Caris LeVert, G/F, Nets: Versatility (eligible at SG, SF and PF in most leagues) is his calling card yet it’s his recent strong play off the bench that has seen his CBSSports.com ownership move to 57 percent. LeVert entered Sunday night’s game against the 76ers with a pair of 20-point outings in his last three games and has added 16 assists in the same span. He’s part of Brooklyn’s future, so expect to see LeVert continue to play a prominent role.
Dillon Brooks, F, Grizzlies: Someone has to score in Memphis, and Brooks has stepped into the role for a team that lost its 17th straight on Saturday night. Owned in 41 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Brooks has averaged just over 21 points in his last four games along with showing a decent enough stroke from long distance. He’s not going to offer much beyond scoring, although he did have six boards on Saturday night.
Jason Issac, F, Magic: More of a speculation buy in deeper leagues, the sixth overall pick is finally healthy and should see an increase in minutes as Orlando plays out the string. He’s owned in 19 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and will be an under the radar source for rebounds and blocked shots down the stretch. Issac’s 36 percent shooting has nowhere to go but up, making him a potential double-double option once the Magic feel more confident giving him extended minutes.
Streamers. Lots of Streamers
Frank Mason III, G, Kings: For just $3,900 at FanDuel, Mason had consecutive games of 32 Fantasy points and has opened enough eyes in SacTown to expect he’ll see more minutes the rest of the year. His shooting leaves lots (and lots) to be desired but Mason had six assists and 10 rebounds in Friday’s win over the Magic. De’Aaron Fox is clearly the future at point guard for the Kings, yet Mason should see enough minutes to merit a high-risk, high-reward play as a top two off the bench.
Ben McLemore, G, Grizzlies: Memphis has become the land of opportunity, one that McLemore is seeking to take advantage of. He’s scored at least 29.75 Fantasy points in his last four games and had a 17.22 percent usage rate over the past week for a team that is scoring-challenged. McLemore is getting 34 minutes per night, which is why he’s an interesting low-end play on DraftKings for $5,400.
Ed Davis, F, Trail Blazers: Davis is a good example of a streamer, as his recent stretch of rebounding will attest. He put up 39.75 Fantasy points in Friday’s rout of the Warriors and has four games of double-digit boards in his last five games. Portland is blistering hot and with Davis ($8,500 at FantasyDraft) playing a vital role in their current nine-game win streak, he makes for a reasonable low-end play.
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Marquese Chriss, F, Suns: The 34.25 FP he broke off against the Hawks last Sunday is offset by the foul-prone, errant ballhandling Chriss showed this past week. The Suns will spend the rest of the season intent on giving Chriss every opportunity to show off his immense potential on a consistent basis. His salary hovers between $7,000 and $7,600 at FantasyDraft, so those who love taking a crazy risk will find few more of a high risk than Chriss.
Another Day, Another DFS Play
Monday: C.J. McCollum, G, Trail Blazers (vs. Heat, $7,300/FanDuel): McCollum is hitting a ridiculous 51.5 percent from 3-point range this month while also putting up at least 30 Fantasy points in nine of his last 10. Portland’s running a hot hand and should put up points against a Heat team that will push them the full 48.
Tuesday: LeBron James, F, Cavaliers (at Suns, $11,600/DraftKings): This needs little explanation. OK, just a bit. LBJ entered Sunday’s game at the Lakers with 13 straight games of at least 50 Fantasy points. He’ll come into Phoenix looking for his 15th.
Wednesday: Lonzo Ball, G, Lakers (at Warriors, $13,800/FantasyDraft): Don’t look now but he’s starting to settle into being a reliable stat-stuffer. Ball hit the 40 FP barrier in two of his last three games entering Sunday’s home date against the Cavs while showing a more consistent shooting touch.
Thursday: Bobby Portis, F, Bulls (at Grizzlies, $20/Yahoo): Risky, yet I like the matchup against the moribund Grizz. Portis is working his way out of a shooting slump and if he can find his game on Thursday, he’s a low-end value with strong double-double upside.
Friday: Kyrie Irving, G, Celtics (at Magic, $8,700/FanDuel): I’d think you’d want to start the week by plugging in a player with a 30.3 percent usage rate who came into Sunday’s game against the Pacers with four games with at least 40 Fantasy points over the past two weeks.
Saturday: Rudy Gobert, C, Jazz (vs. Kings, $7,800/DraftKings): He burned DFSers on Friday yet came into Sunday’s game against the Pelicans with four games of at least 45 FP over his past five. A double-double is a lock sprinkled in with a host of blocked shots.
Sunday: Paul George, F, Thunder (at Raptors, $14,600/FantasyDraft): Like Portis, George in buried in a shooting slump yet still is providing solid FP totals to merit playing him in a high profile game against We the North.
TEAMS PLAYING FOUR GAMES THIS WEEK
Rockets, Clippers, Pelicans, Thunder, Trail Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors
TEAMS PLAYING THREE GAMES THIS WEEK
Hawks, Nets, Celtics, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Jazz, Wizards
Winners: STACK YOUR WARRIORS. Even if Stephen Curry’s ankle hobbles him, Golden State’s schedule will be abundant with Fantasy gold. The Dubs get a cupcake home matchup against a Lakers team ranked 28th in points allowed before feasting on the two worst teams in defensive rating (Kings, 29th and the 30th ranked Suns). Kevin Durant’s gonna cost you $9,800 at FanDuel yet KD entered Sunday’s game at Timberwolves with consecutive games of 65.20 and 57.20 Fantasy points. If Curry remains on sidelined, Durant will put up monster numbers this week.
Losers: The Magic’s schedule is someone’s sick joke as they must face the Association’s two best defenses (at Spurs, vs. Celtics) sandwiched between a home date against the Bucks. With Aaron Gordon in the concussion protocol, the safe play this week is, Nikola Vucevic ($8,700 at DraftKings), who has averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds this month while recording at least 32 Fantasy points in five of last six games.
A Major Loss
My mother, Brenda Renchie, passed away early Saturday morning with family and friends by her side. She never quite got a grasp of Fantasy sports but it always gave her a thrill when she could find my byline. Over the last 2.5 years, I watched her battle with an inspiring intensity that finally succumbed.
It’s numbing to type this yet I know she wouldn’t want me to mourn for long. I am not the man nor writer that I have become without her encouragment through highs and lows both professionally and personally.
I love you, Mom. I hope your baby boy made you as proud as I was to be called your son.