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Skal Labissiere, C, Kings: Healthy for a change, Labissiere showed his upside this past week, scoring 20 points in a loss to the Timberwolves. He also had a 12-point, 12-rebound outing in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday that included three assists and three blocks in 29 minutes. Still raw, Labissiere, who is owned in just 25 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, is an intriguing player whose numbers down the stretch could help owners in need of boards and blocks.
Montrezl Harrell, F, Clippers: Wanna guess who ranks eighth in the Association in True Shooting Percentage? This guy, whose 64.2 percent TSP puts him in the high rent district with the likes of Steph Curry (67.3 percent), Kevin Durant and Karl-Anthony Towns (both at 64.9 percent). Harrell’s Player Efficiency Rating of 24.21 is downright nifty as well, yet he’s owned in just 23 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. He’s averaging just under 20 minutes per night, but if you’re in need of field goal percentage, tell me why you can’t use a player shooting 70 percent from the field in his last ten? I’ll wait…
Frank Kamisky, F, Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams have been as effective as a pair of jobbers in a squash match, opening the door for Kaminsky to do Kaminsky things, such as shooting 56 percent from beyond the arc in his last five while also pretending to grab a rebound or two. Kaminsky is now owned in 36 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, a number that can go higher if he continues to find his range from deep.
Jakob Poeltl, C, Raptors: We the North don’t lack for quality bigs (more later). When it comes to sheer efficiency, Poeltl has become a sneaky good option in deeper leagues as he’s shooting 76 percent from the field and 88 percent from the line in his last five games. Overall, his TSP of 65.7 percent is fourth in the league. Poeltl is a solid option for owners in deeper leagues who could use a jolt in both field goal percentage and free throw accuracy.
Pascal Siakam, F, Raptors: Like I said, Toronto is deep in bigs. Siakam has strung together a trio of 30-plus Fantasy point outings over the past month while becoming a source of energy for the Raptors’ second unit. He’s just $4,800 at FanDuel and would be an interesting play against the hapless Hawks on Tuesday.
Jarrell Martin, F, Grizzlies: One of the few bright spots in Memphis, Martin put up 19 points and 11 boards in Saturday’s loss to the Magic. Martin is also shooting a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range while also recording a pair of five-assist games in his last five. Not that I would suggest playing Grizzlies in DFS, but Martin’s gaining enough minutes that his $4,500 salary at DraftKings would be a good fit at the Bulls on Wednesday.
Justise Winslow, F, Heat: A pair of 17-point outings is a sign that Winslow’s season-long slog through the morass of injuries and poor shooting may be concluding. Miami brought him off the bench on Saturday and was able to score 13 points and grab four boards. Health has limited the immensely talented Winslow, who might be able to deliver Justise for DFSers willing to play him for $7,900 at FantasyDraft.
Taurean Prince, F, Hawks: Prince was born in San Marcos, TX on March 22, 1994. Not too far away, a then-college sophomore version of myself was either A)floundering in College Algebra B)burning the midnight oil at the school newspaper or C)too worn down from the previous night’s party to care about A and/or B. Prince entered Sunday’s game against the Suns with four straight games of scoring in double figures while averaging 2.6 steals in his last five games. With Atlanta giving him plenty of minutes and shot attempts (16 per in his last three), this fellow pride of San Marcos is worth a look.
Ed Davis, F, Trail Blazers: Three straight games of double-digit boards is Exhibit A for why Davis is sixth in the league in rebound percentage (21.2 percent). A little more scoring wouldn’t hurt, yet Davis’ penchant for dominating the glass is impressive considering he averages just 19 minutes per game. Don’t let that keep you from streaming him for $4,000 at FanDuel.
Monday: Andre Drummond, C, Pistons (at Cavaliers, $10,500/FanDuel): All you need to know is this: in his last two games against Cleveland, Drummond has averaged 57.05 Fantasy points. Play him. Trust me on this.
Tuesday: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Trail Blazers (vs. Knicks, $7,000/DraftKings): Saturday’s poor outing against the Thunder was a mild misstep from what has been a solid post All-Star break run from Nurkic, who should do well against the Knicks’ 21st-ranked defense.
Wednesday: Will Barton, G, Nuggets (vs. Cavaliers, $13,800/FantasyDraft): Enters the week with at least 30 Fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. Barton lit Cleveland for 23 points, eight boards and seven assists in Saturday’s win. Might I remind you he did this off the bench?
Thursday: Devin Booker, G, Suns (at Thunder, $33/Yahoo): He entered Sunday’s game against the Hawks with four straight games of over 40 FP, including the 58.20 he hung on OKC Friday night.
Friday: Victor Oladipo, G, Pacers (vs. Hawks, $10,000/FanDuel): In nine games since February 2, Oladipo has crossed the 40 Fantasy point barrier eight times, with only a 36 FP outing against the Mavericks last Monday as the sole blemish.
Saturday: Evan Fournier, F, Magic (at Clippers, $5,700/DraftKings): Consistently in the high 20s to low 30s in Fantasy points, Fournier catches you with a 40 FP night when you least expect it. Kinda like what I’m projecting here.
Sunday: Ben Simmons, G, 76ers (at Nets, $16,300/FantasyDraft): If only he trusted his jumper and became a 70 percent free throw shooter…
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Winners: Entering this week, the Nuggets have scored at least 114 points in eight of their last ten. Expect Denver’s high-octane attack to continue thriving with home games against the Cavaliers (28th in defensive rating) and Kings (29th) along with a visit from the suddenly-hot Lakers. The week begins with a visit to the Mavericks, who have slipped to 17th in defensive rating. Guard Gary Harris ($6,700 at FanDuel) has at least 30 Fantasy points in five of his last six while scoring at least 23 points in four of his five games since the All-Star Break.
Losers: Even Clubber Lang would show some pity for the Grizzlies, who have lost 13 straight and have a four-game docket that includes two of the five toughest defenses House Silver has to offer in the Spurs (second in defensive rating) and Jazz (fifth). Memphis is 5-24 on the road, so the solace of trips to the Bulls and Mavericks fail to salve the stench of a team that has not tasted victory since the Monday before the Super Bowl.