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The SuperDraft Starting Five | August 13th

Eric Lindquist

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Good afternoon! Today we’ve got a five-game main slate over at SuperDraft tipping off at 4 p.m. EST. Here’s my starting five — two guards, two forwards and a center — you can count on for your lineups.


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FRANK MASON III (2X MULTIPLIER)

Damian Lillard is good chalk, and I don’t think you need my help to pull the trigger on him or any other stud in a meaningful game. But there will be more viable 2x multiplier plays than ever before on this slate, many of whom carry enough upside to surpass 80 SuperDraft points at that clip. Mason is one such play, having gone for 39.75 SuperDraft points in just 21 minutes of action last game. I expect him to well surpass that playing time against Memphis today, making him one of my favorite plays on the slate. Plus, he’s listed way down on the guard list when sorting by SuperDraft FPPG, so it will take searching his name to plug him into a lineup.

FRANK JACKSON (2X MULTIPLIER)

Similar to Mason, Jackson should see spike in minutes for the Pelicans in their meaningless finale. I expect a lot of pieces on New Orleans to be popular — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, E’Twaun Moore and Nicolo Melli to name a few — but Jackson feels like the safest option to me, especially if Lonzo Ball gets ruled out before the 9 p.m. EST tip-off. I’ll take the ownership discount away from Alexander-Walker and ride with Jackson.

MELVIN FRAZIER JR. (2X MULTIPLIER)

If you just said “who???,” you are not alone. The Magic have already ruled out Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and Michael Carter-Williams, with the possibility of more to come. This sounds completely insane, but my model has Frazier grading out as one of the best plays of the day. He’s a versatile 6-foot-5 wing who can garner playing time at a lot of positions (I currently project him for 28 minutes) and is a point-per-minute fantasy producer, albeit it in a very limited sample. I’ll have to close my eyes to click on this one, but I’m taking the plunge.

KHEM BIRCH (2X MULTIPLIER)

I didn’t anticipate stacking a meaningless Magic/Pelicans game, but here we are. Birch shined in the Magic’s last outing, racking up 31.25 fantasy points in 27 minutes on only seven shot attempts. Nikola Vucevic was limited to only 21 minutes in that game, and if he’s not inactive, I’d expect the same minutes cap today. With normal back-up center Mohamed Bamba slow to gain his footing since a positive COVID test in June, they should severely limit his minutes again, giving Birch all the run he can handle at the four and five for Orlando’s final game in Orlando.

BOBAN MARJANOVIC (2X MULTIPLIER)

DFS-darling Marjanovic should come as no surprise to you here, as his production is off-the-charts: 1.56 fantasy points per minute, a 25.64 player efficiency rating and a 27% usage rate. It’s always a matter of minutes with him, but Kristaps Porzingis is already announced as sitting this one out, with the possibility of more Mavericks starters to follow. With all the minutes and all the usage up for grabs, expect big things out of the 7-foot-4 big man.


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