Top Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Buys For 3/23
The bargain train churns through the NBA on Wednesday, as we get a huge 12-game slate with a ton of good games and a healthy amount of elite options for Daily Fantasy Basketball.
Things do get shaken up a bit with the Clippers and Heat having tough road dates with the Spurs and Warriors, while DeMarcus Cousins is the first big name to be ruled out of the slate.
If you need some value plays to pair with tonight’s top studs, consider our run through each position:
PG: Derrick Rose – Bulls ($6k), Jeff Teague – Hawks ($5.9k), Ish Smith – 76ers ($5.9k), Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.2k) and Darren Collison – Kings ($5.2k)
Rose remains a very good price and is producing around 31 fantasy points per game right now. His upside is capped with Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol both healthy, but having a solid team around him should help maintain his consistency. A home date with the Knicks should have him at least hitting around 30 fantasy points.
The same goes for Teague, who may be on the road, but gets a fast-paced matchup with Washington for the second time in as many games. He fared quite well against John Wall last time (34 fantasy points) and will be a nice under the radar play again tonight. Smith is a similar value and while he can be shaky, he’s the same price as Teague and given his minutes might even have more upside.
Clarkson could be the value play of the night, as he finally got back on track last night and D’Angelo Russell is banged up. if D-Lo sits, Clarkson could run the point more and easily crush his price tag. The same goes for Collison, who will continue to start and could have a huge offensive role with DeMarcus Cousins already ruled out.
SG: Zach Lavine – Timberwolves ($6k), Will Barton – Nuggets ($5.5k), Brad Beal – Wizards ($5.4k), Evan Fournier – Magic ($5.3k), Avery Bradley – Celtics (5.2k), J.R. Smith – Cavs ($4.6k) and Wes Matthews – Mavs ($4.2k)
Lavine heads our list as shooting guard, as he remains a very good price for a guy that can blow up at any time. Tonight against the Kings would make sense, as Sacramento cannot cover the two guard. He’s also been on a mild rampage with 29+ fantasy points in each of his last four games.
Will Barton is as shaky as they come, but he destroyed the Cavs last time out and certainly has upside built into his “chucking” game. A matchup with the lowly 76ers makes him a fun target tonight.
Beal, Fournier and Bradley are all about the same price and all are great values, but in different ways. Beal is back to solid minutes and did well against the Hawks the other night, so he seems like the safest of the bunch, as he gets them again – this time at home. Fournier has regressed the past two games, but the run and upside are still there with Nikola Vucevic still out. Bradley has gone nuts the past two games, but due to his shaky history, he may be the least reliable of the trio as he faces a good Toronto team.
Smith is a toss-in, as he’s pretty cheap and gets a suspect Bucks defense. Kevin Love’s return could take some shots away, but Smith certainly packs a punch from outside and could get hot again tonight.
I don’t trust Wes Matthews in the leats, but we need to consider two huge aspects: he gets a true revenge date against his former team tonight (in Portland) and he may be a big piece of the puzzle for Dallas making up for the loss of Chandler Parsons. That’s worth taking a chance on him at this dirt cheap price.
SF: Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.2k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.2k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.1k) and Stanley Johnson – Pistons ($3.8k)
Ariza starts this list off due to pure pricing, as he’s a very nice value due to his outside shooting and ability to rack up steals. He crushed the Thunder last night and while his date with Utah may not be easy, he’s at home and maintains a strong role.
Morris is forever erratic, but he dominated last time out, is a good price and could see more shots with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out tonight. The same goes for Stanley Johnson, who is expected to slide in at shooting guard tonight. In a bigger role than usual, he’s probably the top value play for GPPs at small forward tonight.
Let’s not forget about Porter, of course, as Washington runs a fast offense and he’s been benefiting lately. He’s also specifically done well against the Hawks (36 fantasy points per game in two meetings) and is at home.
PF: Gorgui Dieng – Timberwolves ($6k), Kristaps Porzingis – Knicks ($5.8k), Markieff Morris – Wizards ($4.9k), Darrell Arthur – Nuggets ($4.2k) and Quincy Acy – Kings ($3.2k)
With no Boogie, the floor is opened up for Minnesota bigs (or all Wolves players) to do as they please. Dieng is a value either way, and already was putting up a decent 28 fantasy points per game in this matchup. He’ll be a double-double threat and perhaps tonight can have a good showing in the blocks department, as well.
Zinger is very tough to trust due to Kurt Rambis and the rookie wall, but he’s been getting good run lately and tonight offers a favorable matchup against the Bulls.
Kieff is probably an even better value and might be safer, as there should be plenty of rebounds to be had against a poor-rebounding Atlanta team. Kieff had a solid outing against them the other day, so there’s reason to think he can fare well against tonight at home.
Arthur’s GPP value hinges on the status of Kenneth Faried (back), who very well could sit again tonight. Arthur can be shaky even if he has a bigger role, but at this price he’ll be worth the gamble if Faried sits. The same goes for Acy, who could start and/or see major run with Boogie out tonight.
C: Robin Lopez – Knicks ($5.7k), Greg Monroe – Bucks ($5.6k), Tim Duncan – Spurs (4.4k) and Willie Cauley-Stein – Kings ($3.6k)
Lopez probably won’t deliver the sick 23 and 20 he handed out last game, but you just never know with the big man Kurt Rambis truly adores. Lopez has a big role and will certainly be needed against Pau Gasol tonight, so floor time and rebounds should be easy to come by.
Moose went off against his former team (Detroit) the other day, so it will be interesting to see if his explosion (40 fantasy points) was a one-hit wonder or if his run and production can continue. It won’t be easy against Cleveland, but it will be tough to deny this value.
Duncan went vintage in his last game, which puts him on the radar at an extremely cheap $4.4k. He is very hit or miss these days, but we at least need to give him a cursory glance at home against Miami. He’ll be needed in a big way against Hassan Whiteside, after all.
As mentioned, with Boogie out, the Kings will look different tonight. That could put Trill into the starting five, and something around 25-32 minutes could be in order. He can be shaky, but anytime a talented big is out on the court, we need to pay attention. He’s certainly a must-try if you plan on piecing together a litany of GPP squads tonight.
That does it for Big NBA Wednesday’s look at the top DFS value buys at DraftKings. Be sure to stay on top of the latest injury and roster news before finalizing your roster and as always, good luck!
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