Fantasy Basketball: Damian Lillard highlights who’s hot and not list, plus a DFS play for Monday
You know, it was a wild night in the NBA when Nikola Jokic’s 40-point triple-double wasn’t the biggest story on the main list. That honor goes to Damian Lillard, who scored 41 points in the first half en route to a historic goal. There were many notable performances on Sunday, and we’ll take a look at three of the weekend’s hottest hands before identifying one cold player and Monday’s DFS game.
Who is hot
Lillard’s February hitting streak is getting more and more absurd. The Trail Blazers star scored a career-high 71 points against the Houston Rockets on Sunday after winning the contest by 3 points and 26 points in the All-Star Game during the weekend. This month, Lillard is averaging 40.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2% from the field and 41.7% from depth.
Fox was an underdog, scoring zero points in nine minutes thanks to his first-ever All-Star appearance, but he’s been in tears since returning to hardwood for the Sacramento Kings. On Sunday, the point guard outscored the Thunder with 33 points and eight assists and averaged 35.3 points, 7.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds over his previous three games. Fox shot an impressive 63.9 percent from the field during that time, despite lifting 5.7 triples in a single contest.
Recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered wrist and leg injuries, so Holiday had to work a little. The two-time All-Star had 33 points against the Phoenix Suns this weekend after scoring at least 24 points in two of his previous three games. Holiday is averaging 21.8 points per game this month and could continue to play a more prominent role on offense as Antetokounmpo sorts out his bumps and bruises.
Who is not
Collins played at least 30 minutes in four consecutive contests before Saddiq Bay joined the Atlanta Hawks and hasn’t played more than 27 minutes since the former Detroit Pistons swingman made his Hawks debut. Collins averaged 10.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in two games with Bey in the rotation. Atlanta failed to trade the big man, and now it looks like his role will decrease at the finish line in the regular season.
Wiseman made his first start of the season against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday and didn’t disappoint. The former Golden State Warriors recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. He will most likely start against a suspected Charlotte Hornets inside defense on Monday, with Jalen Düren and Nerlens Noel ruled out. Marvin Bagley could play a big role off the bench, but the Detroit Pistons have a chance to see what Wiseman can do in the last half of this season as a clean lottery team. He averaged 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Pistons in three games.
Still deciding who to commit to your DFS list? Below we’ve identified a player to ban and one to avoid until cautioned, but you can check out my full selection of stud and value play in each position by heading over to SportsLine.