Michael Porter of the Denver Nuggets has been enjoying basketball in the bubble.

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As the NBA bubble continues to have success both in maintaining player safety from the spread of covid-19 and seeing their plan to conduct the restart of games going well so far.

That means that the NBA has, so far, been on a good path to finishing the season, which can't be said for all sports as we have seen the MLB already have to reschedule games due to the virus.

That also gives daily fantasy players more confidence to deploy anyone that doesn't have a nontraditional injury in their lineups without fear of suddenly losing a player just before tip. Here's a look at 5 players that should help you statistically and strategically.


Point Guard

Monte Morris of the Denver Nuggets DENVER NUGGETS VS TORONTO RAPTORS, NBA REGULAR SEASON DP

Monte Morris Denver Nuggets - $4,500

With Jamal Murray still sidelined due to a hamstring injury, it's allowed Morris to get starts in his place. Morris has shown he is able to post big fantasy scores when given the extra minutes and he hasn't disappointed with the added opportunity as he has produced 30.8 and 30.4 fantasy points the past 2 games. At $4,500 he's someone you can rely on for scoring, and the extra court time should boost rebounds and assists. Even if Murray were to come back today against the Trail Blazers, he would do so in a limited capacity leaving the lion's share of time for Morris.

Shooting Guard

Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks Charlotte Hornets v Milwaukee Bucks Getty Images

Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks - $6,500

The all star is at times a forgotten as the shadow cast by Giannis is so big, but Middleton possesses the ability to take over games himself. He's a threat from virtually anywhere on the court, as his long reach allows him to shoot over nearly anyone guarding him and opposing teams have no choice but to game plan around Antetokounmpo. The Bucks are coming off a loss to the Nets, and I think they will be looking to get back on track. That means heavy doses of Middleton and Giannis today versus the Heat, who, by the way, will be without Jimmy Butler, which should only help Middleton today.

Small Forward

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T. J. Warren Indiana Pacers - $8,800

Today's game against the Phoenix Suns may be the end of a prolific run for Warren, but if it is I want to be a part of it. Averaging just north of 64 fantasy points the past 3 games, Warren has been one of the biggest surprises of the restart and someone to root for. His price is increasing to match his play now sitting at a hefty $8,800 but the matchup with the Suns isn't a tough defensive opponent. I fully expect Warren to fall off this current pace but I think it may continue for this game today. We saved some money on inserting Monte Morris so I feel comfortable spending a couple thousand more than I normally would on a player riding a hot streak.

Power Forward

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Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers - $10,500

I really wanted to put Michael Porter here, but I just like Davis too much today. Coming off his worst offensive performance of the season and a bad loss to Oklahoma City, the Lakers should look to get back on track against a worthy playoff opponent in Houston. Due to the matchups that Houston can present Davis, it's likely that Davis will get involved early and often, and don't expect him to slow down if he gets in rhythm. It was only three days ago that he put 42 on Utah (73.4 fantasy points). Keep in mind that this may be the last game we see Laker stars logging major minutes until the start of the playoffs. I don't see them resting today, though, as coach Frank Vogel will likely see this as their tune up game for the playoffs.

Center

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Myles Turner Indiana Pacers - $6,400

This was a tough position to pick today: I tend to go with top centers for DFS because the production level drops off quickly once you get out of the first couple of tiers. A problem with today's slate of games is that the top 4 options at the position all play against each other. Jusuf Nurkic and the Trail Blazers play Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, and Deandre Ayton and the Suns take on Myles Turner's Pacers. While Turner is probably the least proficient offensively, he is very good on defense and will rarely post goose eggs in the blocks and steals column for your fantasy lineup. Ayton, on the other hand, is a little lacking in defensive skills at this point in his career, and that may mean a slight increase in scoring from Turner today. If you pair that with his usual helping of a handful of blocks and steals, Turner is a good value at $6,400, compared to Nurkic ($9,100), Jokic ($8,900), and Ayton ($7,500) in front of him.

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Booms

Kyle Anderson Forward Memphis Grizzlies

The former UCLA star might have taken the tale of the tortoise and the hare a little too seriously, but the "slow and steady" mantra has given him a successful NBA career and impressive fantasy numbers. For the past week, Slow Mo has averaged 16.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting, seven rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 made threes, two steals and one turnover a game.

Anderson has been a consistent contributor throughout the season and it's tough to see his numbers take a hit even when Jaren Jackson Jr. returns at the end of the month. If you haven't rostered him yet, it would be a huge mistake.

Jalen McDaniels Forward/Center Charlotte Hornets

Staying on the court has been a problem for McDaniels this season, but the absence of Gordon Hayward has forced the Hornets to look for other options on the court and the second-year player has been one of the beneficiaries. In the last three games, the San Diego State product averaged 16.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting, two made threes, five rebounds and 3.3 assists. He even threw in 1.3 steals and one block per game.

Hayward is expected to be out for at least three more weeks. Until he's back, expect McDaniels to continue his more proactive approach on this team.

Miles Bridges Forward Charlotte Hornets

McDaniels isn't the only one who has taken advantage of Hayward's injury. Bridges has cranked his game up a notch, averaging 21.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting, three made threes, six rebounds and one steal in the last three games. He may have even had the dunk of the year, posterizing Clint Capela on Sunday.

Until Hayward is back, Bridges will get a lot more freedom to operate and that means more fantasy contribution in the coming weeks.

Reggie Jackson Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Depth has not been a problem for the Clippers the last few seasons, but it has been trouble for fantasy managers looking for consistent contributors on that team. Rest and injuries haven't slowed the Clippers' winning ways this week because Reggie Jackson stepped up for them and gives fantasy participants a short-term high performer to lean on for the week.

In a week where Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Paul George missed time, Jackson thrived, averaging 17.3 points on 61 percent shooting, three made threes, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 turnovers in four games.

With Beverley out with a fractured hand and Rondo/George/Kawhi undoubtedly taking games off to save themselves for the playoffs, Jackson may not be a bad desperation option in standard fantasy and worth tracking in daily fantasy formats.

Busts

Tim Hardwaway Jr Guard/Forward Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks' recent success has not translated into numbers for all players. Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of them.

The Michigan product averaged 12 points on 37.5 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four games last week. He did make two three-pointers per game in that span, but that is like threading a silver lining on a used rag.

Hardaway is still the third scoring option on the team, so he will get more chances to increase his production, but this week was a tough pill to swallow for a lot of fantasy managers.

Derrick Rose Guard New York Knicks

Rose has found a home with the New York Knicks, but his role has not been kind to fantasy managers. We all know the former MVP can still score, but head coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't asked him to do much else.

In the last four games, Rose has averaged 14.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 0.8 made threes, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. That kind of one-dimensional play is a killer of many fantasy teams looking for a more diverse portfolio of contributions.

If you need a boost in scoring, Rose isn't a terrible option to consider, but if you need anything else, you should leave him on the waiver.

Lou Williams Guard Atlanta Hawks

Like Rose, Williams isn't asked to do anything other than score at this point in his career. But even in the past week, he can't even do that at an elite fantasy level. Only averaging 11.8 points per game, 1.8 made threes, 2.8 assists and basically non-existent in every other category in fantasy sports.

It's safe to say that Lemon Pepper Lou's effectiveness as a fantasy star is gone.

Jusuf Nurkic Center Portland Trail Blazers

Okay, I know Trail Blazers have been trying to ease Nurkic back into the lineup and giving him restricted minutes. However, with the fantasy managers looking for that final push to the postseason, there might have to be an executive decision on whether Nurkic needs to be played or pitched.

Teams firmly in playoff position can hold out for him to be used properly again, but other managers won't be able to stomach another week of missed games and low-end production.

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