The Raptors' season so far has been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. A five-game winning streak made the team look like a top team in the Eastern Conference, the subsequent three-game losing streak made it look incredibly flawed, and a win against the Sixers was...well, a win against the Sixers.
Tonight, the Raptors take on the 1-7 New Orleans Pelicans at the ACC -- their last game at home before heading out on a five-game west coast road trip. As always, if you'd like to play along with the team by taking part in one of FanDuel's one-day fantasy basketball tournaments, we've got you covered.
- Click here to sign up for FanDuel if you haven't already. Raptors HQ readers get a 100 percent first time matching deposit bonus (up to $200) by following that link.
- Then, click here to enter the contest we're promoting for tonight. It starts at 7:00 PM EST, costs $2 to enter, the top 33,900 lineups win a cut of the $300,000 guaranteed prize pool, and first place gets $25,000.
- If you want to follow along with others playing in the tournament, use the hashtag #FanDuelSBN on Twitter.
- If you're not sure how all this FanDuel stuff works, check out our initial post on the partnership from the start of the season.
If you're looking to get a Raptor into your lineup tonight, we've got a couple recommendations:
Kyle Lowry ($8,500)
It's our second straight week of recommending Kyle, but the guy just keeps putting up solid fantasy lines at a reasonable price. He's one of the lower-priced studs on tonight's 11-game slate, but numberFire has him projected as the third-highest scoring play at 41.32 fantasy points, trailing only James Harden (44.56) and Russell Westbrook (42.49).
The Raptors have been without DeMarre Carroll for three games now, and Terrence Ross for two. If both sit again (Ross is out and Carroll is a game-time decision), then you can expect Lowry to continue putting the team on his back. Over the last three games, Lowry has led the depleted Raps with 41.2 fantasy points per game (FPPG) on the strength of 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 2.7 turnovers. He's doing it all out there and is hard to ignore at his price point.
Cory Joseph ($4,100)
If you want a cheaper option at point guard, Joseph has really excelled over the last two games that the Raptors have been without Carroll and Ross. In 28.8 minutes per contest, CoJo is averaging 28.6 FPPG on 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and only 0.5 turnovers. You'll have to follow the injury report, but if the Raps are once again two men down, Joseph will be a fantastic play at his near-minimum salary.
Who's in your lineup tonight? Let us know in the comment section.
Note: This is a sponsored post from FanDuel, a site that features all sorts of one-day fantasy basketball tournaments (like this one, which costs only $2 to play and features a $25,000 payout for first place). All of the opinions in this post are my own, and as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games.