There are three games that are eligible for the late night FanDuel lineups tonight. That still gives us plenty of options to fill out our lineups!
Here are my late night FanDuel lineups for March 3:
Trey Burke, Jazz ($5,600): Burke has been on fire in his last two games. He has scored 73 fantasy points in just 59 minutes! He has a tough matchup against the Grizzlies tonight, but there is no reason to think that he can’t stay in the mid-20’s for fantasy points. That makes him a suitable option if you can’t afford (or don’t trust) the top two.
Aaron Brooks, Bulls ($4,500): I love his situation, especially with Butler out as well, but Brooks just has not produced. He is shooting 30% from the field since taking over for Derrick Rose, and has averaged just 19.8 fantasy points per game. That is still good for his price, but he may struggle against Washington.
Worth The Cost:
John Wall, Wizards ($9,100): Wall has racked up 76.7 fantasy points in his last two games against Detroit and Philadelphia. What do those teams have in common? They are missing their starting PG’s who put up most of the numbers that they have against opposing guards. Brandon Jennings is out for the year, and Philadelphia just enjoys selling off 23 year olds, but the results are the same. What does Wall have on tap tonight? You guessed it. Another team without it’s starter in the Chicago Bulls. Expect similar success from Wall tonight.
Michael Carter-Williams, Bucks (7,900): MCW had by far his best game with his new team on Saturday, scoring 31.5 fantasy points against the Jazz. The Jazz have had issues covering the point all year, so this one game might not mean much. Then again. the Bucks are playing the Nuggets, who are even worse defensively than any team east of Los Angeles. MCW could see the right side of 40 fantasy points for the first time since February 3rd. Who was his opponent then? That’s right. The Nuggets. And that was when Ty Lawson still wanted to play!
Ty Lawson, Nuggets ($7,700): The franchise has managed to alienate their best player, and it shows. Lawson has only averaged 26 fantasy points per game since the All Star break, and that is with more options available to him. I wouldn’t touch Lawson right now, no matter the matchup. Not until he proves he is still interested, which likely won’t happen until he has a plane ticket out of Denver. Though with the firing of Shaw, he may come around. Just be aware that it might not happen tonight.
Mike Conley, Grizzlies ($6,200): Conley has had some real clunkers in three of his last seven games, as in two below 20 fantasy points, and one in single digits. He has proven to not be the most reliable option, but I can justify using him against the Jazz tonight. They don’t defend the perimeter well, so Conley is much less of a risk than he is most nights.
A: Wall and Carter-Williams ($17,000)
B: Carter-Williams and Lawson ($15,600)
Jan 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Will Barton, Nuggets ($4,500): Barton has produced more than 20 fantasy points in every game in Denver, and is averaging 27 fantasy points per game during that span. That means he has not been below 4.5x value, which not only makes him a great play, it means there is virtually no risk.
Tony Snell, Bulls ($3,800): Someone has to start with all of the injuries piling up for the Bulls. Snell is the likely fill-in for Butler, and he will likely help shoulder some of the scoring load. He put up 75 fantasy points in three starts earlier this month, so he is a great value as a starter. Even if he doesn’t start, the Bulls only go about eight deep right now, so he will get a good run either way.
Worth The Cost:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks ($6,400): Giannis has only been over 30 fantasy points once in his last seven games, but he is still good for 4x value, and has the potential to go off at any minute. Tonight against Denver is a great possibility.
Brad Beal, Wizards ($5,800): The return of Beal went well against Detroit on Saturday. He scored 26.7 fantasy points in 33 minutes. His price fell so far while he was injured that that total still made him nearly a 5x value. He should have no problems getting that tonight against the beat up Bulls.
Elijah Millsap, Jazz ($4,000): Millsap has been a consistent 5x value since becoming a starter back on February 7th, but I don’t trust him against Memphis. They are the best defensive team he has had to face yet, and 20 fantasy points will probably be out of reach.
A: Antetokounmpo and Barton ($10,900)
B: Beal and Snell ($9,600)
Feb 28, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (22) dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets ($5,200): Gallinari has four straight games of over 20 fantasy points, and has gone over that mark in his last six games when playing 25 or more minutes. The minutes are there for the taking, so Gallinari should be a reliable 4.5x value going forward.
Paul Pierce, Wizards ($4,700): Pierce has been playing at a high level lately when he can take the court. He has averaged 31 fantasy points per game in his last two outings, and should be well rested since the team hasn’t played since Saturday. He could have a nice game again against a depleted Bulls squad.
Worth The Cost:
Khris Middleton, Bucks ($6,500): Middleton continues rolling out 25 fantasy point games and never goes under 20. If this sort of thing interests you, he is a great play tonight against the Nuggets.
Wilson Chandler, Nuggets ($5,900): Chandler has flourished as well since Arron Afflalo was shipped out. He has averaged 27.3 fantasy points per game since Afflalo was dealt. Those are not great numbers, but they are 5x value.
Gordon Hayward, Jazz ($7,700): Just last week I marveled at his consistency. That has gone away for now. He has not gone over 25 fantasy points in his last four games, which means he is nowhere near value. He likely won’t get that tonight against Memphis either. He only scored 22.8 fantasy points in his last outing against the Grizzlies on February 4th. Look elsewhere tonight.
Jeff Green, Grizzlies ($4,600): The price is good for a guy like Green, but his production has been far from consistent since his trade to Memphis. He has averaged 19.6 fantasy points per game over his last ten games. That is far from ideal, but it is 4.5x value. He did put up 23 fantasy points against Utah the last time they met, so he might not be a terrible play tonight, but he is still a risk.
Mike Dunleavy, Bulls ($3,900): The Bulls have to play anyone with a pulse, which means Dunleavy could get a decent run tonight. That said, he has been the starter most of the year and still only averages 18 fantasy points per game. He is definitely a risk.
A: Middleton and Gallinari ($11,700)
B: Gallinari and Green ($9,800)Mar 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic (44) is pursued by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half at the United Center. The Clippers won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nikola Mirotic, Bulls ($4,500): Mirotic exploded with Taj Gibson out on Sunday to the tune of 39.8 fantasy points. Gibson is out again tonight, and the team will need all the help it can get putting the ball in the bucket. Expect another big night from Mirotic. I can’t think of one reason not to play him.
Kenneth Faried, Nuggets ($5,800): The Nuggets faithful are very happy today. Brian Shaw was (finally) fired, and most are hopeful that the Denver rotations will clear up. And that Ty Lawson wants to play for whoever they bring in. The enticement for me has to deal with the usage of Faried. He is the most gifted athlete on the team, but never got consistent minutes. There is no guarantee that he will get them tonight, but there is cause for optimism, and not just because they are playing the undersized Bucks.
Worth The Cost:
Pau Gasol, Bulls ($9,500): There are a lot of things that tell us that Pau will have an off night against a solid Wizards frontcourt. None of those things factor in just how thin the Bulls rotation is right now. Pau has gone over 48 fantasy points in each of the last four games that he has played more than 38 minutes. That kind of workload seems likely tonight. Don’t expect miracles, but 40 is a distinct possibility.
Zach Randolph, Grizzlies ($8,200): I almost put Randolph down below, but the thing that still has him here is the fact that he put up 36.2 fantasy points on the Jazz in their last meeting. The Jazz are good up front, but Randolph still found plenty of holes. He did that in Utah. He shouldn’t have a problem doing the same at home.
Derrick Favors, Jazz ($7,600): Favors has been one of the most consistent options at PF since the calendar rolled to 2015. The only game that he has had under 22 fantasy points in 2015 was on February 4th against Memphis. That is his opponent tonight.
John Henson, Bucks ($5,300): His move back to the bench has hurt his consistency, and the presence of Ersan Ilyasova, Miles Plumlee, and Zaza Pachulia has ruined his value. He has fluctuated between 4.7 and 41.8 fantasy points in just the last four games! With the way Jason Kidd has tinkered with his rotations all season, this should come as no surprise. It really aggravates daily league players, and rendered Henson virtually worthless in this format.
A: Gasol and Mirotic ($14,000)
B: Gasol and Randolph ($17,700)
Feb 27, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Joffrey Lauvergne (77) looks to shoot the ball against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Rudy Gobert, Jazz ($6,400): Gobert has averaged 32.4 fantasy points per game since Enes Kanter was traded. He is a fantastic option for his price. He held his own in 25 minutes off the bench against the Grizzlies in their last meeting. There is no reason to think he can’t do the same as a starter tonight. He might not hit his current average, but he should come close to 30, which is 4.5x value.
Worth The Cost:
Joakim Noah, Bulls ($7,200): Noah has been a beast on the defensive end since Valentine’s Day. Since then, he has averaged 33.7 fantasy points per game, despite not scoring in double digits in three of those games. Noah has helped shoulder some of the scoring load without Rose, and with Butler out, should be even more of an offensive asset. He is finally getting back to last season’s form.
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies ($7,600): Gasol has been consistent for most of the season, but he, like most others, has struggled against the Utah interior defense. He may get you 27 fantasy points like he did in his last meeting against the Jazz, but that is less than 4x value. You can likely do better.
A: Gobert ($6,400)
B: Noah ($7,200)
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