The Shot Dude: Double Duty
Doing double duty can be tedious for some.
But not for your favorite Shot Dude. To me, predicting player performance is a labor of love.
I hope you saw today's NHL article, but the focus here is to provide NBA player recommendations to help you ride into the sunset a fantasy victor.
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On to today's ballers ...
Stephen Curry, Golden State ($10,500) ... shares the most expensive FanDuel salary with his opponent tonight, DeMarcus Cousins, but he'll be well worth it. Curry just torched those dudes for a triple-double and 56.8 fantasy points less than two weeks ago. Not only does Curry shoot 19 times a game, but the Warriors have tonight's highest team total of 114, and the Kings rank 24th in defending point guards.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit ($7300) ... is coming off a 24-point, 6-assist performance against the Celtics Wednesday night. This was Jackson's fifth fantasy game of 33 points or more in his last nine. This dude's not considered to be a high-volume shooter, but deceptively puts up 16.5 shots a game on average. Jackson is in the best spot as Detroit faces Brooklyn, the team that' ranked worst among any playing tonight at defending opposing point guards.
Klay Thompson, Golden State ($7800) ... has been scalding hot with five straight fantasy point totals of 40 or more. Since his last game against Sacramento resulted in 38 fantasy points -- perfect value for his salary -- Thompson is a risk-free selection for your lineup. Like Jackson, Thompson also launches over 16 shots a game, and the Kings' defense against shooting guards is even worse than point guards: second-to-last in the league.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando ($6000) ... has started the last three games due to Elfrid Payton's injury and has taken advantage of it. Not only has Oladipo logged at least 35 minutes in every game, but has also topped at least 31 fantasy points in each. Dude's salary level is comfortable, with an average of over 12 shots a game, and he'll play on home court tonight against the Wizards, who own the 28th-ranked defense against shooting guards.
Tobias Harris, Orlando ($5700) ... like Oladipo, Harris exceeded fantasy value at Washington when these teams met on New Year's Day. Tonight, the Magic get home court advantage and try to avenge the 12-point loss from eight days ago. Harris had a three-game stretch of off-games but still managed 25 or more fantasy points in 7 of his last 10. Also working in his favor is Washington sitting dead last in defending small forwards.
James Johnson, Toronto ($3500) ... is a minimum-salary player who provides value for your lineup and fantasy scoring upside with the increased minutes he's receiving due to DeMarre Carroll's knee injury. Dude's logged 21 or more minutes in his last three games and only needs 17 fantasy points to reach value. Johnson gives you the flexibility to include higher-priced studs on your squad, and he gets Philadelphia's 29th-ranked defense against small forwards tonight.
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia ($6300) ... has only had one game below 25 fantasy points in his last 10. In fact, dude just broke a seven-game double-digit scoring streak in his last game. It's hard to question this consistency, which is due mostly to Noel's improved rebounding; he's averaged over 10 boards in his last 4 games. Noel gets the home court advantage against Toronto tonight, a team that's just mediocre (15th) at defending opposing power forwards.
Marreese Speights, Golden State ($3800) ... is another low-priced player you can include in your lineup in a great situation to succeed. With both Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut slowed in recent games due to injury, Speights has gotten extra run at power forward and center. He's responded with at least 15 fantasy points in 5 of his last 6 games. This should continue tonight against Sacramento's porous 28th-ranked defense against power forwards.
Andre Drummond, Detroit ($8900) ... has been one of the NBA's most consistent players, regardless of position, with 30 double-doubles in 34 games. Dude not only launches almost 15 shots a game but rarely has one without contributing in every offensive category. I view him as one of the best options to pay out tonight because Detroit plays at home against Brooklyn, and there are only four teams that defend opposing centers worse.
Pulling double duty never scares me! Now, go double up with some fantasy winning tonight.
Just like your favorite ballers, give it your best shot!
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