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StudKyrie Irving, BOS vs. OKC, $9,200 — The NBA has conveniently scheduled the Celtics to play in Boston on the day of the Super Bowl. It is almost as if they knew they would get a hyped up Boston crowd with the Patriots playing for another championship later in the day. The city of Boston isn’t super high on Kyrie after he left open the possibility of leaving in the offseason this week, but none of the added media attention is effecting his play on the court. Irving is playing his best basketball of the season with an average of 58.25 DKFP in his last six games.
ValueShelvin Mack, MEM @ NYK, $4,500 — Kyle Anderson has already been ruled out with shoulder soreness and Mike Conley ($7,700) is questionable to play with knee soreness. If Conley is ruled out then Mack will be left as one of the only ball handlers for the Grizzlies. Without Conley and Anderson last game, Mack played 36 minutes and scored a season high 38.25 DKFP. He can be avoided if Conley ends up starting.
StudLou Williams, LAC @ TOR, $7,000 — I am a bit hamstrung here. I have to pick a stud shooting guard to write up and he is the only shooting guard on the slate price over $5,500, but there is reason to think he could have a good game in his former stomping grounds. With Danillo Gallinari injured, Williams is playing expanded minutes and it’s leading to more production. He is averaging 26.1 minutes per game on the season, but played at least 31 minutes in four of his last five games. Lou is making his move on winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award coming off a season-high 39 points.
ValueJustin Holiday, MEM @ NYK, $4,400 — On a small slate, I am always looking for cheap guys who are going to play minutes. Holiday may not be the best per minute fantasy producer in the world, but Memphis has no problem giving him tons of playing time. He played at least 35 minutes in five of his last seven games and is one of the safest value plays of the afternoon.
StudKawhi Leonard, TOR vs. LAC, $9,500 — Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the Raptors play every Sunday. This is clearly a conspiracy with the NBA trying to capture the Canadian market who won’t be watching the NFL. The narrative here is the Kawhi listed the Clippers as one of the teams he wanted to play for, however it is probably more significant that they struggle to defend small forwards. The Clippers allow the fifth most DKFP to the position.
ValueWesley Matthews, NYK vs. MEM<, $4,000 — It appears the Knicks will have their newly traded players available for this afternoon. We don’t quite know what their roles will be, but the Knicks are extremely short on depth, so they could all play big minutes right out of the gate. It shouldn’t take too long for the former Mavericks to acclimate to the Knicks’ losing system and Matthews will don a Knicks jersey with his cheapest salary of the season.
StudPaul George, OKC @ BOS, $10,000 — How good has this guy been this season? Just two year ago, Russell Westbrook ($11,000) was MVP of the league and now he isn’t even the most valuable player on his own team. George is one of, if not the best, two-way player in the league and it is a legitimate shock for me when he misses an open shot. Westbrook is even starting to cede usage to George, who leads the Thunder in shot attempts. George comes into today shooting extremely well by hitting on 58.8 percent of his field goal attempts over the last three games.
ValueJaren Jackson, MEM @ NYK, $5,200 – JJJ is one of the highest variance players in the league. He is a force on the defensive end of the court, but he tends to get too aggressive and get into foul trouble. The good news for him is the Knicks lack the type of players who get guys into foul trouble. Jackson had one of his better games of the season earlier against the Knicks with 43.5 DKFP.
StudSerge Ibaka, TOR vs. LAC, $6,000 — It wasn’t long ago Serge was thought of as being washed up. Not only is he having his best season as a member of the Raptors, but Ibaka is having good games on a consistent basis. He rarely has duds and has at least 26 DKFP in 11 of his last 13 games. When Toronto played the Clippers earlier in the year, Ibaka scored 45.25 DKFP despite seeing limited minutes due to a blowout.
ValueIvan Rabb, MEM @ NYK, $3,700 — The Grizzlies are starting to enter rebuild mode. The veterans are on the trade block and the young guys are starting to eat up more playing time. Rabb is one of the guys Memphis inserted into the rotation and he responded with a pair of big fantasy games. He barely played earlier in the season, but in the last two games, Rabb is averaging 25 minutes and scoring 25.4 DKFP per game.
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