NBA Fantasy Favorites - April 4, 2019

Last night was a very, VERY good night after all 8 of our players exceeded their fantasy averages! Tonight, we’ll be celebrating again. Like Ice Cube said, “Today was a good day.”

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets (49.25 Fantasy Points vs 43.4 FPPG)

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (42.5 Fantasy Points vs 33.0 FPPG)

Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers (42 Fantasy Points vs 28.1 FPPG)

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (37.25 Fantasy Points vs 30.9 FPPG)

Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (33.25 Fantasy Points vs 22.1 FPPG)

Delon Wright, Memphis Grizzlies (30.5 Fantasy Points vs 19.3 FPPG)

Moe Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers (28.75 Fantasy Points vs 18.6 FPPG)

Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic (23.5 Fantasy Points vs 12.5 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

PG – Jordan Clarkson, Cleveland Cavaliers (DK Salary $5,700, 26.9 FPPG)

It’s tough to diversify picks when there’s only 3 NBA games in action tonight, but Clarkson seems like a great choice for Point Guard. Often forgotten because of rookie teammate Collin Sexton, Clarkson is quietly having a very solid season for the Cavaliers with 17.1 PPG / 3.4 RPG / 2.4 APG / 26.9 FPPG. Despite Cleveland’s elimination from the postseason, the former Laker has upped his play recently, averaging 31.9 FPPG over his last 6 games in which he played over 21 minutes. As the Cavs continue to increase Clarkson’s minutes, he should carve up a Kings team that is dead last in the NBA in OPRK against PG/SGs.

SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers (DK Salary $5,700, 18.6 FPPG)

We are not going to stop taking Caldwell-Pope until DraftKings prices him appropriately, which is significantly higher than his $5,700 DK salary. His 18.6 FPPG average is keeping his price tag low, but with the exception of an outlier game against Utah, he is averaging 35.5 FPPG over his last 5 games. Additionally, with practically everyone else on the Lakers out due to injury or rest, Caldwell-Pope has dropped 33+ Fantasy Points in 5 of his last 8 games and 40+ Fantasy Points 3 times during that stretch. He had a major test the other night against a defensively-superior Thunder team. KCP still dropped 38.3 Fantasy Points in front of the rowdy OKC crowd. This is destiny. Take Caldwell-Pope tonight at home.

SF – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $11,100, 57.2 FPPG)

This guy is good.

PF – Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings (DK Salary $6,400, 28.5 FPPG)

The Kings season is ending in disappointment after officially being eliminated from playoff contention, but Bagley III doesn’t seem to mind. In the last 6 games in which he’s played over 24 minutes, the promising rookie has averaged a highly impressive 44.7 FPPG. That type of production far exceeds his $6,400 DK price tag. Now with fellow forward Harry Giles out for the rest of the season, Bagley III’s minutes will increase, as should his production. Expect him to dominate a Cavaliers team that, to put it quite bluntly, sucks.

C – DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $7,100, 36.8 FPPG)

Boogie Boogie Boogie Boogie rockin’ everywhere! As if the Warriors needed any help after winning 3 championships in 4 years, Cousins has been the icing on the cake for Golden State. His 36.8 FPPG in the paint is exactly what the sharp-shooting Warriors needed. And although he’s likely to depart after this season, Boogie is giving the Warriors a solid chance of bringing yet another title to the Bay. Factoring out his recent game against Charlotte in which he only played 11 minutes, Cousins has averaged a very nice 41.3 FPPG over his last 14 games, including a crazy 59.8 Fantasy Point game in his last outing against Denver. The Lakers have practically no one left in their lineup to defend the monster named Boogie Cousins. Take him tonight without any second guesses.

G – Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $3,800, 18.5 FPPG)

The value here is actually pretty spot on at 18.5 FPPG for $3,800 DK, but I think Iguodala is prime for a big game against Los Angeles. With the Warriors trying to lock up the #1 seed in the West, the game should be all but over by halftime, meaning that bench players like Iguodala will get significant minutes. Sure, he may not be the star he was back in Philadelphia, but for $3,800 DK, he doesn’t need to be. And with a large amount of playing time, Iguodala should put up solid numbers against a depleted Lakers team that is already in the bottom third of the NBA in ORPK against SG/SFs.

F – Sterling Brown, Milwaukee Bucks (DK Salary $4,400, 13.6 FPPG)

You may remember this name from Monday’s Fantasy Favorites lineup, and that is for good reason. With Milwaukee teammate Tony Snell out with an ankle injury, Brown’s minutes have skyrocketed, resulting in a spike in his production. Over his last 4 games with Snell out, the swingman is averaging 32.1 FPPG on 29.8 MPG. In his last appearance, he was given a whopping 36 minutes of playing time, indicating that head coach Mike Budenholzer has major trust in Brown. With his minutes continuing to rise, expect Brown to produce mightily tonight.  

UTIL – JJ Redick, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $5,600, 27.1 FPPG)

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I don’t particularly love JJ Redick, but I can’t refuse good value when I see it. Redick is Philly’s best shooter, and he has played well in recent games. In his last 4 outings, the former Duke Blue Devil has averaged a strong 32.5 FPPG, which largely exceeds his $5,600 DK price tag. Our philosophy has always been to find the best value possible, and Redick certainly hits that mark. Especially with how insane Philadelphia fans are, take Redick tonight in front of the home crowd.

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti