2-4-6-8. Who do we appreciate? Why, tonight’s eight-game schedule that features a mammoth offensive showcase and a second that will also have DFSers thinking late night stack:
Bucks at Hornets, 7:00 PM (Eastern)
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($17,800 at FantasyDraft) has been back in form, averaging 47.8 Fantasy points per game in his last five. Khris Middleton is shooting nearly 48 percent from beyond the arc in the same stretch, but I can’t feel the $12,300 needed to play him. Kemba Walker ($14,700) remains the one constant on a Hornets team fighting for its playoff life. Nicolas Batum ($13,000) had a 44 FP night in Sunday’s win over the Suns. Here’s hoping it’s a trend rather than the previous three games in which he failed to score at least 30 FP.
Timberwolves at Pacers, 7:00 PM
Where the hell has this Myles Turner been? Horribly inconsistent since a promising November, Turner ($12,600) had a 45.5 FP outing in Sunday’s win over the 76ers. Let’s see more of that, big guy. Paul George can be excused for his 34.5 performance on Sunday. After all, he did have 98.3 combined FP in his two previous games last week and has averaged 26.3 points per game this month. I like him here at $15,500. Karl-Anthony Towns ($18,000) is closing out a strong month of Fantasy production and is a good matchup against Turner. Ricky Rubio ($14,000) is a good source for assists (9.2 per in his last five). Andrew Wiggins ($12,700) has put up a high usage rate recently and should at least be in consideration for your lineup.
76ers at Nets, 7:30 PM
Brook Lopez ($13,000) and Jeremy Lin ($11,600) have been the UR hogs in Brooklyn of late, yet I’d go with Lopez if forced to choose. Lin’s poor three-point rate (21.4 percent) and lack of production beyond scoring hurts him greatly. Richaun Holmes is averaging 30 FP in his last five and at $12,600, he’s become a stat-stuffer who’s also shooting 56 percent from the field in the same span. Dario Saric ($14,300) has cooled off significantly in his last three and might be showing signs of finally hitting the rookie wall. Robert Covington has had a pair of flea-riddled outing, managing a combined 46.1 FP in those two.
Heat at Pistons, 7:30 PM
Hassan Whiteside‘s last five games: 19.6 points, 13.4 rebounds. 1.6 assists, 2.2 blocks per. Yeah, you’re also thinking he’s a hell of a way to spend $15,100. Goran Dragic is averaging 33.6 FP in his last five, but the loss of Dion Waiters has forced him to shoot more often. Oh, how ugly his 35.3 percent mark has been. The usage rate is good yet this might be night to skip on Dragic’s $13,800 over at FantasyDraft. Reggie Jackson ($9,500) is a game time decision. It’s not like I’m thinking many of you would use him, it’s just good info to have. Other than the mostly-reliable Andre Drummond ($14,000), getting excited about someone on the Pistons roster doesn’t merit a lot of enthusiasm.
Suns at Hawks, 7:30 PM
You don’t know what you’re going to get out of the Phoenix lineup on a nightly basis, but damn if it isn’t fun attempting to guess. Friday’s 70-point explosion on the Celtics is the big reason why Devin Booker ($14,400) is averaging 48.3 FP in his last five. Tyler Ulis (13,000) is handing out 8.4 assists over the same span and should have numerous forays to the basket as the Hawks are still without Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore. Atlanta, which has lost its last seven, will again start rookie Taurean Prince ($9,500), who put up 34.5 FP in his first start and is a good bargain considering the Suns allow nearly 113 points per night. He’s a nice compliment for Dwight Howard ($13,900) and Dennis Schroder ($14,400), who have been solid despite the Hawks’ recent woes.
Warriors at Rockets, 8:00 PM
If you can’t find a reason to love this game, then you hate America, the sound of children playing and the surprise feeling of finding money. This game needs little explanation other than the fact that if you have Steph Curry ($17,300), Klay Thompson ($13,800), Draymond Green ($15,000), James Harden ($22,000) and Trevor Ariza ($11,200), you are PLAYING THEM. I’d also suggest Clint Capela ($10,600) and Lou Williams ($10,200) as well.
Nuggets at Trail Blazers, 9:00 PM
Winner goes to bed with the final playoff seed out West. That’s a good starting point in a game that will have (almost) as many offensive fireworks as Warriors-Rockets. This will center (pun intended) around Nikola Jokic ($18,100) facing former teammate Jusuf Nurkic ($14,200) as both should be good for at least 40 FP in this shootout. The Nuggets have actually cooled off of late, so temper the expectations for Jokic’s supporting cast. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard ($17,600) is averaging 52.2 FP in his last five while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. C.J. McCollum ($14,000) has settled into being a pure scorer yet still offers 36.6 FP in the last five due to his long-range accuracy.
Wizards at Lakers, 10:30 PM
The Lakers are 28th in points allowed per game, so there is some temptation to stack up on Wizards. I’d advise against it since John Wall ($17,800) and Bradley Beal ($14,200) have inhaled much of the usage rate on the roster, leaving the rest of the starting lineup to make the most of the leftovers. D’Angelo Russell ($13,000) continues what has been a strong second half of play that is almost as overlooked as the play of teammate Julius Randle ($13,400). There’s no Brandon Ingram, but Jordan Clarkson ($12,600) is expected to play despite a contusion in his right hand.