1. Paul George, SF, OKC Thunder
PG13 has been an absolute stud as of late, averaging 30.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and three steals over the past seven days. Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are both questionable going into the Lakers game, so expect George to be very busy. Regardless, George is on a really hot streak right now and he should be on your short list of DFS targets on Thursday.
2. Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards
Another building block for DFS Thursday is Bradley Beal, shouldering the bulk of the offensive load with John Wall sidelined. Over the past 15 days, Beal is good for 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.4 steals along with 3 treys made per game in the past 10. Boston is a very good defensive team but with such a high usage rate, it’s hard to imagine Beal going for anything less than 40 FP.
3. Michael Beasley, SF/PF, New York Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis is out, Michael Beasley in. With the Latvian out for the rest of the season, it’s also time for Beasley to deployed in DFS (and in any other fantasy formats, for that matter). In the contests Porzingis previously missed, Beasley has averaged 20.2 points (on 54.5 percent shooting from the field), 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 block and 0.7 treys in 28.8 minutes per game.
4. Josh Hart, PG/SG, Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Hart, double-double machine, how does that sound? As unusual as it is, Hart has produced three straight double-doubles since being inserted into the starting lineup, averaging 14.7 points, 12 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals during that three-game span.
5. Jusuf Nurkic, C, Portland Trail Blazers
Speaking of double-doubles, The Bosnian Beast is almost averaging one in the last 10 games, putting up 13.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.1 steals. He was average at best in his last outing but that could be due to the fact that Detroit is blowing them out. He will be needed against Dwight Howard and the Hornets as Portland’s lone big body in the middle.
Other value picks to consider:
- Fred VanVleet, PG, Raptors= VanVleet has been playing really well as of late, scoring in double-figures six of the last seven contests. He has also averaged over 5 rebounds and 5 points in the past three.
- Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG/SF, Knicks= The Knicks are extremely shorthanded with Enes Kanter, KP, Ron Baker, and Joakim Noah all out. He is not playing well as of late but the uptick in usage should light a fire under THJ and his production.
- Dwight Powell, PF, Mavs= He is averaging 10.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the past 7 days.
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