The All-Star break is less than a month away and some of these stars are still reaching to earn their spot!
PG – Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (DK Salary $6,900)
Ever since LaVine’s ACL injury, it seems like he has been overlooked or almost forgotten as the dangerous slamster that he was with Minnesota. Despite being on an atrocious Bulls team, LaVine has averaged nearly 23 PPG, which with his other stats translates to 36.4 FPPG. Against an even somehow worse Atlanta Hawks team that ranks last in OPRK for the PG/SG position, expect LaVine to go all out.
SG – James Harden, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $13,400)
I absolutely HATE HATE HATE that Harden has a $13,400 price tag to him…but he’s worth it. The man has just been too hot to keep out of the lineup. Since Christmas, The Beard has scored less than 40 Points in a game only 4 times and has scored 48 Points or more in 3 of the last 4 games. The hot hand fallacy is a tough one to believe, but Harden’s consistent excellence proves he is more than just a streak. Especially against a tanking Knicks squad that ranks 22ndin OPRK against PG/SG, Harden’s circus numbers should continue.
SF – Jabari Parker, Chicago Bulls (DK Salary $4,200)
Two Bulls in one fantasy lineup?? You better believe it! Although Jabari Parker’s injuries have limited his potential following his selection at #2 in the NBA Draft, he has performed well for Chicago when healthy. With nearly 15 PPG and over 6 RPG, Parker’s converted 27.2 FPPG is very strong value for his $4,200 price. Facing the Hawks and their 29th-ranked OPRK against SF/PFs, Jabari should continue his strong January.
PF – Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $6,500)
Sabonis has been as consistent as is gets when it comes to fantasy production. The Gonzaga product has broken the 30 Fantasy Point threshold in 11 of his past 13 games, with 2 of those games reaching 45 Fantasy Points or more. Despite Toronto’s strong win-loss record, they have struggled mightily against big men this season, ranking 23rd in OPRK against PF/Cs. With the Pacer guards potentially struggled against the Raptors, Sabonis may have a major game tonight.
C – LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs (DK Salary $8,300)
It’s still weird to me selecting a Spurs center not named Tim Duncan, but LaMarcus Aldridge is warranting the selection. LA is having himself another strong season with 20.8 PPG and 8.6 RPG, translating to over 38 FPPG. Joel Embiid should be able to stuff him though, right? Guess again! Philly ranks 24thin OPRK against PF/Cs. The Spurs are well rested after 2 days off following a disappointing home loss to the Clippers, and Aldridge should be ready to make big contributions in the starting rotation.
G – Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $4,000)
Scary Terry strikes again! I typically like to search for starters in at least one utility/flex role, and with Kyrie Irving’s lingering injury, Rozier will likely see major minutes tonight. With the Celtics hosting the embarrassment of the league Cleveland Cavaliers, Rozier should be able to produce much more than his $4,000 price tag would suggest.
F – Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons (DK Salary $3,200)
Johnson is more of a well-rounded player that doesn’t excel in anything particular but who produces when his name is called. Averaging 20 MPG has allowed Johnson to collect 7.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 1 SPG that translates to 16.1 FPPG. So why select him tonight specifically? The Pistons get to face off against a Pelicans team that is without Anthony Davis (left index finger sprain). With Davis the Pelicans are already 29thin OPRK against SF/PFs. and without the Brow guarding the paint and with injuries to fellow Pistons, expect Johnson to see elevated minutes and an easier time scoring buckets.
UTIL – Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $3,500)
No, you’re not at a cringe-worthy high school party listening to some Sheck Wes on repeat. Mo Bamba is real, and he is going to prove it tonight in Brooklyn near where he used to play ball. Bamba has been coming off of the bench this season behind Nikola Vucevic, but in his time on the court, the NY product has put up 6.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and an impressive 1.5 BLK. In his mini homecoming against the Nets, who rank 29thin OPRK against Cs, Bamba should impress off the bench and outperform his $3,500 price.
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