NBA Fantasy Favorites - February 27, 2019

More games on the slate means more players to choose from and greater opportunities to win!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (66.75 Fantasy Points vs 50.1 FPPG)

Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (40.75 Fantasy Points vs 33.1 FPPG)

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (35.25 Fantasy Points vs 33.2 FPPG)

Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets (32 Fantasy Points vs 28.5 FPPG)

D.J. Augustin, Orlando Magic (30.25 Fantasy Points vs 22.9 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

PG – D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $8,700, 38.2 FPPG)

Russell is famous for having “ice in his veins,” and boy has it been true lately. The Nets have won 3 of their last 4 games, and each saw a major contribution from the former Laker. Against the Cavaliers, Russell hit a few clutch go-ahead buckets in 3OT to finish with 36 Points. Again on the road, D’Angelo went on his own 13-3 run late in the 4th quarter to stun the Hornets. And at home against the Spurs, Russell scored 23 Points in addition to 7 Rebounds and 8 Assists to blow out San Antonio. His Fantasy Points in those games?: 55.8, 58.8, and 48.8. And that’s not to mention a 60.3 Fantasy Point outing versus Toronto just prior to the  epic showdown in Cleveland. To put it simply: D’Angelo Russell is currently unstoppable and should feast against a Wizards team that is second-to-last in OPRK against PG/SGs.

SG – Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves (DK Salary $5,500, 30.4 FPPG)

It makes me really happy to know that D-Rose has revived his career in Minnesota. He may not be the superstar he once was in Chicago, but Rose is putting up a solid stat line of 18.4 PPG / 2.8 RPG / 4.6 APG, which translates into 30.4 FPPG. The former MVP is also starting to perform on a more consistent basis, putting up over 30 Fantasy Points in 3 of his last 5 games and 20 or more Points in 4 of his last 5. Especially against an Atlanta squad that is a terrible 28th in OPRK against PG/SGs, Rose should continue his success with another strong outing.

SF – LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $11,100, 54.1 FPPG)

*Cue the LeBron James kid*

Yeah, this is the first time I’ve selected LeBron for my fantasy lineup, and yes I know I’m probably late to the party. His price tag may be 5-digits, but his performances have more than justified the cost. With the exception of a “subpar” 44.5 Fantasy Point outing against Philly, James has recorded the following Fantasy Points over his past 5 games: 63.5, 64.8, 56.5, 78.8, and 72.5. We are literally talking about the value of 3 starters for the price of 2. Whether or not you’re a King James fan, the numbers speak for themselves. Now that Playoff LeBron has been activated, expect him to carve up a Pelicans team that is dead last in OPRK against SF/PFs.

PF – Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $6,800, 31.4 FPPG)

Since the departure of Tobias Harris, Harrell has really stepped up to the plate for the Clippers. With the exception of the February 24th game against Denver, in which he saw only 16 minutes, Harrell has averaged a dominant 38.6 FPPG over his last 7. He had his most exciting performance of the year against Dallas, in which he dropped 32 Points, grabbed 5 Rebounds, dished out 5 Assists, and swatted away 2 Blocks en route to 49.3 Fantasy Points. With the Clippers vying for a playoff spot, Harrell has been carrying his team to the finish line. He should put together another big performance against another playoff team in Utah, which ranks 24th in OPRK against PF/Cs.

C – Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards (DK Salary $4,600, 21.4 FPPG)

My fellow Hoosier classmate, Thomas Bryant has been a pleasant surprise so far for Washington. The former second-rounder is averaging 9.8 PPG and 5.9 RPG. Stats like those don’t necessarily jump off the sheet, but Bryant has been improving with every chance he gets to play big minutes. On February 6th against the Bucks, he posted 55.5 Fantasy Points in 32 minutes. Two weeks earlier in San Antonio, Bryant posted 32 Fantasy Points in 30 minutes. The week before that, he had 30 Fantasy Points against Detroit in just 26 minutes. The theme here: when he plays, he performs, and he further proved that with 55 Fantasy Points in the Wizards’ latest game against the Pacers. With increased minutes for Bryant, expect him to put together a strong outing against a Nets team that is 29th in OPRK against PF/Cs.  

G – Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $4,500, 24.2 FPPG)

The reigning 3-Point Champion is back in my lineup! Harris has been hot this month and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He put up over 29 Fantasy Points in all 4 games prior to the All-Star break and did it again in his second game back in action. 24.2 FPPG for just $4,500 DK is good value, and Harris’s hot streak makes it seem like a steal. Against a Wizards team that is in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against SG/SFs, expect Harris to keep the good times going.  

F – Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks (DK Salary $5,200, 29.4 FPPG)

When he was first traded from New York to the Lone Star state, it took Hardaway Jr. a few games to find his footing. Since then, he has become e a productive asset for the Mavericks. Over his past 4 games, THJ has fallen below 29 Fantasy Points only once. Prior to that stretch, Hardaway Jr. put together an impressive 34 Fantasy Point game in a home win against the Portland Trail Blazers. As the home-favoring Mavericks host the Pacers, expect Hardaway to continue his positive play.  

UTIL – E’Twaun Moore, New Orleans Pelicans (DK Salary $3,600, 20.2 FPPG)

For $3,600 DK, you’ll seldom find anyone averaging 15 FPPG. Somehow, some way, DraftKings is giving us E’Twaun Moore for under $4,000 DK. His recent play has been particularly encouraging, beating out his FPPG average in 3 of his last 4 games. Yet, his DK salary continues to fall. We don’t question the fantasy gods – we take their gifts and run. Especially against a Lakers team that is second-to-last in OPRK against SG/SFs, take Moore tonight with his surprisingly strong value.

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti