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Joel Bartilotta

Joel has 15 years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season in his inaugural fantasy year. He covers NBA, NFL, daily fantasy, EPL, MLB, and CBB for RotoWire.


Bradley Beal, WSH at MIA ($8,300): Beal has been one of the best players in fantasy since John Wall (ankle) went down, but his recent hot streak extends longer than Wall being out. Beal is averaging 24.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game over his last 29 games. Thatís the production of a five-figure player, especially considering he leads this team in usage rate, shots taken and minutes since Wall got injured. In a matchup against another playoff contender, Beals should be leaned on heavily once again, perhaps approaching 40 minutes of action.

Goran Dragic, MIA vs. WSH ($6,500): Dragic has been a different player over the last two months, and it's hard to understand why he's still only $6,500. Not only does he have at least 26 fantasy points in 10 of his last 11 games, but Dragic is averaging 32 fantasy points per game in his last 15 games. In addition, Dragic dropped 34 fantasy points against the Wizards earlier this week, as they are weaker at the point guard position with Wall sidelined.

Tomas Satoransky, WSH at MIA ($5,600): The direct beneficiary to the Wall injury is Satoransky, who has taken over starting point guard duties in his absence. Not only does he have at least 32 fantasy points in his last two games, but Satoransky is averaging nearly 30 fantasy points per game in this expanded role. Thatís incredible production from a $5,600 player. As long as you have a starting point guard playing 30 minutes, he's worth a gamble in this price range with how productive he's been.


LaMarcus Aldridge, SAN at OKC ($8,700): Aldridge has become to go-to guy in this San Antonio offense and it's done wonders for his fantasy production. Heís averaging 38.3 fantasy points per game for the season and is coming off a 54-fantasy-point gem in his most recent outing. That sort of upside has been there all season, as he's reached at least 48 fantasy points in nine of his last 20 games.

Markieff Morris, WSH at MIA ($5,500): Morris is the final piece in this Washington stack, as he Satoransky and Beal have all been different players since Wall suffered his knee injury. The consistency may be the most impressive thing about Morris, as he has at least 22 fantasy points in the 18 games that Wall has missed. Morris has at least 28 fantasy points in seven if his last nine games while scoring over 34 fantasy points in back-to-back games. One of those 34-point games happened to come against this Miami defense.

Mario Hezonja, ORL at LAC ($4,800): With Aaron Gordon dealing with a concussion, Hezonja should be in line for another start. When Hezonja has started for Gordon this season, he's averaging over 30 minutes a game and roughly 25 fantasy points per outing. Thatís all you can ask for from a player south of $5,000, as he faces a Clippers defense that allows the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards. Those averages have been even worse recently, with Los Angeles allowing over 55 fantasy points per game to the position in its last 10 games, the third-highest mark in the league.


Marc Gasol, MEM at DAL ($7,600): Gasol is a risk with this being the second half of a back-to-back set, but he's a great value if he does end up suiting up. The lack of centers on this slate makes him even more appealing, as there are only five other options above $4,000. Three of them have tough matchups, with Pau Gasol facing OKC, Steven Adams playing San Antonio and Nikola Vucevic squaring off with DeAndre Jordan. That leaves this Gasol facing a weak Dallas frontline, which will be without Nerlens Noel (rest) in this game. The fact that Gasol is averaging 38 fantasy points per game just adds to his value, as thatís usually the production of a player north of $8,000.

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