Marcus Smart ($6,200) vs Trail Blazers- Despite not being a big-time scorer Marcus Smart continues to put up some very solid fantasy games. In the last 5 games, Smart is averaging 16.2 PPG 3.2 RPG, and 5.8 APG while shooting 46.7% from the 3 point line. The percentage from deep isn’t sustainable but against Portland, everything can come easy to players offensively. The way Smart is playing and his increased role with the absence of Evan Fournier makes me like him very much in this matchup vs Portland.
Tyler Herro ($5,500) vs Suns- Tyler Herro has been hot and cold this season but he seems to be thriving in his 6th man type role for Miami. In the last 4 games, Herro has put up 14.5 PPG 3.5 RPG and 2.3 APG while shooting it at an excellent 59.5% from the field and 52.9% from 3. Herro has been scoring so easy so it doesn’t hurt us that bad that his shot numbers are not where we have seen them in the past. The Suns defense as a whole is tough but running with the 2ndunit should give Herro plenty of opportunities to put up some good fantasy numbers.
Jaylen Brown ($7,800) vs Trail Blazers- Jaylen Brown continues to score the ball often and efficiently for the Boston Celtics He is averaging 22.4 PPG on 52% shooting in his last 5 games and has also added 6.4 RPG and some good defensive numbers. The rebounds are a good thing to see with Brown because usually, his issue in fantasy is his contributions in places other than scoring. He will be up against a Blazers team that has issues stopping anybody at the moment so I would roster Jaylen Brown while he is playing this well in a heartbeat.
Darius Bazley ($5,500) vs Jazz- Bazley returned from a long layoff and didn’t miss a beat on Saturday night scoring 17 PTS with 8 REB and 5 AST. The 9 TOs he had is alarming but that is not something I expect from a big man going forward. The Thunder will be without some key pieces tonight so that should open up the door for Bazley to play 35+ minutes assuming everything goes smoothly injury-wise. Bazley has only played one game vs the Jazz this year and put up 24.3 FPTS and he only attempted 8 shots. I expect much more than that from the young PF tonight on the road.
Chris Boucher ($6,900) vs Hawks- Chris Boucher’s inconsistency as a fantasy option has been mostly due to the fact he can’t get consistent minutes, but that looks like it has changed now. Boucher has played 30+ minutes in 3 of his last 4 games and in all of those games he scored no less than 33 FPTS. He also had a career-best game scoring 69.75 FPTS in one of those contests. The Raptors will be without VanVleet again tonight so I would look at Boucher to be the 3rd best option behind Lowry & Siakam vs the Hawks in this game.
Jalen McDaniels ($4,300) vs Lakers- There has been a lot of talk about Jaden McDaniels this year but his brother, Jalen, has starting to get going in Charlotte. The injury to Gordon Hayward has opened up an opportunity for McDaniels to start and he is taking advantage. In the 3 games he has started he is averaging 16.3 PPG and has contributed in many other ways to boost his value even more. In these starts, he has played over 30 MPG so he should have ample opportunity to be productive here. At this price, McDaniels has the most upside of the players in this range.