr Mohammed bandwagon, the one that was roaring full steam ahead with 31+ minutes played in three straight games before Noah returned. Mohammed's main value comes from rebounds, and luckily, the Raptors aren't exactly strong on that end. Toronto sits 17th in defensive rebounding percentage and 21st in offensive rebounding percentage.