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Most of the new injury news falls on the sick Houston Rockets. Christian wood is out with his ankle injury, and Victor Oladipo has already been ruled out after injuring himself on Thursday. Even the trusty PJ Tucker is questionable with a thigh problem, and all these concerns will push most of the scoring and rebounding to John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon and Jae’Sean Tate.
The only known problem outside of Houston is on the other side of the game from the Rockets, as Mitchell Robinson broke his hand with the New York Knicks last night.. That should be another regular start opportunity for former lottery player Nerlens Noel., who will be a high-value play on Saturday’s roster as power forward.
Stephen Curry ($ 10,800): The fantasy game of the day is in San Francisco, where the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors head-to-head primetime on Kevin DurantIt is the first return to Golden State. These two teams are sixth and second, respectively, in pace, and both lack rim protectors for this contest. DeAndre Jordan will miss the game for personal reasons, and James Wiseman remains out due to injury. That should lead to a lot of points, something Curry isn’t exactly struggling with anyway. Curry has scored at least 28 points in seven straight games, and his usage has peaked last week as he leads the Dubs in both use (34.5%) and FanDuel points per minute (1.70) in that span. . This is a great stacking game, and Curry should be a part of any game.
Malcolm Brogdon ($ 7,200): It’s certainly fascinating what has happened to Brogdon since the Indiana Pacers he ruled out fellow defender Victor Oladipo. In that time frame, Brogdon still leads Indiana in use (28.2%) and is second on the team in FanDuel points per minute among current rotation players (1.05). The problem for Brogdon is that his efficiency has collapsed, as he is shooting just 38.5% from the field in February. Brogdon is getting the same role, if not a better one, than he got with Oladipo, when the Pacers’ ground general regularly broke 40 FanDuel points, but hasn’t had shots to fall. Perhaps a dream matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, who has handed over the third most FanDuel points to opposing point guards, is back to Brogdon’s offensive pace.
Other notable works: Kendrick Nunn ($ 5,300), Elfrid Payton ($ 5,100)
Donovan Mitchell ($ 8,300): With Mike Conley still on the sidelines, the Utah Jazz The game plan has become Mitchell, Mitchell and something else from Mitchell. “Spida” is up to 1.59 FanDuel points per minute and a whopping 33.7% usage rate last week, while Conley has wasted time, and with that usage, Mitchell is still worth a high salary. Certainly Utah’s game with the Miami Heat It’s not the starting point on the board as the two teams are in the bottom 10 in pace, but it should help Mitchell’s production that Miami has allowed the guards the fourth-most FanDuel points per game this year.
Eric Gordon ($ 5,600): Gordon has already been announced in the starting lineup on Saturday for the Rockets with few players with Oladipo out, and the former three-point contest champion is finally beginning to fulfill his long-distance appearance. That makes it easier to trust this place that will have enormous popularity. Gordon is shooting up 40.4% for the month of February from three-point territory, and has achieved at least three long-range looks in five of his last six contests. He has forced himself up the offensive pecking order by taking at least 12 shots in each of his last six games, giving him a tremendous advantage at this salary if his efficiency is maintained.
Other notable works: Andrew Wiggins ($ 6,800) Jordan Clarkson ($ 4,700)
Kevin Durant ($ 10,000): Now, beyond his bizarre COVID-19 protocol saga, Durant may return to the Nets in a game that he has likely circled on the schedule. On national television, Durant returns to the place that made him a two-time champion. Since he changed for James Harden, Durant leads all Brooklyn players in use (30.4%) and FanDuel points per minute (1.37), and that came with 52% shooting for the month of January. It’s worth noting, too, that Durant may see an increase in his total rebounds and blocks as Brooklyn’s tallest player, as they are without DeAndre Jordan on Saturday.
Joe harris ($ 4,800): In a rare scenario, it makes perfect sense to play with two players from the same team in the same position. When it comes to the profiles of being a small ball game, pace and space, Harris should watch the majority of the minute. Instead of wasting playtime with Jeff Green, Harris and Green will probably start and play together quite often on Saturday. Harris is an affordable salary supplement with an incredible advantage, which he has shown before by scoring more than 20 real-world points in six contests this year. In what should be a shootout, Harris is easy to like.
Other notable works: Jimmy Butler ($ 9,100), Justin Holiday ($ 5,100)
Draymond Green ($ 7,600): In a totally inexplicable puzzle, Green is back on his tracks as a facilitator, averaging 11.5 assists per game in February despite ridiculously low usage – just 12.5%. Whether that’s a legitimate trend of handing the ball to Curry, or an unsustainable streak of counting stats, remains to be seen, but it’s hard to deny Green’s 1.08 FanDuel points per minute in that span. Green’s salary can be a bit high for cash games (Julius Randle might be the best bet in that format), but if you’re stacking this game in tournaments, Green has been hands down Golden State’s second-most productive player this month.
Jeff Green ($ 4,500): Brooklyn doesn’t have a defined backup center, like Norvel Pelle Jr. and Noah Vonleh They see few minutes on paper, but none are in the group of FanDuel players in the center. The most likely event at this point appears to be the 6’8 “green, averaging 28.8 minutes per game this month, moving into the starting lineup with Durant switching to all five. Both teams in the game would rather play small of all modes., which elevates players like Green and Kelly Oubre. With Nerlens Noel slipping into a 30-minute role at center for the Knicks, he’s probably the cash game value option on this list, but once again, there’s a huge advantage in the Nets-Warriors clash. Green is a great way to go.
Other notable works: Julius Randle ($ 8,600), Royce O’Neale ($ 4,800), Nerlens Noel ($ 4,000)
DeMarcus Cousins ($ 6,200): Simple economics indicates that supply and demand determine popularity, and it will be difficult to find a reason not to simply align with the majority of the player base by including Cousins on the Rockets’ roster. Cousins has stepped in admirably for Christian Wood as the starting five, recording 1.19 FanDuel points per minute, the team’s highest, over the course of the past week after taking on the role. On a larger slate, Cousins is a shaky asset worth deflecting from when expected to be popular. But on this little slate, there’s no alternative to a depleted core pool that has Boogie’s combination of floor, edge, and value. This is not a good board to get cute by fading it off.
Other notable works: Myles Turner ($ 6,600)
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