What’s up Degens! What’s up Wolfpack! I’m back in the saddle again after a small hiatus due to my regular job. I guess there’s this crazy concept where I actually need to make money to play DFS, how absurd!  Anyways, I can’t make money and you can’t make money if we don’t do our due diligence and do the proper research. We need to break the winless streak and get the monies!!! So without further ado, It’s time for Break’n Slates with yours truly, Brian Lemay Jr!!! Let’s get it baby!!! Also, in non basketball related news, My Packers beat the SeaChickens and now we’re onto San Francisco to show those Rice a Roni boys a real football team! Go Pack Go! Ok enough of that, on with the article. 

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Disclaimer: Remember people, I am not a professional, just an avid NBA fan who loves the sport and loves DFS. We are betting on human beings here which is probably the hardest thing to bet on. Some days we will win. Some days we will lose.  I will never argue with any member of any community about who they want to play on any given night. However, if you would like my opinion on a particular player I will gladly help you any way that I can if you ask me. My slogan is “If you like him, play him”. It’s your money and I can’t spend it for you. If I don’t get back to you right away, it’s because I am just like you and work a full time job and I do this in my down time here. I promise to get back to you.  Some players who are studs I may not mention in detail here in this article but will be displayed in the “Players I like but did not mention here” portion of the write up towards the end. All stats mentioned are accurate as of today and screenshots can be provided upon request. Credit: Fantasy Sports Degens,RotoWire, Fantasy Alarm, and DFS Wolfpack.

Favorite Plays on the Slate:  (In no particular order) ( PG-C position)

Ja Morant (MEM) vs. HOU ($7,600) PG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  39.8 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:  2nd worst (HOU) 97.6 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  33.9 FPTs  

Ceiling: 45.1 FPTs

Morant is an explosive young point guard who can expose Houston’s terrible defense. Huge 238 point spread here so plenty of scoring. Morant dropped 39.3 FPTs on Houston their last meeting. Solid mid-tier point guard with a nice ceiling.

D’Angelo Russell (GS) vs. DAL ($7,900) PG/SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  45.5 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:  4th worst (DAL) 95.9 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  33.2 FPTs    

Ceiling:  61.2 FPTs 

A lot of people will fear a blowout here, but not me. Russell just dropped 50 FPTs on Memphis, will he repeat that tonight? I don’t think so, but he could. Russell is the face of this offense when healthy and throws up a ton of shot. Take advantage of this price while it lasts. 

James Harden (HOU) @ MEM ($13,000) PG/SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  61.8 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  4th worst (MEM) 97.2 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  71.4 FPTs

Ceiling:  74.0 FPTs

Yes he’s expensive but Westbrook is out and Harden could even reach 80 FPTs tonight. It’s risky especially on a smaller slate. If you need a stud though for tonight, Harden should at least be in the conversation in a great matchup regardless of price.

RJ Barrett (NY) @ MIL ($5,600) PG/SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  28.8 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  6th worst (MIL) 92.8 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  29.4 FPTs     

Ceiling: 37.2 FPTs

This won’t be a popular pick among the DFS community but Barrett just dropped 38 FPTs on Miami who also is a good defense like the Bucks. However, the Bucks are struggling against opposing shooting guards as of late. Barrett hasn’t fared well against the Bucks this season, but I have DFS amnesia and don’t have a problem playing him tonight. The more he plays, the more experience and the better he will get. He could be low owned and sneaky tonight. 

Devin Booker (PHX) @ ATL ($8,200) PG/SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  45.4 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  14th worst (ATL) 85.4 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  48.2 FPTs 

Ceiling:  56.5 FPTs

If you don’t want to spend up on Harden, Give Booker a look tonight, Rubio may miss this game and if he does, Booker’s usage will skyrocket. Huerter is an underrated defender but Booker is a scorer who can shoot the lights out. 

Lou Williams (LAC) vs. CLE ($7,500) PG/SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  39.5 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  15th worst (CLE) 85.2 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight: 30.9 FPTs   

Ceiling: 46.3 FPTs

What’d you think? I was going to put Landry Shamet here??!! C’mon man! I’m all about Sweet Lou tonight with George out. I don’t care if he comes off the bench, Williams is in a crush spot at home tonight. 

Khris Middleton (MIL) vs. NY ($7,400) SG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  38.5 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SF’s Last 5:  2nd worst (NY) 113.0 avg per game.  

Projected FPTs tonight:  37.6 FPTs 

Ceiling:  43.2 FPTs 

Middleton has a great matchup tonight. He’s priced right and has a very good ceiling. 

Dorian Finney-Smith (DAL) @ GS ($4,700) SF/PF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  25.5 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing SF’s Last 5:  4th worst (GS) 100.5 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  24.3 FPTs   

Ceiling:  29.3 FPTs 

He probably won’t tear the roof off tonight but the matchup is good and if you’re stacking studs and need someone cheap that has 20-30 FPT potential then why not Dorian Finney-Smith, short for DFS! Yea buddy!

Glenn Robinson III (GS) vs. DAL ($4,200) SG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  23.0 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SF’s Last 5: 9th worst (DAL) 94.9 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight: 20.7 FPTs 

Ceiling:  32.5 FPTs 

Again, small slate so we need value players who can get us 20-30 FPTs for cheap money. GR3 is as good a candidate as any. Nice value play at SF. 

Ben McLemore (HOU) @ MEM ($3,500) SG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  16.6 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing SF’s Last 5:  17th worst (MEM) 89.6 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  23.8 FPTs    

Ceiling:  32.5 FPTs 

This is a good pick IF Jae Crowder sits due to injury tonight. The majority of DFS players will target Eric Gordon tonight, but we want to differentiate ourselves from the pack, If Crowder sits, McLemore is too damn cheap to dismiss. He has legit 30 plus fantasy point upside especially with Westbrook out. 

Kevin Love (CLE) @ LAC ($7,200) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  36.5 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  3rd worst (LAC) 92.6 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight: 41.3 FPTs 

Ceiling:  46.7 FPTs 

Clippers 3rd worst against opposing power forwards their last 5 games, and Kevin Love is trying to show out for possible trade suitors. It’s a perfect scenario and Love is the face of this team even if it’s terrible. 

I think Love is the main scorer tonight for the Cavs and he’s priced right.

John Collins (ATL) vs. PHX ($8,300) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  34.7 FPTs     

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  7th worst (PHX) 86.6 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  41.6 FPTs 

Ceiling:  46.4 FPTs 

John Collins is a solid option at PF tonight especially if Trae Young sits this one out. 

Julius Randle (NY) @ MIL ($7,500) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  40.7 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5: 8th worst (MIL) 86.0 avg per game.  

Projected FPTs tonight:  41.1 FPTs 

Ceiling: 48.8 FPTs 

You can fear ABC defense all you want DFS Nation, I don’t! Bucks are the 8th worst against opposing power forwards in their past 5 games. Randle has been on a tear lately and I still think he has a great night tonight. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) vs. NY ($12,200) SF/PF

Average FPTS last 5 games: 52.0 FPTs     

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5: 16th worst (NY) 68.1 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:  55.9 FPTs  

Ceiling:  71.4 FPTs 

I don’t love his price nor do I love the matchup as the Knicks are tougher on power forwards. I can’t fade Giannis in this one. He is a special player that can erupt at any time. I like him and Harden tonight more than Doncic.

Montrezl Harrell (LAC) vs. CLE ($7,000) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  38.0 FPTs     

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5:  2nd worst (CLE) 82.6 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  37.4 FPTs  

Ceiling:  48.5 FPTs 

I love to expose Cleveland at the center position. Harrell or Zubac could both be in for a good night tonight.

Tristan Thompson (CLE) @ LAC ($6,900) Center 

Average FPTS last 5 games: 39.4 FPTs        

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5: 4th worst (LAC) 79.3 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:  35.7 FPTs  

Ceiling:  49.2 FPTs 

The Clippers are equally weak defensively in the middle as the Cavs. Tristan Thompson could be a nice low owned option tonight who has a very high ceiling for his price.

De’Andre Ayton (PHX) @ ATL ($7,800) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games: 37.1 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5: 5th worst (ATL) 75.6 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:  43.8 FPTs  

Ceiling:  45.6 FPTs 

Omari Spellman (GS) vs. DAL ($5,500) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:   30.8 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5: 6th worst (DAL) 73.3 avg per game.

Projected FPTs tonight:  20.3 FPTs  

Ceiling:  30.1 FPTs 

Could be a very sneaky play at center tonight.

Brook Lopez (MIL) vs. NY ($5,100) Center 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  20.7 FPTs       

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5: 10th worst (NY) 67.8 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:  25.4 FPTs   

Ceiling:  37.5 FPTs 

Knicks are not good at defending opposing centers. Brook Lopez could be a sneaky value play tonight.

Dwight Powell (DAL) @ GS ($5,500) Center

Average FPTS last 5 games: 28.2 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5:  11th worst (GS) 67.2 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  25.2 FPTs  

Ceiling:  32.2 FPTs 

Nice value play at center. 

Jonas Valancunias (MEM) vs. HOU ($7,300) Center 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  41.1 FPTs    

Opponent vs opposing Center’s Last 5:  12th worst (HOU) 67.2 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight: 40.3 FPTs   

Ceiling:  48.0 FPTs 

 The Core 5:   (These are my favorite players at every position tonight. These are not locks as I don’t believe in ever calling a player a lock. These are my favorite plays at every position and are not meant to be a method of an example lineup. The Core 5 has been a section I’ve received requests to do by our followers of the website and in the fb group I do the article for as well. Without further ado, here are my Core 5.

PG:  D’Angelo Russell (GS) vs. DAL ($7,900) PG/SG  

SG:  James Harden (HOU) @ MEM ($13,000) PG/SG  

SF:   Khris Middleton (MIL) vs. NY ($7,400) SG/SF   

PF:   Kevin Love (CLE) @ LAC ($7,200) PF/C   

Center:  Montrezl Harrell (LAC) vs. CLE ($7,000) PF/C 

Thank you all for reading and good luck tonight!!!