Last night was winner winner chicken dinner! (Thank you Lord D’Angelo)
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets (77 Fantasy Points vs 38.1 FPPG)
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (59.25 Fantasy Points vs 50.5 FPPG)
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks (52.5 Fantasy Points vs 33.8 FPPG)
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (40.5 Fantasy Points vs 30.3 FPPG)
Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings (39.25 Fantasy Points vs 27.3 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $8,800, 45.3 FPPG)
The Blazers are running hot at their 4 seed thanks to the leadership of Damian Lillard. A pro rapper / Point Guard, “Dame D.O.L.L.A.” has been having another strong All-Star season as he pushes Portland into the playoffs, averaging over 25 PPG and 45 FPPG. Lillard has been especially hot as of late, averaging 53.2 FPPG over his last 6 games. Portland has just over 10 games left in the season and will be taking on a reeling Dallas unit. As the Blazers look to lock things up, Dame should feast tonight against a Mavericks team that is 25th in OPRK against Point Guards.
SG – Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards (DK Salary $5,600, 22.2 FPPG)
To be quite frank, I don’t know why Satoransky is priced so low at just $5,600 DK. His numbers don’t jump off the page with 8.5 PPG / 3.4 RPG / 4.8 APG, but he has stepped up his play dramatically over the last month. With the exception of a 16 minute outing on 3/15 that saw him with a concussion scare, the guard has been consistent in averaging 32.6 FPPG over his last 7 outings. As Satoransky is back to full health for the Wizards, expect him to put up big numbers against the Bulls, who are second-to-last in the NBA in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SF – Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers (DK Salary $5,700, 25.2 FPPG)
Ever since I attended the Knicks-Cavs game at MSG last month, I’ve been keeping an active eye on Cedi Osman. After some quick internal debate, I’ve accepted that Osman is a true NBA player. In his last 5 outings, he has averaged a whopping 35 FPPG and continues to best himself with each game. The Bucks will be a tough opponent tonight for the Cavs, but there are several factors that are favorable for Osman. His teammate and leader Kevin Love is listed as questionable, meaning Osman will see more touches with the ball. Plus, for how good they are, Milwaukee is ranked a lowly 24th in OPRK against SF/PFs. Finally, Giannis may not even play for the Bucks as he nurses an ankle injury. All things considered, Osman for only $5,700 DK tonight is great value.
PF – Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $6,800, 32.7 FPPG)
I almost always pick the Raptors big men incorrectly. When I pick Siakam, Serge Ibaka goes off. When I take Ibaka, Siakam goes insane. But with Ibaka just coming back from a three-game suspension, Siakam should still be carrying the load in the paint for the Raptors. The big man has really found his stride right before the playoffs, consistently scoring 34+ Fantasy Points in 10 of his last 13 games. Tonight, Toronto will travel to Oklahoma City to face a Thunder team that is a weak 23rd in OPRK against PF/Cs. Despite the OKC home court advantage, Siakam should keep his strong play going tonight on the road.
C – Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $7,100, 37.7 FPPG)
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! In Portland’s last game, we picked Nurkic to replace Blake Griffin in our lineup and he did exactly as he was supposed to, putting up over 34 Fantasy Points. Prior to that night, he was averaging 42.5 FPPG over his last 7 games. His hot streak aside, Nurkic is always a strong play, as he averages a double-double with 15.4 PPG and 10.4 RPG. The Mavericks no longer have their interior defenseman Deandre Jordan after trading him to New York, meaning that tonight should be a cake walk for Nurkic in Dallas.
G – Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $7,800, 38.1 FPPG)
Tonight, my brother and I will be watching Mitchell and the Jazz live to take on our Knicks. Whenever I go to see my favorite teams up close, there is almost ALWAYS someone on the opposing team who has the game of their life. Tonight, I see it being Mitchell. Prior to his last outing against Washington, the sophomore guard was averaging 43.9 FPPG over his last 5 games. A guy with New York blood, Mitchell should light it up tonight at MSG as the Jazz look to keep their playoff hopes alive.
F – Moe Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $4,400, 17.8 FPPG)
Whenever we take Harkless in our lineup, he seems to get word of it and go into overdrive. I expect nothing but the same tonight for the former Redman, especially with his alma mater St. John’s securing a spot in the first four of the NCAA tournament. His psyche aside, Harkless has been on the rise and is feeling hot after a 27.8 Fantasy Point outing in his last game against the Pacers. He, Lillard, and Nurkic will be a big part of Portland’s push to the playoffs, which will continue tonight against a Mavs team that is in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against SF/PFs.
UTIL – Danny Green, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $3,700, 20.9 FPPG)
Talk about value! Practically 21 FPPG for under $4,000 DK is unheard of and there’s no real reason for his low valuation, either. Playing in his normal role off the bench, the Raptors swingman has averaged 22.2 FPPG his last two games. This is nothing but a steal for the value we’re getting here, and we never ever challenge gifts from the fantasy gods. Especially against a Thunder team that is third-worst in the league in OPRK against SG/SFs, Green is a must tonight in our fantasy lineup .
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