After a three day absence from NBA DFS it's welcome back to a gigantic 13 game slate for me tonight!! With a lot of playoff seeding and spots still to be determined alongside a lot of teams playing for nothing at this point, we'll be seeing a broad spectrum of effort tonight. The Miami-Boston and Brooklyn-Charlotte games are particularly meaningful, as is Oklahoma City at San Antonio. With nearly every team taking the floor tonight, you'll have just as hard of a decision choosing studs as you do value plays. Here are the deep bargains at every position to help round out those lineups for tonight. As always, I aim for players under $5500 on FanDuel. It's worth mentioning that almost every cheap player that went off Tuesday night was in my notes for today's write up...you're getting some of them anyway.
Dennis Schroder ($5400): Atlanta is a decent favorite in Orlando tonight in a game that could easily go over the Vegas total. The Hawks clearly like what they see from Dennis Schroder on the floor as much as I do, as he's averaging 26 fpts in 27 mpg over the month of March. He has only one game without double digit points in the last ten, but it's his assist totals that really boost his fantasy value. Orlando is a decent matchup for opposing PG, ranking 25th in defensive efficiency and allowing the 10th most fantasy points to the position.
Ishmael Smith ($5600): After another full stat line performance last night, Ish Smith will probably be a popular play today. I had him slated in here before that performance, and have been recommending him regularly here. His price is up a little bit, for good reason. The scoring and peripherals are consistent; he hasn't dipped below 20 fpts in the past 10 games. According to stats.nba.com, Smith's assists create 29.7 points per 48 min. That number puts him just behind Chris Paul and John Wall, and ahead of Russell Westbrook. Expect more of the same tonight in a fast paced, high scoring game with Denver.
Advice: These two guys are staples in my value PG repertoire but there are a LOT of cheap PG options tonight. It's a value PG face off in Minnesota as Zach LaVine ($5100) and Jeremy Lin ($5500)/Jordan Clarkson ($5700) are the likely starters for their respective teams. All three have been playing solid ball, with Clarkson coming off a monster game Tuesday night. I'm fine with any of them (prefer Clarkson to Lin) in a game featuring the league's two worst PG defenses. Ray McCallum has been pretty solid for the Kings, he could see 30 fpts in a high scoring game with Phoenix. Toronto continues to be a sieve defensively to PG, making Aaron Brooks another good choice, though his price has risen a bit ($5900). If Gordon Hayward is out again (he is doubtful), and he gets the start, Norris Cole is probably the cheapest guy I'm rostering at PG ($4200). Scratch that, Grevais Vasquez ($3900) will likely start for Kyle Lowry, ruled out with back pain. Vasquez should easily meet value vs the Bulls tonight.
Jason Terry ($3500): He's a great play tonight with Patrick Beverley out because he'll most likely be starting at PG for the Rockets in a high scoring game and you get to roster him for minimum salary at SG. In the six games Terry has played at least 30 minutes this season, he has averaged 28 fantasy points.
CJ McCollum ($3500): CJ McCollum was on my list before yesterday's game and he came through for 30 fpts in 29 minutes vs Golden State. The matchup is equally tough tonight at Utah, but for minimum salary, if Nic Batum is out again and you're punting the SG position, he's your guy. He's scoring dependent but you're taking a very small risk for the opportunity to fit in some serious studs elsewhere with him in your lineup.
Advice: You may want to pay up for James Harden, but with Dwight Howard back I'd take a wait and see approach to how his return affects Harden before spending $11,500 with so many options tonight. Eric Bledsoe gets the princely matchup with Sacramento in the night's second highest scoring game and even if Brandon Knight returns, it shouldn't affect his prospects at all. It's a nice night to go high-low at SG on FanDuel as none of the mid-range players jump out to me as great values.
DeMarre Carroll ($5700): It's hard to overlook the great matchup the Hawks have with the Magic tonight, as Orlando allows the most fantasy points to opposing SF on the season and recently. Carroll is a constant for the Hawks, playing over 30 mpg, scoring double digit points and contributing in rebounds and occasionally steals. He's slightly over the limit for a bargain play, but is such a safe option that I wanted to highlight him.
Joe Ingles ($3500): On the other hand, you could save a lot with Joe Ingles tonight. Yes, this again. For minimum salary Ingles will likely start for the injured Gordon Hayward vs Portland. Portland is injured too, and they were destroyed by Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala last night. Ingles is a volume play here, he is not efficient in any category. I think 20 fpts is reasonable, with a 30 fpt ceiling, but for $3500, that's great return on your investment.
Advice: Small forward is never fun is it? ...If you're spending up you've got some injury news to heed. Rudy Gay has been playing, and playing well, through a strained knee, but I'm nervous on the back to back tonight. The Suns are a good matchup for Gay if he goes. Kawhi Leonard is the safe mid-high range pick, and LeBron James will likely be the lowest owned stud of the night with Russell Westbrook, Harden, and Anthony Davis all playing tonight.
Marcus Morris ($5500): I don't know what got into the Morris twins, but Marcus is the one balling for very few dollars lately. Don't get me wrong, Markieff is fine too, just for $1500 more... I want some exposure to this Suns game, as it should be fast paced and fantasy friendly on both sides. The Suns are fighting for their faint playoff hopes every night until OKC officially crushes them. Morris has back to back double doubles in which he added multiple assists and steals.
Thomas Robinson ($4600): Thomas Robinson was another guy I had in mind for today's slate before he went and had another great game Tuesday night in Sacramento. He's such an interesting player because despite averaging 1.4 fpts/min over the last few weeks, he still only gets about 17-18 mpg. That's keeping his salary depressed somewhat, but it also makes him a risk. There's not a lot of value to love at PF tonight so it's a risk I'm okay taking. Robinson should easily get you 25 fpts against Denver's generous frontcourt, which has allowed the season's most fantasy points to PF.
Advice: Anthony Davis is arguably the top play of the day against the Houston Rockets. No complaints if you use him. With a range of 30-80 fantasy points and costing you $12,400, he can make or break your lineup. Nerlens Noel continues to make a strong case for rookie of the year and gets the same favorable matchup with Denver as his teammate above. I'm not spending on Blake Griffin yet, but Kenneth Faried's salary has dropped enough to make a nice GPP play tonight. Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic should both have nice games in Toronto tonight.
Jusef Nurkic ($4800): Jusef Nurkic is a GPP only play owing to his inconsistency in both production and minutes. He makes the list today due to a lack of terrific alternatives and his matchup with the magical 76ers' defense. He's had two good games in a row and appears to be healthy enough to handle around 30 mpg. If he sees that tonight, I like him to exceed value with ease.
Advice: Center is deep tonight, and you might not want to save at the lone C spot on FanDuel. DeMarcus Cousins gets the Suns, Rudy Gobert gets the (probable) Aldridge-less Trail Blazers, and Enes Kantor is a bargain right now with back to back 40+ fpt games at $6900. I know there's more playing time coming for some of the Lakers bigs, but this is not a situation that I'm excited about for DFS. Buy Ed Davis, Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly, and Robert Sacre at your own risk, even against the Timberwolves. If you must, Black is my favorite of the bunch.