There were no supernatural stats on Monday’s main table, but Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the fantasy leaderboard with 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists on the night. Donovan Mitchell, Jason Tatum and several other stallions also performed well, but others were just as impressive after finishing week 5 strongly. Here we look at three players moving in the right direction, the trade player, and Tuesday’s DFS target.
Who is hot
Many thought the New York Knicks overpaid for Brunson in the offseason, but the point guard only beat expectations in his first run as a starter. He scored a season-high 34 points along with nine assists to help his team lead the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. He has scored at least 25 points in three of his last five games and leads the Knicks in total points and assists. New York finally got the reliable Floor General it’s been looking for for so long, and fantasy managers can rely on him weekly for consistent production.
Ingram’s scoring declined this year after he missed the start of the season with a concussion, but scored a season-high 34 points against an exhausted Golden State Warriors early in Week 6. -high number of thefts (3). He will definitely have ceiling games from time to time, but playing alongside Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum will limit him if both are healthy.
The Utah Jazz are still number one in the Western Conference, with Markkanen leading in points, rebounds and minutes. The oversized winger has scored at least 23 points in three games in a row and has double-doubled in three of his last five games. Fantasy manager executives have probably thought so for a long time, but they can rest easy knowing that his early success is far from a fluke. He’s already on his way to the top 5 hitters this season.
Week who to trade
Collins started the year on a high note but is already in the trading block at the start of 2022-23. The Atlanta Hawks power forward is averaging just 7.3 points and 7.3 rebounds this month despite playing over 34 minutes per game. Collins makes under 10 shots per game for the first time since the start of the season. Some fantasy managers may be optimistic about a new destination that will bring its fantasy value back to life, but people who have it on their current roster should be looking to get a piece that can help them now if no one wants to pay it hefty price tag.
tuesday dfs play
Chris Paul is still out of action, which means Payne will have to face one of the worst back guards in the NBA. This season, he is averaging 20.2 points, 6.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game as a starter. He also had 13 points, four rebounds and nine assists in his only career start against Patrick Beverley. The Los Angeles Lakers are still sorting things out with Dennis Schroeder, so I expect Payne to continue to bring a lot of value regardless of the fantasy format.
Still deciding who to commit to your DFS list? Below we’ve identified a player to ban and one to avoid, but you can get a full list of my stud and value plays in each position by going to SportsLine.