Anthony Davis out at the last second with back spasms - otherwise known as resting for Los Angeles.
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Justise Winslow, Miami Heat (42.25 Fantasy Points vs 28.2 FPPG)
Jordan Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies (38.25 Fantasy Points vs 27.6 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings (DK Salary $7,300, 36.6 FPPG)
His rookie season wasn’t amazing, but De’Aaron Fox has been stunning in his sophomore NBA season. Many have been raving about Fox and some even calling him the elite Point Guard of the future, and his recent play would support those rave reviews. In his past 10 games, Fox has put up over 40 Fantasy Points 4 times, including a monster 49.8 Fantasy Point outing the other day against my Knicks. Although he doesn’t score like a maniac, the second-year pro makes his money on a sweet 7.2 APG and a strong 1.7 STLPG. Tonight, his Kings travel to a rough Wizards squad with the hopes of further increasing their playoff chances. With Washington having lost their PG John Wall and subsequently ranking 26th in OPRK against Point Guards, Fox should be able to go lights out tonight in DC.
SG – Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $6,000, 29.6 FPPG)
The New York fan in me doesn’t want to pick a crosstown rival who consistently bashes the Knicks on Twitter, but the fantasy guru in me refuses to let a vendetta like that get in the way of a lineup steal. Following a six-week absence due to thumb surgery, Dinwiddie has been killing it for Brooklyn. After a weaning period into the lineup, the young Point Guard has averaged 39.8 FPPG over his last 3 outings. Now that Dinwiddie appears to be back to full health and is to be completely utilized by the Nets, expect him to kill it against a Pistons team that is in the bottom half of the league in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SF – Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $5,200, 25.5 FPPG)
Going for a player whose main facet is shooting is always tough in fantasy because of the chance that dimension will disappear for a game. However, Hoosier bias aside, Eric Gordon is a solidified veteran and an NBA 3-Point Champion who has proven time and time again to be a major value to a revitalized Rockets team that has now won 8 straight games. Gordon’s March has been up and down, but the highs have been extremely high. In his first game in March he dropped 46.3 Fantasy Points, and last night he posted 34.3 Fantasy Points on 50% shooting. Houston returns home tonight to host a struggling Hornets squad that is 26th in OPRK against SG/SFs. Expect Gordon’s highs to continue tonight in the Lone Star State.
PF – Al Horford, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $6,600, 32.1 FPPG)
Horford is a tough player to have in traditional fantasy leagues due to his streaky play, but for a DFS lineup he can be like striking gold. Because of his inconsistency, his DK salary doesn’t skyrocket despite his strong average of 32.1 FPPG. Horford is also capable of some extremely strong games. In his past 11 starts, the veteran big man has posted over 49 Fantasy Points 4 times, including 51.5 Fantasy Points against Detroit on 2/13 and 62.3 Fantasy Points against Milwaukee on 2/21. Their opposing Clippers team is a lowly 26th in OPRK against PF/Cs and are still trying to find their footing after trading away coveted big man Tobias Harris. Expect Horford to further showcase his potential tonight out in LA.
C – Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $7,200, 32.8 FPPG)
Remember that time I said to always take Serge Ibaka over Pascal Siakam when choosing Raptors big men? Yeah, me neither. (Please don’t look at my past Fantasy Favorites when I “allegedly” said that.) Siakam has been on an absolute tear as of late. In his past 9 games, the big man has scored below his 32.8 FPPG average only once. Meanwhile, he has posted 5 games with over 35 Fantasy Points, 1 game with 46 Fantasy Points, and 1 game with a whopping 67 Fantasy Points during that same stretch. For a player with such strong and continued scoring potential, take Siakam against a brutal Cavaliers team that is a measly 22nd in OPRK against PF/Cs.
G – Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $8,900, 44.5 FPPG)
Future Knicks Kyrie Irving, coming at you live! A lot of controversy has followed Irving this season in his last year before free agency. After committing to re-signing with Boston before the season began, he recently told reporters that, “I don’t owe anybody s**t,” which has only further placed him under a microscope with all of the Celtics’ woes. Despite all of the issues with the Boston team, Irving is still playing like the star that he is, including especially strong play as of late. Over his last 3 games, Irving is averaging 50 FPPG and is showing no signs of slowing down. Especially against a Clippers unit that is a miserable 27th in OPRK against Point Guards, expect Irving to light up the scoreboard and stuff the stat sheet.
F – Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $4,600, 24.2 FPPG)
Is Gordon Hayward worth the max contract that he got from Boston? Hellllllll no. But he is an interesting option for tonight’s fantasy lineup. On the value side, mid-20s FPPG for under $5,000 DK is not all that common. Hayward definitely had a tough stretch of games towards the end of February but has bounced back nicely this month, averaging 32.2 FPPG over his last 3 games. Per his recent game logs as well, he has strong potential for scoring over 30 Fantasy Points each night. For his potential and his price tag, take Hayward as a low-risk high-reward investment against a Clippers team that is in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against SF/PFs.
UTIL – Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings (DK Salary $4,200, 23.2 FPPG)
$4,200 DK often doesn’t buy you great players. It is especially rare to see over 23 FPPG priced in the low $4,000s. Bjelica’s low salary may be a result of the Kings trying to incorporate fellow forward Harry Giles into the rotation. However, following a breakout 39 Fantasy Point performance the other night in New York, Sacramento may be inclined to give Bjelica more consistent minutes moving forward. Tonight against a Wizards team that is 26th in OPRK against Power Forwards, expect Bjelica to continue proving his case for more minutes with a strong fantasy performance.
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