The FC 3 takes a look at three Eastern Conference players tonight (Feb 9, 2019).
Jabari Parker (WAS) @ CHI
Let’s just call this what it is. FanDuel dropped the ball on Jabari Parker with his ridiculously low salary of $3,900 given what he did just one game ago. Perhaps they missed his debut for the Wizards where he put up 45.7 fantasy points, coming up just shy of a triple double. He’s put up 30+ fantasy points in 3 of his last 5 games, and tonight he returns to play the team that traded him just a few days ago. He’s playing with a salary under $4K (again, on FanDuel) and with plenty of motivation in a matchup against a Bulls team that has a DvP that is 22nd against the SF position. Take advantage of big-time upside and a bargain salary tonight and find a place for Parker in your lineups tonight – but be careful about going all-in on DraftKings where he’s plenty more expensive.
Lauri Markkanen (CHI) vs WAS
Pure unadulterated FIRE. In his last 3 games Markkanen has scored 40+ fantasy points as well as eclipsing that mark in 5 of his last 6. During that 6 game span he has a total of 84 rebounds and is averaging 36 MPG. His salary is under $8K on both FanDuel and DraftKings, while his usage remains locked in the mid to high 20s on a nightly basis.
On Friday he had 55.6 fantasy points in Brooklyn and he returns home tonight to play a Wizards team that ranks in the bottom half DvP against the PF position. Markkanen is prime for a big game tonight against Washington who ranks 27th in the NBA in rebounding and should continue to be the focal point of their offense at the 3/4 alongside Zach LaVine.
Dennis Smith Jr. (NYK) vs TOR
This is going a little against the chalk for PGs, as the guys at the top are going to garner a lot of attention (Westbrook, Walker, Irving in particular). That said, there’s merit to the recommendation as a bit more of a leverage play in tournaments.
Since getting a fresh start with the Knicks, Smith has seen ample minutes (averaging 37.5 MPG in his two games there) on a team with a lack of healthy depth at the PG position. The Knicks are clearly giving him room to run and tonight against the team with the second best record in the conference, they will need him to put in big minutes (and mega usage into the 30%+ territory) again to keep pace with the Raptors. He has true home run potential tonight and makes an attractive GPP play tonight with his low salaries ($6,500 FD and $5,900 DK) across the industry.
The Knicks will be leaning on him again tonight as they did on Friday when Smith put up 47.4 fantasy points on the road in Detroit. The leading indicators continue to be there for him to be a big ROI guy this evening, even if the ownership rate doesn’t happen to follow suit (hence why we love him for GPPs).