NBA Fantasy Favorites - April 2, 2019

What’s better than having a winning lineup last night? Having a second winning lineup tonight!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Al Horford, Boston Celtics (53.75 Fantasy Points vs 32.1 FPPG)

Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (39.5 Fantasy Points vs 21.8 FPPG)

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (37.25 Fantasy Points vs 30.8 FPPG)

Sterling Brown, Milwaukee Bucks (26.25 Fantasy Points vs 13.3 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

PG – Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (DK Salary $8,300, 37.2 FPPG)

I refuse to hop off the Trae Young train. The kid has simply been too good to ignore, and if it weren’t for Luka Doncic, he’d be a runaway for the Rookie of the Year award. Young’s fantasy average currently sits at 37.2 FPPG, but he’s been playing at another level lately. Over his last 4 games, the rookie guard has averaged an astounding 53.4 FPPG on 3 double-doubles. Young’s performance and passion is especially encouraging considering the Hawks are already eliminated from playoff contention. Expect the former Oklahoma Sooner to make a final push for ROTY tonight against a Spurs team that is 28th in the league in OPRK against Point Guards.

SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $5,400, 18.3 FPPG)

On the surface, 18.3 FPPG for $5,400 DK is poor value, but Caldwell-Pope’s recent play has elevated his fantasy price tag tremendously. With the Lakers continuing to rest players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and now LeBron James, Caldwell-Pope has made the most of his increased minutes. Over his last 7 games, the swingman has scored 33+ Fantasy Points 4 times and over 40 Fantasy Points 3 times. While he is by no means a superstar, Caldwell-Pope’s recent and predictable production is a big reason to take him in tonight’ lineup, especially against a Thunder team that is 28th in OPRK against SG/SFs.

SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings (DK Salary $5,300, 27.1 FPPG)

If you’ve been following along with my Fantasy Favorites lineups, you know that I love Boggy. Now that he has returned to a normal 30+ minutes on the court, his production has elevated greatly. Over his last 2 games, Bogdanovic has averaged a stellar 40 FPPG. Plus, whenever we put him in our lineup he seems to get a buzz on his phone to go all-out for us. Even though the Kings are officially eliminated from postseason contention, Bogdanovic should continue to go lights out once again for the home Sacramento crowd.

PF – Mike Muscala, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $3,700, 15.1 FPPG)

What the hell is Mike Muscala doing in your fantasy lineup??? Yeah, I know he’s not a sexy pick, but I see Muscala as a sleeper for tonight. 15.1 FPPG for $3,700 DK is pretty fair value, but what seems to be missing from consideration is the fact that Muscala’s minutes are on the rise. He has seen double-digit minutes on the court in each of his last 3 games, including a 19-minute outing in his last game that resulted in a solid 26.8 Fantasy Point performance. With the Lakers badly dinged up and playing anyone with a pulse, Muscala’s minutes and performance should exceed his DK price tag tonight.

C – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $9,600, 49.5 FPPG)

Yeah, Jokic is much less of a sleeper pick than Muscala. Averaging a double-double and nearly a triple-double with 20.3 PPG / 10.9 RPG / 7.4 APG, there is never a bad time to take Jokic in our lineup. However, I am extremely excited by tonight’s matchup in Golden State. The Warriors and the Nuggets are battling it out for the #1 seed in the Western Conference, and tonight’s game is absolutely pivotal for both teams. The All-Star center has produced double-doubles in 7 of his last 8 games and the matchup against the Warriors (25th in OPRK against Centers) is too sweet to pass up. Especially with emotions running high and playoff hopes on the line, Jokic is an absolute must-have tonight.

G – Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $7,100, 38.2 FPPG)

Believe it or not, the Rockets actually have a decent shot at landing the #1 or #2 seed in the Western Conference, and that’s largely due to the strong performance of Chris Paul. CP3 has dropped 37+ Fantasy Points in 6 of his last 8 games, including 3 double-doubles during that stretch. Paul may not be the superstar he once was in New Orleans or Los Angeles, but he still continues to rack up Points, Assists, and Steals, making him a versatile fantasy option each and every game. Tonight, the Rockets visit a playoff-eliminated Sacramento squad, who are an NBA-worst 30th in OPRK against Point Guards. With the Rockets making their final playoff push, Paul should carve up the Kings.

F – DeAndre’ Bembry, Atlanta Hawks (DK Salary $4,500, 20.2 FPPG)

Bembry is a fascinating fantasy option who seemed to be on the come-up late in the season. In 2 of his last 3 games, Bembry has scored 35+ Fantasy Points on 21 just MPG. While his scoring is a major contributor to his recent success, many of Bembry’s Fantasy Points come by way of defense. In those two break out games, he averaged 3.5 STLPG. Sure he’s not the Hawks player everyone is talking about *cough cough Trae Young*, but Bembry warrants a spot in our lineup tonight against the Spurs, who are in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against SG/SFs.

UTIL – Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder (DK Salary $6,100, 33.1 FPPG)

There are a lot of sub-30 Fantasy Point performances in his recent game log, but 33.1 FPPG for just $6,100 DK is too good of a deal to pass up. Nearly averaging a double-double at 14.1 PPG and 9.6 RPG, Adams’s recent play is encouraging. Over his last 3 games, Adams has averaged 42 FPPG with 2 double-doubles during that stretch. During that same stretch, the big man also scored 47+ Fantasy Points twice, including a killer 52 Fantasy Point performance against the Pacers last week. The Thunder are looking for a string of wins to advance beyond the #8 seed in the West. That begins tonight at home against a heavily banged up Lakers.

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti