JUST BARELY missed the money the other night. Tonight we’re going to change that!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic (56.75 Fantasy Points vs 46.0 FPPG)
Reggie Bullock, Los Angeles Lakers (29.75 Fantasy Points vs 21.2 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks (DK Salary $6,500, 26.8 FPPG)
New York fandom aside, new Knicks Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr. has been nothing but impressive since joining the team prior to the trade deadline. As a Knick, Smith Jr. has averaged 16.7 PPG and 32.8 FPPG in 6 games, including a massive 48.5 Fantasy Point performance against the Pistons on February 8. Smith Jr. seems to be playing with a fire in his heart as of late. His success should continue tonight against a brutal Atlanta team that ranks 27th in OPRK against PGs.
SG – Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets (DK Salary $5,700, 28.1 FPPG)
Lamb has been an above-average player for most of his career, but he has been really heating up recently. Over his last 4 games, he’s averaging 36 FPPG. Charlotte is in the playoff hunt, and players like Lamb have lifted their performance as a result. With extra motivation to make the playoffs, Lamb should continue his high performance, especially against an Orlando squad that is in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against SG/SFs.
SF – Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder (DK Salary $10,700, 51.6 FPPG)
Playoff P! Who knows what’ll happen to his performance come playoff time, but one thing is for sure: Paul George has killed it this season and is having an absolutely DOMINANT stretch. Over his last 10 games, PG13 has averaged an insane 62.9 FPPG. His incredible performances and consistency have superstars like Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook endorsing him for MVP. And how do you set yourself up for victory in fantasy? Put the likely MVP in your lineup and watch him explode against a Pelicans team that ranks second-to-last in OPRK against SF/PFs.
PF – Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets (DK Salary $4,600, 23.5 FPPG)
I see Williams as a highly consistent overachiever who can add massive value at just $4,600 DK. Though he averages 23.5 FPPG, Williams has outperformed his average in 5 of his last 6 and 11 of his last 15. Williams has been especially strong as of late, averaging 28 FPPG over his last 5 games. For the price tag and the potential, Williams should be a safe starter tonight against Orlando.
C – Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (DK Salary $4,100, 18.2 FPPG)
Robinson is my favorite pick of the night. With the departure of Enes Kanter, Robinson has taken advantage of all the extra playing time and developed into a really nice center. Known as a strong interior defender with a rookie-leading 2.1 BLKPG, Robinson is starting to put points on the board too. Over his last five games, Robinson has scored in double digits. During that same stretch, the rookie has averaged an impressive 31.9 FPPG, including a breakout 45.3 Fantasy Point performance last night against a strong 76ers team. Especially for only $4,100 DK, Robinson is an absolute must in your lineup tonight.
G – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (DK Salary $11,600, 58.1 FPPG)
I normally despise a five-figure DK salary, but when you average a triple-double that warrants the price. Westbrook is putting up MVP-like numbers yet again this season with a video game stat line of 21.2 PPG / 11.1 RPG / 11.2 APG / 2.2 STLPG / 58.1 FPPG. What is really crazy is that he’s been playing even better as of late. In his last 10 games, Russ has averaged an astronomical 63.8 FPPG. With the playoff-bound Thunder facing off against a Pelicans squad that ranks a lowly 25th in OPRK against PGs, expect Westbrook to go off yet again.
F – Damyean Dotson, New York Knicks (DK Salary $3,600, 18.0 FPPG)
Players on tanking teams are tough to evaluate, but Dotson is a diamond in the rough for New York. The young Knicks guard has started to see regular playing time and produce breakout games, including a 16 Point / 24 Fantasy Point outing last night against Philadelphia. His one-dimensional play may be discouraging to some, but it is clear that Dotson can shoot the ball effectively. With the Knicks traveling to a Hawks team that is dead last in OPRK against SG/SFs, I am betting on Dotson to continue building on his recent success.
UTIL – Luke Kornet, New York Knicks (DK Salary $3,200, 15.3 FPPG)
A 7’1” Center who can shoot the three doesn’t come around often, but this young Knick is looking to fill the hole created by the departure of Kristaps Porzingis. Kornet has had some up and down performances, but his effectiveness seems almost directly correlated to his playing time. In games since Christmas that he has played 22 or more minutes, Korenet has scored over 30 Fantasy Points all but once. With his playing time increasing, take a chance on the low-priced Kornet against an Atlanta lineup that ranks a very favorable 27th in OPRK against PF/Cs.
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