Not a ton of NBA action tonight, but surely enough to pick a kick ass lineup.
Best Picks of Last Lineup:
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans (63.25 Fantasy Points vs 43.4 FPPG)
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (41 Fantasy Points vs 29.4 FPPG)
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder (54.75 Fantasy Points vs 49.4 FPPG)
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder (40.75 Fantasy Points vs 34.8 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup
PG – CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $6,600, 31.9 FPPG)
Call me superstitious, but whenever I take McCollum in my lineup, he seems to play some of his best games. McCollum often gets overlooked as the second-best guard on a small market team, but his stats always impress. This season, the former Lehigh Mountain Hawk is putting up nearly 32 Fantasy Points on a consistent basis. Over his past 11 games, McCollum has scored over 30 Fantasy Points six times and over 40 Fantasy Points twice. His hand has been especially hot lately, averaging 34.4 FPPG over his last 4 games. Playing at home against an Atlanta defense that ranks dead last in OPRK against PG/SGs, McCollum’s success should continue tonight.
SG – Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $5,900, 34.4 FPPG)
Thompson had a pretty rough game the other night against the Wizards, putting up only 9 Points and 18.3 Fantasy Points in a 126-118 Warriors win. However, Golden State is travelling to Boston in a battle of top teams in the East and West; Klay loves to step up in these big games. In the Warriors’ last 4 clashes against playoff-seeded teams, Thompson has averaged 40.5 FPPG. With the playoff atmosphere at TD Garden, expect Klay to bounce back from a rough game and exceed his $5,900 value.
SF – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $5,600, 30.6 FPPG)
Tatum is one of the more consistent fantasy players on the market with 30.6 FPPG. Over his last 11 games, the former Duke Blue Devil has only twice been more than 5 points outside of his 30.6 FPPG average; in one of those performances, he posted 54.3 Fantasy Points. His matchup tonight, Kevin Durant, isn’t exactly the best defender in the world. As the Celtics look to fight for a top playoff spot, I can see Tatum putting up very strong numbers that make his $5,600 price tag seem like a steal.
PF – Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $5,000, 28.1 FPPG)
Most of Denver’s inside scoring comes from All-Star snub Nikola Jokic, but Millsap has had a very solid season with 12.7 PPG and 6.7 RPG. Tonight, Millsap and the Nuggets are going up against a Philly team that ranks a lowly 22nd in OPRK against PF/Cs. Most of the 76ers effort will be focused on stopping Jokic, freeing up Millsap. Coming off of a 40.3 Fantasy Point performance last night, the former Hawks forward should continue his success at home tonight.
C – Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $8,600, 37.8 FPPG)
Averaging a double-double is no joke. Nurkic has posted 15.2 PPG and 10.4 RPG this season, which translates into a massive 37.8 FPPG. Regardless of the opponent, Nurkic is always a big body that Portland relies on without being over-dependent on the front court scoring. The former Denver Nugget has been especially hot as of late, averaging 44.9 FPPG over his last 5 games. With the Blazers facing off against a Hawks team that ranks in the bottom third in OPRK against Centers, Nurkic should have a field day in front of the Portland crowd.
G – Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (DK Salary $6,400, 32.2 FPPG)
The rookie Young may be streaky, but he is as sharp a shooter as they come. Even when his shooting is off, he still tallies up the fantasy points with an average of 7.3 Assists per game. Over his last 15 games, Young has fallen below 30 Fantasy Points only 3 times. The former Oklahoma Sooner should continue his great season tonight in Portland.
F – Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $6,300, 32.1 FPPG)
I don’t particularly love Draymond Green the player, but his fantasy value is strong at 32.1 FPPG. Despite his low in-game point totals, Draymond’s abilities consists of more than scoring; he’s averaging 7.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 7.3 APG. He is also susceptible to getting hot, scoring over 35 Fantasy Points in 7 of his last 15 games. As Boston looks to slow down Steph and KD, Draymond is primed to put up some monster fantasy points.
UTIL – Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $5,600, 25.1 FPPG)
The Victor Oladipo injury is absolutely devastating, but if there’s any silver lining to it at all, it’s that it’ll be good for Collison’s fantasy value. With my fellow Hoosier Oladipo out for the season, Collison will become much more important to the Pacers’ back court. Tonight, Indiana is going up against a brutal Grizzlies team that ranks 24th in OPRK against PGs. As the Pacers look to keep their playoff seeding and make up for their fallen star, expect Collison to pick up the slack.
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