Monday means we can forget about last week’s letdowns (sorry Duke and UNC fans…)
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (56.75 Fantasy Points vs 47.1 FPPG)
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (48.75 Fantasy Points vs 36.9 FPPG)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (41 Fantasy Points vs 18.0 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $9,000, 43.9 FPPG)
The 76ers may have clinched their spot in the playoffs, but no one has told Ben Simmons to rest up! The kinda-sophomore kinda-junior NBA guard has been lighting it up lately despite Philadelphia’s place in the postseason, averaging 46.5 FPPG over his last 5 games. During that same stretch, Simmons has posted 3 games with over 50 Fantasy Points. His fantasy success should come as no surprise, since he is one of the few guards in the NBA who is close to averaging a triple-double with a stat line of 17.1 PPG / 8.9 RPG / 7.8 APG. Showing no signs of slowing down, Simmons should dominate a Dallas team that is a terrible 28th in OPRK against PG/SFs. (That is, of course, if he doesn’t get sidelined again with a tummy ache).
SG – Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (DK Salary $6,800, 30.8 FPPG)
To preface: I absolutely agree that Wiggins was not worth the #1 overall pick in the draft several years ago. However, he is finally showing signs of meeting the lofty expectations of him. Over his last 3 games, Wiggins is averaging a strong 39.2 FPPG. Additionally, the former Kansas Jayhawk has scored 20+ Points in each of his last 6 games with his numbers only increasing with every subsequent outing. The T-Wolves may be out of playoff contention, but Wiggins should still put on a show for the home crowd tonight against a Portland team that is 27th in OPRK against SG/SFs.
SF – Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $6,200, 28.4 FPPG)
I don’t know what has gotten into Joe Ingles, but the man has been really turning things up recently. The month of March was exceptional for Ingles, as he averaged a very nice 31.9 FPPG that caused his season FPPG average to skyrocket. What’s most exciting about Ingles is his potential for success in the very end of the regular season. Over his last 2 games, the swingman averaged 43.6 FPPG on 33 MPG. As the Jazz continue to give Ingles more minutes, expect him to produce more fantasy points tonight at home against a Hornets team that is second-to-last in the NBA in OPRK against SG/SFs.
PF – Al Horford, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $6,600, 32.1 FPPG)
The unusual streak of Horford underachieving in our Fantasy Favorites lineup will end tonight! The Celtics are still looking to beat out the Pacers for the 4-seed in the East, and as a result Horford has been upping his play for Boston. Over his last 4 games, the big man has averaged a stellar 39.1 FPPG. He has also produced on a very consistent basis, refusing to dip below 37 Fantasy Points during that 4-game stretch. Horford seems to hate when we pick him, but we just can’t refuse the hot hand here, especially in front of a Boston crowd with home-court advantage on the line for the playoffs.
C – Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (DK Salary $6,300, 21.8 FPPG)
I will continue to ride the Mitch train until I die! Robinson has been an incredible steal all season long, and I still say that logic holds true at $6,300 DK. Since Robinson has been inserted into the Knicks starting lineup, he has averaged an insane 46.4 FPPG, including the 52.8 Fantasy Point game that Thork and I saw last Thursday. Robinson is a double-double machine who can also rack up the blocks, and tonight against an abysmal Bulls squad that is 28th in OPRK against Centers, he should hit a new level of production.
G – Emmanuel Mudiay, New York Knicks (DK Salary $6,100, 25.9 FPPG)
I’m not quite as excited by the rest of the Knicks squad as I am with the above-mentioned Robinson, but Mudiay deserves some credit where credit is due. When his number is called, he always produces like he has a chip on his shoulder (maybe it’s his impending free agency coming up this summer?). In the last 5 games where he’s played 30+ minutes, Mudiay is averaging 37.7 FPPG and has scored 21+ Points in 4 of those 5. The Knicks guards are continuously banged up, giving Mudiay an opportunity to shine for New York. In front of the MSG crowd against a Chicago team that is second-to-last in OPRK against Point Guards, tonight should be no different.
F – Moe Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $4,900, 18.6 FPPG)
A little St. John’s bias led me to taking Harkless the first time around, but he’s been hot whenever we start him so I have no qualm picking him again and again. Especially with CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic out for the Blazers, Harkless is getting his time to shine in Portland. In his last game, the forward put up a solid 34 Fantasy Points in a double-double effort. He may not be Portland’s star like Dame D.O.L.L.A., but Harkless is still a great value option for tonight’s lineup at just $4,900 DK.
UTIL – Sterling Brown, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $4,100, 13.3 FPPG)
I’ve gotta say I’m pretty pumped about this pick *knocks on wood*. Brown is by no means a household name, but he has produced like crazy in the absence of Milwaukee regular Tony Snell. With increased minutes, Brown has been averaging an enticing 34 FPPG over his last 3 games, including an absolutely incredible 52.3 Fantasy Points last night in Atlanta. No matter your name or your reputation, dropping 27 Points and 9 Rebounds will get everyone’s attention, including that of head coach Mike Budenholzer. He may not be able to replicate his performance from last night, but with Snell likely sidelined again, expect Brown to exceed his $4,100 DK price tag and put up solid numbers against the Nets.
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