Finished deep in the money the other night and in the top 5% of players in our tournament, onward and upward!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Al Horford, Boston Celtics (49.75 Fantasy Points vs 30.7 FPPG)
Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers (41 Fantasy Points vs 20.6 FPPG)
Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers (40.25 Fantasy Points vs 31.6 FPPG)
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics (37.75 Fantasy Points vs 20.8 FPPG)
Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets (35.25 Fantasy Points vs 28 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (DK Salary $7,400, 32.7 FPPG)
The last time I picked Young for my fantasy lineup, he excelled with 48 Fantasy Points against the Blazers. I expect no different from the rookie tonight in Sacramento. The former Oklahoma Sooner is starting to really find his groove, averaging 45.75 Fantasy Points over his last 2 games. Plus, he gets to go up against a Kings team that ranks dead last in the league in OPRK against PGs. Trae Young is an absolute must in my lineup tonight.
SG – Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (DK Salary $7,100, 36.6 FPPG)
The Bulls may be in full tank mode, but don’t tell that to Zach. LaVine is as consistent as they come, putting up an impressive 30+ Fantasy Points in 10 of his last 13 games. He is also beginning to heat up, scoring more than his average PPG and FPPG in 3 of his last 4 outings. As Chicago goes up against a Miami team that ranks a lowly 27th in the league in OPRK against PG/SGs, LaVine should continue his hot streak.
SF – Justice Winslow, Miami Heat (DK Salary $6,100, 27.7 FPPG)
Winslow is a player who is susceptible to Fantasy streakiness, but I believe that tonight’s game against Chicago should be on the positive side of that polarity. Through some of his lows, the former Duke Blue Devil has still managed to post 30+ Fantasy Points 6 times in the month of January, and this is following a monster 52.8 Fantasy Point outing against Cleveland on 12/28. Especially at home against a Bulls team that ranks 24th in OPRK against PGs/SFs, Winslow should exceed his value of $6,100 DK dollars.
PF – Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls (DK Salary $6,700, 32.6 FPPG)
As a Knicks fan, do I like people comparing Lauri Markkanen to our lord and savior Kristaps Porzingis? Hell no! But Markkanen can ball. “The Finnisher” has well-rounded stats at 17.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 0.8 BLKPG, all of which translate to a solid 32.6 FPPG. Markkanen and his sharp shooting have been especially productive as of late, averaging 38.1 FPPG over his last 7 games. Plus, he has posted 46.8 Fantasy Points and 48.3 Fantasy Points over his last 2 games. With Chicago travelling to Miami to take on a Heat team that ranks 25th in OPRK against PFs like Markannen, The Finnisher’s matchup seems especially favorable tonight.
C – Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $8,100, 41.1 FPPG)
The big pick in my lineup tonight is the French phenom Rudy Gobert. The Utah Jazz center has been absolutely beasting this month, putting up over 40 Fantasy Points 7 times and over 50 Fantasy Points 5 times over his last 11 games. It’s no wonder too with such impressive stats as 15 PPG, 12.9 RPG, and an insane 2.2 BLKPG. Not many players can shut down the Blazer’s Jusuf Nurkic, but Gobert can do so better than anyone else. I can see a lot of points, a lot of boards, and an impressive amount of high-value blocks that will make Gobert more than justify his high price tag.
G – Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings (DK Salary $5,500, 28.3 FPPG)
Every time I seem to pass on Bogdanovic in my lineup I ALWAYS regret it. I’m not falling for the same trap again! Excluding a weak performance on 1/25 where he played only 20 minutes, Bogdan has averaged 41.8 FPPG over his last 3 games. Especially as Sacramento hosts a weak Hawks team that ranks worst in the league in OPRK against SG/SFs like Bogdanovic, expect the good times to continue to roll for the Serbian pro.
F – Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $5,600, 26.9 FPPG)
Thad Young has been a consistent contributor for the Pacers all season long, and with the Oladipo injury, I expect his numbers to inflate until other teams begin to pick up the Pacers’ new game plan. The great thing about Young is that his highs are high but his lows are not very low. Over his last 15 games, the 11-year veteran has not had a performance below 20 Fantasy Points, while reaching over 30 Fantasy Points 7 times. With the Pacers looking to bounce back against a Wizards team that ranks 27th in OPRK against SF/PFs, Young’s strong contributions should continue.
UTIL – Yogi Ferrell, Sacramento Kings (DK Salary $3,400, 11.9 FPPG)
Is there bias in this pick because I went to school with Yogi? Mayyyybeeee. But there’s a reason we called him Yo-GOAT, and that’s because he excels when he’s needed. In De’Aaron Fox’s absence, Ferrell put up an exceptional game that saw 31.8 Fantasy Points at just a $3,100 DK salary. Not to mention that wasn’t against tonight’s Atlanta foe that ranks 26th in OPRK against PG/SGs. Fox may be back in the lineup for Sacramento, but with his toe injury lingering, Yogi may still see plenty of action and plenty of points.
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