A late-night WINNER yesterday! Let’s keep the good times rolling tonight.
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (67 Fantasy Points vs 50.1 FPPG)
Moe Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers (36 Fantasy Points vs 17.3 FPPG)
Darren Collinson, Indiana Pacers (34 Fantasy Points vs 26.7 FPPG)
Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers (33.5 Fantasy Points vs 28.1 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Allonzo Trier, New York Knicks (DK Salary $4,500, 18.6 FPPG)
“A player with just 18.6 FPPG as your Point Guard? C’mon Chazz, that’s a terrible way to start off your lineup.” Not really! The undrafted rookie from Arizona has been turning heads for Knicks fans all season and has picked up his play lately. Since the All-Star break, Trier has posted over 25 Fantasy Points in 4 games and over 33 Fantasy Points twice. In his last outing against Sacramento, Trier outdid himself, scoring 29 Points, grabbing 8 Rebounds, and swiping away 2 Steals for a dominant 44.5 Fantasy Points. You want a true diamond in the rough? Take a chance on the up-and-coming Trier against Phoenix, who ranks 26th in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SG – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (DK Salary $5,500, 27.5 FPPG)
The veteran’s still got it! Unlike Trier, Wade is a bona fide All-Star and has been showing flashes of it during his goodbye tour. Since the All-Star break, the long-time Heat star has averaged 31 FPPG and has had 4 games with over 32 Fantasy Points. On a more qualitative basis, if you’ve ever watched DWade, you know that he lives for the big moments like few others in league history. With less than 20 games to go and Miami still fighting for a playoff spot, expect Wade to turn it up a notch for his last chance at the playoffs. Especially against a Hornets team that is 27th in OPRK against PG/SGs, DWade is a lot of bang for your buck.
SF – DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs (DK Salary $8,200, 40.6 FPPG)
DeRozan had a rough stretch earlier in the month of February, but it looks like the revenge game against Toronto has lit a fire underneath him. Starting that game on 2/22, the former Raptor has averaged 43.7 FPPG and had 3 games of over 48 Fantasy Points. Paired with LaMarcus Aldridge, DeRozan is going to be the driving force in the Spurs quest to lock in a playoff spot. Expect the All-Star veteran to explode tonight in a must-win game against a brutal Hawks team that is dead last in the NBA in OPRK against SG/SFs.
PF – Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers (DK Salary $7,500, 37.3 FPPG)
The former UCLA Bruin and Minnesota Timberwolf has barely played this season, but when he’s on the court, he’s dominant. Love’s numbers are skewed low due to a 6.8 Fantasy Point outing in 6 minutes as the Cavs tried to ease him back into the lineup. With that game removed from the data set, Love has averaged 40.4 FPPG this season. For just $7,500 DK, 40.4 FPPG is very very strong value. Plus, Love has a tendency to have extremely strong games. Over his last 10 outings, the Cavs forward has scored over 43 Fantasy Points 4 times and 54+ Fantasy Points twice. There’s a reason Love is a tried and true five-time All-Star, and he should be proving it once again against a Brooklyn team that is 27th in OPRK versus PF/Cs.
C – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $10,600, 50.1 FPPG)
The Joker! Whenever available, Jokic is always a must for your fantasy lineup. At 20.6 PPG / 10.7 RPG / 7.6 APG, the Denver Center is nearly averaging a triple-double and is a large part of why the Nuggets are a top 2 team in the highly-contested Western Conference. Jokic hasn’t quite hit his fantasy averages in the last 3 games, but that is due to the fact that the Nuggets faced off against teams with strong interior defenses and wisely utilized their shooters instead. In the 10 games before that, the All-Star Center put up over 60 Fantasy Points 6 times. With Denver facing off against a Lakers squad that is a weak 24th in OPRK against Centers, expect Jokic to dominate once again.
G – Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks (DK Salary $6,200, 27.6 FPPG)
Since coming to New York and getting more minutes, Dennis Smith Jr. has really stepped up his play. In the last 9 games where he played over 26 minutes, DSJ has posted 38.8, 23.8, 33.5, 52.0, 34.5, 28.0, 33.0, 48.5, 39.3, and 50.0 Fantasy Points, respectively. To put it another way: when Smith Jr. gets starter minutes, he plays like a top-tier player. Now that the Knicks are giving the former first-rounder the minutes he deserves, expect him to explode against a Suns team that is a lowly 26th in OPRK against Point Guards.
F – DeMarre Carroll, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $3,900, 21.5 FPPG)
The value on this pick is exceptional. 21.5 FPPG for $3,900 DK alone is a lineup-favorable price, but Carroll’s play potential is far superior to his averages. As the forward has found his role as the Nets solidified sixth-man, he has really started to perform well. Over his last 15 games, Carroll has posted 25+ Fantasy Points 7 times and over 30 Fantasy Points 4 times. He has played especially strong as of late, putting up over 30 Fantasy Points twice in his last 3 games. If you want a true low-risk high-reward pick, take Carroll tonight against a Cleveland squad that is in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against SF/PFs.
UTIL – Rodions Kurucs, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $3,500, 16.3 FPPG)
A sleeper pick, Kurucs is a strong player for Brooklyn off the bench. 16.3 FPPG for $3,500 DK is fair value, but the rookie’s averages have been deflated due to some anomaly performances. The Nets have started giving Kurucs some more minutes on the court, and his play has gotten better as a result. Over his last 2 games, the second-rounder has averaged 27.2 FPPG. As Kurucs sees continued minutes for his strong play, expect him to light it up against a Cavs team that is 27th in OPRK against SF/PFs.
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