To sum up last night: Alexa, play “Ice Ice Baby.”
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (57.75 Fantasy Points vs 36.6 FPPG)
Danilo Gallinari, Los Angeles Clippers (49 Fantasy Points vs 33.5 FPPG)
Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers (26 Fantasy Points vs 22.8 FPPG)
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics (24.75 Fantasy Points vs 21.2 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $10,300, 45.8 FPPG)
We may not have won yet this week, but my guard picks have been second-to-none. Tonight will be no different with the legendary Dame D.O.L.L.A. Lillard is undoubtedly one of the most underrated players in the NBA and consistently plays with a chip on his shoulder. If it weren’t for him, Portland wouldn’t even be close to the playoff team that they are. I was afraid that after CJ McCollum went down with an injury, Lillard would suffer as well, but his numbers have skyrocketed. In his last 4 games, he is averaging an insane 60.2 FPPG on 30.5 PPG, 12 APG, and 3 double-doubles. This isn’t just a hot hand - this is one of the game’s best players putting on a clinic. Expect Lillard to carve up a Bulls team that is 28th in OPRK against Point Guards.
SG – Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizard (DK Salary $6,100, 22.9 FPPG)
We’ve played Satoransky only once in lineup, but when we did, he dropped over 30 Fantasy Points. Even though his stat line doesn’t exactly jump off the page, his strong fantasy performance actually shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Satoransky has been having quite an impressive stretch of games for the Wizards. In his last 12, he has posted 30+ Fantasy Points 9 times while averaging 31.9 FPPG. Washington might still make the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference, so expect Satoransky to go off tonight against a terrible Phoenix unit.
SF – Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $6,600, 31.4 FPPG)
The Lebrongeles Lakers are officially eliminated from playoff contention, but they are still giving Kuzma a plethora of minutes every night. Over his last 15 games, he’s played more than 30 minutes in each. And a major rule for fantasy is that minutes equal production. Prior to last night’s game against the Wizards, Kuzma dropped 42.5 Fantasy Points in 40 minutes against the Kings. On face value, 31.4 FPPG for $6,600 DK is fair, but with the potential for Kuzma to explode with all the time he’s getting on the court, he is a strong pick tonight against Utah.
PF – Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $6,300, 31.7 FPPG)
It has been way too long since we’ve had Sabonis in our fantasy lineup, so let’s end our self-imposed shunning. Sabonis has been a pivotal part of the Pacers lineup this season, especially picking up the slack when Oladipo went down with a season-ending quad injury. Nearly averaging a double-double at 14.1 PPG and 9.3 RPG, the big man has been turning it on as of late, averaging 34.8 FPPG over his last 3 games with 2 double-doubles. The Pacers have clinched the playoffs but are still fighting hard for better seeding in the East. Expect for Sabonis to go H.A.M. on a Thunder team that is 24th in OPRK against PF/Cs.
C – Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies (DK Salary $7,700, 29.9 FPPG)
Keep the good times rolling, Jonas! The last time we picked Valanciunas for our Fantasy Favorites, he dropped over 40 Fantasy Points and gave our team a fighting chance. He has been playing SO much better now that he is in Memphis, especially now that he’s found his chemistry with his Grizzlies teammates. Still think that $7,700 DK for 29.9 FPPG isn’t a steal? You fool! You must’ve missed that Valanciunas is averaging an incredible 51.2 FPPG and 4 double-doubles over his last 4 games. The man is lighting it up and is refusing to slow things down. Tonight will be a major game of pride for the Grizzlies matching up against the Warriors dynasty (who by the way rank in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against Centers), so expect Valanciunas to go all-out in front of the home Memphis crowd.
G – Seth (not Steph) Curry, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $4,200, 12.0 FPPG)
If you thought Steph Curry could get into your lineup for only $4,200 DK, then shame on you! The fantasy gods can be forgiving, but they’re not idiots. But what they are forgetting is that Seth Curry is literally Steph Curry lite. He has good handles and is absolutely WET from 3. The injury to teammate CJ McCollum is sad for Portland fans, but it has helped Curry come back into relevance. Over his last 3 games, the overshadowed brother is averaging 28.9 FPPG with 20+ NBA Points in 2 of those 3. He has played very well alongside Damian Lillard and the two should complement each other well tonight against a Bulls team that is third worst in the league in OPRK against PG/SGs.
F – Lance Stephenson, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $3,700, 15.6 FPPG)
Did anyone see Stephenson’s crossover last night? I mean, holy shit! Jeff Green was sent into another dimension. Aside from just that, Stephenson has been picking up his play for the Lakers. Since returning from a toe injury that sidelined him for about 3 weeks, Mr. New York Basketball of 2009 is averaging 24.2 FPPG over his last 2 games. The Lakers may be cooked, but Lance is still showing off his skills and should continue to do so tonight against the Jazz.
UTIL – Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $5,000, 29.3 FPPG)
$5,000 DK for this sleeper pick is maybe the steal of the year. Kanter hurt my heart by blasting the Knicks on Twitter this year, but he has performed nicely now that he has found a bigger role with the Blazers. In his last 3 games, the politically-active Center has averaged nearly 30 FPPG, but his minutes and fantasy stock rise immensely following the gruesome injury to Portland’s big man Jusuf Nurkic. With the Trail Blazers looking to solidify their positioning in the West, expect Kanter to bully a Bulls team that is a terrible 28th in OPRK against Centers.
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