Forget about your brackets for a bit think about Fantasy NBA Basketball. Here's a FanDuel lineup for you to try for Saturday's games. Since the Timberwolves beat the Wizards on Friday and host the Jazz later tonight, let's see if they can keep up the momentum, at least on an individual level. I selected many of their players in this nine-man lineup.
PG: Russell Westbrook, Thunder ($10,600) - Westbrook is the overall leader in fantasy points scored per game. To put things in perspective, he's getting you less than 35 points on a very bad day because he averages 49...
PG: Elfrid Payton, Magic ($5,400) - Payton missed five games earlier due to an elbow injury. But his production is now getting back toward his season average of 24.6 fantasy points per game as he scored at least 28.9 in each of his last two contests. That includes a triple double he had on Wednesday vs. the Pistons. Don't expect him to have a triple double vs. the Bulls, but Payton should still put up good numbers nevertheless.
SG: Jeremy Lin, Hornets ($4,300) - Lin only scored 11.1 fantasy points on Friday in Charlotte's loss to the Pistons. but he is known to be a microwave scorer any given night. Expect him to bounce back and exceed 20.4 points against the Bucks.
SG: Zach LaVine, Timberwolves ($6,300) - LaVine scored 34 fantasy points against the Wizards on Friday, and he has scored at least 23 points in each of his last six games. Expect him to continue that trend against the Jazz within the friendly confines of the Target Center. Sure, the Wolves played a double overtime game last night, but this is a group of young players who have fresher legs and will look to build momentum on a big road win.
SF: Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves ($6,900) - Wiggins will consistently score at least 20 fantasy points on a bad day, and he met his season average on Friday against the Wizards. He's been remarkably consistent as a scorer, rebounder, and assister, so he should be fine for Saturday's game.
SF: Hollis Thompson, 76ers ($4,400) - Thompson plays on the worst NBA team, but he consistently plays about 30 minutes a night and has scored in double digits in all but one of his last ten games. He should closer to 20 points against the Blazers later tonight.
PF: Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves ($6,600) - I am clearly living and dying with Minnesota tonight. Dieng scored over 40 fantasy points in each of his last two games, including Friday's win. If he's a WizKiller, I can certainly hope he's a JazzKiller too.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks ($6,400) - The Rookie of the Year candidate scored 30 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games. He's a force from many different statistical areas, so he should be a good bet to score around his season average against the struggling Cavaliers tonight.
C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves ($9,000) - KAT scored at least 40 fantasy points in each of his last four games. He has scored at least 17 real-life points in all of his last ten games, and has seven straight double-doubles. Hell, the man is a decent assister too for a big guy. Sure, the Wolves may not win tonight against the Jazz. But in fantasy basketball, it's all about players who can rack up numbers. Towns is a guy who can do just that.