Daily Fantasy Basketball: Versatile Rooks
Evan Fournier is a name you’d be wise to monitor down the final stretch run. The Nuggets under the radar 2012 first-round selection (#20 overall) has burst onto the scene over the past ten days on a suddenly crippled roster. In his last four games Fournier is averaging 14 points on 55% shooting, three assists against a single turnover, two rebounds, two steals and 1.25 three-point makes in just 21 minutes. A product from French first division pro ball, he’s a 6’7 off the dribble playmaker with improving consistency from range; both skills will come in handy for Denver with Ty Lawson nursing a heel injury and Danilo Gallinari done for the year with a torn ACL. Fournier is a not startling athlete, but he’s crafty and can function at multiple positions. The risk in utilizing him is inherent given his somewhat limited playing time to this point; however, should he find an appropriate matchup to crack the 30-minute plateau, there is a ton of upside here at a gift DraftKings salary.
Nando De Colo, who also happens to be a native of France, is assembling solid statistical lines as of late for the Spurs. With Tony Parker’s playing status up in the air on a daily basis, De Colo will be a valuable piece for the remaining five contests. In four April games thus far he’s averaging eight points, six rebounds, three assists (2.8 turnovers) and a steal in 22 minutes of action. At 6’5 190, he’s an excellent rebounder for a point guard and is shooting 48% from downtown post all-star break. While not an experienced NBA commodity by any means, the 25-year old has more basketball experience than a Cory Joseph or Patty Mills. Overall, he brings an intriguing fantasy package to the table at an enticing daily salary, particularly with Parker a real shutdown candidate. *San Antonio is currently one game up on Oklahoma City for home court.
In three games since being recalled from the Developmental League, rookie Terrence Jones has picked up 24 minutes per off the bench and displayed his box score filling potential. He notched a 14/12 double-double at Sacramento with eight offensive rebounds and two steals; at Denver he scored 13 points, grabbed six boards, blocked two shots, hit two treys and swiped a steal. Of course Jones threw in an absolute clunker in between, but there’s a reason he’s a minimum salary player. Versatility was his defining attribute at Kentucky, and should remain so in the NBA when given an opportunity to strut his stuff. The Rockets are not remotely hesitant to lean on their young talent. On that note, don’t ignore Patrick Beverley either (seven assists per game over his last three).
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