NBA Fantasy Favorites - April 17, 2019

Despite other players being cold, Jamal Murray came through last night!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (54 Fantasy Points vs 45.4 FPPG)

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (35.5 Fantasy Points vs 33.3 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

PG – Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz (DK Salary $5,700, 28.8 FPPG)

Sure he can’t shoot, but Ricky Rubio is still a very important to the success of the Utah Jazz. He plays solid defense (1.3 STLPG), dishes the ball well to his teammates (6.1 APG), and scores when he needs to (12.7 PPG). And because of his overall solid play, Rubio has posted good fantasy numbers this year. With the exception of a 5-minute outing in the regular season finale, Rubio has scored over 28 Fantasy Points in 9 of his last 10 games, averaging 31.2 FPPG over that stretch. He won’t light things up like teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, but Rubio should play well tonight in Houston as the Jazz look to rebound from an embarrassing Game 1 loss.

SG – James Harden, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $10,700, 62.1 FPPG)

Need I explain? A potential MVP candidate is averaging 62.1 FPPG and is priced less than $11,000 DK. It’s a no brainer. Harden is a must in our Fantasy Favorites lineup tonight.

SF – Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics (DK Salary $5,300, 24.4 FPPG)

Remember when the Celtics gave Gordon Hayward a max contract? Yeah, that was pretty funny. Hayward isn’t playing well enough to justify his max deal, but he is still contributing for the Celtics. After a slow start to the beginning of March, Hayward has picked things up, posting over 27 Fantasy Points in 7 of his last 9 games. The opposing Pacers have one of the stronger perimeter defenses in the league, but with weapons like Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum on the outside, Hayward should be able to sneak away and post strong numbers tonight in Game 2.

PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $10,500, 57.5 FPPG)

This guy is good.

C – Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $5,800, 26.8 FPPG)

Is Brook Lopez even a Center anymore? The man shoots more 3s than most people I see in the NBA. And yet, despite the stigma that big men can’t shoot, Lopez converts and does so consistently. That shooting ability combined with his defensive prowess (2.2 BLKPG) makes him a versatile and dependent fantasy option. In his last 15 games, Lopez has scored 25+ Fantasy Points 14 times, averaging 30.7 FPPG over that span. To make this pick more enticing, Detroit is in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against Centers and is without Blake Griffin. For only $5,800 DK, Lopez is a great option for tonight’s fantasy lineup.  

G – Tyreke Evans, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $4,100, 19.4 FPPG)

To be totally frank, I’m a bit surprised to see Evans priced this low after his recent surge. Over his last 5 games, the veteran guard has averaged 24.3 FPPG and has been priced accordingly until today when DraftKings dropped his salary by $400 DK. Evans had a relatively average performance in Game 1 with 8 Points, 6 Rebounds, and 19 Fantasy Points, but that game was also one of the lowest scoring playoff games in recent memory with a final score of 84-74. Both of these defenses are strong, but the scoring should increase in Game 2, as should the performance of Evans.

F – Sterling Brown, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $4,300, 14.3 FPPG)

After an astonishing end to the regular season, many feared that a reduced role for Brown would slash his production. Instead, Brown proved everyone wrong by contributing majorly for Milwaukee in Game 1. In 25 minutes of play, the swingman had 11 Points, 7 Assists, 3 Steals, and 1 Block. That netted him a very impressive 34.8 Fantasy Points. Brown may not necessarily replicate that performance, but for just $4,300 DK, he is an exceptional value pick for tonight at home against Detroit.

UTIL – Kenneth Faried, Houston Rockets (DK Salary $3,600, 21.9 FPPG)

He’s not quite The Manimal that he was in Denver, but Faried is still a solid piece off of the bench for Houston, especially when they give him ample playing time. In his last 11 games where he played 16+ minutes, the powerful big man has averaged 25.5 FPPG with 5 double-doubles. With Utah looking to limit the damage from guys like James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, and Eric Gordon, they may be too preoccupied to focus on defending the beast in the paint that is Kenneth Faried. Especially for less than $4,000 DK, we’ve got to take a chance tonight on The Manimal.

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