Pain be damned. We will finish strong.
Jonathon Simmons, F, Magic: A career-high 35-point night against the Bucks on Wednesday was the third time in four games Simmons scored at least 20 points. He was cooled off by the Celtics on Friday but his ownership in CBSSports.com leagues is now at 58 percent. With Fournier out, Simmons’ scoring-centered Fantasy game should continue to thrive.
Nick Young, G, Warriors: Swaggy P connected on a triple of treys in three straight games and added seven rebounds and two assists in Saturday’s win at the Suns. He’s owned in only eight percent of CBSSports.com leagues but with Thompson likely out for the remainder of the regular season, Young’s shooting prowess will make him a valuable commodity for owners in need of scoring.
Quin Cook, G, Warriors: I was torn between placing him here or as a streamer yet Cook has played 40 minutes in each of the Dubs’ last two games while also averaging 26.5 points per game. He was a blistering 10-for-14 from 3-point range in that span and has gone from nonexistent to a still under the radar three percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues. With three of the Four Horsemen of the Bay sidelined, Cook should continue to see strong usage numbers as long as he’s launching treys at his current pace.
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Marcus Morris, F, Celtics: He had a season-best 47.30 Fantasy points in Wednesday’s loss to the Wizards and recorded 11 rebounds in Friday’s victory over the Magic despite shooting 4-for-15. Owned in 44 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Morris’ usage rate has hovered near 22 percent the past week, a number with room to grow as the Celtics struggle to keep healthy bodies.
Streamers. Lots of Streamers
Dillon Brooks, F, Grizzlies: The 45th pick in this past June’s draft is going to stick around for some time. Brooks scored 24 points and added five boards in Saturday’s win over the Nuggets to snap their 19-game losing streak. Averaging 18 points per night in his last five, Brooks is a solid $13 option at Yahoo and is more valuable on nights when he’s actually doing more than scoring the ball.
Al Jefferson, C, Pacers: Admit it: you probably didn’t realize Jefferson was still in the league until he came out of nowhere with 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday’s loss to the Raptors. Both Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are nursing injuries and if either of them is out for Monday’s game against the Lakers, Jefferson could be an intriguing $3,500 investment on FanDuel.
Ante Zizic, C, Cavaliers: With Nance and Tristan Thompson sidelined, Zizic had 14 points, six boards and a block in Saturday’s win over the Bulls. Regardless of whether he starts, Zizic will see minutes for a depleted Cavs frontcourt. His sample size is limited but it stands to reason a young and athletic seven-footer can maintain his 22.01 Player Efficiency Rating if given more time.
Corey Brewer, G, Thunder: Leaving Los Angeles brought his game back to life as Brewer is shooting 48 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range since joining OKC. How long Brewer remains a focal point of the offense is debatable, but his defensive game is still on point (2.6 steals per game). At $4,400 on DraftKings, Brewer is an under the radar play with a pair of 30-plus FP outings heading into Sunday’s game at the Raptors.
Kosta Koufos, C, Kings: Neither Willie Cauley-Stein nor Skal Labissiere can stay healthy, opening the door for Koufos ($8,100 at FantasyDraft) and his career-best 19.4 percent rebound rate. Koufos has three double-digit rebounding games this month while crossing the 30 FP barrier twice. He’s been pretty effective for a player who’s averaging just under 20 minutes per night.
Another Day, Another DFS Play
Monday: D’Angelo Russell, G, Nets (vs. Grizzlies, $6,900/FanDuel): Three games of at least 32 Fantasy points over the past week and a favorable matchup against a Memphis squad seeking more ping-pong balls for the Draft Lottery.
Tuesday: Taurean Prince, F, Hawks (at Jazz, $6,800/DraftKings): He’s become a Fantasy monster over the past four games, averaging 51.62 FP per contest. Prince has become the go-to player in ATL and should keep his torrid stretch alive even in a tough environment like Utah.
Wednesday: Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets (at Bulls, $16,800/FantasyDraft): Denver may be fading away from playoff contention but at least Jokic has continued to be a must-start. Saturday was his fourth game of at least 48 FP in his last six, a stretch that includes a triple-double and four double-doubles.
Thursday: Buddy Hield, G, Kings (vs. Hawks, $13/Yahoo): You may be hard-pressed to find a more efficient sixth man than Hield, who has averaged better than 39 FP in his last three. Hield has been on a scoring tear yet is also adding enough rebounds and assists to make him a solid play.
Friday: Draymond Green, F, Warriors (vs. Hawks, $7,800/FanDuel): Flirted with triple-doubles on both Friday and Saturday night. His usage rate will rise as the Dubs limp through this week shorthanded.
Saturday: Jrue Holiday, G, Pelicans (at Rockets, $7,900/DraftKings): He’s offered DFS players his own version of March Madness as Holiday has scored at least 40 FP in seven of the eight games he has played this month, including a 45.50 FP effort in Saturday’s loss to Houston.
Sunday: Rudy Gobert, C, Jazz (at Warriors, $15,800/FantasyDraft): The Stifle Tower has nine double-doubles in his last ten and could put up another huge night with Golden State lacking Durant, Thompson and most likely Curry.
TEAMS PLAYING FOUR GAMES THIS WEEK
Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Pelicans, Knicks, 76ers, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz
TEAMS PLAYING THREE GAMES THIS WEEK
Celtics, Mavericks, Nuggets, Warriors, Lakers, Timberwolves, Thunder, Magic, Suns, Trail Blazers, Wizards
Winners: Seventh in offensive rating, the Clippers have a Fantasy-friendly schedule as their four-game roadie pits them against four of the top 12 teams in offensive rating (Timberwolves, Bucks, Pacers, Raptors). Lou Williams and his 20.8 PER has been Fantasy gold all season yet the hidden gem in the Clips’ surprising run toward the playoffs has been Montrezl Harrell ($4,400 at FanDuel), who is shooting an I’m-not-lying 72.1 percent from the field this month. Tobias Harris ($7,700 at FanDuel) entered Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers averaging 23 points in his last five games and had consecutive games of at least 40 Fantasy points.
Losers: The Suns have lost eight straight and without Devin Booker in the lineup, the Fantasy pickings are slim. Phoenix opens the week against the Pistons but while they have favorable matchups against the Cavaliers (28th in defensive rating) and Kings (29th), it’s hard to rely on anyone if Booker and his injured right hand remain sidelined. However, keep an eye on Josh Jackson ($5,500 at DraftKings), who had 36 points, six rebounds and four assists in Saturday’s loss to the Warriors. Bench player or not, Jackson is the best play wearing a Phoenix uni.
Marcus Morris Photo Credit: AP Photo/Duane Burleson