In the final few games of the season, there are a lot of outlying circumstances you must consider while making your daily fantasy basketball lineup:
– Has this team locked in its playoff spot?
– Is this team out of contention and more inclined to play for the future?
– What are their habits with games on back-to-back nights?
There are a lot of risks involved, but they create an opportunity to take advantage of those that submit a lineup and don't check it before tip-off. Keeping an eye on who's starting the game is often an overlooked key to success. Our highlighted player could be an example of its importance.
C DeMarcus Cousins, Kings vs. Timberwolves
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap
Boogie has been downright filthy despite numerous ailments that the team has cited in order to rest him on the road. He averaged 67.9 fantasy points over the last week and has been the top player on FantasyScore over the last month with 57.4 fantasy points per game.
Minnesota is among the worst in the league at defending centers the last 10, and Gorgui Dieng (head) won't be in Cousins' face down on the block. If for some reason they opt to rest Cousins at home, forward Jason Thompson ($2,200 salary; 4.4% of your cap) would become a premium plug-in.
G Danny Green, Spurs at Thunder
$4,500 salary | 9.0% of cap
The Spurs will be vigilant with the elder statesmen's minutes down the stretch, and this is the first game of a back-to-back slate. The youthful Green should benefit. His 35.5-fantasy point effort Sunday was his high mark over the last 10 games. OKC sits in the bottom 10 at defending shooting guards during the same stretch. He's a midrange option with some upside at a friendly price on FantasyScore.
C Brandan Wright, Suns at Hawks
$3,500 salary | 7.0% of cap
Wright has stepped up following Alex Len's broken nose. Wright posted a per-game average of 35.1 fantasy points over the last week. Atlanta ranks in the middle of the league at defending centers, but Al Horford won't have the luxury of Paul Millsap (shoulder) by his side underneath. Wright is a low-end flex
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F Marvin Williams, Hornets at Heat
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap
The former Tar Heel has benefited from a slew of injuries to starters Al Jefferson (knee), Cody Zeller (shoulder) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle). Now backup center Bismack Biyombo will play through a broken nose. Williams has averaged 28 fantasy points over the last five games. He's outperforming his price and should enjoy a favorable matchup Tuesday.
G Klay Thompson, Warriors at Pelicans
$7,300 salary | 14.6% of cap
This "Splash Brother" is a volatile fantasy option in the final few games because the Warriors have clinched the top seed in the West. Over the last 10 contests, Thompson has posted 26 fantasy points or fewer three times, with just one game in the 40s. The Pelicans defend the position well, and there are just too many risks to drop nearly 15% of your cap on him.