DraftStreet Diary: Pick Eight Players Today, Win Cash

I had the right idea on Saturday, using three other T-Wolves because Kevin Love has re-fractured his hand, and keying on Carmelo Anthony. I also used Kyrie Irving, who did score 30 points again, but his eight turnovers and 14 missed field goals knocked 15 points off his output. Then I swung and missed on Chris Kaman, O.J. Mayo and Alexey Shved, all of whom I used in one or more lineups. You need to get contributions from all eight players to do well in the Salary Cap game; being right on five or six is never enough.

Despite a $27 loss, I’m still ahead $33 for the week and will try to increase the profit today. There are only five NBA games, with OKC @ TOR a 1:00 Eastern matinee. Some leagues close then, others at 6:00, and I’ll stick to the latter in today’s chart.

DraftStreet 15Jan. 6
StarsOver $13,000
LeBron James$23,515
Kobe Bryant$19,511
Dwyane Wade$15,990
Chris Bosh$13,755
Luis Scola$13,894
ScrubsUnder $9,000
Marreese Speights$8,618
Austin Daye$6,997
Brandon Knight$8,626
Jason Maxiell$8,185
Ray Allen$7,811
Starters$9,000 to $13,000
Rudy Gay$12,569
Greg Monroe$12,295
Nene Hilario$12,467
Danilo Gallinari$11,400
Andre Drummond$11,288

That’s five suggestions in each of three price ranges. The following lineup omits LeBron James, who is prohibitively expensive for someone who is banged up and might benefit from limited minutes. I’m using the other two Heat stars instead.

F1 Rudy Gay (MEM-F) $12,569
F2 Austin Daye (DET-F) $6,997
G1 Kobe Bryant (LAL-G) $19,511
G2 Dwyane Wade (MIA-G) $15,990
C1 Chris Bosh (MIA-C) $13,755
C2 Greg Monroe (DET-C) $12,295
U1 Marreese Speights (MEM-F) $8,618
U2 Andre Miller (DEN-G) $10,174

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The Fantasy Spin, published by 9:00 every morning, previews all five of today’s games and looks back on a busy Saturday, with Chris Paul one of many shining stars.

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