Half of tonight’s eight games also quailfy for the turbo FanDuel tournaments. There are still some good stars and bargains available. It is not slim pickings.
Here are my turbo FanDuel lineups for March 9:
Marcus Smart, Celtics ($5,000): If Smart can stay on the court, he has been an asset lately. He has been over 20 fantasy points in seven of his last ten games. The arrival of Isaiah Thomas has actually seemed to help him instead of hurt. He is playing between 35-40 minutes per game, and seems to be adjusting a little better than he was before the arrival of Thomas. He has topped 4.5x value (22.5 fantasy points) in six of the last ten. He is a good bet to do the same against Miami tonight.
Tyler Johnson, Heat ($4,500): The value of this play largely depends on if Goran Dragic takes the court or not. Johnson has picked up 61.7 fantasy points in his last two games in 80 minutes. He wont play nearly as much if Dragic is a go, but he is someone to keep an eye on. He can produce when given the chance.
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.
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.
Michael Carter-Williams, Bucks ($7,700): MCW has only averaged 24.6 fantasy points per game with the Bucks. He doesn’t need to be the do-everything player that he was for Philadelphia, which seriously hurts his fantasy value. Wait until his price falls before considering him in daily leagues.
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.
A: Evans and Thomas ($15,400)
B: Smart and Brooks ($9,700)
Mar 7, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks to pass the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Ben McLemore, Kings ($4,300): McLemore has taken on a larger scoring role with Darren Collison out. He still doesn’t so much else besides score, but he gets plenty of minutes and plenty of shots. The Hawks aren’t going to make things easy for him, but he only needs 19.3 fantasy points for 4.5x value. He has gone over that in four of his last six games.
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.
Worth The Cost:
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, especially if Dragic sits. There is a bit of a risk involved, but he will likely be the highest scoring SG in turbo. He is the best option if you have the money.
Evan Turner, Celtics ($5,900): Turner has been under 20 fantasy points in two of his last three games, which is turning him into a risk. Jae Crowder’s good play is a partial contributor to this, but so is Turner’s atrocious shooting. He usually does enough other things to keep him from hurting you too much, and that is likely what will save his value tonight against the Heat.
Eric Gordon, Pelicans ($6,100): Gordon does little besides score, so there is always a risk with him. The Bucks have done a very good job defensively on the perimeter lately, which makes me think that Turner won’t get a whole lot of open looks. If you want to gamble though, he could have one of the bigger payoffs.
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.
A: Antetokounmpo and Allen ($10,500)
B: Wade and Allen ($12,100)
Mar 1, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) pushes the ball up the court during the third quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Sacramento Kings 110-99. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Jeff Green, Grizzlies ($4,900): Green has been over 20 fantasy points in each of his last five games, and is averaging 24.2 fantasy points per game in that span. That is not a great total, but he has a good matchup against the Bulls tonight because the Bulls are good enough in the middle to give Randolph and Marc Gasol problems. That should mean that Green will be leaned on for scoring a little more than usual.
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.
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, he still remains a very good option in turbo.
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.
Luol Deng, Heat ($6,200): Deng had cooled off again even before he got hurt. He had been under 25 fantasy points in three straight games before missing the last two. This after a nice stretch in the 30’s after the All Star break. The inconsistency is maddening. The matchup against Boston is dangerous. Stay far away from Deng tonight.
A: Gay and Green ($13,300)
B: DeMarre Carroll and Crowder ($11,600)
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 ($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.
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, but I would much rather rely on Boston’s rotations than Milwaukee’s.
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.
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.
A: Millsap and Mirotic ($13,000)
B: Davis and Mirotic ($16,700)
Mar 7, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) warms up before a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-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.
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies ($7,700): Gasol stuffs the stat sheet in so many ways that he doesn’t rely on scoring to be a contributor either. He is a slightly more polished version of Joakim Noah, so he always has a high floor as well.
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.
A: Gasol ($7,700)
B: Cousins ($10,800)
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