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Fantasy Basketball Week 12: Jaylen Brown, Ja Morant could build on recent success Thursday

Fantasy Basketball Week 12: Jaylen Brown, Ja Morant could build on recent success Thursday

Ameer Tyree identifies Wednesday’s top performers and looks ahead at what fantasy players could dominate Thursday’s four-game slate

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Wednesday’s 11-game NBA slate saw its fair of impressive fantasy performances. Big men stood out as the top performers, but guards and wings seem poised to finish as Thursday’s most productive options. Let’s take a look at some of Wednesday’s best and worst performances while also looking ahead at what options could dominate in Thursday’s four-game slate.

Who’s hot

Brown took advantage of his time as the Boston Celtics‘ top scoring option when Jayson Tatum was in health and safety protocols. During Tatum’s four-game layoff, Brown averaged 32.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. While he failed to hit a game-tying layup on Wednesday in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he seems poised to follow up his 30-point performance with another strong showing. On Thursday, he’ll face off against a New York Knicks team he tallied 46 points, nine rebounds, and six assists against earlier this year.

Sabonis has had to put the Indiana Pacers on his back with Caris LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon in health and safety protocols. On Wednesday, he recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. He’s averaged 26.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game in the three games LeVert has missed since entering health and safety protocols. He’ll likely continue to carry a heavy load following Brogdon’s impending return to the hardwood. Sabonis could end Week 12 on a high note if Rudy Gobert misses a second consecutive game for the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

The reigning MVP is always hot but has been especially active on the boards as of late. He’s averaged 25.6 points and 18.3 rebounds per game over his last six games. Jokic tallied more than 20 rebounds in three games during that span and notched a triple-double with 26 points, 21 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Jazz on Wednesday. The Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder are in for a rude awakening.

Who’s not

The NBA‘s premier sniper has been running cold as of late. Curry’s averaged 11.5 points while shooting 19.5 percent from the field and 10.5 percent from deep over his last two games. While he’s been a major contributor as a passer and rebounder, his disappointing scoring efficiency has been a let-down. He’s dealing with a quad injury ahead of Golden State’s Thursday matchup against New Orleans, so fantasy managers could need to prepare to replace him in their lineups ahead of the weekend.

Thursday’s Top DFS Target

Morant’s will enter Thursday’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons on a day of rest. Detroit could struggle to stop the star point guard after giving up 12 points, eight rebounds, and 12 assists to LaMelo Ball on Wednesday. Morant’s averaged 30.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists during the Memphis Grizzlies‘ six-game winning streak. He could carry a heavier load than usual, with Desmond Bane (quadriceps) listed as doubtful. His DraftKings pricing ($9,200) is more ideal than his FanDuel ($10,200), but he’s worth paying up for on both sites.

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