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With just a handful of games left in the regular season, this is a time where the most prepared capitalize. Double-checking the lineups before tip-off is more important than ever with so many teams out of the hunt or locked into playoff position.
Portland's beast center LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) has already been ruled out Saturday. Chris Kaman will likely fill in, but at his age, heavy minutes are unlikely. When both were out Monday, Meyers Leonard went off for 44.3 FantasyScore points. The team could opt to give him another extended look. At $2,800 (5.6% of your cap), he could be a difference maker.
Stud of the day
F Draymond Green, Warriors vs. Timberwolves
$7,200 salary | 14.4% of cap
Green is back to his dominant form after showing signs of fatigue down the stretch. He posted 44.8 fantasy points a night the last two games. Minnesota is dead last in defending the 4 over the last 10 games due to a rash of injuries. Green has the potential for a big line.
G Victor Oladipo, Magic vs. Knicks
$6,300 salary | 12.6% of cap
To little fanfare, Oladipo and Elfrid Payton have been one of the best backcourt tandems in fantasy the second half of the season. Payton is worth a start most nights, but the former Hoosier has turned it up as well. Oladipo is averaging 38.3 fantasy points the last week and 35 the last month. The Knicks don't defend the position well, and Oladipo's run of excellence could continue.
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G Shane Larkin, Knicks at Magic
$3,000 salary | 6.0% of cap
The Knicks have been bitten hard by the injury bug, and Larkin has seen an abundance of minutes. In five of the last seven games, he has posted at least 24 fantasy points. If you exclude a 14-point off night on FantasyScore, he's averaging 27.5 in six of those seven. At this price, he has very little risk in an average matchup.
G C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers vs. Jazz
$2,200 salary | 4.4% of cap
With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out, McCollum is in line for an increase in minutes the rest of the regular season. He has produced well for his price off the bench the last three, averaging 24.8 a night on FantasyScore. The matchup doesn't heed too much for more, but he's definitely worth a look as a basement option to squeeze in another high-priced player.
C Justin Hamilton, Timberwolves at Warriors
$3,800 salary | 7.6% of cap
Hamilton's usage has been pretty limited considering the team's top two centers are out with injuries. He has only played 25.3 minutes per night the last three games, which translated into just 20.9 fantasy points on average. His price will be tempting, but he's not producing enough to consider Saturday.