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Daily Fantasy NBA Picks for FantasyDraft – 3/11/16
By Sam Nedimyer @RotoNedi
There may be 10 games on the board tonight, but there’s really only two contests that DFSers should really study in order to find some value. We found a ton of value in Memphis and Sacramento. So much value in fact, that we had euros not dollars left over in our FantasyDraft budget. We’re still trying to figure out how best to spend that money, so if you have any suggestions, ship them our way. Nothing high tech though. Euros can only get us electronics with those weird Euro outlet sockets.
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Here are my picks for Friday, 3/11/16. Let’s get it on.
Damian Lillard, POR at GS – $17,500
Lillard is fast becoming one of our favorites here at the Fantasy Hoops Insider. Not only does he possess sublime baby acting skills, but his hip hop skills are super tight. On the court, the dude is on a sick post-All Star Break run and he is seemingly at his best against the Warriors. He is averaging 45.5 points per game against Golden State this season- that’s real life not fantasy points. Add in his 8.5 assists in those games and the upside for Friday night is mouth watering.
Kemba Walker, CHA vs. DET – $15,400
The price is starting to get up there for Kemba, but he is on some kind of run over the last five games. He has gone for 50.0, 46.25, 53.0, 53.25, and 60.75, respectively, during this current streak with seemingly no end in sight, at least until St. Patrick’s Day when the Hornets’ home stand is over. Walker is exponentially better in front of the home crowd than on the road.
Victor Oladipo, ORL at SAC – $13,000
Nikola Vucevic has already been ruled out and Elfrid Payton’s status is “unclear” as of noon EST. I love Oladipo either way, but if Payton is out, Oladipo’s stock jumps up into the stratosphere. Methinks there will be more information on this game further down.
Isaiah Thomas, BOS vs. HOU – $12,900
Lost among all the stud point guards available on Friday is little, old Isaiah Thomas. The All Star point guard has seen better days of late, but both Boston and Houston are some of the fastest teams in the Assocation. Patrick Beverley is a pretty solid defender, but there is just too much pace is this game.
Anthony Davis, NO at MEM – $17,500
With the exception of Kevin Durant in a potential blowout, the Brow is the runaway favorite as the top big man/big money play on the board. Sure, there’s the injury risk factor. But there’s also the 39 prorated points per game that he is averaging when sharing the court with Jrue Holiday.
It’s important to note that I did not include Holiday under the guard section. If Norris Cole does indeed sit again, it goes without saying that shot-chucking Holiday ($14,800) is a near autoplay.
In other news, head coach Alvin Gentry still has his job.
Brook Lopez, BKN at PHI – $13,800
Does Lopez just not box out anymore? It would seem that way, considering the lack of rebounds he has been able to pull down over the last couple weeks. His recent rebounding ability, or lack thereof, is the only downside in Friday night’s matchup with the league’s most forgiving frontcourt.
Nerlens Noel, PHI vs. BKN – $11,100
Despite being on a reported limit restriction of 25 minutes, head coach Brett Brown left Noel in for 32 minutes on Wednesday against the Rockets. We’re still not sure if that means Brown meant to play him that long or not. Either way, Brown is erratic and certainly unconventional with his rotations. Noel, however, has been a favorite of his and looks to play big minutes with Jahlil Okafor most likely out for the season.
Rudy Gay, SAC vs. ORL – $11,100
My lineups started by clicking on Rudy Gay to anchor. For more on Sacramento, read below. Or look somewhere. No wait, scratch that last part. Just read below.
Who Suits Up For Memphis?
JaMychal Green, F/C – $10,400
Matt Barnes, F/C – $9,800
Tony Allen, F/C – $8,900
Vince Carter, G – $8,600
Lance Stephenson, G – $8,300
Jarell Martin, F/C – $7,000
P.J. Hairston, F/C – $7,000
This team is an absolute mess right now. Their best player is out for the season and it is looking increasingly likely that both Zach Randolph and Mike Conley are going to sit. That means that literally everyone mentioned above is worth a roster in tournaments. I’m also pretty sure that our very own Josh Hayes and Fantasy Moses are going to get calls to suit up for the Griz. Green figures to be the biggest benefactor and is the safest, yet again, in cash games. After that, it appears Stephenson is going to get a share of the point guard duties, so his roster makes some sense. Barnes has shown flashes of DFS monster-ism and despite his offensive shortcomings, Allen possesses immaculate defensive category upside. Don’t count out Martin and Hairston as contrarian tournament picks. I guess what I am saying is that everyone should be on your radar.
The DeMarcus Cousins Vacuum
Rajon Rondo, G – $13,900
Rudy Gay, F/C – $11,100
Darren Collison, G – $9,000
Omri Casspi, F/C – $7,800
Quincy Acy, F/C – $6,700
Marco Bellinelli, G – $6,700
Kousta Koufos, F/C – $6,000
Willie Cauley-Stein, F/C – $6,000
DeMarcus Cousins is suspended for Friday night’s game against the Magic for being Demarcus Cousins. Off the court antics aside, Sacramento is leaving over 27 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block on the table. Someone (or two or three) is going to have to step up. Rudy Gay is on autoplay and will have ownership numbers creeping near 100%. After that, it’s really anyone’s game. Rondo makes some sense, but will almost assuredly see a drop in assists. The injury to Ben McLemore, who is listed as doubtful, means that Collison is pretty cash safe as well. Casspi has shown tremendous range at times and is a sure bet to make more than a few tournament rosters. And our projection systems love both Koufos and Cauley-Stein to return value. Much like what is going on in Memphis, study the Kings immensely today.
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