DAILY DUNKS WITH DOTO
Jrue Holiday- Ever since the DeMarcus Cousins injury, Holiday has stepped up for the Pelicans. He is the second option on the team and his usage rate has gone up by almost nine percent. Without Cousins on the floor he has averaged 46 fantasy points per 36 minutes and he should be right in line with that tonight. OKC does play good defense but they are coming off a back to back and I know that Holiday will have the ball in his hands a ton tonight. Good GPP play but he is safe for cash games.
Ricky Rubio- I’ve been getting burned by paying up for studs over the last month and that is why I am leaning towards Rubio tonight. Rubio saw 35 minutes last game and was ultra-aggressive against Golden State. He now gets to face a Phoenix Suns team who plays at lightning speed and doesn’t play much defense. Rubio has been good the last two weeks, he has scored over 30 fantasy points in five of his last seven games. I like him in up tempo games and this will be one of my favorite game stacks of the night.
Other plays I like: Russell Westbrook, Terry Rozier and Rajon Rondo
Donovan Mitchell- Without Rodney Hood in the lineup, Mitchell usage rate goes up to almost 30 percent. With the bump in pace he is going to see more possessions and he isn’t going to be shy about shooting the ball. Phoenix is a bottom five team at defending guards so a nice Rubio and Mitchell stack is a good way to get the juices flowing.
Khris Middleton- Whenever Eric Bledose or Giannis are out of the lineup, Middleton seems like a plug and play. He’s had back to back 40 point fantasy games and his price is perfect for cash game lineups. He does a little bit of everything on the court and he should shoot the ball around 20 times tonight. Dare I say he is a lock of the night? Maybe? Yeah, yeah he is lock him in my cash games now. The back to back doesn’t scare me since he will be playing at home tonight.
Other plays I like: Nicolas Batum and Josh Jackson
Small forward is doo-doo and average city tonight. Giannis turned his ankle at the end of last night’s game but he should be good to go. He should dominate the Knicks and if you want to pay up this would be the way to go. Paul George has a good matchup against the Pelicans but he is coming off a back to back and that scares me a little. T.J. Warren is boring and is a condom play at this point but I like safety. Josh Richardson has stupid hair but he should be good for around 25 fantasy points but his upside is limited with the Heat being healthy. Jayson Tatum, DeMarre Carroll, Joe Inlges and E’Twuan Moore are other players that could get the juices flowing. There are some options but none of them really get me going. I might just pivot down to Moore because he is the cheapest or Joe Ingles because of the bump in pace.
Julius Randle- Yes, I know he has been playing center but I am listing him as a power forward. Luke Walton who is part of the NASA coaching tree and he is finally realizing that Randle is their best player. Brooklyn has been getting killed down low and even if Randle sees around 25-28 minutes he should dominate whatever big man the Nets roll out there. Walton can become a dream killer at any time but tonight, I am Ben Affleck in Armageddon (great movie and if you didn’t tear up at the end you are a liar!) and the NASA coaches won’t get us tonight.
Derrick Favors- Are you getting the idea yet? I am rolling out all the Jazz starters in my lineups tonight and I am hoping the game stays close. If you want to win you need to get a little crazy and does it get any crazier then throwing out a complete Utah Jazz stack? Favors has been fine with Gobert back and ever since Rubio went back to his old ways that has benefited Favors. I won’t mention Rudy Gobert in the centers section but he is in play.
Other plays I like: Al Horford, Frank Kaminsky and Ed Davis
Enes Kanter- Enes the tally wacker aka male sex organ aka the purple eggplant has been dominate over the last month. Attacking the Bucks big men has been successful all year and Kanter should have no problem grabbing 10-15 rebounds tonight. He’s averaging over 40 fantasy points in the last three games and I am hoping on the Enes space ship tonight and hopefully he will get the juices flowing all over! This is the crazy NASA space ship sex play of the night. Enjoy the ride!
Dewayne Dedmon- Talk about a play completely out of left field. Dedmon has been getting around 20 minutes and fantasy points over the last two weeks. I need a way to save money and Dedmon won’t kill our lineups. There aren’t many plays under $5,000 that I like tonight and this is the condom play of the night. In two games against Boston this year, he has averaged 12/10 with a block. Boring yet effective.
Other plays I like: Steven Adams, John Henson and Kosta Koufos
Dunks of the night: Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle and Enes Kanter
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