Earned some winnings last time out and going full steam ahead!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (64 Fantasy Points vs 59.4 FPPG)
Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings (50.25 Fantasy Points vs 33.0 FPPG)
Dewayne Dedmon, Atlanta Hawks (45.5 Fantasy Points vs 25.7 FPPG)
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (40.5 Fantasy Points vs 31.7 FPPG)
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers (36.5 Fantasy Points vs 31.8 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $6,000, 33.2 FPPG)
Murray is not the type of player to put on jaw-dropping performances, but he will consistently perform well when he suits up. In his past 15 games, Murray has hit 30+ Fantasy Points 11 times, including two games with over 40 Fantasy Points. His minutes have not dwindled much with the return of Isaiah Thomas, and thus his 18.1 PPG / 4.2 RPG / 5.0 APG / 33.2 FPPG should continue to be the norm. With the Nuggets hosting an OKC team that is more offensive-oriented than defensive-minded, expect Murray to continue forming a dominant 1-2 punch with his teammate Nikola Jokic.
SG – Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $5,300, 24.7 FPPG)
Unlike the aforementioned Murray, the most exciting aspect about Ross is his ability to have breakout games. Over his past 10 games, Ross has posted over 40 Fantasy Points 4 times, including a dominant 41.3 Fantasy Point outing against his former Raptors team the other night. He has been especially hot as of late, averaging 32.3 FPPG over his last 3 games. Ross’s $5,300 DK price for his fantasy potential is very low. Especially against a Knicks squad that ranks 22nd in OPRK against SG/SFs, expect big things from Ross tonight at MSG.
SF – Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $6,400, 33.1 FPPG)
The former Dunk Contest runner-up has had a bit of an up and down fantasy season; but despite the polarity of his performances, he is still averaging 33.1 FPPG on 15.6 PPG and 7.3 RPG. The most encouraging thing about Gordon is his ability to rebound from poor performances. In 3 of the last 5 outings in which he scored under 30 Fantasy Points, the former Arizona Wildcat has put up over 40 Fantasy Points in the following games. With Gordon having only posted 23.8 Fantasy Points in his previous game against Toronto, expect him to explode against a Knicks team that ranks dead last in OPRK against SF/PFs.
PF – Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $6,100, 31.6 FPPG)
General rule of thumb that I’ve learned: If you’re going to take a Raptors big man for your lineup, always take Ibaka over Siakam. Despite the two having very similar stat lines, Ibaka tends to be the higher-scoring and more consistent fantasy performer. Plus, the former Thunder forward has been scorching hot as of late, putting up more than 38 Fantasy Points in 4 of his last 5 games. And similar to Gordon, Ibaka bounces back well after tough performances. After a rough outing against Orlando the other night that saw only 19.3 Fantasy Points, watch for Ibaka to fire on all cylinders at home tonight against Boston.
C – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $10,000, 50.1 FPPG)
No explanation should be needed here, this is the lock of the night. Jokic is an absolute BEAST on the court, averaging a double-double and nearly a triple-double with 20.4 PPG / 10.8 RPG / 7.7 APG for an astounding 50.1 FPPG. In his last 14 games, Jokic has failed to hit 49 Fantasy Points only 3 times, and in the games when Jokic is on, he is on. Some of his best games over the past 14 outings include 58.3, 63.5 (2x), 63.8, 64.8, 65.5, 69.8 and 76.5 (!) Fantasy Points. Simply put, the guy is a consistent monster. If you want to win, don’t let his $10,000 DK salary scare you tonight, especially as he gets to play in front of his Denver crowd.
G – D.J. Augustin, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $4,100, 22.9 FPPG)
Even with fellow Orlando teammate Terrence Ross heating up, Augustin is still receiving solid minutes for the Magic. In those minutes, the veteran Point Guard is performing nicely, especially in the second half of February. In his last 5 games, Augustin has had 3 nights where he scored over 12 Points and 28 Fantasy Points, putting up 28.8 FP against Chicago, 31.8 FP against Toronto, and 36.8 FP against Atlanta. With his Knicks opponents ranking in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against PGs, expect Augustin to continue his hot spell.
F – Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $6,200, 28.5 FPPG)
While Jokic may be my lock of the night, his fellow front courter Paul Millsap is my favorite pick of the night. $6,200 DK for just 28.5 FPPG might seem like poor value, but Millsap’s numbers have been insane lately has he really begins to find his old form. Following a 30.5 Fantasy Point outing against the Heat on February 11, Millsap has been averaging 51.2 Fantasy Points. Especially against a Thunder team that ranks a terrible 28th in OPRK against PF/Cs, expect Millsap to pair nicely with Jokic to form an absolutely dominant 1-2 punch tonight.
UTIL – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $5,900, 31.1 FPPG)
I’ve called Jayson Tatum “Mr. Consistency” in the past, and that statement continues to hold true. In his past 15 games, Tatum has dipped below 25 Fantasy Points only twice. During that same stretch, the reigning Skills Challenge champion has posting 34+ Fantasy Points 7 times. The odds are always in your favor when picking Jayson Tatum for your fantasy lineup, and the same holds true tonights as his Celtics squad travels to Toronto.
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