Fantasy Basketball: Who’s hot, who’s not, Tyrese Maxey’s Thursday DFS outlook
Everyone seemed to be having a hot Wednesday night. Jason Tatum led the fantasy leaderboard with a double-double with 41 points, but by the end of the night, six other players had scored at least 37 points. Need to be reminded who lit it up before the four-game Thursday? We have information about who is in and out of fashion, as well as a reliable DFS option before blocking.
Who is hot
Booker is clearly ready to handle the full load after missing a significant portion of the season with a hamstring injury. The Phoenix Suns star missed out on the All-Star Game due to how much time he missed, but scored 37 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday despite Kevin Durant making his Suns debut. Booker averaged 28.7 points, 7.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game over his previous three games.
The New Orleans Pelicans struggled with injuries all season, but Ingram became a bright spot after returning from an extended absence caused by a toe injury. Swingman scored a season-high 40 points with six rebounds and five assists against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. He also scored at least 25 points in nine of his previous 10 games, while shooting 50.7% from the field and 39% from deep.
Mitchell finished February with 35 points and surpassed him on Wednesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard exploded with 44 points, four rebounds and five assists in early March. Mitchell got off to a slow start after the All-Star break and fell short of his average in the first two hardwood games, but he’s now clearly on his toes after two back-to-back superstar-worthy performances.
Who is not
The Miami Heat have lost three of the four games they’ve played since the All-Star break, and Herro’s offensive struggles are largely due to their recent shortcomings. The normally dynamic combo guard has scored under 15 points in three of his previous four competitions while shooting 33.3 percent from the field. During this stretch, he averaged 16.5 points on 16.5 shots per game. Miami needs more from their handlers while Kyle Lowery is out with a hamstring injury and Herro hasn’t been much help.
Maxi has largely gone unnoticed since being moved to the bench in favor of De’Anthony Melton. However, he made his first start since late January on Wednesday when Joel Embiid dropped out. Maxi had 27 points, four rebounds and seven assists in 38 minutes to help the Philadelphia 76 defeat the Heat. This season, he is averaging 22.2 points as a starter and 28.9 points without Embiid. Expect another big night from the fast guard if Process gets another day of rest.
Still deciding who to commit to your DFS list? Below we have identified a player to ban and one to avoid until cautioned, but you can get my full selection of stud and value play in every position by going to SportsLine.