By Dr. Joe Thompson, Mostly Sports Daily Fantasy Doctor: @DrJoeThompson
It’s one thing for Jordan Clarkson to score on you. It’s another to let him cross you over and make you look like Brian Boitano.
Seth Curry needs to wear basketball shoes instead of ice skates. This ain’t figure skating.
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 Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas–MCW continues to provide a consistent source of fantasy points at the PG position. He is a triple-double threat every night and with Greivis Vasquez and Jerryd Bayless still sidelined, he’ll continue to get the lion’s share of minutes at the PG position for the Bucks. It also helps that he is playing well recently and goes up against the Mavs tonight who are ranked 26th against PGs on DK.
SF LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Minnesota–James looked a lot better in his last contest against the Wizards to the tune of 59 fantasy points. With Kyrie Irving back and playing great, James doesn’t have to shoulder the offensive load for the Cavs. This gives James more energy to attack and dish and gives him more room to operate on the offensive end. Minnesota is still a work in progress and young but they tend to play better against better teams.
C Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors @ Washington–Jonas is trending up and started to reclaim his spot as the starting Center for the Raptors since his return at the end of December. He is coming off a great game against Brooklyn and got 30 minutes of PT (netting 41.75 fantasy points). He’s still relatively cheap on DK and has a solid matchup tonight against the undermanned front court of the Wizards.
PG Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn–Even with Brandon Jennings back for the Pistons, Jackson is still logging heavy minutes. He won’t have to deal with Jarrett Jack on Saturday who is out for the rest of the season for the Nets and will be dealing with Shane Larkin. Jackson should have his way with Larkin and will probably be asked to carry more of the offensive burden as Andre Drummond gets tangled up with Brook Lopez on Saturday.
PG Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State–Rondo returned from his lower back injury last night, playing 36 minutes against the Lakers in the Kings win. He’s another triple-double threat on any given night and will need a big game for the Kings to have a shot at beating the Warriors on Saturday. With Boogie playing at a high level, Rondo can rack up a lot of assists in a hurry and provide a nice scoring punch for the Kings as well.
C DeAndre Jordan, LA Clippers vs. Charlotte–Jordan continues to thrive as Blake Griffin sits due to a quad injury. DJ has stepped up his offensive production to compliment his rebounding and shot blocking prowess. The Hornets will be without Al Jefferson for awhile and I expect Jordan to take full advantage and have a monster game.
PG Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics @ Memphis–Thomas is the catalyst for the Boston Celtics. His last game against the Bulls was not his best performance but he’s been too consistent for that to become a regular occurrence. Memphis has been giving up great numbers to Point Guards all season and with the possibility of Mike Conley being out, this only benefits Thomas to have a great game.
SG Monta Ellis, Indiana Pacers @ Houston–Ellis is quietly in the middle of a great fantasy stretch for the Pacers. He’s getting good minutes and putting up solid fantasy numbers (25-40 fantasy points on any given night). That may not be spectacular but it’s consistent production and with this game more than likely being a shootout, his scoring and playmaking at a discounted price will come in handy on a big Sunday slate.
C Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston–Gasol has been hit or miss with no rhyme or reason why he does what he does. The Celtics don’t possess the best interior defense and Gasol tends to do well against lesser disciplined post defenders (see Whiteside, Hassan). Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger, and David Lee aren’t defensive minded enough to stop Gasol and, with the possibility of Mike Conley being out again, the Grizzlies will need his scoring to compete with the Celtics.
Have a great weekend!
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