These players are sure to “heat up” despite the snowstorm on the East Coast.
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (64 Fantasy Points vs 54.1 FPPG)
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets (42.25 Fantasy Points vs 38.2 FPPG)
Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks (35.5 Fantasy Points vs 29.4 FPPG)
Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves (34.5 Fantasy Points vs 30.4 FPPG)
Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards (30.25 Fantasy Points vs 21.4 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $6,800, 32.9 FPPG)
In the battle of LA, I think Lou Williams is going to excel. The Staples Center will be shaking as the Clippers have a chance to further knock back Playoff LeBron. Williams seldom scores below 30 Fantasy Points and is highly susceptible to heating up, scoring over 48 Fantasy Points in 5 of his last 13 games. With the stakes set in Los Angeles and the Lakers missing Lonzo’s defense, expect Williams to go off against the crosstown rivals, who already rank a brutal 29th in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SG – Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $6,600, 30.5 FPPG)
Lining up against Lou Williams and the Clippers, Brandon Ingram will be the Lakers’ only hope with Playoff LeBron wearing down. The Lakers can’t seem to find their chemistry and now sit at 3 games below .500 and 10th in the West. Despite the team’s recent struggles, Ingram has feasted over his last 6 games, averaging 42.2 FPPG in that stretch. Especially with Lonzo Ball still out with an injury, Ingram should continue to play strong basketball against a Clippers team that is 23rd in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SF – Justise Winslow, Miami Heat (DK Salary $5,700, 28.1 FPPG)
28.1 FPPG for just $5,700 DK is great value. In addition, Justise Winslow has been outperforming himself as of late, scoring over 30 Fantasy Points in 5 of his last 7 games. His ability to rack up fantasy points seems to stem from his versatility, as he is able to put together high totals in Points, Rebounds, Assist, or Steals on any night. With a lowly Hawks team that is second-to-last in the NBA in OPRK against PG/SFs, Winslow should play well in front of his home crowd (with our Sulla in attendance.)
PF – Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $5,800, 26.6 FPPG)
Derrick Favors has been on an absolute TEAR recently, so it is a mystery as to why his price tag is only $5,800 DK. Favors has scored over 36 Fantasy Points in 4 of his last 5 games, including 45.5 Fantasy Points against the Thunder and a whopping 54 Fantasy Points last night against the Bucks. New Orleans typically has an above-average interior defense, but the Pelicans have not protected the paint well as of late (maybe because they’re without superstar Anthony Davis?). With Favors scorching hot, his $5,800 DK salary is a must tonight in front of his home Utah crowd.
C – Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (DK Salary $6,400, 20.2 FPPG)
You know the expression “Tails never fails?” Well, the same goes for starting Robinson in your fantasy lineup (I swear I’ll stop with the jokes; like our bets segment, they’re Hit or Miss). Robinson’s DK price tag has skyrocketed from a lowly $4,000 DK, and it is for good reason. The rookie has been putting up ridiculous numbers with expanded minutes, including over 42 Fantasy Points in 3 of his last 4 games. His averages line may not jump off the page, but he has scored double-digit points in 9 of his last 11 games. Plus, Mitch collects tons of points from blocks. At the moment, Robinson has an average of 2.3 BLKPG, and that number continues to go up after multiple 4-block games like last night. On paper $6,400 DK for 20.2 FPPG seems like poor value, but Robinson is worth every penny tonight against a Kings team that ranks 25th in OPRK against Centers.
G – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $6,100, 33.2 FPPG)
Murray is a shooter, and shooters shoot at that. A consistent performer, he’s scored within 2 Fantasy Points of his 33.2 FPPG average in the last 5 games. In all of his last 3 outings, the former first-rounder has put up 20 or more Points. As the 2-seeded Nuggets taking on a recovering Spurs team that is 28th in OPRK against PG/SGs, Murray should continue to put up strong numbers.
F – Noah Vonleh, New York Knicks (DK Salary $4,200, 24.3 FPPG)
My Hoosier picks seldom fail, and I’m feeling pretty good about this one too. As HC David Fizdale gives Vonleh more minutes, he has stepped up to the plate. The former first-rounder has averaged 35.75 FPPG over his last 2 games, with double-doubles in both outings. With Vonleh’s minutes only going up, expect him to perform well against a struggling Sacramento squad.
UTIL – Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $8,300, 37.9 FPPG)
Yeah THERE’S my big pick of the night. You want to surprise your fantasy opponents with a sneak attack? Put your star player last to give them the dagger. Mitchell has been having a strong sophomore campaign that features a 23.2 PPG / 4.0 RPG / 4.1 APG / 1.4 STLPG stat line. More impressively, Mitchell has been ON FIRE as of late, averaging a stunning 50 FPPG over his last 5, including a monster 46 Points and 65.8 Fantasy Points against a tough Milwaukee team. The former Louisville Cardinal always seems to be on the up, and it’d be foolish to pass on him against a Pelicans squad that is in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against PG/SGs.
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