NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/16/13

It's all about Hickson tonight in the paint for Portland against the Clippers.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Josh SmithF36.6$14,4002.54
Chris PaulG36.45$14,3002.55
Al HorfordF-C36.33$14,3002.54
Blake GriffinF35.28$13,6002.59
Rudy GayF30.8$12,5002.46
J.J. HicksonF28.1$11,0002.55
Eric BledsoeG18.18$7,7002.36
Caron ButlerF16$6,2002.58
Meyers LeonardC15.73$6,0002.62

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The Best of the Best

Chris Paul - Two games, and the teams playing are the Raptors (ugh), Blazers minus Aldridge (double ugh), Hawks, and Clippers. So if you don't have Chris Paul or Blake Griffin or both on your team tonight, I'll be thoroughly shocked. Two of our four optimized rosters feature both Clippers stars (including the StarStreet one shown here), and there's a good reason why: Portland sits No. 26 in defensive rating and No. 27 in defensive effective field goal percentage (eFG%).

Al Horford - Dirty not-so-secret time: the Toronto Raptors aren't exactly strong down low. Opposing centers have shot .516 eFG% against them this season, and the Boys Up North sit only No. 20 in offensive rebound percentage and No. 18 in defensive rebound percentage. With Jonas Valanciunas a game-time call as well, facing off against Horford tonight could be Aaron Gray's 9.0 PER and 108 defensive rating (Valanciunas and Amir Johnson are both at 105 or below).

Rudy Gay - Gay's penchant for being the main man in Toronto hasn't diminished any since directly after the trade: his 29.1 percent usage rate would sit ninth in the NBA if extended over the entire season. The Hawks aren't a weak defense (No. 10 defensive rating), but you can be guaranteed that Gay will at least get his looks when he's on the court. And with at least 37 minutes played in each of Toronto's last three games, he figures to be on the court a lot as well.

Top Mid-Range Values

J.J. Hickson - Batum's out and Aldridge is questionable; it's all about Hickson in the paint tonight against the Clippers. While the Clippers' No. 8 defensive rating does cause some concern, they also do give up a decent amount of offensive rebounds, sitting No. 19 in defensive rebound percentage. That's great for Hickson, whose 13.2 percent offensive rebound rate sits eighth-best in the entire NBA. With very little competition on the block, we expect him to pick up some easy boards tonight.

Jamal Crawford - The Portland Trail Blazers allow opposing shooting guards to go .521 eFG% from the field against them. That's incredibly inefficient defense, and it could be even worse with Wesley Matthews questionable for tonight's game. Will Barton would then move into the starting lineup, and although his 109 defensive rating is slightly better than Matthews, his .550 eFG% allowed to opposing shooting guards paints a rosy (Rose Garden?) picture for Crawford's prospects.

Kyle Lowry - It's the return of Kyle Lowry! A staple of our early optimized rosters directly after the Jose Calderon trade, Lowry came back down to earth with a pedestrian .484 eFG%. However, the Hawks represent a solid chance to help him bounce back: their .497 eFG% allowed to opposing point guards is the second-highest percentage allowed to any position on the court (behind power forwards). At least 10 shots taken in each of his past three games means that he's not afraid to put it up, either.