Daily Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineups For March 9


Mar 6, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Mo Williams (7) shoots a free throw during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Raptors 103-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

There are eight games in the NBA tonight, which still gives us plenty of chances to put together a winning lineup. I have done fairly well lately, so let’s try to keep the streak going!

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Here are my FanDuel lineups for March 9:

Point Guards:


Ray McCallum, Kings ($4,400): McCallum wont wow you with his stats, mostly because of Andre Miller eating into his minutes, but he has averaged 22.5 fantasy points per game since Darren Collison went down. That is an average of 5x value. He could have some problems against the Hawks, but he should still be around 4x value, which is not bad if you need to go cheap.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics ($7,000): Thomas has averaged 31.4 fantasy points since his trade to Boston, and that includes a 13.4 point disaster against Cleveland on March 3rd. Thomas is still the most dangerous person off of any bench, and as a consequence, he always sees enough minutes to get enough points to make him valuable.

Mo Williams, Hornets ($7,400): Williams has averaged 37 fantasy points per game since his trade to the Hornets. I would trust Mo against anyone right now. He played well against Detroit, Toronto, and Dallas in this span, so he has proven that he can get his points on anyone.

Worth The Cost:

Tyreke Evans, Pelicans ($8,400): Evans has averaged 35.3 fantasy points per game over his last ten games, and his ten before that is about the same average. He is one of the lower risk PG options out there, and he produces at a really good level every game. The Bucks might keep him a bit under his average, but 4x value is still a good possibility.

Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves ($8,400): Rubio has averaged 39 fantasy points per game since the team lifted his minutes limit. That is an average of almost 5x value per game. If you’re worried about his matchup against the Clippers, don’t be. He put up 48.9 fantasy points against the Clippers a week ago today. Rubio is one of the best plays of the night.

Ty Lawson, Nuggets ($7,700): Lawson has averaged 33.4 fantasy points per game under the new regime in Denver, and is worth playing in daily leagues once again. The fact that he is playing the Knicks again is just icing on the cake.

Risky Plays:

Chris Paul, Clippers ($10,700): Paul left yesterday’s game after a mild ankle sprain, and could be held out of tonight’s game with the Timberwolves. Even if he is not, Minnesota has done a great job against opposing point guards since Ricky Rubio came back. There are too many things going against Paul tonight to take a chance for that much money.

John Wall, Wizards ($9,000): Wall has been playing well lately, but Charlotte has done a very good job on the perimeter all season long. That has not changed with Mo Williams in town. I can still see him getting around 30 points, but that is not enough for his price tag.

Aaron Brooks, Bulls ($4,700): Yesterday is an indication of what Brooks can do for you when his shot is falling. I am not taking a chance on him against Memphis tonight. The Grizzlies are one of the best defensive teams in the league. The chances of him having a productive game are slim to none for fantasy purposes.

My Lineups:

A: Rubio and McCallum ($12,800)

B: Rubio and Williams ($15,800)

Next: Lots Of Risk At SG

Mar 2, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) defends the play during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guards:


J.J. Redick, Clippers ($4,800): Redick has averaged 25.2 fantasy points per game since Jamal Crawford went down. Crawford is without a timetable for return, so Redick will likely continue to get around 40 minutes per game. He should continue to produce solid numbers with him time on the court.

Tony Allen, Grizzlies ($4,400): Allen’s defensive prowess makes sure that he will always have some value in fantasy circuits. He has averaged 25.1 fantasy points per game over his last three games, and has a solid matchup against the beat up Bulls today. Another 25 fantasy point game is a good possibility, and a good bargain for the price.

Randy Foye, Nuggets ($4,000): Foye has taken over as the starting shooting guard for the Nuggets since Will Barton has cooled off. Foye still has a low ceiling since Barton will still see significant minutes, but it is certain that the veteran Foye has a significant role on this young team. They want him to be a leader on the court. Whether that translates into fantasy value or not, who knows, but he did put up 35.9 fantasy points on Saturday.

Worth The Cost:

Eric Bledsoe, Suns ($8,500): Bledsoe has averaged 34.7 fantasy points in the ten games since the Suns revamped their team at the trade deadline. He has been even more valuable running the point than he was at the off guard. There is not reason to think that will change anytime soon. Expect another solid game against the Warriors.

Kevin Martin, Timberwolves ($6,700): Martin missed the game against the Timberwolves last Monday. Whether that will be an advantage or not is anyone’s guess. With Jamal Crawford out, the Clippers aren’t as tough on the perimeter, so a pure shooter like Martin could have a very good game.

Risky Plays:

Dwyane Wade, Heat ($7,700): Wade has been on a roll lately, but the matchup against Boston doesn’t look too good. The Celtics have improved their defense by a lot in the last month or so, and have been particularly tough on the perimeter. Wade has averaged 39.2 fantasy points over his last five games, but he also missed one of those games to get him some rest. Wade certainly has the potential to have another good night, but Boston has been tough enough to make me think twice about it.

Klay Thompson, Warriors ($7,100): Thompson has a great matchup against Phoenix tonight, but he has been in another slump recently. He has only averaged 23.3 fantasy points per game over his last four games, which is nowhere near enough for the price. The matchup with Phoenix is enticing though.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks ($6,100): Giannis was shut down by the Wizards on Saturday, scoring just 13.8 fantasy points. Tonight it won’t get much easier facing the Pelicans, who have been really good on the perimeter. He always has the potential for a big game, but I certainly wouldn’t bet on it against New Orleans.

My Lineups:

A: Bledsoe and Redick ($13,300)

B: Redick and Allen ($9,200)

Next: Several Good Options At SF

Mar 8, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) hangs on the rim after dunking the ball next to Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 106-89. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Small Forwards:


Gerald Henderson, Hornets ($5,500): Henderson has been one of the most consistent fantasy options at the small forward position since the Hornets decided to start him over Lance Stephenson. He has averaged 25.2 fantasy points per game over the last ten games, which makes him an average of 5x value. You likely will be closer to 4.5 tonight against the Wizards, but I like Henderson’s consistency for the price.

Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets ($5,400): Gallinari has been over 20 fantasy points in eight straight, and ten of his last 11 games. Now, he has only topped 30 twice, but if you are getting in the mid-20’s as his average suggests, then you are ahead of the curve at his price. 4.5x value is 24.7. He has topped that mark in seven of those games.

Jae Crowder, Celtics ($5,100): Crowder had a bit of an off day against the Magic yesterday, but he still has been over 30 fantasy points in five of his last ten games, and over 20 in two more of those. He is kind of an all-or-nothing gamble, but he should see plenty of action with Avery Bradley still out. His matchup against the Heat is not a bad one either, especially if Luol Deng sits.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets ($5,900): He has nine straight 20+ fantasy point games since the All Star break. He is a low risk player because of his rebounding prowess, and he has scored in double figures in all but one of those games. He has a bit higher ceiling than Henderson, but not much. MKG is a solid play against anyone right now.

Worth The Cost:

Rudy Gay, Kings ($8,400): Gay has put up 105.2 fantasy points in his last two games. He has also not been under 20 since the end of January. I realize that if he only gets you 20 points that it will be a very disappointing night, but Gay has been over 40 fantasy points in five of his last ten games. He has stepped it up lately, but he likely won’t hit 40 again tonight against the Hawks. They have defended the three well. That said, if DeMarre Carroll sits, Gay becomes a stronger play.

Draymond Green, Warriors ($8,300): His length and athleticism are a nightmare for most other teams. That won’t change tonight against the Suns. Green has been over 38 fantasy points in three straight and six of his last seven. The chances of him going over that tonight against Phoenix are great.

Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves ($6,800): Wiggins has averaged 29.2 fantasy points per game over his last ten games. He is not going to have any 40 or 50 point outbursts with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin back, but he is at least producing at a consistent level now. That makes him an average of 4.5x value, which is exactly what you are looking for.

Risky Plays:

Khris Middleton, Bucks ($6,700): It is hard to call someone as consistent as Middleton a risk, but the Pelicans defend well on the wing. That said, so do the Wizards. The same team that Middleton torched on Saturday for 30 points and 44.3 fantasy points. He has not been below 20 fantasy points since he started seeing 30 minutes per game in late December. Though I would put him closer to 20 than 40 tonight against the Pelicans.

Michael Beasley, Heat ($4,200): Beasley had a really good game against the Kings on Saturday that has people thinking of the Beasley of old. The highly-touted prospect out of Kansas State who was supposed to take the NBA by storm. That never materialized, but you can see that a lot of the talent is still there. He has been seeing around 25 minutes per game on a Heat team that is ravaged by injuries right now, and bears a look in non-daily leagues. He is still not consistent enough for me to take a shot on in FanDuel, and his matchup against Boston looks tough.

My Lineups:

A: Green and Gallinari ($13,700)

B: Wiggins and Henderson ($12,300)

Next: Should You Pay For Davis?

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:


Kenneth Faried, Nuggets ($6,200): The Rockets held Faried to only four points, but still managed to produce 22.8 fantasy points, which likely didn’t hurt your lineup that badly on Saturday. He does enough other things to make him a high floor player, and he has a good matchup against the Knicks tonight. He has been given consistent minutes of 32-35 per game since the coaching change, so most of the risk that was associated with him earlier in the season has pretty much vanished.

Andrea Bargnani, Knicks ($5,600): Bargnani has thrust his way into the Knicks’ rotation, and has scored 20 or more fantasy points in every game that he has played 25 minutes or more. He will continue to see a good run since he is one of the few players on the team that is producing with any consistency right now. He remains a solid play for your lineups as well. He has topped 4.5x value (27.2 fantasy points) in four of those seven games.

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls ($5,500): Taj Gibson is still out, so Mirotic will continue to see a lot of playing time. He has played 28 or more minutes in his last five games and averaged 32 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He is the best value guy taking the floor tonight at any position.

Worth The Cost:

Paul Millsap, Hawks ($7,500): Millsap got some extra rest on Saturday, but it was not due to injury, so he is good to go tonight. He has been over 30 fantasy points in five of his last six games after a rough stretch in early February. He is a safe play against the Kings, who still have some issues at PF.

Anthony Davis, Pelicans ($11,200): Davis has 176.9 fantasy points in just three games since his return to the court on March 4th. All of those games were against teams that defend well in the frontcourt (Memphis, Boston, and Detroit). He remains a strong play against another decent frontcourt in Milwaukee.

Risky Plays:

Zach Randolph, Grizzlies ($8,200): Randolph was held to just seven points and two rebounds against the Pelicans on Saturday, and it wont get much easier against the Bulls tonight. Gasol and Noah are tough on the interior. The chances of Randolph hitting 4.5x value (36.9 fantasy points) are practically zero. Your money is probably better spent elsewhere.

Pau Gasol, Bulls ($9,200): Joakim Noah has taken a lot of opportunities away from Gasol lately. It is great for the Bulls, who now have two great presences in the middle playing well together, but it is not so good for fantasy players. Gasol has only topped 40 fantasy points three times in his last 11 games. That is where you need him for the price, and it is definitely not going to happen against the tough Grizzlies interior tonight.

Brandon Bass, Celtics ($5,300): Bass has seen his minutes fluctuate from 18 to 40 over his last ten games, which makes him hard to rely on. He has hit 20 fantasy points in six of those games, which again is not as high of a percentage as you want. He has a seemingly good matchup against the Heat tonight, so maybe he gets one of the good games. His inconsistent usage does make me a little nervous though.

My Lineups:

A and B: Faried and Mirotic ($11,700)

Next: Is Anyone Better Than Cousins Tonight For Value?

Mar 1, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) and guard Mo Williams (7) high five against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Charlotte Hornets defeated the Orlando Magic 98-83. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports



Joakim Noah, Bulls ($7,200): Noah is not much of a scorer anyway, so the matchup against Memphis doesn’t bother me the way that it would against other players. Noah has scored just four points in each of his last three games, but is averaging 31.2 fantasy points per game. He has not been below 20 fantasy points since late January, and has not been under 30 since February 23rd. He is a strong play against anyone because of his high floor.

Zaza Pachulia, Bucks ($5,000): Pachulia is a strong play when the Bucks need a conventional center, which they will tonight against the Pelicans. He should see around 25 minutes and score at least 20 fantasy points. The Bucks have went small at times lately, which usually makes Pachulia a risk. They wont have the luxury of doing that tonight.

Worth The Cost:

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings ($10,800): Cousins has back to back 50 point fantasy games, and has played pretty well since his return. He is not as consistent as you would like from such a high dollar player, but a lot of that has had to do with nagging injuries since the break. He has only played 30 minutes or more three times since then, and two of those are the last two games. He seems to be getting back to form, and is a fairly strong play, even against the tough Hawks interior.

Al Jefferson, Hornets ($8,400): Jefferson is about as consistent as they come. He has averaged 38.2 fantasy points per game over his last ten games, meaning that is a 4.5x value on average. He has been over 40 fantasy points in four of his last five games, including a game against the strong Piston frontcourt. Washington could give him some problems up front, but I would still bet he is very close to 4x value.

Risky Plays:

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers ($9,500): Golden State held Jordan under 30 fantasy points for the first time since the first week of February yesterday. His 14 rebounds were his lowest total since February 9th. Minnesota nearly did it to him last Monday, holding him to 33.2 points. He is still a good play, but based on the fact that even 4x value is unlikely, I can’t recommend him tonight.

Al Horford, Hawks ($8,200): Horford is going to have a hard time with DeMarcus Cousins tonight, especially since the Kings don’t seem to be limiting his minutes anymore. He needs 36.9 fantasy points for 4.5x value, a mark that he has only reached three times in his last ten games. I’m staying away tonight.

Marcin Gortat, Wizards ($6,400): Gortat has fared very well over his last eight games. He has only been below 25 fantasy points once in that span, and he was over 30 six times. That said, I don’t like his matchup against the Hornets tonight. His chances of being held under 25 are pretty good, which leaves him under 4.5x value.

My Lineups:

A: Jefferson ($8,400)

B: Cousins ($10,800)

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