NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/10/13

Big Blake may not be the NBA's most effective rebounder, but at least he has an advantage over Derrick Williams tonight.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
LeBron JamesF47.8$18,5002.58
Blake GriffinF35.58$13,6002.62
Tobias HarrisF33.95$12,4002.74
Jeff TeagueG27.78$10,6002.62
Ryan AndersonF26.95$10,3002.62
Emeka OkaforC24.98$9,6002.60
Jeff GreenF26.05$9,0002.89
Maurice HarklessF27.2$8,0003.40
Steve BlakeG22.73$8,0002.84

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The Best of the Best

LeBron James - Yeah yeah, the Wizards are a tough defensive team and all that. But Milwaukee was No. 11 in defensive rating themselves, and LeBron's 28 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists showed no issue last night. With Bosh still out and Wade a "meh" at best, James has the chance to star once again tonight. And star he will - LeBron has posted usage ratings of 31.1 percent and 31.6 percent in his past two games, respectively. Couple that with effective field goal percentages (eFG%) of .735 and .688, respectively, and I'm going all out for him again.

Blake Griffin - We have found the pot of gold under the rainbow; Griffin had an elusive double-digit rebound game against the Lakers on Sunday after not posting double-digit rebounds in any of his previous nine games. However, tonight could be a nice opportunity for Rebound City Part Deux. Kevin Love is still out with Everything Hurts, and backup power forward Derrick Williams has only collected 12.8 percent of available rebounds this season, down from Love's incredible 23.8 percent in his 18 games played.

Al Horford - Warning alert, he's questionable. Don't say I didn't warn you. But he participated in the shootaround this morning and Coach Larry Drew said that he expects him to be ready, so I have no qualms about sticking him in my optimized roster. Before missing one game to injury, Horford played 37+ minutes in two straight games, so I don't see playing time as an issue. I don't see his opponent as an issue either: the Sixers sit No. 15 in defensive rating, No. 24 in offensive rebound percentage, and they allow centers to shoot .513 eFG% against them this season.

Top Mid-Range Values

Maurice Harkless - The Bucks may be decent defensively, but that doesn't necessarily apply to everybody. Take, for example, starting small forward Luc Mbah a Moute: his 107 defensive rating is equal to Brandon Jennings and higher than Monta Ellis's 106, and those two guys aren't exactly known for their defensive prowess. With Mo Harkless' consistency a bit shaky recently, you need to be smart where you play him, but tonight is a sneaky good matchup.

Steve Blake - I professed my undying love (at least until Nash returns) for him yesterday, and he responded with seven points, six assists, and five rebounds. Maybe it's getting a ruby instead of a diamond, but I'll be thankful for the gift he's given me. Also giving me a gift? The schedule makers. The Lakers turn from playing the Hornets to playing a Blazers squad that sits No. 25 in defensive rating and No. 28 in percentage of turnovers forced. It's Take 2 for the Blake show, and unlike almost every Hollywood franchise ever, the sequel could be even better.

Chris Kaman - The Pride of the Chippewas hasn't exactly been tearing up the NBA this season, but he took out all of his rage on Portland to the tune of 26 points and 11 rebounds on Sunday. Do I think that will happen again? No I don't; regression to the mean has to occur at some point. But his four straight games of at least 20 minutes played (with Elton Brand still out) gives me hope for his role in the offense, and a Suns opponent that sits No. 23 in defensive rating and No. 27 in offensive rebounding percentage provides the same tinder box that he saw against Portland.