Today is a great day for basketball because we have the start of March Madness. We also have a big NBA slate on FanDuel here on Thursday, with eight games on tap.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,400 - Wall has been a man on a mission over his past two games because he’s trying to lead the Wizards into the playoffs. He’s coming off a monster game against Chicago last night and now will have a dream matchup with the 76ers. The spread on this one is just nine points, so the blowout risk isn’t extreme, and he’s mauled the 76ers this season in three matchups. He’s averaging 26 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists, which works to about 53 FD PPG.
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, $7,000 - With a guy like Rose, you always need to check that he’s ready to play, so be sure to monitor his status over at RotoGrinders’ DFS Alerts. If he’s good to go, he makes for a nice option tonight because the Bulls are really starting to thin out due to injuries. He’ll pick up extra usage with Pau Gasol out, and the Nets are just 25th in DVP against PG on the season.
Lance Stephenson, Memphis Grizzlies, $4,200 - Lance was a GTD last night, so he wasn’t highly owned, and he then proceeded to rip off another big time game. With his explosion last night, I would expect his ownership to jump considerably and he’s someone to really look to in all formats, despite the high ownership. The Grizzlies are decimated by injuries, so Lance is one of their only remaining players who can create offense. He’ll continue to be asked to take on heavy usage and his price tag still hasn’t full adjusted to his new role.
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, $8,000 - He’s coming off of a rough game against a solid Toronto defense, but otherwise he’s been a guy to target in cash games on a daily basis. You can pencil Middleton in for upwards of 40 minutes a night and he’s produced 40 FD points in six of his last ten games. The Grizzlies’ defensive numbers are strong on the year, but they’re now a team that is poor defensively due to all of their injuries.
Also Consider - DeMar DeRozan
Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies, $5,600 - He put up 35 FD points last night, despite the fact that he shot 6-of-21 from the field. Those 21 FGA are a great sign, and along with Lance, he’s another guy who will see a big uptick in usage with all of the Grizzlies’ injuries. The Bucks have not been a good defensive team this year and are just 24th in DVP against SF, so I like the Lance and Barnes pairing to save some money.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $10,200 - There’s some sticker shock going on here and I don’t think he’s a must at his new price. For cash games, I’m perfectly fine saving with Kawhi Leonard, but I do want some exposure to the Greek Freak tonight, because he’s just been too good. He’s running point forward with Michael Carter-Williams and O.J. Mayo out for the year, and he just put up 50 FD points against a solid Toronto defense. This Grizzlies team is depleted and has no one with the length to match up with Giannis, and they also no longer have the rim protection with Marc Gasol.
Also Consider - Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls, $3,800 - Taj Gibson is doubtful for tonight, and with Pau Gasol also out, Portis should step into 30 minutes tonight. He may not start because the Bulls have continued to bring him off the bench in situations like this in the past, but he’s the guy to own nonetheless. He put up 22 FD points in 25 minutes last night, and he draws a great matchup with a bad Brooklyn defense.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, $8,000 - There’s almost too much value on this slate due to injuries because you can definitely go back to the Carl Landry well once again. If you’re looking to spend, Millsap is my favorite high-end PF; he draws a matchup with a Denver interior that is very exploitable. They are 25th in DVP against PF, and while Millsap can be volatile, he still does bring that 45 to 50 FD point upside.
Jordan Hill, Indiana Pacers, $3,900 - This play is dependent on the status of Ian Mahinmi, but it sounds like he’s doubtful for tonight, so Hill should draw the start at center. The Raptors are a solid defense but haven’t been great against centers (16th in DVP). He’s almost minimum price and has averaged 24 FD PPG in the games that Mahinmi has missed this year, which easily pays off his dirt cheap tag. If you’re looking to spend at center, I’m liking Brook Lopez against a Chicago team that is paper thin in the interior due to injuries, or Al Horford against Denver.