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We have just a small four game slate on tap for Tuesday night, with what should be some heavy chalk concentrated on the Pelicans and Clippers. Paul George is out, along with all of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Herb Jones for the Pelicans. Almost 60% of the overall usage for the Pelicans this season has come via Ingram and Williamson, opening the door for a potential smash for CJ McCollum. His usage rate is only 20% with those two off the court this season, but it’s too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions from and we know that a ton of shots are opening up for him to take. He will be the focal point of the offense, but is priced like these two guys are playing. He’s the top overall play for cash game builds on Tuesday.
Oklahoma City is also missing some guys, and I could of included a player from them here — but I’m very interested in Porzingis tonight. Porzingis is always a top option when healthy, and that is the case right now. He’s been a beast for fantasy purposes this season churning out 37+ point games in two of his three contests. He’s second on the team in usage rate, and he’s doing this all while shooting just 44% of two point field goal attempts — for reference — he’s never shot below 50% on those attempts over the last four seasons. He is eventually going to have a night where his shots are falling. When that happens, his ceiling is very nice for this price range. Overall, I like the individual match-up here and if his shot is falling, look out.
Norm Powell + Robert Covington
These plays are pretty straightforward, they both get solid bumps with Paul George and Marcus Morris out. Powell in particular has been horrible this season, but he will be one of the highest-owned players tonight as he projects for north of 30 minutes. Covington projects for over 25 minutes, and has been over 0.9 fantasy points per minute this season. Powell is my choice if choosing just one, but expect both to be the popular value plays in cash game contests.
Murphy is projected to come in slightly ahead of Covington in ownership, but there is a $700 difference in salary. When looking at the rotations, Murphy started the second-half for Brandon Ingram in the Pelicans last game and never came out during the fourth quarter — meaning he closed the game. This is a very valuable role for only $4,800 and Murphy has been just under a full fantasy point per minute this season. I like him in all formats tonight, and I think I actually prefer him to the Clippers guys straight up.
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Wood has been absolutely crushing for the Mavericks thus far, and it looks like one of the moves of the off-season bringing him to Dallas. He’s never going to top projections because he’s coming off the bench, but I feel like I need some exposure to him nightly and the flexible roster construction of OwnersBox is a way to get it on Tuesday night. He’s trailing only Luka Doncic in usage rate on this team, and averaging a cool 1.8 fantasy points per minute. He correlates well with the chalky Pelicans players, and he can be paired up with Luka in the same lineup as well.
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