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D’Angelo Russell ($8,500) vs Rockets– With Karl-Anthony Towns out with an injury, D’Angelo Russell has been the only big scoring option for Minnesota over the last couple of weeks. He comes into this game averaging 18.3 PPG 5.7 APG and 4.8 RPG in the last 6 games while playing a little over 30 minutes per game. He hasn’t been shooting it at a very high percentage but the volume is there and he is still putting up 34.8 FPPG in those 6 games I mentioned earlier. Playing the Rockets can solve a lot of problems with their defense that ranks 29th vs opposing guards this season on DK. Roster Russell with confidence in this matchup vs the struggling Rockets.
Denzel Valentine ($5,100) vs Cavaliers– Valentine has missed a lot of time due to injury this season but he has seen some increased playing time, 19.5 MPG in the last 5 games. He is also trying to make the most of that increased time by having double digit FGAs in each of the last 4 games. He has scored 27 FPTS in 2 of his last 4 games coming into tonight’s contest and against a pretty weak Cavs team I think Valentine can provide some value here at only $5,100.
Robert Covington ($6,200) vs Timberwolves– Despite the Rockets shaky play as of late, Robert Covington has been able to put some solid performances together for fantasy owners. In the last 5 games Covington is averaging 14.2 PPG 9.6 RPG and 2.4 BPG while shooting over 41% from 3 point range. His rebound numbers have gone up since joining the Rockets and playing in their small ball lineup and so has his defense which has always been pretty good. For a guy who has scored 40+ FPTS in 2 of the last 4 and has such a high floor I think Covington is a must play vs the Wolves who have the worst defense in the NBA.
Larry Nance Jr. ($6,400) vs Bulls– The frontcourt for the Cavs is a little clogged but that hasn’t stopped Larry Nance from playing big minutes and putting up some pretty decent numbers. He has scored over 34 FPTS in 3 of his last 4 games and has been a beast on the glass and has scored over 16 PTS in 3 of those 4 games as well. He will always get after it on the glass but while he is scoring very well I think we need to have him in our lineup. As long as he continues to get this heavy workload Nance is a solid play at this price.
Montrezl Harrell ($6,100) vs Warriors– Despite not starting Montrezl Harrell continues to be very active off the bench for the Clippers. He is averaging 19.4 PPG and 8.0 RPG on 60% shooting in the last 5 games which has been good for about 35 FPPG. The good thing we have seen with Harrell is an improvement in his rebounding which was an issue for fantasy owners at some points of the season. He still only plays around 25 minutes per game but he is so active in those minutes that I don’t see it as an issue. The Warriors post defense leaves a lot to be desired so I believe Harrell will have his way tonight on the road.
Tyus Jones ($4,100) vs Magic– Tyus Jones plays behind the potential rookie of the year Ja Morant, but that doesn’t mean he can’t provide value. Jones has scored over 35 FPTS in 2 of his last 4 games and off the bench he provides solid shooting with an ability to play make for others in the 2nd unit. He won’t come out scoring big numbers every night but I believe he does enough with assists to provide some value in certain spots. Against the Magic tonight I believe Tyus Jones will have a solid night and return value at this price based on the way he has been playing lately.