NBA Fantasy Favorites - March 13, 2019

If I’m in the money with 3 minutes left, then wake up to see that I’m out of the money, the only reasonable explanation is that DraftKings is rigged.


Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers (53 Fantasy Points vs 43.9 FPPG)

Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers (39.5 Fantasy Points vs 29.0 FPPG)

Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers (32.75 Fantasy Points vs 30.1 FPPG) (Replacing scratched Danilo Gallinari)

Moe Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers (21.5 Fantasy Points vs 17.7 FPPG)


Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

PG – Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies (DK Salary $7,800, 38.2 FPPG)

I don’t know what is going on with the Memphis Grizzlies, but for some reason they are playing like an actual NBA team again. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 games and moved up a spot in the Western Conference standings. The Grizzlies’ success is due in large part to veteran leader Mike Conley. In their 3 most recent games, Conley is averaging 52 FPPG en route to 3 straight Memphis wins. I thought that the Grizzlies would be in full tank mode after shipping off Marc Gasol to Toronto, but it seems like Conley and the Grizz should dominate a weak Atlanta Hawks team that is 22nd in OPRK against Point Guards.

SG – Dennis Schroder, Oklahoma City Thunder (DK Salary $5,600, 28.1 FPPG)

Schroder is often forgotten about on a Thunder team that features Paul George and Russell Westbrook, but he is still Oklahoma City’s number 3 scoring option. $5,600 DK for 28.1 FPPG is fair value, but Schroder’s play as of late proves that he is worth more. Over his past 5 games, he is averaging 32.4 FPPG and posted a 24 Point / 37.8 Fantasy Point performance the other night against Utah. Brooklyn is top-5 when it comes to defending forwards, so expect Paul George to struggle a bit tonight. Because of that, Westbrook should be OKC’s number one option with Schroder as the number two tonight.

SF – Kelly Oubre, Jr., Phoenix Suns (DK Salary $6,200, 26.6 FPPG)

By god the Suns are bad, but Oubre Jr. is balling out. Many thought that he might be overshadowed by fellow guard Devin Booker, but he seems to be a strong complement in the Phoenix lineup. Oubre Jr. is playing especially well as of late. Over his last 6 games, the former first-rounder is averaging 19.5 PPG and 36.2 FPPG. The Suns may be in full tank mode, but with Phoenix taking on a Jazz squad that plays mid-level perimeter defense, expect Oubre Jr. to show out once again.

PF – John Collins, Atlanta Hawks (DK Salary $7,600, 36.7 FPPG)

When it comes to the Hawks lineup, the sharp-shooting Trae Young gets all the focus, while everyone forgets about John Collins. The Hawks big man is one of the most consistent fantasy scorers in the league and is averaging nearly a double-double with 19.8 PPG and 9.8 RPG. Collins has really been impressive as of late, averaging 44.6 FPPG over his last 6 and a crazy 54.9 FPPG over his last 2. Their Memphis opponents are not the same after trading veteran center Marc Gasol. With Collins scorching hot, expect him to take advantage of the Grizzlies tonight in Atlanta.

C – Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (DK Salary $6,300, 35.8 FPPG)

Following his #1 overall selection, Ayton has been a strong and steady performer on an otherwise abysmal Suns team. The rookie is averaging a double-double with 16.6 PPG and 10.3 RPG. In his past 15 games, Ayton has scored below 30 Fantasy Points only twice. Excluding an anomaly performance for Ayton that only had him see 25 minutes against the Knicks, he has averaged 41.5 FPPG in his last 4 games. Tonight, the Suns host a Utah team that is dead last in OPRK against Centers, despite the presence of former DPOY Rudy Gobert. All things considered, Ayton should feast tonight at home.

G – Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $8,500, 38.2 FPPG)

Mitchell is slowly becoming one of my favorite players in the NBA. Off the court, he is a METS fan and a genuinely good person (see his response to the Utah fan who heckled Russell Westbrook with racial slurs). On the court, he is an absolute beast. Mitchell seldom scores below his 38.2 FPPG and often outperforms himself. Over his last 9 games, the former Louisville Cardinal has 7 performances over 40+ Fantasy Points, including a 65.8 Fantasy Point game against the Bucks on March 2. In his last 5 outings, Mitchell is averaging 47.7 FPPG and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, especially as the Jazz push for a playoff spot in the West. Before my brother and I get to see him live at the Garden in a week, the sophomore superstar should go off against a brutal Suns team that is 25th in OPRK against PG/SGs.

F – Rodions Kurucs, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $4,600, 16.8 FPPG)

Kurucs has been streaking ever since I took a chance on him the other week. Over his past 5 games, the Brooklyn forward has not scored below 21 Fantasy Points and is averaging 26.3 FPPG. Kurucs is especially effective when he sees more minutes on the court. Lucky for him, fellow Net DeMarre Carroll will be out for tonight’s game. With Brooklyn traveling to a Thunder team that is 23rd in OPRK against SF/PFs, Kurucs’s favorable matchup and increased minutes should warrant a spot in tonight’s lineup.

UTIL – C.J. Miles, Memphis Grizzlies (DK Salary $3,200, 11.4 FPPG)

We typically run low on funds for the utility position, and tonight’s lineup is no exception. However, C.J. Miles seems to be a great pick for only $3,200 DK. His 11.4 FPPG may be cause for hesitation, but his minutes have picked up resulting in more Fantasy Points than the averages tell. Over his last 5 games, Miles has 3 20+ Fantasy Point performances. Memphis has been picking up their play, and against an Atlanta squad that is second-to-last in OPRK against SG/SFs, Miles should follow the upward trend of his team.

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti