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Kyle Lowry ($7,000) vs Rockets- Kyle Lowry returned from an ankle injury on Wednesday night and showed no ill-effects. He finished the night with 24 PTS 8 AST and 7 REB while shooting 69.2% from the field. Lowry has shot over 50% from the field in 6 straight games and has done it all in terms of the counting stats. He shares a backcourt with Fred VanVleet but they have shown that they can co-exist so I will have Lowry in my lineup tonight as he continues to shoot the ball extremely well from all areas of the court.
Jordan Clarkson ($5,800) vs Heat- Jordan Clarkson is the likely winner of the 6th man of the year award and for good reason. In the last 5 games, he is averaging 23 PPG and shooting 42% from 3 point range. He won’t put up huge numbers besides points and 3 pointers but he does it enough that he can be valuable at a price like this. One thing he has done which is surprising is record at least 2 steals in 5 of his last 6 games, which only adds to his fantasy value. Clarkson has the greenest of all lights off the bench for Utah and I will have him in my lineup vs Miami tonight.
Harrison Barnes ($5,500) vs Pistons- Harrison Barnes was struggling a bit as of late but it looks like he has started to get back on track. He recorded 22 PTS 7 REB and 5 AST last night vs the Knicks and in the game prior to that he scored 18 PTS. He was putting up solid numbers all year until the last week or two so I am not too worried about him in this spot vs Detroit. Barnes can knock down 3s and make an impact on the glass which could be beneficial against a below-average Pistons squad. I wouldn’t expect any less than 30 FPTS from Barnes if he is at his full-minute load tonight.
Domantas Sabonis ($10,400) vs Celtics- Sabonis may have been snubbed from a spot in the all-star game but that won’t stop him from putting up big numbers for Indiana. In the last 3 games for Indiana, he is averaging 27.7 PPG 14.0 RPG, and 6.3 APG while shooting over 50% from the field. These are Jokic like numbers and could be argued even better. He hasn’t performed at this level in 2 games vs the Celtics this year but in those games, he is still putting up over 44 FPTS. Sabonis just does too much for me to pass up in this matchup vs a struggling Boston team.
Wendell Carter Jr. ($5,900) vs Suns- Wendell Carter Jr. has had his ups and down in Chicago but since returning from injury he looks to be rounding into form. He is averaging over 30 FPPG in the last 6 games and in the last 2 games, he has topped 42 in each. He has absolutely stuffed the stat sheet with points, rebounds, and some big defensive stats which is an encouraging sign. He will be up against a Suns team that, in my opinion, doesn’t have a really big defensive presence with Ayton. That is why I think Carter should be able to continue his solid play and put up some great numbers for a guy priced below $6,000.
Saben Lee ($4,300) vs Kings- Saben Lee has come out of nowhere and has started playing significant minutes for a Pistons team that is banged up in the backcourt. Dennis Smith has been starting games, but Lee has still played more than him in 2 of the last 3 games. He has recorded no less than 2 steals in any of the last 3 games to go along with 4+ assists and 12+ PPG. It’s more than likely Lee will start to cool down but when you are looking for a guy with value, he offers that with his ability to contribute in so many areas off the bench. Also, he has a great matchup vs the Kings whose defense leaves a heck of a lot to be desired.