Jabari Parker’s shocking trade hurt us big last night, but with the deadline passed we can make even more confident picks!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (40.5 Fantasy Points vs 37.1 FPPG)
Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets (37.5 Fantasy Points vs 22.1 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $6,400, 25.7 FPPG)
Collison has been faced with no easy task in picking up the slack of the Pacers offense in Victor Oladipo’s absence, but he’s held his own nicely. Since the former Hoosier went down with a season-ending injury, Collison is averaging 29.7 FPPG, including 4 games with 36 Fantasy Points or more. The Pacers are still adapting as a team to the absence of their fallen leader, but with Indiana hosting a Clippers team that ranks 27th in the league in OPRK against PGs, Collison should continue to overperform tonight.
SG – Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $7,400, 32.5 FPPG)
A high-scoring guard, Lou Williams has been electric recently, putting up 45.1 FPPG over his last 7 games. Tonight, the veteran guard gets to go up against an Oladipo-less Pacers team that already ranks a weak 21st in the NBA in OPRK against PG/SGs. Williams should continue to excel tonight with no real end to his hot streak in sight.
SF – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $5,800, 30.7 FPPG)
Despite my New York blood, I’ve never shied away from being a Jayson Tatum fan. A consistent addition to my Fantasy Favorites lineup, Tatum’s numbers are rock solid at 16.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 30.7 FPPG. He seldom falls more than 5 points below his 30.7 FPPG average and most recently had his best game in a while with 44.8 Fantasy Points two nights ago in Cleveland. As Tatum continues to heat up, he should have no problem carving up a Lakers team that ranks 27th in the league in OPRK against SF/PFs.
PF – Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $9,400, 46.8 FPPG)
One word: Dominant. Kawhi Leonard has been absolutely dominant this season in his first year with the Raptors, putting up an extremely strong 27.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 46.8 FPPG. His past 3 games have been below his average FPPG, but in his 7 games prior to that small stretch, he averaged an MVP-like 55.5 FPPG. Especially with the Raptors facing off against a brutal Hawks team that ranks second-to-last in OPRK against SF/PFs, Leonard should continue his streak of dominance.
C – Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $6,300, 31.4 FPPG)
Another Raptor, Ibaka has the potential to really get cooking tonight. For starts, he has produced more than his FPPG in an impressive 5 of his last 6 games. Second, his Hawks opposition rank a terrible 29th in the league in OPRK against PF/Cs. Finally, the Raptors just made a MAJOR trade today in acquiring long-time veteran Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies. All the factors added together, Ibaka is not only a must to start tonight, he’s on fire watch.
G – Justin Holiday, Memphis Grizzlies (DK Salary $5,200, 23.4 FPPG)
Justin Holiday has adjusted to his new home in Memphis very nicely and is producing WAY over his average with his new team. Since joining the Grizzlies, Holiday has averaged 30.4 FPPG and helped the reeling Memphis team win 2 of their last 3. As the new Grizzly continues to find his way and excel with his new team, he should continue building on his success against the Thunder, who rank third-worst in OPRK against SG/SFs.
F – Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs (DK Salary $5,800, 28.9 FPPG)
Who said veterans ever slow down? Even in his 13th season in the league at age 32, the Brooklyn native is still putting a solid 28.9 FPPG on 14.2 PPG and 6.4 RPG. In his last 14 games, Gay has failed to score below 21 Fantasy Points while putting up over 32 Fantasy Points 5 times during that stretch. The Spurs have struggled a bit lately, but with San Antonio facing up against a Portland team that ranks 26th in OPRK against SF/PFs, Rudy Gay should carry the team and put up some positive points in the making.
UTIL – Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $3,700, 15.0 FPPG)
Theis has had a rather inconsistent season thus far, but he has finally started to find his way recently. In his past 3 games, Theis 20.2 FPPG while never falling below 19 Fantasy Points. Although he’s a bench player, $3,7000 DK for a streaking player is good value, especially as Boston hosts a Lakers team that ranks 27th in OPRK against PF/Cs.
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