Tonight’s eight-game schedule is strong at guard, as nine of the top ten available at FantasyDraft average at least 40 Fantasy points per game. Nifty, indeed, yet no one has been as dominant in the past five games than LeBron James, which is why building your castle of a DFS roster around the King is highly suggested.
Expect LeBron James to be fully loaded when the Cavaliers welcome a Pacers team rolling into town with a seven-game win streak. Despite fouling out early in the overtime of Monday’s thrilling victory over the Wizards, James put up 75.75 Fantasy points, running his streak of at least 40 points to ten games. He’s averaged 59.8 FPPG in the last five and is well worth the $19,000 to put him into your lineup at FantasyDraft.
You’ll want to play James tonight, as Cavs coach Tyrone Lue has stated that James could sit out Thursday’s game at the Thunder if he plays heavy minutes tonight.
Kyrie Irving ($14,300) is a good play, averaging 39.5 FPPG in his last five, but if Pacers F Thaddeus Young sits out a third straight game with a sprained left wrist, plug Kevin Love into the lineup. Love ($15,600) put up 27 points and grabbed 16 boards in the first meeting between the two teams and would stand a great chance to continue a spurt that has seen Love average 42.7 FPPG in the last five.
Paul George ($14,300) has averaged over 40 FP in his last five outings and should be a strong play based on his usage rate (30.5) over the same span.
Andre Drummond is a very strong play as he gets a Lakers team facing upheaval in its frontcourt. Rookie Tarik Black gets the start in the middle for Los Angeles and will likely get an education from Drummond, who has averaged 17.2 points, 14.4 boards and 1.4 blocks in his last five games. He’s a good investment of the $15,900 to play him at FantasyDraft and should record his sixth double-double in his last eight.
Anthony Davis ($18,200) has double-doubles in five of his last six, but Jrue Holiday ($14,700) may be the Pelicans player to grab as they host the Jazz. Holiday is averaging 48 FP in his last five and has narrowly missed triple-doubles in his last two.
The Bucks get Khris Middleton back as they welcome the Heat. Middleton is a risky play even with his $6,700 price tag, as coach Jason Kidd plans to bring him off the bench and cap his minutes in the 18-20 range. There will be no such capping of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who rebounded from a brutal outing at the Jazz last Wednesday and rebounded with games of 46.50 and 61.50 FP at the Nuggets and Lakers, respectively.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($18,300) has at least 40 FP in 17 of his last 20 games and should make that 18 of 21 against a Heat team riding an 11-game win streak.
Miami has averaged 110 points per game during their current run, with point guard Goran Dragic ($13,800) paving the way with 41.4 FP in his last ten. Big man Hassan Whiteside ($14,600) has been a boss in the last three, averaging 50.25 FP on the strength of double-doubles in each win. He’s now a steady play after a late-January funk.
The Bulls may be without Jimmy Butler (heel) when they visit the Warriors. If he’s out, then Michael Carter-Williams is a good play and a bargain at $9,100. MCW has carried the load the past two games, racking up a 44.75 FP outing at the Rockets last Friday and followed up with a 41 FP effort at the Kings on Monday night. Dwyane Wade ($14,300) merits attention, yet his high usage rate over the last five games may be a cause for concern, especially if Butler doesn’t suit up.
If you’re here to ask about which Warriors players to play, then you’re either joking or know precious little about Fantasy basketball. Either way, you’re in bad shape.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($18,200) is averaging 55.2 FPPG in his last ten and is getting the bulk of the usage rate on the Timberwolves. With the team still searching for someone to fill the void after losing Zach LaVine for the season, Andrew Wiggins ($13,300) is a sound play and is a solid second behind KAT on the Wolves in usage.
John Wall is averaging 22.3 points and 10.8 assists in his last 31 games and should be played as the Wizards visit the lowly Nets. Wall ($19,300) is part of a potential stack that would include Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter (both $12,600) and Bradley Beal ($13,500).
Without DeMarcus Cousins inside, Isaiah Thomas ($18,000) and his streak of 13 straight games of at least 40 FP should continue when the Celtics visit the Kings.