Now that the NBA is finally back in action, let’s pick the perfect lineup!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (88 Fantasy Points vs 58.1 FPPG)
Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks (34.5 Fantasy Points vs 26.8 FPPG)
Luke Kornet, New York Knicks (26.25 Fantasy Points vs 15.3 FPPG)
Damyean Dotson, New York Knicks (24.25 Fantasy Points vs 18.0 FPPG)
Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (24.25 Fantasy Points vs 18.2 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – James Harden, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $11,600, 63.2 FPPG)
You knew this one had to be coming. Harden is one of the most effective guards in daily fantasy this season with a whopping 63.2 FPPG on 36.6 PPG / 6.7 RPG / 7.7 APG / 2.2 STLPG. As if that isn’t impressive enough, “The Beard” has put up more than 70 Fantasy Points in over 8 of his past 15 games. Now that All-Star Weekend is over, Harden will add his fresh legs to a Rockets team that is fully healthy for the first time in what feels like ages. Houston is traveling to LA to take on a Lakers team that ranks second-to-last in OPRK against PG/SGs. The signs are all pointing to a scorching hot performance from the reigning MVP.
SG – JJ Redick, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $5,300, 27.6 FPPG)
The Philadelphia lineup is stacked after the trade deadline, so it’s easy to forget about a guy like Redick when his fellow starters are Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid. The former Duke Blue Devil is a player to watch tonight. Despite new teammates, Redick is still seeing 30+ minutes in the vast majority of games. Some would expect that his production might drop since Harris joined the starting squad, but he remains as strong a contributor as he has been all season. In fact, in 2 of his previous 4 games, Redick has outperformed himself and posted more than 36 Fantasy Points. As the 76ers host the Heat, who rank 28th in OPRK against SG/SFs, keep an eye out for Redick to continue his success.
SF – Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $5,100, 31.0 FPPG)
LeVert’s injury at the beginning of the season was gruesome, but a major fall is the only way to create a strong comeback story. After beating rehab expectations and returning to the Brooklyn lineup on February 8, the young scorer looks inspired as ever. In his most recent game against Cleveland, he put up a strong 35.8 Fantasy Points. Despite a strong comeback, his DK salary has dropped for tonight’s game against Portland, who ranks 26th against PG/SFs. 31.0 FPPG for just $5,100 DK is a major steal tonight, especially for someone like LeVert who is determined to prove the doubters wrong.
PF – Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $4,100, 24.2 FPPG)
Aminu is an often-overlooked player despite the fact that he has been very serviceable throughout his career. His numbers won’t make your eyes bulge out of your head, but a stat line of 9.4 PPG / 7.9 RPG / 24.2 FPPG is very strong value for just $4,100 DK. Plus, Aminu was beginning to heat up prior to the All-Star break, averaging 28.3 FPPG over his last 2 games. His promising play should continue tonight against a Brooklyn team that ranks 27th in OPRK against SF/PFs.
C – DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $6,100, 32.4 FPPG)
$6,100 DK for 32.4 FPPG seems like fair value, but for a name like DeMarcus Cousins, I’m surprised the price tag isn’t way higher. Boogie is one of the most dominant Centers in the NBA when healthy, and he’s backed it up this year. After being reintroduced into the Warriors lineup, Cousins has posted 35 or more Fantasy Points in 5 of his last 8 games. Plus, with All-Star Weekend over, his minutes restriction is reported to go down as well. Now that Cousins can go full force, expect him to absolutely dominate a Sacramento squad that ranks 25th in OPRK.
G – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $9,000, 47.3 FPPG)
Do I need an explanation for selecting the league’s first unanimous MVP in my lineup? If for whatever reason I do, let me keep it simple with the most basic stats: 28.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 5.2 APG for a calculated 47.3 FPPG. Those states for under $10,000 DK is great value, especially when Steph and the Warriors are going up against a Kings team that ranks dead last in OPRK against PG/SGs. Don’t overthink this one – take Steph.
F – Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $4,400, 25.0 FPPG)
I am a huge Eric Gordon fan – and no, it’s not only because of the Hoosier connection. Gordon, who won the Three-Point Contest just a few years back, is one of the league’s sharpest shooters. Even at age 30, the Indiana product is still averaging 16.1 PPG and 25.0 FPPG for a Rockets team that is finally starting to find its groove again. As Houston visits a Lakers team that is second-to-last in OPRK against SG/SFs, look for Gordon to feast alongside his fellow guards James Harden and Chris Paul.
UTIL – Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $4,300, 24.1 FPPG)
Unless you’re a Nets fan, it’s likely Joe Harris wasn’t on your radar this season until his stunning Three-Point Contest victory just a few days ago. (Yeah, he beat out Steph Curry, NBD). Like Gordon, Harris’s fantasy value at 24.1 FPPG for just $4,300 DK is exceptional. His All-Star Weekend success is backed up by in-season production. In his last 4 games, the former Virginia Cavalier has really started to pick things up, averaging 32.2 FPPG. As Harris’s stock continues to rise, expect him to put up solid numbers against a Portland unit that ranks in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against SG/SFs.
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