Daily Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineups For March 6


Feb 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Pacers defeated the 76ers 106-95. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the NBA is back in action tonight with 12 games going on in the league. There are plenty of places to spend your money, but also some good bargains out there.

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Here are my FanDuel lineups for March 6:

Point Guards:


Reggie Jackson, Pistons ($6,400): Jackson responded to his fourth quarter benching with an impressive performance against the Pelicans, who have defended the point well this season. That bodes well for Jackson’s next matchup against the Rockets, who are weak on the perimeter. He should get you at least 5x value tonight.

George Hill, Pacers ($6,400): Hill has had four straight games of 30 or more fantasy points since his minutes restriction was lifted. He is averaging 38 fantasy points over that span, which makes him a 6x value on average! There is really no reason not to play Hill against the Bulls tonight.

Ray McCallum, Kings ($4,500): McCallum is starting to find his footing in the NBA now. Andre Miller still cuts a chunk out of his minutes, but McCallum still sees around 30 minutes per game, and has been over 20 fantasy points in all but one start. That makes him a sure thing for 4.5x value, which is not always easy to find.

Worth The Cost:

John Wall, Wizards ($9,100): Wall has been over 30 fantasy points in three straight games after hitting a rough patch at the end of February. Two of those games have been against good perimeter defenders in Detroit and Philadelphia. He has a nice matchup against the Heat tonight. He shouldn’t have any problem being above 30 once again.

Mo Williams, Hornets ($7,400): Mo broke his string of 40+ fantasy point games at three, but still put up 37.6 against the Nets on Wednesday. I suppose we can forgive him. Especially since 37.6 is still 5x value. There is a great chance he reaches 5x value again tonight against Toronto. Especially if Kyle Lowry is held out again.

Tyreke Evans, Pelicans ($8,300): Tyreke has an impressive streak of six straight games of 30 or more fantasy points. He has averaged 35.2 fantasy points since the All Star break, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Celtics are starting to defend the perimeter fairly well, but I still don’t think they hold Evans under 30. He could have a hard time getting to 4x value (33.2 points) though.

Risky Plays:

Stephen Curry, Warriors ($10,100): His price makes him a risk against Dallas. Rajon Rondo has been a disaster offensively for the Mavs, but he is still a really good defender. I don’t like the chances of Curry getting the 45.6 fantasy points that he needs for 4.5x value. He has only hit that mark four times in his last nine games anyway.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics ($7,000): The Pelicans are tough on the outside, which means that Thomas could have a hard time getting open shots. The 31.5 fantasy points that he needs for 4x value could be hard to come by, although there is a chance that the Celtics could start Thomas with Avery Bradley out. That could increase his value enough for him to come close.

Aaron Brooks, Bulls ($4,500): Brooks has done a good job filling in for Derrick Rose. This is more a thing about him playing the Pacers. Indiana has been stifling opponents on the outside lately. Brooks is having trouble from the floor anyway. Playing the Pacers is only going to make it worse for him. I would pass on Brooks tonight.

My Lineups:

A: Williams and Hill ($13,800)

B: Hill and Jackson ($12, 800)

Next: Should You Pay For Harden?

Feb 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) dribbles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guards:


Will Barton, Nuggets ($4,700): Barton is still coming off of the bench, but he is still playing 25-30 minutes a game. He has been over 20 fantasy points in every game except for one since being freed from purgatory in Portland. Let’s be honest here: his only competition for minutes is Randy Foye. He is going to see plenty of minutes, and will continue to produce at a level far beyond his price range.

Monta Ellis, Mavericks ($6,700): Ellis has extended his streak of 20+ point fantasy games to nine, and it should get to ten by halftime tonight against Golden State. They don’t defend the two well at all. Ellis should be able to hit 5x value tonight with relative ease.

Brad Beal, Wizards ($5,800): Beal has hit 28 points in each of his two games back, and seems to be free of the foot issues that keep costing him time. At least for now. As long as he is healthy, he is worth playing. Especially at this price. He has yet to find his shooting stroke, and is already producing 4.5x value without it. The matchup against Miami tonight could be the one that gets him going.

Worth The Cost:

Eric Bledsoe, Suns ($8,900): His move over to the point has gone very well for Bledsoe. His scoring is down some, but his increase in steals and assists more than make up for it. Just keep in mind that it is becoming increasingly difficult to reach 4.5x value (36.5 fantasy points) at his price.

Victor Oladipo, Magic ($7,200): Oladipo had a career high 38 points against the Suns on Wednesday. That helped him turn in a season high fantasy score of 46.3. Oladipo has been over 20 fantasy points in every game in 2015. He has a high floor, and as he showed on Wednesday, has a pretty high ceiling as well. On top of that, he has a great matchup against the Kings, who have struggled with good perimeter shooters all season.

Risky Plays:

Dwyane Wade, Heat ($7,600): Wade had one of his best fantasy games of the season on Wednesday against the Lakers. He has a tough draw tonight against the Wizards, who have bordered on dominant on the wings. He could have a tough time hitting 30, which would put him below 4x value. On a night with so many options, you don’t need to settle.

James Harden, Rockets ($11,000): Risk is a relative term when it comes to Harden. 4.5x value is a whopping 49.5 fantasy points, a mark that he has reached just three times in his last ten games. The prospects of him meeting that criteria agianst a defense like Detroit is unlikely.

Wayne Ellington, Lakers ($5,400): Ellington struggles against good defenses. You couldn’t pay me enough to take a chance on him against the Grizzlies tonight.

My Lineups:

A: Oladipo and Beal ($13,000)

B: Oladipo and Barton ($11,900)

Next: Is The King Worth It Against Toronto?

Feb 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Small Forwards:


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets ($5,900): MKG now has seven straight 20+ fantasy point games since the All Star break. He also has four double-doubles in his last five games. He is becoming a reliable option in daily leagues because of his high floor and relatively low price. Don’t be afraid to use him against the Raptors.

Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets ($5,300): Gallinari has averaged 27.5 fantasy points per game since the team committed to playing him 30 minutes per game eight games ago. As long as he is healthy, he is a great play in daily leagues at a price this reasonable. He is one of the more consistent options at SF. He is not going to put up 40 fantasy points anytime soon, but he isn’t going to hurt you either.

Jeff Green, Grizzlies ($4,600): The only game bad game that Green has had since February 1st is the game that I recommended him against the Clippers on February 25. He played just 16 minutes and scored 7.1 fantasy points. Since then, he has three straight 20+ fantasy point games. Tonight he gets to take on the Lakers, and extending his streak to four seems like a formality.

Worth The Cost:

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs ($7,300): Leonard has put up four consecutive games of more than 35 fantasy points. Tonight he gets a Nuggets team that can’t really stop anyone. Expect another large dose of Kawhi, and another 35 fantasy point game putting him near 5x value.

Rudy Gay, Kings ($7,400): Gay has sprinkled in several games in the 20’s recently, but he has been over 38 fantasy points five times in his last nine games. Six of ten seems like a certainty against Orlando since Tobias Harris is still not 100%, and PF is a black hole.

Draymond Green, Warriors ($8,300): Green abused the under-sized Bucks on Wednesday, racking up 55.9 fantasy points in 40 minutes. Dallas might put up a little bit more resistance, but Dirk Nowitzki has never been that strong of a defensive presence. Green should get at least 4x value tonight.

Risky Plays:

LeBron James, Cavaliers ($11,200): He needs 50 fantasy points for 4.5x value at this price tag. That seems unlikely against the Hawks. They don’t have the best record in the league for nothing. They are big and strong in the middle, and are pesky on the perimeter. James is a lock for 35, but I have a hard time believing that he can hit 4x value tonight (44.8 points). Your money is probably better spent elsewhere.

Gordon Hayward, Jazz ($7,500): Hayward struggled against Boston, yet had a good game against Memphis. I’m not sure how to assess tonight except to say that Philadelphia has been defending well lately. I’m not sure I could trust Hayward to get the 33.8 fantasy points that he needs for 4.5x value.

P.J. Tucker, Suns ($5,700): Tucker has been more a part of the Suns offense now that the backcourt isn’t so crowded. He has put up an average of 28 fantasy points per game in over his last ten games. That is an average of just under 5x value. He could have a hard time getting that against the Nets tonight, who have been fairly tough on the threes, but it’s hard to go against what Tucker is doing lately.

My Lineups:

A: Gay and Leonard ($14,700)

B: Gallinari and Gerald Henderson ($10,900). Five straight games of 20+ fantasy points from Henderson is good enough for me since I can’t afford Tucker.

Next: Lots of Options At PF

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

Power Forwards:


Nikola Mirotic, Bulls ($4,500): Enjoy his price while it is this low. Mirotic has dominated opponents in his last three games, averaging 37.3 fantasy points per game in that stretch. The Pacers could limit his productivity tonight, but considering that he only needs 22.5 fantasy points for 4.5x value, there is no risk involved here. He will likely be the highest owned player in FanDuel tonight. Don’t miss out on the game’s best bargain!

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets ($6,100): Faried is putting up big numbers with the new regime in Denver. Big enough to make him a bargain at his price. Since the coaching change, he has put up 76.6 fantasy points in just two games. There is a good chance that he puts up over 30 against the Spurs again tonight.

Paul Millsap, Hawks ($7,500): Millsap has put up more than 30 fantasy points in four of his last five games. Kevin Love in not a great defender, so there is a good chance that Millsap will go over that again tonight, which makes him a solid 4x value.

Worth The Cost:

Anthony Davis, Pelicans ($11,200): Davis destroyed Detroit in his return to the court on Wednesday. If you took a shot on him on Wednesday, he won you money practically by himself. Now, he may not get 78.6 fantasy points against Boston like he did against Detroit, but he has the best chance of anyone to break 60 tonight. If you are going to spend big on anyone, it should be Davis.

Zach Randolph, Grizzlies ($8,300): Randolph is consistently in the mid 30’s, but he managed to top 40 against Houston on Wednesday. Tonight he gets a similarly weak frontcourt in the Lakers, which makes him a solid bet for close to 5x value.

Greg Monroe, Pistons ($8,000): Monroe has been over 30 fantasy points in five of his last six games, and the one that he was under he missed by only two points. He is a solid play right now, and after watching what Randolph did to Houston on Wednesday, Monroe looks like one of the better plays of the night at PF.

Risky Plays:

Pau Gasol, Bulls ($9,500): The re-emergence of Joakim Noah has cut into Gasol’s fantasy production. He has only topped 40 fantasy points three times in his last ten games despite the Bulls being without Derrick Rose for most of those and Jimmy Butler for the last four.

Derrick Favors, Jazz ($7,500): Favors is one of the guys that I will usually play no matter the matchup. but after watching the struggle against Boston on Wednesday, I am really apprehensive about running him out there against the 76ers. He may be able to get you the 32.5 fantasy points that you need, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Josh Smith, Rockets ($6,400): On paper, his matchup against Detroit is awful. That said, it is his former team that released him earlier in the season. There is also a good chance that Terrence Jones either will not play tonight or he will be limited. Smith could be a much better option than he looks like on paper.

My Lineups:

A: Faried and Mirotic ($10,600)

B: Davis and Mirotic ($15,700)

Next: Cousins Or Whiteside?

Mar 4, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre (50) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports



Rudy Gobert, Jazz ($7,500): Gobert has bordered on dominant lately. He has averaged 37 fantasy points per game since the team traded Enes Kanter. He is still a superb value at his price.

Joakim Noah, Bulls ($7,200): He does so many things on the basketball court to help that it really doesn’t matter whether he can hit shots or not. He has scored 20 fantasy points or more in each of the last nine games, and is averaging 34.6 fantasy points per game over that span. All that despite not scoring in double digits in four of those games. He is a good passer for a big, and a great rebounder, so he has a high floor.

Worth The Cost:

Andre Drummond, Pistons ($8,600): Drummond has been under 30 fantasy points in four of his last nine games, which makes him a little more of a risk than the guys at the top of this list. That said, he has a nice matchup tonight, and has been over 40 fantasy points in four of his last six games.

Hassan Whiteside, Heat ($8,700): Whiteside has averaged 38.9 fantasy points per game since the All Star break, showing that his minor aches should be gone now. He has a fairly tough matchup against Washington, but he is such a force on the glass and blocking shots that I am not afraid of playing him against anyone.

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies ($7,700): Gasol has three straight games of over 30 fantasy points, and has reached that mark in six of his last seven games. He will have no problems doing that against the Lakers tonight. Even if he plays less than 30 minutes, I still think he gets 30 fantasy points.

Risky Plays:

Andre Drummond, Pistons ($8,600): Drummond has been under 30 fantasy points in four of his last nine games, which makes him a little more of a risk than the guys at the top of this list. That said, he has a nice matchup tonight, and has been over 40 fantasy points in four of his last six games.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings ($10,600): Cousins has not played more than 30 minutes in a game since February 20th, so that severely limits his fantasy value. That said, he should be pretty well rested since he only played 22 minutes on Wednesday. He has a great matchup against Orlando, so we could see Cousins start to regain his form tonight. It is hard to gamble on him though because of the price considering he has topped 40 fantasy points just once in that span. I want to see his minutes pick up first.

My Lineups:

A: Gobert ($7,500)

B: Whiteside ($8,700)

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