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PG - John Wall, Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
Wall has been nothing short of amazing during these playoffs. He’s averaging nearly 27 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, 2.5 steals, and over a block through five games. He played a ludicrous 44 minutes in Game 5 and nearly ended up with a triple-double for his troubles. With the season on the line, look for Wall to dig deep and summon at least one more magical fantasy performance in front of his home fans.
SG - Kyle Korver, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers
It’s a damning indictment of the Cavs that 37-year-old Kyle Korver is clearly the second-best player on the team against the Pacers. The veteran sharpshooter has been instrumental in their last two wins, as he’s averaged 18.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. There’s obviously a danger that Korver finally starts to cool off. But he’s still worth selecting not only because he’s an affordable shooting guard option with decent upside, but also because LeBron James trusts him and will continue to feed him good looks.
SF - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers
Speaking of James, LeBron turned in yet another legendary performance to lead the Cavs to victory in Game 5. It’s simply ridiculous the numbers James continues to put up. He may be crazy expensive, but the remarkable consistency he provides makes him well worth that price tag. And with the Cavs looking to close out the Pacers, expect James to deliver another sparkling fantasy outing one more time.
PF - Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Power forward is pretty desolate tonight. Kevin Love can’t hit the broad side of a barn, Serge Ibaka has fallen off a cliff, and even Carmelo Anthony has fallen back down to earth. Thaddeus Young didn’t get his usual defensive stats to boost his numbers in Game 5, but he remains just about the most dependable player at the position. He’s got three games of four or more stocks (steals and blocks) in this series, so look for him to get his hands on a few more of those.
C - Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
After a rough first couple of games, Gortat has gotten back into this series in a big way. He’s averaging nearly 13 points and seven rebounds over the last three games and is coming off his first double-double in close to a month. Gortat’s upside is admittedly not as high as other center options, but he does offer a fairly stable floor given his modest price, which is still worth something.
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