There are six high-salaried superstars to consider on an eight-game Saturday. DeMarcus Cousins $10100 will have easier situations than a back-to-back on the road against the 29-0 Spurs. Kawhi Leonard $7900 and LaMarcus Aldridge $6800 are excellent value.
The return of Jimmy Butler $8300 (knee) will have a positive effect on the Bulls. He’s facing James Harden $10500 after missing 11 games, a difficult matchup for both. Pau Gasol $8100 might also have his hands full because Dwight Howard $7900 has been great for a month. I like Bobby Portis $5200 again if Taj Gibson $4900 (hamstring) sits out, but we don’t know how minutes will be affected for E’Twaun Moore $5100, Mike Dunleavy $4100 and Doug McDermott $4100.
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Atlanta used the whole bench last night and Dennis Schroder $4800 (16) led them in scoring. Paul Millsap $8000 gave way to newcomer Kris Humphries $3300 (14 PTS, 8 REB) as none of the starters played 30 minutes. Chris Paul $9500 has had a 45-FPT floor and ceiling above 70 for a while now.
The Clippers need DeAndre Jordan $7400 to outplay Al Horford $7400 and shooters J.J. Redick $5000 and Jamal Crawford $5300 to get hot. Wesley Johnson $4100 replaced Jeff Green $4500 on Wednesday and made a strong contribution (11 PTS, 3 3PM, 4 REB, 5 STL, 1 BLK) in 31 minutes.
LeBron James $9800 produced 53.25 FPTS in just 30 minutes as our #1 Friday selection. Beating the Wizards so handily while Kevin Love $7000 rested leaves everyone sharp tonight. Kyrie Irving $7500 vs. Isaiah Thomas $7600 and Jared Sullinger $6000 vs. Tristan Thompson $5100 and/or Timofey Mozgov $3600 will be interesting. The Celtics have several potential bargains including Evan Turner $5000, Avery Bradley $5000 and Marcus Smart $4700.
Congratulations to the Nets for their OT win and to anyone who used Markel Brown $3400 (42.5 FPTS) in your DFS lineup. He and Shane Larkin $3400 (28.3 FPTS) never left the floor after taking over for Wayne Ellington $3800 and Donald Sloan $4900 early in the third. In this back-to-back, the seventh of a nine-game road trip, Brook Lopez $7300 might not feel like chasing Karl-Anthony Towns $8200, who led the Timberwolves with 21 points last night in Milwaukee. Zach LaVine $5400 and Gorgui Dieng $6600 are possible bargains, with Shabazz Muhammad $4200 now the #1 bench option.
After a tough defeat in Charlotte, the Pacers are only one game up on Washington in the loss column. Maybe the Wizards were saving themselves last night. John Wall $9300, Marcin Gortat $6600, Bradley Beal $5800 and Markieff Morris $5400 will treat this like a playoff game, while Nene Hilario $3900 could be inspired off the bench. For Indiana, Paul George $8100 and Ian Mahinmi $4600 are always playable.
Anthony Davis $9600 has been getting some help since Eric Gordon $5300 returned. Jrue Holiday $7200, Norris Cole $4800 and Ryan Anderson $5600 all take turns contributing. The Jazz are now 0-3 on this trip and it’s their third game in four nights. You could take a chance on Rudy Gobert $6500 or Shelvin Mack $4100 but the playoff dream may be slipping away for both teams.
Still very much in the postseason hunt, the shorthanded Pistons are road favorites in New York. Toss out that drubbing in San Antonio for Reggie Jackson $6600 and Andre Drummond $7700 — both will bounce back. Tobias Harris $6200 and Marcus Morris $5100 will also see heavy minutes. Carmelo Anthony $8300, Robin Lopez $5600 and Arron Afflalo $4300 played well for the Knicks in last night’s narrow defeat.
|PG||Chris Paul $9500||Isaiah Thomas $7600||Shane Larkin $3400|
|SG||James Harden $10500||Eric Gordon $5300||Markel Brown $3400|
|SF||LeBron James $9600||Kawhi Leonard $7900||S. Muhammad $4200|
|PF||Anthony Davis $9600||LaMarcus Aldridge $6800||Markieff Morris $5400|
|C||Karl-Anthony Towns $8200||DeAndre Jordan $7400||Ian Mahinmi $4600|
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