Let’s stay on a roll after we doubled our entry money last night!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets (60.25 Fantasy Points vs 42.1 FPPG)
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (46.75 Fantasy Points vs 32.6 FPPG)
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (46.5 Fantasy Points vs 33.3 FPPG)
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (44.75 Fantasy Points vs 30.4 FPPG)
Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (31 Fantasy Points vs 16.3 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $7,100, 37.0 FPPG)
Since coming back from injury on 1/27, Paul has been nothing but consistent. His fantasy performance over those past 4 games? 32.8, 32.0, 33.8, and 38.3 Fantasy Points, respectively. These numbers may be slightly below his season average of 37 FPPG, but CP3 is trending upwards as he gets even healthier. Tonight’s matchup against the Kings is even more favorable for Paul. Not only does Sacramento rank dead last in OPRK against PGs, but Paul and his 2.1 STLPG gets to go up against De’Aaron Fox, who has struggled with turnovers recently. The veteran Point Guard should continue to build on his previous success and produce strong numbers tonight in Sacramento.
SG – Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $6,300, 33.3 FPPG)
A new addition to my Fantasy Favorites, I am a big fan of Middleton. He is a player who gets often overlooked by his superstar teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he himself is a major reason why the Bucks have the best record in the NBA. Middleton has averaged a solid 17.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 4.2 APG on his way to a strong 33.3 FPPG. In addition to his productivity, the former Texas A&M standout has been incredibly consistent, falling more than 7 Fantasy Points below his average only once in his past 15 games. With the Bucks looking to keep their NBA dominance alive against a reeling Wizards team that ranks 22ndin OPRK against SG/SFs, Middleton should excel tonight alongside the league’s likely MVP.
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks (DK Salary $4,900, 30.0 FPPG)
Hardaway’s lack of familiarity with his new Mavericks team is likely a big reason for his extremely low price tag, but if Dennis Smith Jr. has taught us anything with the Knicks, it’s that players can adapt quickly and produce greatly following a change of scenery. At 30 FPPG, THJ was by no means a slacker when he was in New York. With the departure of Wesley Matthews in the deal that sent him to Texas, Hardaway should see solid minutes in his team debut. His streakiness and limited time with the team post some risks tonight, but I have faith in Hardaway producing like he’s used to tonight against Charlotte.
PF – Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $4,400, 22.1 FPPG)
Plumlee typically is not a starter, as is shown by his backup production at 22.1 FPPG. However, the former Duke Blue Devil is producing nicely in the absence of usual starter Paul Millsap. Plumlee has posted 32.4 FPPG over his last 4 games where he has played over 20 minutes, including 40.3 Fantasy Points in his last game against Detroit. Millsap is questionable for tonight’s game, but even if he does play, it’s likely that he will be on reduced minutes as the Nuggets ease him back from injury. Regardless of whether or not Millsap plays tonight, expect Plumlee to receive major minutes and carve up a Nets team that ranks dead last in the league in OPRK against PF/Cs.
C – Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans (DK Salary $7,300, 16.5 FPPG)
Much like Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor is not New Orleans’s usual starter, as is evident by his measly 16.5 FPPG. And yet, with Anthony Davis struggling with injury, Okafor has filled the lineup gap seamlessly. Although he’s no AD, Okafor is looking like a bona fide starter out on the court posting, 18.9 PPG and 38.9 FPPG since filling in for Davis on 1/21. AD has been ruled out yet again, meaning that Okafor will get the opportunity to continue his crazy success and carve up a Bulls team that ranks 26thin the league in OPRK against Centers.
G – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $9,100, 47.7 FPPG)
Yeah, I successfully snuck Steph Curry in the bottom of my lineup (you’re welcome). It’s blatantly obvious how good Steph is, so even at $9,100, his production is worth it for any fantasy lineup tonight, especially with the Warriors matching up with a Spurs team that ranks 24thin OPRK against PG/SGs. Need I explain more?
F – Jabari Parker, Chicago Bulls (DK Salary $4,200, 26.7 FPPG)
The former Duke star has had his share of issues on the court this season with inconsistent ups and downs. His past 2 games sum up his fantasy season perfectly: 2 Fantasy Points last game and 45.8 Fantasy Points the game before. But despite his struggles at times, Parker has still managed to put up a solid 26.7 FPPG. The Pelicans rank in the bottom half of the league in OPRK against stretch forwards like Parker. Especially playing with passion following a death in the family (our condolences), Parker should have one of his stronger nights tonight in front of his home crowd.
UTIL – Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (DK Salary $6,500, 36.1 FPPG)
The Suns rookie Center has been extremely impressive so far this season, already averaging a double-double with 16.3 PPG and 10.6 RPG. You know what that translates into? Precious Fantasy Points. Ayton is a consistent 30+ Fantasy Point scorer and is susceptible to breakout games, including 4 40+ Fantasy Point performances over his last 12 games (including a nuts 61.5 Fantasy Point outing against Denver on 12/29). Ayton will go toe-to-toe with an elite defender tonight in Rudy Gobert, and yet his matchup remains favorable against a Jazz unit that ranks 25th in OPRK against Centers.
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