It’s a rare occurrence for me to botch a stud suggestion but I did last time with Kawhi Leonard. The reasoning behind the selection is Leonard’s previous performances and he may need to exert more against a better opponent. Turns out, the Clippers did not need much from Kawhi on this one by blowing out Denver, 130-103, with Leonard playing only 25 minutes.
That said, the Aaron Gordon suggestion was an absolute spot-on. AG had a triple double against the Wolves– 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists– plus two blocks. I also suggested Jimmy Butler for DK and while it did turn out just fine, the lack of defensive stats capped his value a little He finished with 26-5-3 plus a block. A couple more rebounds, dimes, or assists would have been awesome.
I’d like to mix and match my suggestions and needless to say, the rosters where I got Larry Nance, Jr. were underwhelming. However, James Johnson and Malik Beasley did their jobs with Johnson giving much value because of two steals and two blocks in tonight’s contest. Bruno Fernando, if you took a flier on him, was above average even though he did not get the start. The big man from Maryland finished with nine points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
My picks for Feb. 29:
With my top dollar, I plan to balance things out with one from the expensive end and one from the cheaper end. From the expensive end of the spectrum, I’d like to ride Jayson Tatum for as long as I can. Over the past five games or so, JT is averaging an insane 35 points on 57% shooting from the field including 56% from beyond the arc! At $9,400 at DraftKings and $43 at Yahoo, I think that’s a fair price. The Celtics is playing at home against the small-balling Rockets, who allows the tenth-most points to opponents this season.
For my cheap-end stud, I’m so glad Ricky Rubio ($7,300 at DK, $28 at Yahoo) is finally healthy. The Spaniard has registered four straight double-digit assist outings and had over 40-FP nights in each of those. Golden State allows the third-most assists and third-most steals in the NBA this season, two categories that Rubio is elite at.
Some Awesome Value
In here, I’m looking to include Jaylen Brown, who’s averaging 22.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks over the past four. He is just at $6,900 at DK and $27 at Yahoo so he fits the bill.
Like Brown who has been pretty consistent for his ball club, Robert Covington’s defense has also been a constant. RoCo has blocked a total of 18 shots over the past six games, which prompted the NBA to randomly drug test him.
Robert Covington getting a random NBA drug test postgame.— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) February 25, 2020
We can throw names out here because we can but don’t expect another 30-point performance from Terrence Ross. He caught fire the last time and that will be it. Instead, focus on consistency here with guys like Myles Turner ($5,300) and Damion Lee ($5,300). Lee is averaging 16 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over his last four and is also worth just 16 bucks at Yahoo, unlike Turner who is at $22.
That said, if you’d like a bargain big man, Fernando is not a shabby choice again. However, Kelly Olynyk is also a nice option at $4,600 and $11 at DK and Yahoo, respectively. KO is averaging 10.4 points, five rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 treys made over the past five games.
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