Jamal Murray was my greatest enemy yesterday with a DNP, but we can only go up from here!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (67.75 Fantasy Points vs 56.4 FPPG)
Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (38.25 Fantasy Points vs 36.9 FPPG)
Bryn Forbes, San Antonio Spurs (23.25 Fantasy Points vs 20.9 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets (DK Salary $8,700, 42.1 FPPG)
Right off the bat, Cardiac Kemba is my most expensive player for tonight’s lineup. Kemba has been extremely productive this season, averaging 24.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, and 1.2 STLPG. His ability to get Fantasy Points in facets of the game beyond scoring makes him extremely valuable every night. And it has really shown as of late; he posted a 65 Fantasy Point performance against the Bulls on February 2. Walker excels against weak defensive teams. Tonight he goes up against a Clippers team that ranks 27thin OPRK against PGs. Kemba should feast on LA tonight at home.
SG – CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $7,100, 32.6 FPPG)
Whenever I see McCollum available, I almost always count him as a must. The former Lehigh star is often overshadowed by Damian Lillard, but McCollum has the ability to score like the best of them. He has been especially hot lately, averaging 27.25 PPG and 44 FPPG over his last 4 games. The Blazers are matching up against a Miami team that ranks a lowly 26thin OPRK against PGs/SGs. With his favorable matchup and his hot hand, McCollum is a lock for the night.
SF – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $5,800, 30.4 FPPG)
The former Duke Blue Devil has impressed immensely in his first two years in the league, posting a solid stat line of 16.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 30.4 FPPG this season. Tatum is extremely consistent as a fantasy asset, only falling 6 or more Fantasy Points below his 30.4 FPPG average twice in his last 15 games. The second-year Celtic should continue to be effective tonight and even excel against an absolutely abysmal Cavaliers team.
PF – Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $6,200, 33.3 FPPG)
Aaron Gordon is an absolute beast. With his stature and his hops, it should come as no surprise that he averages 33.3 FPPG on 15.8 PPG and 7.5 RPG. What IS surprising is how he absolutely excels against the league’s best teams. In addition to a monster 47.8 Fantasy Point performance against the Wizards, his best games over the last month have come against OKC (40.3 Fantasy Points on 1/29), Houston (42.5 Fantasy Points on 1/27 and 43 Fantasy Points on 1/13), and Boston (47 Fantasy Points on 1/12). With the Magic facing the Western Conference’s 3-seed OKC Thunder, who also rank 23rdin OPRK against SFs/PFs, Gordon should show up tonight and post some monster numbers.
C – DeAndre Jordan, New York Knicks (LOL) (DK Salary $6,200, 34.4 FPPG)
The recently-traded Jordan may be on an absolutely joke of a team, but he is still the same player that averages 11 PPG, 13.7 RPG, and 1.1 BLKPG for an impressive 34.4 FPPG. Head Coach David Fizdale seems intent on playing Jordan to inject some defensive character into the Knicks. Jordan played 29 minutes and posted 35 Fantasy Points in his Knicks debut against the Grizzlies on February 3rd. Expect a similiar performance against the Pistons, who rank 22ndin OPRK against Centers. Despite being on a weak new team, Jordan should continue to be a highly productive player. He’s a steal at only $6,200 DK dollars.
G – Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $6,700, 21.3 FPPG)
Sound familiar? Scary Terry is in my Fantasy Favorites lineup again and again. I expect him to put up starter-caliber numbers in Kyrie Irving’s absence. When Irving is out, Rozier has always stepped up to the spotlight, explaining his stellar stretch as of late. Over his past 8 games, the backup Point Guard has 4 35+ Fantasy Point performances, including 48 Fantasy Points against Cleveland on 1/23 and 46.8 Fantasy Points against Charlotte on 1/30. The Celtics again face off against the Cavaliers tonight, and with Irving ruled out, Rozier should shine once more.
F – Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $5,300, 20.4 FPPG)
Isaac is a forward who has seen his value and price tag rise significantly over the last month. The sixth pick of last year’s draft is finally starting to find his footing in the league, and his fantasy value is on the up as a result. Isaac’s previous 7 games have been especially promising. He has put up above-average numbers, posting 30.6 FPPG over his last 7 games and averaging 37.9 FPPG in his last 2 outings. With the Magic going up against a Thunder team that ranks a favorable 23rdin OPRK against SFs/PFs, I expect Isaac to continue his recent hot streak.
UTIL – Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (DK Salary $4,000, 16.3 FPPG)
He’s baaa-aaack (from illness). Two big men from the same team is often a risky fantasy strategy, but I see an exception here tonight with DeAndre Jordan and Mitchell Robinson. Despite Jordan’s entrance into New York, Robinson is expected to maintain the same number of minutes as before. Robinson already averages a stunning 2 BLKPG and should continue to excel on defense, while learning from DeAndre Jordan. As a result of big recent performances, Robinson has improved upon his season average of 16.3 FPPG, averaging 21.6 FPPG over his last 7 games. Robinson goes up against a Pistons team that ranks 22ndin OPRK against Centers, he should blow his $4,000 value out of the water.
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