The playoffs keep rolling on as we have a nice four-game slate to work with today. Let’s hope the teams that are playing to stay alive win so we can have as many good days for daily fantasy NBA as possible.
Let’s take a look at who I’m targeting on FanDuel today. Good luck!
Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks, $3700 – Barea is the source of cap relief that everyone is going to be on, and I will be as well. He’s near minimum salary, and he’s easily paying that price tag off. He’s a terrific per-minute producer, and with Rajon Rondo out, he’s going to see enough minutes to make himself a viable option.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9500 – I expect Wall and Chris Paul to produce very similarly, so Wall is the better option given he’s significantly cheaper. The Raptors are doing a poor job on the defensive end, and Wall draws a very banged up Kyle Lowry. Wall is likely going to finish somewhere in the 40 to 50 fantasy point range, and it’s very likely he ends up being the best point guard of the day.
Additional Plays: Kyrie Irving
Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, $6800 – Ellis is an easy play for me today given his price. He’s going to be relied upon heavily once again to run Dallas’s offense, and with Rajon Rondo out, he sees more ball-handling responsibilities. He and Dirk Nowitzki almost carried this team to a Game 3 win, and they’re going to need a repeat performance if they want to win Game 4. With a likely floor of around 30 and a ceiling over 50, Ellis is the top price-depending option at the shooting guard position.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, $6600 – Beal gives you around 30 fantasy points every game, and I’m more than happy with that production at his price. He’s not a high upside play, rather he’s a solid, reliable source of fantasy points that you can feel comfortable with knowing that he’s not going to post a dud that will sink your lineup.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $8400 - You know what you’re going to get with Leonard. He’s a lock for somewhere between 30 and 40 fantasy points, and he has the upside to get you nearly 50 if he’s really playing well. Not surprisingly, the Clippers don’t have anyone that can stay in front of Leonard and slow him down, and he should be in for another big day. He’s a very safe, yet high upside play on a day with not too many intriguing small forward options.
Otto Porter, Washington Wizards, $3900 – Obviously LeBron James is a terrific play, and you should use him if you can make a lineup around him that you’re comfortable with. However, Porter is a great source of cap relief that will allow for a lot of flexibility when constructing your lineups. He’s playing heavy minutes off the bench, and easily paying off his cheap price tag in the process. In fact, he’s been playing more minutes than Paul Pierce, and with Washington up three games in this series, he may continue to see more run than Pierce, since the Wizards don’t need to push Pierce to finish off Toronto.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, $6400 - Dirk should be playing heavy minutes tonight as the Mavericks need to win to keep their season alive. He should be good for at least 30 fantasy points, but likely more. He’s priced based on his production during the regular season, but now that he’s logging big minutes, he’s underpriced and makes for a very solid play. He’s playing at a high level, and I think he and Ellis will both deliver strong performances that will keep Dallas around for at least one more game.
Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs, $5000 - Diaw is seeing big minutes off the bench, and he’s making the most of them. He’s suddenly a bargain player at $5000, and he’s another solid source of salary relief. He logs significant run against the Clippers backups, and given how bad that Clippers second unit is, he should be in for another solid performance. He appears to be locked into a solid 25+ fantasy points, and at this price, that’s a terrific return.
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, $7500 - Howard is an easy play at $7500. As long as he stays out of foul trouble, he’s going to post another big stat line and more than pay off his price tag. The Mavericks have done a very poor job of rebounding the basketball all season, and Howard is likely in for another 20-rebound performance. Don’t overthink things and get cute; just plug Howard into your NBA lineups and move on.
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, $7000 - If you want a slightly cheaper pivot off of Howard, Gortat is a great option. He’s had some very nice games against Toronto, and that should continue as Washington looks to sweep. Toronto doesn’t rebound well, and they don’t have an inside presence that can effectively deal with Gortat. He should have another solid game, and while I prefer Howard, Gortat is the second-best option.
Additional Plays: Tyson Chandler