The two late games on the schedule figure to be the highest scoring and I won’t shy away from Jimmy Butler‘s price increase. He has played 38+ minutes in the last three games and he has emerged as the go-to scorer for the Bulls that everyone thought he would be. He is filling up the stat sheet on both ends averaging a ridiculous 4 steals in the last 3 to go along with 32 points, 7 assists, and 5.33 rebounds. Taj Gibson has also been solid for the Bulls this year and I can see him getting an uptick in minutes with Doug McDermott out with a concussion.
For the Trailblazers, Mo Harkless has been getting minutes at both SF and PF since Aminu went down. With the minutes there, he has averaged 12.6 pts and 5.2 rebounds a game over his last 5, scoring 8 points twice and 17+ in the others. He take the third most shots on the team after Lillard and McCollum, but doesn’t get a ton of assists or steals to pad his stats so fantasy points will be tied to scoring real points.
With a lot of mid priced guys in the Nets and Lakers match-up, you can fill out your roster with a few different options, but the one I’m going with is Nick Young. Prior to a dud against the Timberwolves, he has put up an average of 18 ppg and 25 DK points in his 6 games prior. With the Nets on the second night of a back to back I expect a lot of points to be scored in this one, and Swaggy P is not afraid to take advantage of that.
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Kemba Walker is doing everything for the 6-3 Hornets shooting a career best 47 from the field and from deep while putting up a crazy (for him) 7.3 3’s a game. Kemba has hit for 5x in all but one game this year, and in his last 4 games he has hit 7x or better twice and 6x once. Timberwolves are giving up 110.63 points per 100 possessions, the 6th worst mark in the league.
Channing Frye has been a guy I’ve spot started a few times this year, and was lucky enough to have played him last game where he went off for 32.25 DK points at $3,400. He shot a whopping 12 3’s in that game and is starting to look like the guy the Cavs thought they were getting when they traded for him last season. His minutes are a little volatile, so GPP play only.
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