Daily Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineups For March 10


Feb 24, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) smiles during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Cavs beat the Pistons 102-93. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

There are six games in the NBA tonight, but I had trouble coming up with one lineup that I was confident in, let alone two. This is one of the few days that has made me nervous this year, which probably means I will have a decent night.

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Here are my FanDuel lineups for March 10:

Point Guards:


Alexey Shved, Knicks ($4,000): Shved has resurfaced with the Knicks, whose revolving door has come around to him lately. With the injury to Jose Calderon, and the nagging injuries and nagging ineffectiveness of Tim Hardaway, Jr., Shved was given a chance and has made the most of it. He has topped 20 fantasy points in five of his last six games, and has averaged 23 fantasy points per game in that time. That is an average of 5.5x value. He is arguably the best bargain of the night.

Norris Cole, Pelicans ($3,800): Cole will ascend to the starting lineup with the injury to Tyreke Evans. He has played well off the bench for the Pelicans for the most part. He was never an elite option in Miami, but he routinely put up 20 fantasy points per game as the starter. If he does that tonight, he is a 6x value!

Rajon Rondo, Mavericks ($5,600): Rondo has ratttled off five straight 20+ fantasy point games, and is averaging 26.3 fantasy points per game in that stretch. That makes him a solid 4.8x value.

Worth The Cost:

Kyle Lowry, Raptors ($7,100): Lowry’s shooting has not been great since returning from his days of “rest”, but he has been producing at a pretty good clip. He has 64.4 fantasy points in two games since returning, and has a nice matchup against the Spurs tonight. Tony Parker may be producing on the offensive end, but he has given up some big games to PG’s recently. That makes Lowry a solid play tonight.

Reggie Jackson, Pistons ($6,900): Jackson has averaged 33.8 fantasy points per game with his new team, and isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. He has not been below 25 fantasy points either, which makes him a really low-risk option at this price.

Tony Parker, Spurs ($5,800): The Raptors have not defended the point very well for the whole season. Parker comes into this one riding the heels of two straight 40+ point fantasy games while only playing 33 minutes per game. He should be pretty well rested, and has a chance to extend his streak to three tonight for a bargain price.

Risky Plays:

Elfrid Payton, Magic ($6,200): Payton has dazzled over his last three games, averaging 36.4 fantasy points per game. His matchup tonight against the Pacers does make me nervous though. They have defended the perimeter pretty well, and Payton has struggled against teams like that. However, I wouldn’t blame you if you rode the hot hand.

Langston Galloway, Knicks ($5,200): Galloway is getting plenty of minutes in a suddenly crowded Knicks backcourt, but he has not scored more than 25 fantasy points in five straight games. You can do better.

George Hill, Pacers ($6,300): His production dipped a little in the last two games, but so did his minutes. They should be back in the 30’s tonight against Orlando, and so should his fantasy point output. One thing that is slightly concerning is his dip in minutes. The Pacers have plenty of bodies, and they rotate frequently, which is good for the team but not for daily fantasy players.

My Lineups:

A: Jackson and Parker ($12,700)

B: Shved and Cole ($7,800)

Next: Good Options Available At SG Tonight

Mar 1, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket as Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson (9) defends during the second half at Amway Center. Charlotte Hornets defeated the Orlando Magic 98-83. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guards:


Rodney Stuckey, Pacers ($5,500): Stuckey has five straight games of more than 20 fantasy points, and is averaging 27.9 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He is seeing good minutes even though he doesn’t start. His fantasy output suggests that he is a good bargain at this price. And with Stuckey, there is always a chance that he gets hot and really helps your team out. He has back-to-back 40 fantasy point games just two weeks ago.

Eric Gordon, Pelicans ($6,100): Gordon has put up 74.7 fantasy points in three games against three strong teams in Milwaukee, Memphis, and Boston. The Nets are no slouch defensively either, but can you go against Gordon right now? With Tyreke Evans out tonight, even more of the offensive burden will fall on Gordon which will result in more shots for him. That will result in more points for him, or an extraordinary rebound total for Anthony Davis, depending on whether Gordon can get hot or not.

Worth The Cost:

Victor Oladipo, Magic ($8,000): Oladipo is on a tear lately, averaging 35.1 fantasy points over his last ten games. He has broken 40 in each of his last three, which makes him at worse a 5x value. That said, the chances of him breaking 40 against the Pacers aren’t great. Still, I look for him to at least get to 4x value.

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors ($7,400): DeRozan has broken out of his slump. He is averaging 37.3 fantasy points over his last five games. The Spurs might give him a few problems on the outside, but probably not enough to hold him under 30 fantasy points. Which still makes him a solid play.

Monta Ellis, Mavericks ($6,800): Ellis has averaged 27.3 fantasy points over his last ten games, which makes him about a 4x value on average. The Cavs have defended the perimeter a little better with the arrival of Iman Shumpert, but he is still not starting, so Ellis should see plenty of shots. He was on fire against the Lakers on Sunday. Let’s see if he still is tonight.

Risky Plays:

Joe Johnson, Nets ($5,700): Johnson has four straight games of under 20 fantasy points. There is absolutely no reason to play him until he comes out of this slump. He has averaged just 14 fantasy points per game during his recent slump. Stay far away from this one!

J. R. Smith, Cavaliers ($5,600): Smith has fit in well with the Cavaliers since his trade started off the Knicks fire sale. That said, he has been losing minutes to Iman Shumpert when the Cavaliers need extra defense on the perimeter. They will need the help tonight against Monta Ellis and the Mavericks, so Smith could see a bit of a decrease in minutes. On top of that, Ellis is a good defender, so the chances of Smith seeing a lot of open shots are not good. I would try to find a better option tonight.

Wayne Ellington, Lakers ($5,400): Ellington has actually done pretty well against the Mavs and Grizzlies over the last two games, so he is less of a risk than he used to be. Still, he has only hit the 24.3 fantasy points for 4.5x value four times in his last nine games. That is not a very good average.

My Lineups:

A: Oladipo and Stuckey ($13,500)

B: Gordon and Stuckey ($11,600)

Next: Is The King The Best Option At SF?

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:


Wesley Johnson, Lakers ($4,100): His price makes him worth the bit of a gamble that he is against the Pistons. He only needs to get 18.2 fantasy points for 4.5x value, a mark that he has reached in five of his last seven games. With slim pickings behind the high priced guys at SF, Johnson is one of the ones I am most comfortable with.

Al-Farouq Aminu, Mavericks ($4,900): It has been Aminu, not Richard Jefferson, that has retained the backup role behind Chandler Parsons. As we have seen several times this year, Aminu has stepped up big even when getting only 20 minutes per game. He has put up 59.3 fantasy points in just 39 minutes with Parsons back. Expect similar production tonight agianst Cleveland.

Worth The Cost:

LeBron James, Cavaliers ($10,700): The Mavericks don’t really have anyone that can stop him. That said, LeBron has scored just 34.2 fantasy points in each of his last two games. He is a risk at the price if he doesn’t put up more than 40 points, but I do like his matchup. Then again, I liked his matchup with the Suns on Saturday too…..

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs ($7,600): Leonard has been a monster for the Spurs lately. He has put up more than 35 fantasy points in six straight games, and is averaging 39.5 fantasy points per game in that span. He is the go-to guy for the team right now, and he may be the most reliable play at SF tonight against the Raptors. I would not be surprised if he outscored LeBron.

Risky Plays:

Tobias Harris, Magic ($6,500): Harris has had two good games in a row (he has outscored LeBron by 0.1 points in that span), but I don’t like his matchup against Indiana. They can attack him with quicker, smaller players or push him around with bigger men. Even on a thinner night at SF, I would try to find something better. This could end badly for Harris tonight.

Chandler Parsons, Mavericks ($6,100): Parsons played a full compliment of minutes against the Lakers, but only managed 23.2 fantasy points. It won’t be any easier against LeBron and the Cavs tonight, so that makes him a bit of a risk. At least until he shows that he can regain his form.

Joe Ingles, Jazz ($3,600): This is one for you gamblers out there. Gordon Hayward’s back is acting up, and he has been downgraded to doubtful for tonight. If he doesn’t play, Ingles is the one most likely to take the reins in his absence. That said, this game doesn’t tip until 9 eastern, so you likely won’t know Hayward’s status before the 7pm eastern start time of the FanDuel tournaments.

My Lineups:

A: Leonard and Aminu ($12,500)

B: Leonard and Parsons ($13,700)

Next: Plenty Of Choices At PF

Mar 7, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Grizzlies 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Power Forwards:


Derrick Favors, Jazz ($7,600): Hayward has been about as consistent as they come, averaging 34.1 fantasy points in his last ten games. He could see a little more work if Hayward sits, which could increase his value even more. Favors is always a really good play. Tonight is no different.

David West, Pacers ($6,200): West doesn’t have the ability to explode for 30 points and 15 rebounds like he did a few years ago, but he is still a solid player. He will get you around 25 fantasy points per night, which is right around average value for his price. The thing that could make him a bargain tonight is his matchup against the Magic, who are using a patchwork front line in the absence of Nikola Vucevic.

Andrea Bargnani, Knicks ($5,600): Bargnani has been a force for the Knicks. If you take out his awful game against DeMarcus Cousins (6.5 fantasy points in 18 minutes), he has averaged 28.7 fantasy points since earning a starting spot for the Knicks. That makes him a solid 4.5x value every time he takes the court. That said, the Jazz have one of the best frontcourts in the league, so temper your expectations accordingly. He could have trouble reaching 20 fantasy points tonight.

Worth The Cost:

Anthony Davis, Pelicans ($11,200): Davis has played like a man possessed since his return four games ago. His low mark is 44.5 fantasy points, which is still 4x value. He has averaged a whopping 60.7 fantasy points per game during that span, and he should be able to get somewhere near that again tonight. With Tyreke Evans out, expect him to have a bigger role in the offense than normal. If you can afford him, he is the best play of the night.

Greg Monroe, Pistons ($8,100): Monroe has averaged 36.1 fantasy points per game over his last ten games. which means that he is a constant fantasy force. He has a great matchup against the Lakers tonight. The only thing that might hold him back is if this turns into a blowout. Even if it does, I don’t see Monroe under 30.

Risky Plays:

Tim Duncan, Spurs ($7,200): Duncan did not record a field goal for the first time in his 17 year career on Sunday. Add that to the fact that he has not topped 30 fantasy points since February 25th, and I can’t recommend playing him right now. He has not played 30 minutes since February 19th, and the Spurs are obviously saving him for the playoffs at this point.

Kevin Love, Cavaliers ($8,000): Love has been all over the place as far as production lately. He has been between 24.7 and 41.5 fantasy points in the last ten games, which is not a huge swing, but it is worth noting. Add to that the fact that Dirk Nowitzki can guard him on the periemter where he likes to camp out, and I see a game on the lower end of the spectrum for Love tonight.

Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks ($5,900): Dirk is a good price, but he has not been over 30 fantasy points in his last four games, and he has only hit 4.5x value (26.6 fantasy points) three times in ten games since the All Star break. Once you read those facts, his price no longer looks as good.

My Lineups:

A: Favors and West ($13,800)

B: Davis and Monroe ($19,300)

Next: Some Decent Options At C

Jan 4, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) dunks in the third quarter after scoring at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports



Timofey Mozgov, Cavaliers ($5,200): He has seen Tristan Thompson cut into his minutes some, but Mozgov has still averaged 20.7 fantasy points per game over his last ten outings. Don’t expect Cleveland to go small against Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire, so Mozgov should see around 30 minutes, which he has not seen since the break.

Jordan Hill, Lakers ($5,800): I hate the matchup with Detroit and the fluctuation of minutes in the Laker frontcourt, but you simply can’t deny Hill’s consistent production. He has been over 20 fantasy points in eight of nine games since returning from injury. He has not been over 30 in that span, but he is also not going to give you a debilitating score either. Hill has held his own against Dallas, Memphis, Charlotte, and Milwaukee since his return, so I still don’t see him falling under 20. He is the lowest risk of the options under $7,000 at center tonight.

Worth The Cost:

Andre Drummond, Pistons ($8,400): Drummond has topped 40 fantasy points four times in his last eight games, and has only been below 30 twice. That makes him a good option tonight. Then when you see he is playing the Lakers, you realize that he has a good shot at 40 once again.

Rudy Gobert, Jazz ($7,400): Gobert had his worst fantasy outing since the Kanter trade on Sunday, but he still put up 25.7 fantasy points despite scoring just four points from the floor. His rebounding ability makes him a constant contributor and gives him a high floor. He is a low risk, high reward player right now with a great matchup against the Knicks tonight. He is one of the better options at any position.

Risky Plays:

Nikola Vucevic, Magic ($8,400): Vucevic is considered probable to make his return tonight, but the Pacers are tough on the interior, and Roy Hibbert will be back in the mix for Indiana as well. There are two better options at center tonight for the same or lower price. There is no reason to take this gamble.

Brook Lopez, Nets ($6,900): Lopez looked very good against a tough Utah interior on Sunday, and has been over 30 fantasy points three times in his last four games. The downside is that he has been under 15 in two of his last five. He is kind of an all-or-nothing proposition right now. His matchup with the Pelicans looks ominous as well.

My Lineups:

A and B: Gobert ($7,400)

Next: Should You Pick Up Mirotic?

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