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A hot stretch Paul George has him back to elite status in FanDuel NBA play

Dec 9, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) drives in the post against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) in the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George capped his best stretch of the season with 15 fourth-quarter points, part of a 37-point outing, to solidify his status as an elite small forward in FanDuel NBA play.

Any concerns stemming from the ankle injury that sidelined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George seven times in a 10-game stretch are gone.

Over the past five games, George is averaging 24.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The figures are enough to generate 40.3 points in FanDuel NBA tournament play during the stretch.

On the second night of a back-to-back set, Geroge was at his best, even after Indiana started the game horribly.

Portland scored 44 points in the opening quarter Saturday night, the most the Pacers have surrendered in a single period all year.

All the slow start did was set up George’s heroics in the final period.

The Pacers erased an eight-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter as George switched from punishing the opposition from the perimeter to inside of the 3-point arc.

After connecting a season-high five times from 3-point range in the the first three quarters, George sank five mid-range jumpers and a put-back dunk to complete the impressive comeback.

When the final buzzer sounded, George had poured in 37 points, his personal best for the 2016-17 season, along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The three-steal performance was his third in the past six games and raised his season average to 2.0 per game, his highest during his seven-year career.

The fourth-quarter heroics from George are nothing new, as he has become one of the most consistent crunch-time scorers in the league.

Even though he missed nearly 30 percent of the season, George has scored 45 points in crunch time, tied with San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard for the 11th-most in the NBA.

When the game is on the line, George has been even more efficient, shooting 58.6 percent from the field in crunch time. The shooting percentage is 14.3 higher than his average for the year, both figures are the highest among any of the top-15 crunch-time scorers in the NBA.

His consistency has translated into FanDuel NBA success, as he has scored 30 or more fantasy points in each of the past 10 games.

Until George cools down, he is playing well enough to be a building block for any FanDuel NBA lineup.

Dec 10, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (left) handles the ball defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier (right) during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers won 133-105. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Point Guards

  1. John Wall ($9,600) vs. Miami Heat
  2. Chris Paul ($9,500) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
  3. Deron Williams ($6,200) vs. Denver Nuggets
  4. Darren Collison ($5,500) vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Rationale:

  • No player in history had ever previously done what Chris Paul accomplished Saturday night against New Orleans. Not only did the nine-time All-Star record 20 assists, the most of any player this season, he became the first player to accompany the total with 20 points and zero turnovers. The last time a player dished out 20 assists with no turnovers came in 1984, when Jazz guard Rickey Green accomplished the feat during a win over the Hawks.
  • Nearly everything in Dallas runs through Deron Williams. The 6-foot-4 guard ranks seventh in the league with an average of 62.5 passes made each game, resulting in 6.5 assists a night. Williams has managed to involve several teammates in the offense, with Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and Dwight Powell all serving as recipients for more than one assist a night from his passes.

October 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) moves the ball down court against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Shooting Guards

  1. James Harden ($11,400) vs. Brooklyn Nets
  2. DeMar DeRozan ($8,500) vs. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Lou Williams ($6,300) vs. Sacramento Kings
  4. Jamal Crawford ($6,100) vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Rationale:

  • For each of the past two games, James Harden fell just one rebound shy of posting a triple-double. Instead of adding to his five total triple-doubles this season, Harden instead increased his advantage as the league leader in assists. With 12 assists against the Thunder, then 16 Saturday night against Dallas, Harden is now averaging 11.6 assists per game, nearly the same average Rajon Rondo led the league with a year ago.
  • Anytime Jamal Crawford steps on the court, he’s a threat to light up the scoreboard. Over the past four games, Crawford has been especially potent, scoring 20 or more points three times during the span. The surge in scoring has been the result of his accuracy from 3-point range, as he has converted 7-of-17 attempts (41.2 percent) and is coming off a seaosn-high 22 point effort against New Orleans Saturday night.

Nov 30, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans (42) defends during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Small Forwards

  1. Paul George ($8,500) vs. Charlotte Hornets
  2. Rudy Gay ($7,000) vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  3. Harrison Barnes ($6,400) vs. Denver Nuggets
  4. Otto Porter ($5,700) vs. Miami Heat

Rationale:

  • The points just keep piling up for Harrison Barnes in Dallas. In his first season with the Mavericks, Barnes has scored 20 or more points on 13 occasions and is posting 20.6 points per game, one of 30 players averaging more than 20 points a night. Along with the best scoring numbers of his career, Barnes is pulling down 5.7 rebounds a game, the highest of his five-year career.
  • Otto Porter has struggled over the past three games resulting in his value in FanDuel NBA tournament play to drop by $600 in the past six days. At over $1,000 below the cost of an average FanDuel NBA roster spot, Porter provides exceptional value simply because of his impact on the defensive end. Porter has recorded two or more steals 14 times in 22 games and his season average of 1.95 steals per game is tied for the eighth most in the NBA.

Nov 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) dribbles the ball up court in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center. The Raptors won 113-111 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Power Forwards

  1. Julius Randle ($6,400) vs. Sacramento Kings
  2. Jabari Parker ($6,200) vs. Toronto Raptors
  3. Kenneth Faried ($5,100) vs. Dallas Mavericks
  4. Thaddeus Young ($5,000) vs. Charlotte Hornets

Rationale:

  • Kenneth Faried didn’t need much time to provide a massive contribution against Orlando Saturday night. In just 24 minutes, Faried totaled 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. Few players offer the massive upside of Faried, as he posted his fourth outing with 30 or more points in FanDuel NBA play and is still valued at just $5,100 Monday night.
  • Thaddeus Young submitted is coming off the finest performance submitted by a player valued less than $5,000 in FanDuel NBA tournament play. Against Portland, he totaled 29 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals for a total of 44.8 FanDuel NBA points. As a result, Young’s value for Monday night climbed by $200, but he is still a solid roster option, as the power forward position is very thin Monday night.
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) dunks the ball past New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) dunks the ball past New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn (9) during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Centers

  1. DeMarcus Cousins ($11,000) vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. Hassan Whiteside ($8,700) vs. Washington Wizards
  3. Marcin Gortat ($6,100) vs. Miami Heat
  4. Clint Capela ($5,700) vs. Brooklyn Nets

Rationale:

  • DeMarcus Cousins routinely is collecting double-doubles against his opponents. Against the 29 other teams in the league, only four opponents have prevented Cousins from averaging a double-double. Fortunately for FanDuel NBA players, Monday’s opponent, the Lakers, have struggled against Cousins. In 18 career games against the Lakers, Cousins has averaged 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds while totaling 12 double-doubles.
  • Players averaging more than a double-double per game rarely are valued below $6,500 in FanDuel NBA tournament play. Washington center Marcin Gortat costs just $6,100 for Monday night, even though he has been collecting 12.2 rebounds over the past six games. The lofty rebound total is a valuable addition to any FanDuel NBA lineup and Gortat is worth considering as a low dollar option for Monday night.

Final Lineup

PG Chris Paul ($9,500)
PG Darren Collison ($5,500)
SG Lou Williams ($6,300)
SG Jamal Crawford ($4,100)
SF Paul George ($8,500)
SF Otto Porter ($5,700)
PF Jabari Parker ($6,200)
PF Kenneth Faried ($5,100)
C Hassan Whiteside ($8,700)

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