Fantasy basketball: Who’s hot, who’s not, and Fred VanVleet’s DFS perspective

Fantasy basketball: Who’s hot, who’s not, and Fred VanVleet’s DFS perspective

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Jokic sat atop another fantasy basketball leaderboard Wednesday after a stellar performance. While he has stood out in the nine-game slate and is arguably the hottest player in the league right now, there are others worth considering before Thursday’s five-game selection. We’ll go over some recent studs on roll, dud, and DFS play here.

Who is hot

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The 2022-23 NBA triple-double leader has hit three straight double-doubles, making it all in January. Jokic recorded 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. He has fallen just one assist short of a record triple-double in six straight contests and has driven the Denver Nuggets to sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. Onle Luka Doncic has more fantasy points than the reigning MVP this season.

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Markkanen was only second to Jokic in fantasy points entering Wednesday. The Utah Jazz wing scored 32 points to go along with 12 rebounds. He has scored more than 28 points in eight of his last 10 games while averaging 10.3 boards and shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from deep. Only five forwards have been more productive than the Cleveland Cavaliers transplant this season.

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Not surprisingly, Garland put together a second straight double-double against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday while Donovan Mitchell was ruled out. The Cavs point guard posted 24 points and 14 assists in the contest and made five triples for the second time this week. Mitchell’s groin injury will be something to watch moving forward, as Garland’s value will benefit significantly even though he can’t play.

Although not

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Brooks is still getting plenty of playing time but hasn’t provided much value as a scorer lately. The Grizzlies wing is averaging 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game over his previous three outings while shooting just over 34.0 percent from the field. He is clearly the fourth option with Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and a healthy Jaren Jackson. He will occasionally have big nights, but fantasy managers shouldn’t expect consistent production from the gritty defensive specialist.

Play DFS

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VanVleet is on the rise but remains relatively affordable for a player who is averaging 36.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 7.0 rebounds on 49 percent shooting this week. The Timberwolves’ defense has been compromised by Rudy Gobert’s groin injury, and VanVleet is one of the last guards you want to be missing a defensive anchor against.

Still deciding who to lock in for your DFS roster? We’ve identified a player worth locking in and a player to avoid ahead of him below, but you can find my full selection of stud and value plays at each position by heading over to SportsLine.

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