By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: Twitter @DrJoeThompson
Lots of great action last night. Paul George is not an elite fantasy player. But that’s besides the point.
The Pelicans/Kings game was an entertaining one despite Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans both being out for the Pelicans in their win. The best part came when Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo took turns with their Houdini act. Houdini is the 3rd best magician in the world (1. Criss Angel, 2. Doink the Clown) and Rondo and Holiday certainly honored him.
You sure as shit can’t do that on a football field, can you Peyton Manning?????
For each day this weekend, you should be looking to roster these players.
Fantasy Point (FP) references in this article reflect DraftKings Fantasy NBA Scoring.
PG Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston–Westbrook is starting to heat up and tonight he draws a great matchup against the Rockets who have been abysmal all season on defense. In 6 of his last 7 games, he’s eclipsed 50+ fantasy points. His price point is high tonight but he’ll plenty of opportunities to exceed his value in what should be a high-scoring contest.
SF Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks vs. Brooklyn–Parsons has finally started to hit his stride for the Mavericks. His price has risen steadily over the past two weeks as he’s been the consistent offensive presence for the Mavs. He’s got the Brooklyn Nets who are solid at defending SFs on DK but they are the Nets and they are a defensive liability waiting to happen.
C Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic @ Boston–Vucevic understands his role better than anyone on the Magic and has started to thrive in Scott Skiles’ system. He’s the only sure thing on the Magic right now that will consistently put up solid numbers every night unlike Tobias Harris and Elfrid Payton. He’s got a great matchup against the Celtics tonight who are struggling at keeping big men off the boards. I expect a double-double tonight for Vucevic.
SG DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit–There’s a reason DeRozan sits safely in the $8k range of DK: he produces every night. DeRozan doesn’t always drop a 60 spot, but he consistently hits 35-40 fantasy points a night through his playmaking abilities and rebounding. Detroit doesn’t defend the SG position particularly well and DeRozan, along with Kyle Lowry, will be called upon to keep shouldering the offensive load.
PG Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn–Holiday is playing lights out right now and keeps getting rewarded with better matchups. He’s settling into his role as the 6th man even when Tyreke Evans is hurt. We all know about how terrible Brooklyn is outside of Brook Lopez and, on occasion, Thad Young. Holiday should continue to put up great numbers on Saturday against the Nets.
C Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers vs. Denver–Myles Turner completely seized the opportunity when Ian Mahinmi went down with an injury two weeks ago and has produced at a high level. He’s currently on the Kristaps Porzingis track right now where he’s rewarding fantasy owners who are taking a chance on him early with great performances relative to his price point. This will be an uptempo contest and one with Myles’ athleticism should thrive.
SG Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns @ Dallas–Goodwin has thrived since being thrust into the starting lineup with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight going down to injury. He has responded greatly and made the Suns competitive. With a few Suns still (burnt) out with injury, he’ll continue to see heavy minutes. The Mavs interior defends better than their guards and I expect Goodwin to give Deron Williams fits on Sunday.
SG Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls @ LA Clippers–DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have formed arguably the top backcourt in the NBA. Both score at a high clip, pass the ball well, and rebound effectively for their position. This game should be an up-and-down affair which bodes well for both teams. However, DeRozan should thrive in this type of a game especially if he gets loose early.
C Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland–Towns is playing great ball right now. He’s had at least 42 fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 with a 67 fantasy point explosion in that stretch. The Trail Blazers don’t have the best interior defense and don’t rebound at a high clip. As a result, Towns should have his way with Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee on Sunday.
Have a great weekend!
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