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Joel Bartilotta

Joel has 12-plus years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season. He covers EPL Soccer, MLB, NBA and Daily Fantasy sports for RotoWire. He's active with EPL, NFL, MLB and NBA fantasy games.



Kyle Lowry, TOR vs MIL ($8,600): Lowry has been incredible all season and we get him at a discounted price to kick off this series. The reason the the diminished price is because he recently returned from injury, but he's ready to go now. In his four games since returning from a wrist issue, Lowry scored at least 46 fantasy points in two of those. That only adds to the fact that he's averaging over 39 fantasy points per game for the season, as he's the straw that stirs the drink for Toronto. Milwaukee struggled covering point guards as of late too, allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to them over their last 10 games.

George Hill, UTA at LAC ($5,800): Utah's point guard had a great season for his new club, but it was overlooked by the fact that he missed so many games. That's evident through the fact that he averaged 28 fantasy points per game and is still priced south of $6,000. He comes into this game doing work too, as he scored 57 fantasy points in just 41 minutes across his last two games, as they looked to ease him into action. Hill will be ready to play 30 minutes here too, as those limited minutes were just to keep him healthy headed into the postseason.

J.R. Smith, CLE vs. IND ($3,700): Smith is one of the riskiest options out there, but he's got some serious upside at an unbelievable price. Over his last nine games, Smith is averaging 21 fantasy points per game, as he continues to try to find his rhythm after missing the first three months of the season due to injury. That's quality value for a near minimum priced player and it doesn’t even consider his upside, Not only was he a $5,000 player just last season, he's averaging 34 minutes over those last nine games. Those are enough minutes for a $3,700 player to fall into value and he's the only player south of $4,000 who has legitimate 30-point potential.



Kevin Love, CLE vs. IND ($8,300): The other top three power forward options are Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph, who all face the top three defenses in the league. That alone makes Love an intriguing option, but he's also a nice value at just $8,300. With at least 32 fantasy points in seven straight games, Love has proven to be a reliable option, which is as important as ever in such a small slate. Indiana are not a scary matchup either, as they sit in the middle of the pack in nearly every defensive statistic.

Gordon Hayward, UTA at LAC ($7,300): Hayward is Utah's best offensive weapon and he'll need to be used heavily in this series. The reason for that is because Los Angeles struggles with opposing small forwards, ranking 20th in fantasy points allowed to them this season. He comes into this game hot, averaging 36 fantasy points per game in his six games prior to the season finale, where he played limited minutes. That's not far off from his 34 fantasy points per game average for the season and both those numbers are a huge value for a $7,300 player.

Khris Middleton, MIL at TOR ($5,900): This is one of the most surprising prices, as Middleton has proven to be a $7,000 player for most of his career. Since March 1, Middleton is averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. That's nearly 30 fantasy points per game and it doesn’t even consider his usage. Middleton ranks second on this team in usage and it's clear they want to run plenty of their offense through the sharpshooting small forward.



DeAndre Jordan, LAC vs. UTA ($7,700): Rudy Gobert is the better player in this one-on-one matchup, but it's closer than most people would probably think. In fact, Gobert is only averaging 1.8 more fantasy points than Jordan, but is priced at $1,200 more. That's what makes Jordan an intriguing option and Utah actually aren't a bad matchup for a big man like Jordan. That's evident by the fact that Jordan averages 13 rebounds against the Jazz this season and that should continue with Utah ranking dead-last this season in field goal percentage.

Myles Turner, IND at CLE ($6,900): Turner is an up-and-coming star in this league and these playoffs may be his breakout for the nation. This matchup is hard not to like, with Cleveland ranking 28th in defensive efficiency across their last 15 games. The Cavs also play small at center too, so Turner should have an advantage there against Tristan Thompson.

Jonas Valanciunas, TOR vs. MIL ($5,500): Valanciunas is the third-lowest priced starting center and it's unfair for how good he's been. Many people don't realize that either, as his diluted numbers in the last two games were more about resting players in a meaningless game more than anything. Prior to that, Valanciunas was in his best stretch of his season, averaging 14.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across his previous seven games. That's incredible production for a $5,500 player and it comes in an enticing matchup too. Center is a major weak spot for Milwaukee, as they start rookie Thon Maker there.

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