• There’s no Russell Westbrook, and no James Harden, but plenty of nice options are still available on Thursday’s five game slate. I will be targeting the Suns, as the minutes and the match-ups are in the favor of the young, talented Phoenix squad.

     

    POINT GUARD

    SPENCER DINWIDDIE – BROOKLYN NETS (FD- $4,600, DK- $4,900)

    “Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Spencer Dinwiddie” may not be coming to theaters anytime soon, but you can see the story play-out each time the Nets take the floor. Dinwiddie’s rise from D-League player to starting point guard is incredible, and he has taken full advantage of the surprise role. Over the two games since Jeremy Lin‘s injury, Dinwiddie is averaging 14 points, five rebounds, and 5.5 assists. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has declared Dinwiddie the starter, giving him secure minutes and a high floor.

    I will be playing him until his price rises significantly more.

    Note: If Jeremy Lin plays tonight, I am pumping the brakes on Dinwiddie slightly. He may still make a good play even if Lin gives it a go, but my exposure to him will definitely drop.

    TYLER ULIS – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $6,800, DK- $7,100)

    Tyler Ulis, much like Spencer Dinwiddie, has seen an insane rise in minutes, popularity and on-court success. The 21-yr old Kentucky product is averaging 13.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists, along with 36.2 minutes played in his last five games. Although his price has risen, he should still hit value and makes a great play tonight!

     

    SHOOTING GUARD

    DEVIN BOOKER – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $6,900, DK- $6,800)

    Devin Booker is a star in the making. He has struggled his last two outings, but I expect him to write the ship against the Nets. At just 20 years old, Booker is averaging 20.8 points per game on a Phoenix team that appears to be letting its newer faces run the floor for the rest of the season. He gets a great match-up, and should see 34-40 minutes. Play him!

    C.J. MCCOLLUM – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (FD- $7,800, DK- $7,200)

    You know you are having a good season when scoring 20 or more in points in three out of five games is a slump. The Knicks are in the bottom third of the league against shooting guards, C.J. McCollum is a top-tier shooting guard talent and he will be flooded with minutes as long as the game stays close. He is in near must-play territory for me.

     

    SMALL FORWARD

    HARRISON BARNES – DALLAS MAVERICKS (FD- $5,600, DK- $6,000)

    Harrison Barnes is not sexy. He probably won’t score 35 points tonight, but he may just be the key piece that results in your DFS success. From sheer minutes volume and athleticism Barnes is worth putting in any lineup. If you pair those attributes with a great match-up like the one he gets tonight against the Clippers, Harrison looks even more appealing.

    Barnes should see 35 or more minutes, and always hovers at a reasonable price. His last few lines aren’t great, but I believe he will have a big night in Dallas.

    T.J. WARREN – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $6,600, DK- $7,000)

    Another Sun you ask? T.J. Warren has been extremely productive of late, averaging 17.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 37 minutes played in his last five. As I mentioned earlier, it appears Phoenix is letting its team of underclassmen run wild to end the year, and Brooklyn is terrible against small forwards. I won’t hesitate to roster Warren tonight.

    Note: T.J. Warren is out for the Suns. Target Harrison Barnes is his place on FanDuel, and P.J. Tucker, despite a poor match-up, on Draftkings. 

    POWER FORWARD

    DIRK NOWITZKI – DALLAS MAVERICKS (FD- $6,000, DK- $6,200)

    Dirk, you are lovely. You are great for the game. You are 200 years old and still averaging 14.5 points. I will be playing you tonight because you are averaging 17.2 points and six rebounds over your last five. P.S., I love you.

    MARQUESE CHRISS – PHOENIX SUNS (FD- $5,100, DK- $5,800)

    I promise this is my last Phoenix Sun player tonight. Marquese Chriss is averaging 15.6 points and six rebounds since the Suns decided to dock their veterans for the year. He is way too cheap and the Nets are oh-so bad. I love Chriss tonight.

     

    CENTER

    BROOK LOPEZ – BROOKLYN NETS (FD- $7,200, DK- $6,900)

    I love stats. There are times where stats forcibly steer the direction of an investment. Tonight the following stats leave me with no choice but play Brook Lopez: 25.9 points, six rebounds and 30.8 minutes of floor time during the previous five games. Lopez is such a gifted center, and he is on an absolute tear.

    I will play him until his stats tell me otherwise.

    DEANDRE JORDAN – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (FD- $7,700, DK- $6,700)

    DeAndre Jordan is just too cheap. He has a double-double in four straight games and has 15 or more rebounds twice during that stretch. Phoenix has struggled against the center position of late, and all signs point to a fifth straight double-double for Jordan.

     

     

    Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at: atbuckner2121@live.com. Good luck!

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