I mistakenly thought today was only a 4-game slate, then this morning before work, I noticed I was mistaken.
It’s actually 6. Not a huge slate, but I did have to tinker with my official selections for today. I am going to be quick with the chit chat and dive right in!
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Nikola Mirotic – Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls – $5,000
Analysis: It’s the night of Nikolas! First we have Mirotic, who has seen his minutes drastically increase with the trades of Dougie Fresh and Taj Gibson. Mirotic’s price hasn’t skyrocketed too much despite two straight 30-fantasy-point efforts. This is where he becomes super chalky in tournaments due to his price and matchup. Denver is middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to PFs, but would be deficient defensively should Kenneth Faried sit again. Even if Faried plays, I am OK with Mirotic considering he should see a ton of minutes in what could be the highest-scoring and closest game of the entire slate.
Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls – $8,900
Analysis: Denver is healthy outside of Faried, and that’s taking some toll on NIKOLA Jokic’s production of late. But his price isn’t in the 5 figures any longer (and it should be!). This is a huge discount for Jokic, who is one of the league’s brightest, budding talents. Foul trouble also has plagued Jokic in the past couple of games, so don’t let his minutes’ dip fool you. I am not worried about Robin Lopez defending Jokic all around the floor. I also like Jokic’s ability to snag some assists with Denver’s other scorers being healthy coming in. The floor is safe and the upside is monstrous.
Jon Leuer – Detroit Pistons vs. Portland Trail Blazers – $5,000
Analysis: Not really a 6th man anymore on his own team (that’s now Tobias Harris, Leuer checks all the boxes against Portland. The Blazers are one of the worst rebounding teams versus front courts in the NBA and have been a sieve for opposing power forwards all season long. Leuer is coming off a poor performance against Boston, but still managed 16 fantasy points in 25 minutes. Normally he sees around 30+ minutes with a 25-30 point average when he sees that kind of floor time. For cash games, Leuer is a great fantasy asset with a safe floor and safe minutes.