LaMelo Ball ($8,700) vs Nuggets- LaMelo Ball continues to be one of the most dynamic rookies we have seen in a long time, and that has translated into excellent fantasy value. His jump shot could be a little more consistent but he has shown improvements in the last couple of games. In the last 6 games Ball is averaging 16.8 PPG 6.5 APG and 5.7 RPG and in the last 2 games alone he is shooting over 50% from the field. He will never be extremely efficient but Ball should be a threat to hit 40 FPTS in most games and I think that will be the case again vs the Nuggets tonight.
Facundo Campazzo ($5,700) vs Hornets- The Nuggets have been dealing with numerous injuries as we come down the stretch of the season and the major benefactor has been Facundo Campazzo. In the last 5 games, the “rookie” has averaged 11.6 PPG 5.8 APG, and 5.2 RPG which has been good for 33.3 FPPG. Campazzo is a veteran of the game and always seems to be making the right play and being a pest with his steals on the defensive end. The Hornets team defense leaves a lot to be desired so without Will Barton and Monte Morris being questionable, I would take a long look at Campazzo.
Jalen McDaniels ($5,500) vs Nuggets- With Miles Bridges out due to COVID protocols, Jalen McDaniels has stepped into a starting role and has racked up some good numbers. In the last 6 games where he averaged over 26 MPG, he has been able to put up 8.8 PPG 7.5 RPG along with 1.2 BPG and almost 1 SPG. The offensive numbers aren’t huge but he can hit the 3 and seems to easily rack up defensive counting stats when he plays a good amount of minutes. There is some risk due to a poor last game, but against the 24th ranked defense on DK vs forwards I will take the risk and have him in my lineup.
Darius Bazley ($6,800) vs Kings- Darius Bazley has missed a lot of time due to injury this season but he is not consistently racking up 30 minutes a night as the Thunder continue to see what their young talent can do on a nightly basis. In the last 6 games, Bazley is averaging 30 FPPG and over 17 PPG. Bazley gets a lot of shots up and despite his lack of defense, he makes up for it with a good amount of rebounds for a player his size and his 3 ball. In 2 games vs the Kings, this season Bazley has put up 21 PPG and 9 RPG so I am hoping for more of the same on the road tonight.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,200) vs Pistons- The biggest issue so far in KAT’s career has been staying healthy and as he continues to do that down the stretch he has been putting up huge numbers. In the last 4 games, he is putting up 26 PPG 8.3 RPG, and 4.0 APG while shooting almost 40% from the 3 point line. Since the coaching change, Towns has been getting more touches and his assist numbers have continued to rise, which is great for fantasy owners. He will be up against an undersized Pistons team so I think a veteran like Towns will be able to take advantage of rookie Isaiah Stewart. Despite the price tag, I would roster Towns with confidence in this matchup.
Kevon Looney ($3,900) vs Suns- There isn’t a lot of upside with Kevon Looney but he does enough to be a valuable option at the end of the lineup. Looney comes into this game with no less than 10 rebounds in each of the last 3 games and has not scored under 19.5 FPTS in any of those games. He will never shoot the ball more than 5 times but he is this active on the glass he is a great high floor option. After 30 minutes and 13 rebounds in the Warriors last game, I am going to take a long look at Looney to close out my team at this sub $4,000 price.