PG – D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets @ Phoenix Suns
Russell didn’t quite have the homecoming he wanted against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets point guard was perhaps trying a bit too hard as he had 17 points on just 8-of-24 shooting. However, he did still have seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals to put together a worthwhile fantasy night.
Russell had a much better shooting performance against the Phoenix Suns last week. He scorched the Suns for 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting, and had six boards and four assists. Russell should have a relatively high likelihood of a repeat performance tonight as he faces a Suns defense which gives up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season.
SG – Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors
With Dion Waiters absent due to the birth of his child, Johnson saw a bit more playing time yesterday against the Clippers, and he made a most of it. The Heat guard dropped 19 points, 3 assists, 3 threes, and 3 steals. That’s the second time he’s had a similarly productive line in his last three games. It’s no coincidence that he also played over 30 minutes in that game.
If Waiters does continue to miss out, Johnson should have a good chance of getting more playing time. And even if the Heat get blown out, he’ll be the one who will likely get a good share of the garbage time, which should help pad his stats even more.
SF – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat
It’s getting boring how consistently good Durant has been. He had another wildly efficient night against the Denver Nuggets as he put up 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 3-pointers, and 2 blocks in just 29 minutes of play.
It’s been a while since Durant has gone off for a huge fantasy game, but this matchup at home against a Heat team on the second night of a back-to-back could be just the recipe that unleashes another huge performance from Durant.
PF – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets @ Phoenix Suns
Hollis-Jefferson has been one of the most improved players of the season. He’s averaging nearly 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field,
RHJ has put up back-to-back 21-point performances, with the first one coming against tonight’s opponent, the Phoenix Suns. He also added seven rebounds, two blocks, and a steal for quite a complete fantasy night.
With backup power forward Trevor Booker still questionable to play tonight due to a lower back strain, Hollis-Jefferson could once again get a bit more playing time and more chances to do damage against a Suns defense which is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards.
C – Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors
In just his third game back from a bone bruise in his knee, Whiteside put together a complete performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. He had his customary double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds, but also added two blocks and three steals.
Whiteside’s potential for another monster fantasy performance should be fairly high as he goes up against a Golden State Warriors team which he has dominated in the past. He had 26 points, 20 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in his visit to Oakland last season.
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