You know it’s a rough night when all of your highest-projected players go ice cold. Bartender, beer me.
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder (38.5 Fantasy Points vs 33.1 FPPG)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers (38.25 Fantasy Points vs 18.3 FPPG)
Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (36.75 Fantasy Points vs 38.2 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets (DK Salary $8,900, 43.4 FPPG)
Did you know that the Hornets are still in playoff contention? After losing 3 straight and falling to 35-42 on the season, it’ll definitely be a challenge to reach the postseason. But with Kemba leading the charge, it’s possible. On top of an already impressive season, Walker has been absolutely lights out recently. Without counting his game in Golden State when he only played 25 minutes, the former UConn Husky is averaging an insane 57.8 FPPG over his last 5 games. In his last game, Walker dropped 47 Points in front of a rowdy Utah crowd. Charlotte has a tough hill to climb to make it to the playoffs, but there’s a reason they call him Cardiac Kemba: he lives for these moments. Take Walker tonight against the Pelicans, who are 25th in OPRK against Point Guards and lack their best perimeter defender Jrue Holiday.
SG – Delon Wright, Memphis Grizzlies (DK Salary $6,500, 19.3 FPPG)
Since being moved from Toronto, Wright has really found his footing in Memphis. In his last 13 outings, the young guard has scored 30+ Fantasy Points 8 times and has averaged 35.5 FPPG over his last 6 games. The Grizzlies may be one of the worst teams in the NBA at 31-46, but Wright has refused to fold. Expect him to keep his strong play up tonight against a Blazers team that is in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SF – Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (DK Salary $7,100, 30.9 FPPG)
I’ll reiterate what I said earlier this week about Wiggins: although he hasn’t warranted the status of being a #1 overall pick, he has started to find his groove lately. Wiggins scored 37.3 Fantasy Points when we last picked him for our Fantasy Favorites and is now averaging 38.7 FPPG over his previous 4 games. A large part of his success is due to playing time. Wiggins has logged 30 or more minutes in each of his last 15 games, giving him the opportunity to contribute in a major way for Minnesota. As a result, the swingman has scored 20+ PPG in each of his last 7 games. Whether you love him or hate him, Wiggins has been hot and should continue to tear it up against a sinking Mavericks team that is 22nd in OPRK against SG/SFs.
PF – Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers (DK Salary $5,900, 28.1 FPPG)
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Thad Young in our Fantasy Favorites lineup, but now is as good a time as ever to bring him back. Young is one of the more consistent forwards in the NBA, averaging 28.5 FPPG over his last 15 games while also staying within of 23 - 33 FPPG. His play has been elevating recently, putting up 31 FPPG over his last 3 games. Even in the absence of Victor Oladipo, the Pacers’ dynamic front court of Thaddeus Young, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner has given many teams problems. Along with his Indiana teammates, Young should continue his success tonight in Detroit.
C – Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (DK Salary $7,100, 22.1 FPPG)
We are never jumping off the Mitch train! Robinson is just too damn good to pass up on any game. The second-round steal of the NBA draft has posted double-doubles in all 5 of his last games in which he played over 14 minutes. During that same stretch of games, Robinson is averaging an incredible 41.7 FPPG and is showing no signs of slowing down. Much of Mitch’s success is due to his fantasy versatility; he can score on offense, rebound on both sides of the ball, and block shots at an incredible rate. No matter the opponent, Robinson is an absolute steal at just $7,100 DK, and that same logic applies tonight against the Magic.
G – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $5,900, 33.0 FPPG)
Jamal Murray at under $6,000 DK? Yeah, I’m just surprised as you are. Murray has been priced at over $6,000 DK for the vast majority of the season, and this is the first time in over 15 games that his fantasy salary has dipped below that threshold. I’m not exactly sure why. Murray posted 36 Fantasy Points last night against the Warriors and has averaged 41.5 FPPG over his last 4 games in which he played 23 or more minutes. We never question when the fantasy gods give us a little gift, especially for a guy who averages 33 FPPG, has elevated his play lately, and faces a Spurs team that is 27th in OPRK against PG/SGs.
F – Moe Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $4,700, 18.6 FPPG)
We continue to give Moe Harkless spots in our lineup, and he continues to deliver every time CJ McCollum is out. On Monday, the former Johnnie put up 22.5 Fantasy Points with at least 2 of everything (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, and Blocks.) In the last 7 games in which he played over 20 minutes, Harkless has averaged 26.5 FPPG. Especially at home against a Memphis opponent that is eliminated from the playoffs and ranks 25th in OPRK against SF/PFs, Harkless is another good addition to our fantasy lineup.
UTIL – Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $3,900, 12.5 FPPG)
The Michael Carter-Williams who won ROTY in 2014 is dead. We now have utility player Carter-Williams, who averaged 4.8 PPG / 2.1 RPG / 2.1 APG for a measly 12.5 FPPG. And yet, I think he’s a great play in tonight’s fantasy lineup. Since getting elevated minutes with the Magic, MCW has picked up his averages significantly. In the last 4 games in which Carter-Williams played 15+ minutes, he has delivered a solid 26 FPPG. That sort of production for under $5,000 DK is tremendous value, let alone under $4,000 DK! Orlando will continue to rely on MCW as they push to make the playoffs. With his playing time increasing to over 20 MPG, he should impress the home crowd and carve up a Knicks team that is in full tank mode.
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