If it wasn’t for Ben Simmons having a tummy ache, last night would’ve been huge.
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets (62.75 Fantasy Points vs 38.8 FPPG)
Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies (42 Fantasy Points vs 29.7 FPPG)
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz (39.5 Fantasy Points vs 26.9 FPPG)
Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic (39 Fantasy Points vs 26.4 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (DK Salary $8,200, 36.6 FPPG)
I’ll be the first to admit that I had my doubts about Trae Young coming out of college. I thought he could only shoot deep threes, but he has quickly surged to the top of the NBA and garnered respect from Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma, and Blake Griffin as this year’s rightful Rookie of the Year. And with a stat line of 18.7 PPG / 7.9 APG / 3.6 RPG / 36.6 FPPG, it’s tough to argue against him. Young has especially turned the jets on as of late, averaging 40.2 FPPG over his last 8 games and 48.3 FPPG over his last 3. The Hawks are all but out of the playoffs, but Young will be pushing for ROTY against a Pelicans squad that is 23rd in OPRK against Point Guards and is without their best defenders, Jrue Holiday (perimeter) and Anthony Davis (interior).
SG – Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $6,800, 21.2 FPPG)
Often overlooked as a bench player, Rozier is at his best when there’s no Kyrie Irving in the lineup for Boston. In his last 3 games with 24+ minutes of action, he has averaged a starter-like 32.8 FPPG. Why do I mention this? Because Irving will be sitting out of the Celtics lineup for rest. Scary Terry should go on an absolute tear as the starting Point Guard tonight, especially against a tanking Cavaliers team. He’s great value for only $6,800 DK.
SF – Danilo Gallinari, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $7,400, 33.5 FPPG)
Cock-a-doodle-do! Yeah, that’s what I heard 50 times in my ear from a drunken fan when I saw Gallo at MSG back when he was on the Knicks. Anyhow, Gallinari has really found his footing with the Clippers, averaging a solid stat line of 19.7 PPG / 6.0 RPG / 2.4 APG / 33.5 FPPG. He has been a pivotal part of LA’s playoff run as well, scoring 40.2 FPPG over his last 7 games. The Clippers are looking to secure better playoff seeding in a highly competitive Western Conference, meaning Gallo should take apart a T-Wolves team that is 28th in OPRK against SF/PFs.
PF – Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $7,600, 33.3 FPPG)
Do NOT bet against Pascal Siakam. I used to teeter-totter between him and Serge Ibaka when it came to Toronto forwards, but Siakam has taken the cake in terms of minutes and playing ability. The big man has been on a tear as of late, averaging 47.6 FPPG over his last 3 games and is showing no signs of slowing down. His is a consistently high scorer as well, only thrice scoring under 30 Fantasy Points in his last 15 games. With the Raptors eyeing the 1 seed in the East, Siakam should bully a Bulls team that is 22nd in OPRK against PF/Cs.
C – Marc Gasol, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $6,000, 35.5 FPPG)
Two Toronto towers in the same lineup? You bet your ass we’re doing it! At 35.5 FPPG for only $6,000 DK, the value here is just too good to pass up. Sure Gasol’s usage is not the same in Toronto as it was in Memphis, but his offensive efficiency is just as strong. In his last 6 games, he has scored over 32 Fantasy Points 4 times, including a big 39.5 Fantasy Point performance in his last outing against Charlotte. The Raptors have several big men to use, and Gasol is still putting up big numbers in his rotation. Much like his teammate Siakam, Gasol should destroy a Bulls team that is a terrible 29th in OPRK against Centers.
G – Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $5,300, 22.8 FPPG)
Beverley has become one of the more vocal players in the NBA, trash talking opposing players in the league. And when you openly talk that way about your opponents, you need to back up all the talk, which Beverley has done. Since putting Lonzo Ball and Paul George on blast, the veteran guard has upped his game and averaged 27.6 FPPG over his last 9 starts. During that stretch, Beverley has refused to dip below 20 Fantasy Points, while scoring above 30 Fantasy Points 3 times and 40 Fantasy Points once. He may have a target on his back, but Beverley is walking the walk and talking the talk, and should continue doing so tonight against Minnesota.
F – Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards (DK Salary $5,200, 21.4 FPPG)
It’s been too long since a Hoosier was in our Fantasy Favorites lineup, and who better to break that cold spell than the hot-handed Thomas Bryant? The sophomore big man has seen a major uptick in his minutes for Washington since the Wizards have moved him into the starting lineup. He’s played over 35 minutes in each of his last 2 games. In his last 3 games where he has played over 30 minutes, Bryant has averaged 41.4 FPPG. The former Hoosier has become one of the most efficient players in the league. With his minutes only growing, Bryant should dominate against a Lakers team that is in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against PF/Cs.
UTIL – Stanley Johnson, New Orleans Pelicans (DK Salary $3,500, 15.0 FPPG)
Tonight could be a huge night for Johnson. Typically a role player off of the bench, the forward may see some major minutes tonight since New Orleans is beset with injuries to veterans Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore, and Anthony Davis. $3,500 DK is already solid value for a player averaging 15.0 FPPG. And with increased in minutes, Johnson does even better, posting 27.2 FPPG. With Johnson’s playing time continuing to increase, he should raise some eyebrows at home against a Hawks team that is second-to-last in OPRK against SF/PFs.
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