Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 3.7 March 7, 2016  |  Jason Bales


Anthony Davis

 

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Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

 

Guard

Top Play:

Jrue Holiday – Jrue Holiday has been playing extremely well of recent, and tonight, he gets a fantastic matchup against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings love to push the pace of the game, but they rarely play any defense. Holiday has over 35 fantasy points in two of his last four games, and it would not be surprising if he posts over 40 fantasy points tonight. His price tag is actually rather low for his upside. When comparing him to someone like Curry, he has the same amount of upside when taking price into consideration. Use him in all formats.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m a huge fan of Holiday, especially with Eric Gordon out again.

Value Play:

JJ Redick – JJ Redick is one of the more consistent guard options in the league, especially considering his price tag. He is still under $5,000, and he is consistently posting over 20 fantasy points. In his last game, he only posted 13.5 fantasy points in 30 minutes of action, but he was consistent prior to that. With over 20 fantasy points in five straight games prior to that bad game against the Atlanta Hawks, Redick is a solid 50/50 option. He also has the ability to post over 30 fantasy points, which he has done in two of his last 10 games.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Redick gets a good matchup and I don’t mind him tonight.

 

Forward

Top Play:

Anthony Davis – Anthony Davis gets a matchup from heaven tonight, as he faces off against DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. Cousins rarely plays defense, and the pace of the game is going to be very uptempo. Davis is going to have plenty of shot opportunities and rebound opportunities. With over 50 fantasy points in two of his last four games, Davis is well worth his $10,000 price tag. He also has incredible upside, as he just posted over 90 fantasy points the other game. It is tough to argue with that.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Davis makes a great option tonight.

Value Play: 

Rudy Gay – Rudy Gay has not been playing well of recent, but playing the New Orleans Pelicans could definitely change that tonight. He has over 20 fantasy points in all of his last four games, but he has not posted over 40 fantasy points in five games. Against the Denver Nuggets, back in February, he posted 49.5 fantasy points in 36 minutes of action. That is the kind of upside that he possesses, and that will never go away. He is still playing big minutes, so feel free to fire him up in tournaments.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: This is a good matchup for Gay, and he’s a GPP option tonight.

 

Center

Top play:

Nikola Vucevic – Nikola Vucevic is playing extremely well right now, and he can be used in all formats tonight, as he plays the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors just got embarrassed against the Los Angeles Lakers, so they are going to come out firing. If the Magic want to keep the game close, Vucevic will have to score early and often. He has over 35 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and it is more likely than not that he does that again tonight. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he posts over 40 fantasy points tonight.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: This game is likely going to be a blowout, but the Magic tend to leave Vuc in during blowouts. He’s a good option tonight.

Value play:

Omer Asik – How many players am I going to recommend from the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings game? Jesus. Well, one more. Omer Asik is not playing well right now. In his last game, he posted 15 fantasy points in 25 minutes of action, only shooting the ball two times from the field. However, he is seeing decent minutes. His price tag is extremely low, and if he gets the minutes, he can produce. It’ll take him a little bit of time to figure things out on the court, but use him in tournaments in the mean time.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not a huge fan of Asik, but he isn’t the worst play on the board for $3k either.

 

Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

 

Guard

Top Play:

Kemba Walker – Walker has been on fire, scoring 50+ fantasy points in two of his last three games. Over that span, he’s averaging 49.3 fantasy points per game. He gets a great matchup against the Wolves tonight, who love to push the pace of games, but don’t play very much defense. Walker is the clear focal point of the Hornets offense, and he’s taking around 20 shots per game each night. Walker is also a much better player at home, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Kemba Walker has been playing extremely well. Use him in all formats.

Value Play: 

Zach LaVine – LaVine is no longer a simple plug and play because his price has finally hit $6k. With that being said, he has scored 30+ fantasy points in each of his last five games, and he is one of the more consistent players in the NBA right now. He’s enjoying his new role in the starting lineup, and he gets a matchup against the Hornets in what should be a close game. Walker is going to score for Charlotte and LaVine will likely be a major part in the Wolves offense again tonight. He can be used in all leagues.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: LaVine has been great since getting the starting job.

 

Forward

Top Play:

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Seriously, do not avoid this guy. Alphabet’s price is still extremely low, and he has scored 65+ fantasy points in four of his last seven games. He gets a good matchup against the Bulls, who have struggled defensively this season. Alphabet is contributing in each of the five categories, and he’s a triple double threat every night. Nothing more needs to be said about him. Get him in your lineups.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: This is so obvious. If you aren’t using Antetokounmpo by now, start.

Value Play:

Jeff Green – Green is enjoying his new role on the Clippers, as he has played 30+ minutes in three of his last four games. He’s a player that can fill the stat sheet in a hurry, as long as he is given the minutes to do so. At this point, the game in which he only played 17 minutes seems more like an outlier than anything. He gets a good matchup against the Mavs, who haven’t been playing all that well recently. Green isn’t the safest option on the board, but he can be used in GPPs.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Jeff Green is not very consistent, but he is producing in about half his games. Roll the dice in tournaments.

 

Center

Top play:

Pau Gasol – I’m not a huge fan of the center position tonight by any means, so I opted to go with the highest upside pick on the slate (at center). Gasol has scored 63.75 and 74.0 fantasy points in two of his last four games, and he has flashed triple double potential recently. He’s averaging 50.9 fantasy points in only 35.3 minutes against the Bucks this season, and it’s unlikely he’s going to flop tonight. Gasol isn’t going to come cheap, which means he’s best suited for GPPs, as he does come with some risk.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Pau Gasol is not one of my top options at center tonight. I’ll likely fade here.

Value play:

Cody Zeller – Zeller recently said that he feels a lot more comfortable playing center than he did when the Hornets were trying to turn him into a stretch four. In his last three games, he’s averaging 27.7 fantasy points in 25.7 minutes per game. Zeller hasn’t been scoring all that much recently, but he adds fantasy points with his peripheral stats, and he has great upside for his price when he gets a full games worth of minutes. He gets a good matchup against the Wolves, who have had an average defense against the center this season, and he can be used in all leagues.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not huge on Zeller, but he’s a decent option.

 

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