Daily Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Lineups For March 13


Mar 4, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Nuggets won 100-85. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

There are ten games in the NBA tonight featuring 19 teams. How does that work? Well, Golden State is going the Memphis approach and benching nearly every starter for a night of rest. That creates a sort of minutes roulette that will have all of FanDuel rolling out some interesting lineups.

Due to time constraints, this is going to be the short and sweet version. Real life got a little busy today. The turbo and late night lineups will be in here as well.

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Here are my FanDuel lineups for March 13:

Point Guards:

Matchups I Love:

Ty Lawson, Nuggets vs. Warriors ($7,300): Stephen Curry is sitting, which means that Shaun Livingston will get the start. He is a value play in his own right, but I now love Lawson against what effectively is the Warriors bench.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors vs. Heat ($7,600): Lowry has fared well against Charlotte and New Orleans recently. I’m not really scared of Goran Dragic stopping him.

Jeff Teague, Hawks vs. Suns ($6,900): More running means more shot attempts, and more assists if you’re Jeff Teague.

Elfrid Payton, Magic vs. Celtics ($6,200): Normally I wouldn’t recommend someone like Payton against Boston, but he put up 40.5 fantasy points on them on Sunday.

Marcus Smart, Celtics vs. Magic ($5,000): Same for Smart. He racked up 34 fantasy points against Orlando on Sunday. The bad news? He hasn’t had that many points combined in his last two games.

Matchups I Hate:

Russell Westbrook, Thunder vs. Timberwolves ($13,000): I think I hate the price more than the matchup. The Timberwolves have been solid on defense since Rubio got back. Rubio might be limited tonight, but this is still a big risk for more than 1/5 your salary.

Chris Paul, Clippers vs. Mavericks ($10,600): Rondo is still really good defensively, and Paul’s ankle could flare up. I don’t trust this one.

Kemba Walker, Hornets vs. Bulls ($7,600): Again, I hate the situation more than the matchup. If we knew that Walker or Williams would get most of the minutes against Aaron Brooks, I would be all over one of them. The current situation destroys all fantasy value.

Reggie Jackson, Pistons vs. Trailblazers ($6,500): Jackson has not been all that consistent, and has even gotten himself benched a couple of times. Add to that the Lillard factor, and I want no part of this.

Ish Smith/Isaiah Canaan, 76ers vs. Kings: This is a good matchup with Collison out, but they have been splitting minutes almost down the middle lately. Canaan is still the “starter”, but he has been outplayed by Smith for most of the games since the trade that brought Canaan in.

Next: Love/Hate at SG

Mar 10, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guards:

Matchups I Love:

Dwyane Wade, Heat vs. Raptors ($8,000): Wade is in the midst of his best stretch of games in the last two years. He has six straight games of more than 35 fantasy points DeRozan is not much of a defender, so there is no reason to think anything will change tonight.

Victor Oladipo, Magic vs. Celtics ($7,800): Again, this is based off of Sunday’s performance where Oladipo slapped the C’s with 40.9 fantasy points.

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors vs. Heat ($7,400): DeMar has six straight games of 25 or more fantasy points. Wade is good on defense, but not great, meaning DeRozan should see enough open looks to make him worth playing.

J.J. Redick, Clippers vs. Mavericks ($6,600): I don’t like the matchup so much as I like the 40 minutes that Redick will play with Jamal Crawford out.

Avery Bradley, Celtics vs. Magic ($5,700): Bradley didn’t play on Sunday, so we don’t have that to go by. But I do love the fact that Isaiah Thomas won’t be stealing his minutes tonight.

Leandro Barbosa, Warriors ($3,500): Barbosa isn’t starting, but he will likely see plenty of minutes behind Shaun Livingston and Justin Holiday. Oh, and he plays the Nuggets.

Matchups I Hate:

Eric Bledsoe, Suns vs. Hawks ($8,000): The Hawks are a really good defensive team. I don’t trust Bledsoe to get anywhere near the 36 fantasy points he needs for good value.

Kevin Martin, Timberwolves vs. Thunder ($6,200): I actually like this matchup for Martin, but with the announcement by the team that Zach LaVine was going play more at SG, it makes Martin a risk at any time going forward.

Evan Turner, Celtics vs. Magic ($5,500): He is playing SF. The Magic play Tobias Harris at SF. Need I say more?

Will Barton/Randy Foye, Nuggets vs. Warriors: This actually looks like a good matchup, but I would only want to play the one that will see the most minutes. If you can discern which one will, you are a better mind-reader than I.

Next: Love/Hate At SF

Mar 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) holds onto a rebound against the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Small Forwards:

Matchups I Love:

Draymond Green, Warriors vs. Nuggets ($8,000): Green is the only starter taking the court for the Warriors tonight. Hopefully he doesn’t go the way of Jeff Green for Memphis last night. The potential and the matchup are here for Green to have a monster night.

Tobias Harris, Magic vs. Celtics ($6,600): He put up 34.3 fantasy points on Boston on Sunday, and has four straight games of 30+ fantasy points. He is rounding back into form.

Chandler Parsons, Mavericks vs. Clippers ($6,000): He matches up very well with Matt Barnes. He is reaching 4x value regularly, and Al-Farouq Aminu might be out tonight, which means he could see more minutes.

Wilson Chandler, Nuggets vs. Warriors ($5,800): He will have to tangle with Justin Holiday and Harrison Barnes instead of Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. That’s good enough for me.

Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets vs. Warriors ($5,700): See also: Chandler, Wilson

DeMarre Carroll, Hawks vs. Suns ($5,500): There should be plenty of shots for all in this one.

Harrison Barnes, Warriors vs. Nuggets ($4,100): Barnes is close to value even when he doesn’t start. He could have a HUGE game for his price!

Justin Holiday, Warriors vs. Nuggets ($3,500): Holiday looked good in his few starts earlier in the season. That shouldn’t change here against the Nuggets.

Matchups I Hate:

Rudy Gay, Kings vs. 76ers ($8,200): The 76ers have been tough in the middle. Gay night have a good game, but I have a hard time believing that he can get 4.5x value if he has to play against Nerlens Noel all game.

Nicolas Batum, Trailblazers vs. Pistons ($6,400): Batum is playing his best basketball of the year, but Tayshaun Prince is long and a very good defender.

Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves vs. Thunder ($6,400): His inconsistency is maddening!

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets vs. Bulls ($6,200): The Bulls defend the three very well between Dunleavy, McDermott, and Mirotic. It could be a tough night for MKG.

Gerald Henderson, Hornets vs. Bulls ($5,600): Henderson’s days as a fantasy value are all but done now that Kemba Walker is back.

Robert Covington, 76ers vs. Kings (5,500): Unpredictable rotations and injury derailed the game’s best value for the better part of two months.

Next: Love/Hate At PF

Feb 22, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jared Dudley (9) in the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Millsap scored 23 points to help the Hawks beat the Bucks 97-86. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Power Forwards:

Matchups I Love:

Serge Ibaka, Thunder vs. Timberwolves ($8,000): Kevin Garnett is not the defender that he once was, and he can teach rookie Adreian Payne a thing or ten if he matches up against him during the game.

Nerlens Noel, 76ers vs. Kings ($7,500): The only way that this doesn’t work out for Noel is if he has to tangle with Cousins instead of Gay, Reggie Evans, or Jason Thompson.

Paul Millsap, Hawks vs. Suns ($7,200): The Morris twins are decent defenders, but Millsap has the size to abuse them.

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets ($6,500): Faried is the only Nugget that doesn’t get a reprieve tonight. He still has to face off with Draymond Green. That said, Faried should still be able to do enough to make him worth this price.

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls vs. Hornets ($6,400): Charlotte defends well, but Mirotic is the scorer from outside with Butler out. He will get his.

Brandon Bass, Celtics vs. Magic ($5,800): He punished Orlando to the tune of 43.9 fantasy points on Sunday. His minutes are up again, so he could duplicate the feat.

David Lee, Warriors vs. Nuggets ($4,700): The price is right for someone starting at center against a team without a true center.

Thomas Robinson, 76ers vs. Kings ($4,400): He has been a beast with the Sixers. If the ever start him, look out!

Glen Davis, Clippers vs. Mavericks ($3,600): Davis is an interesting option if they elect to bully Dirk Nowitzki.

Matchups I Hate:

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trailblazers vs. Pistons ($9,400): The Pistons have one of the best frontcourts around. Expect LMA’s production to dip for one night.

Pau Gasol, Bulls vs. Hornets ($9,200): Noah is back, so Gasol’s numbers will take a hit.

Greg Monroe, Pistons vs. Trailblazers ($8,300): Monroe might still top 30, but you need more than that for the price.

Markieff Morris, Suns vs. Hawks ($6,700): He is inconsistent even when he doesn’t play good teams.

Next: Love/Hate at C

Feb 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Matchups I Love:

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers vs. Mavericks ($9,500): Chandler is a solid defender, but Jordan could get 30 rebounds with all the shots that are going to be jacked up in this one.

Andre Drummond, Pistons vs. Trailblazers ($8,900): The Blazers still run four diffrent centers out there, and none of them are particularly good.

Al Horford, Hawks vs. Suns ($7,800): Horford is athletic enough that the Suns shouldn’t wear him out and big enough to break Alex Len like a toothpick.

Joakim Noah, Bulls vs. Hornets ($7,000): Welcome back Noah! The Hornets are without Al Jefferson tonight. That is their gift to you.

Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves vs. Thunder ($5,800): If Pekovic plays, I doubt he gets 20 minutes. Dieng will play as much as he can handle.

Bismack Biyombo, Hornets vs. Bulls ($4,100): One of the league’s best shot blockers gets a start!

Matchups I Hate:

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings vs. 76ers ($10,500): This has more to do with his prospective health than the Sixers themselves.

Hassan Whiteside, Heat vs. Raptors ($8,300): Great matchup, not-so-great temper. Whiteside is a loose cannon. You never know when he is going to do something stupid or get thrown out. It’s not a big deal when he costs $5,000, but it is a big deal now.

Tyson Chandler, Mavericks vs. Clippers ($5,700): Have you met DeAndre?

Next: Get Your Linueps Here!

Mar 8, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

My Lineups:

All Day:

A: Lowry, Teague, Redick, Wade, Gallinari, Harris, Mirotic, Robinson, Horford ($60,000)

B: Lawson, Livingston, Redick, Barbosa, Green, Harris, Ibaka, Mirotic, Jordan ($60,000)


A: Smart, Payton, Redick, Bradley, Harris, Wiggins, Ibaka, Bass, Jordan ($59,800)

B: Westbrook, Smart, Bradley, DeRozan, Crowder, Wiggins, Ibaka, Davis, Dieng ($59,900)

Late Night:

A: Lawson, Teague, Korver, Bledsoe, Gallinari, Barnes, Faried, Millsap, Drummond ($59,800)

B: Teague, Livingston, Bledsoe, Afflalo, Green, Barnes, Aldridge, Millsap, Horford ($60,000)

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