R.I.P Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Sad stuff, took me a couple days to cope with that. I’m a Celtics fan, but I always respected Kobe’s game and tenacity. A true competitor and one of the smartest men to ever play the game. I also want to pay respects to the other victims of this horrendous accident. I’ve been crazy busy at work and haven’t had a ton of time to do research and without proper research, I refuse to do an article. I want to make sure if we win, we win the right way and if we lose, at least we did our due diligence. My job is in it’s busy season now, so my article won’t be live every day, but I’m still around if you need help. This is my dream, writing to help all of you. Tonight, this article is dedicated to Kobe, his daughter, and the other passengers of that helicopter. Never forget #24 and #8.

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@BreaknSlates

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)

Will Barton (DEN) @ MEM ($6,600) PG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  27.8 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:   6th worst (MEM) 90.1 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  34.4 FPTs 

Ceiling:   43.0 FPTs 

In the absence of Jamal Murray due to injury, Barton could be seeing increased run at the point guard position. A position that Memphis is lacking defensively. I think he’s a solid mid tier PG/SF tonight for your lineups.

Ben Simmons (PHI) vs. GS ($10,000) PG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:   55.8 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:  8th worst (GS) 86.1 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:  47.8 FPTs  

Ceiling:   63.9 FPTs 

Not in love with his price, but this is a great matchup. Simmons could do some damage tonight and could be a nice player to spend up on. 

Luka Doncic (DAL) vs. PHX ($12,000) PG 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  55.8 FPTs    

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:  10th worst (PHX) 85.1 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:   58.0 FPTs 

Ceiling:   68.2 FPTs 

Yes he’s expensive, but this matchup is too good to pass up. Doncic is worth the spend up tonight.

Kyle Lowry (TOR) vs. ATL ($7,200) PG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  34.8 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:  11th worst (ATL) 80.8 avg per game.  

Projected FPTs tonight:  38.3 FPTs   

Ceiling:  50.4 FPTs 

I like Lowry a lot tonight. Solid mid-tier option at PG

Ja Morant (MEM) vs. DEN ($7,000) PG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  32.3 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing PG’s Last 5:  14th worst (DEN) 78.9 avg per game.  

Projected FPTs tonight:  31.3 FPTs  

Ceiling:  45.2 FPTs 

Jaylen Brown (BOS) @ MIA ($6,400) SG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  32.7 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  3rd worst (MIA) 94.2 avg per game.  

Projected FPTs tonight:  34.0 FPTs  

Ceiling:  42.0 FPTs 

Tatum is out, and the Heat have not been good against shooting guards in their past 5 games. Brown has a chance for a good night. Doesn’t matter if he’s in at the 2 or the 3.

Seth Curry (DAL) vs. PHX ($4,200) SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  22.7 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  4th worst (PHX) 91.5 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  18.9 FPTs  

Ceiling:   34.1 FPTs 

Kevin Huerter (ATL) @ TOR ($5,500) SG

Average FPTS last 5 games:  22.4 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  10th worst (TOR) 81.2 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:   30.0 FPTs 

Ceiling:  41.6 FPTs 

Huerter could be sneaky good tonight…

Jimmy Butler (MIA) vs. BOS (8,100) SG/SF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  41.3 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing SG’s Last 5:  15th worst (BOS) 80.2 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  36.3 FPTs  

Ceiling:  55.7 FPTs 

Tobias Harris (PHI) vs. GS ($7,400) SF/PF

Average FPTS last 5 games:   34.0 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing SF’s Last 5:  8th worst (GS) 83.3 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:   38.5 FPTs 

Ceiling:  46.0 FPTs 

Dorian Finney-Smith (DAL) vs. PHX ($4,400) SF/PF 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  21.7 FPTs    

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  3rd worst (PHX) 79.8 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  22.0 FPTs 

Ceiling:  29.3 FPTs 

Zion Williamson (NO) @ CLE ($7,200) PF/C

Average FPTS last 5 games:  33.3 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  6th worst (CLE) 77.9 avg per game.    

Projected FPTs tonight:  38.3 FPTs  

Ceiling:  40.0 FPTs 

John Collins (ATL) @ TOR ($8,200) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  40.2 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  7th worst (TOR) 76.7 avg per game.  

Projected FPTs tonight:  35.8 FPTs  

Ceiling:   52.8 FPTs 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) vs. WAS ($12,100) PF

Average FPTS last 5 games:  60.3 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  13th worst (WAS) 70.3 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  61.6 FPTs  

Ceiling:  71.5 FPTs 

P.J. Washington (CHA) vs. NY ($5,200) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:  25.0 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing PF’s Last 5:  14th worst (NY) 69.9 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  26.0 FPTs 

Ceiling:  37.2 FPTs 

Bam Adebayo (MIA) vs. BOS ($8,400) Center

Average FPTS last 5 games:  41.8 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing Centers Last 5:  2nd worst (BOS) 77.7 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:   39.6 FPTs 

Ceiling:  53.6 FPTs

Brook Lopez (MIL) vs. WAS ($4,800) Center

Average FPTS last 5 games:  25.8 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing Centers Last 5:  4th worst (WAS) 73.7 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  27.4 FPTs 

Ceiling:   37.6 FPTs 

Tristan Thompson (CLE) vs. NO ($5,700) Center

Average FPTS last 5 games:  28.7 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing Centers Last 5:  8th worst (NO) 70.3 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  29.2 FPTs 

Ceiling:  48.5 FPTs 

Marc Gasol (TOR) vs. ATL ($4,900) Center

Average FPTS last 5 games:  25.4 FPTs  

Opponent vs opposing Centers Last 5:  9th worst (ATL) 69.9 avg per game.   

Projected FPTs tonight:  35.4 FPTs  

Ceiling:   36.4 FPTs 

Kristaps Porzingis (DAL) vs. PHX ($7,100) PF/C 

Average FPTS last 5 games:   29.2 FPTs 

Opponent vs opposing Centers Last 5:  10th worst (PHX) 66.7 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:  35.3 FPTs  

Ceiling:  46.4 FPTs 

Jonas Valancunias (MEM) vs. DEN ($6,700) Center

Average FPTS last 5 games:  33.8 FPTs   

Opponent vs opposing Centers Last 5:   12th worst (DEN) 65.0 avg per game. 

Projected FPTs tonight:   32.2 FPTs 

Ceiling:   48.0 FPTs 

Players I like but didn’t mention here:

Brandon Ingram 

Fred VanVleet

Pascal Siakam

Marcus Morris Sr.

Derrick Favors

Marcus Smart

Norman Powell

Duncan Robinson

Malik Monk

Just because I didn’t mention somewhere here doesn’t mean I do not like them. 

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:  Kyle Lowry (TOR) vs. ATL ($7,200)

SG:  Jaylen Brown (BOS) @ MIA ($6,400)

SF:  Tobias Harris (PHI) vs. GS ($7,400) 

PF:  Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) vs. WAS ($12,100) 

Center:  Bam Adebayo (MIA) vs. BOS ($8,400)

Thank you for reading !!!