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CJ McCollum ($7,300) vs Rockets– After a little bit of a sluggish start fantasy wise McCollum has started to pick it up lately. In his last 6 games he is averaging 21.3 PPG 6.2 RPG and 3.2 APG which is good for 37.5 FPTS per game and he is averaging about 2 more rebounds per game than his season average. The big knock on McCollum has always been his defense and other aspects of his offensive game other than scoring but he seems to be picking it up in the rebounding department. The Rockets still run and gun so there should be lots of opportunities here for some easy points on the defensive glass and scoring the ball.
Norman Powell ($5,200) vs Hornets– With the injury to Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell has been seeing a lot of time on the floor for the Raptors. In his last 5 games Powell is averaging 30 minutes a game scoring 15 PTS and 5.2 RPG. He is also shooting it great from behind the arc, 45.5%. The Hornets are a bottom tier defense and are coming off two hard fought games so I think they might be a little slow out of the gates tonight. Powell is getting the volume that we need for him to be valuable and at this price that is all we can ask for.
Ben McLemore ($4,900) vs Trail Blazers– With the injury to Eric Gordon we have seen a lot of Ben McLemore and it has paid off for him and he likely has earned some more minutes even when Gordon comes back. He is averaging 20.5 PPG in his last two and has made 4 threes in each of those games. Gordon is going to be out for 6 weeks with a knee injury and coming off of two games with 33+ minutes we could be getting a steal with him at under $5,000. This offense is centered around Harden and Westbrook but given their style of play and fast pace there are plenty of shots to go around and tonight vs the Blazers I think he will continue his hot shooting.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,300) vs Bulls– Giannis looks like he is trying to go for his 2nd straight MVP award by averaging 30.1 PPG 14.3 RPG and 6.5 APG this season. He has been a stud for fantasy owners as well putting up 62.5 FPTS on average in his last 4. This will be his 2nd matchup vs the Bulls in 3 games and in their first meeting he could not be stopped scoring 38 PTS with 16 REB 4 AST and 3 STLs which was good for 71.5 FPTS on the night. What should make the rest of the league worry is his 3 point shot, it has been shaky in the past but he has hit 12 threes in his last 5 games. He isn’t firing them up Curry style but the threat is enough to open up a lot of things for him. I don’t expect him to slow down vs the Bulls tonight.
Jarrett Allen ($4,900) vs Pacers– Jarrett Allen has been a little bit inconsistent this season but he has picked it up in the last two games scoring 30+ fantasy points. He splits time pretty evenly with Deandre Jordan but Allen has still found ways to be productive while cleaning the glass and getting some easy put back baskets. He is priced sub $5,000 so I don’t think it is that much risk to put him in your lineups today given his high floor and his recent trend of above average play.
Sterling Brown ($3,900) vs Bulls– Bucks starting SF Khris Middleton has been missing some time due to injury and that has allowed Sterling Brown to see an uptick in playing time over the last couple of games. In the last 4 games he is averaging 21.5 minutes and 20.5 FPPG. Brown won’t go out and drop 20 points but he is active enough on the glass and defensive end where he can run into some easy points and rack up some easy FPTS as well. The Bulls are really poor on the defensive end and in their last meeting Brown grabbed 9 boards vs them so if he can at least get into the low double digits here he will exceed his value at this price.