Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 3.1 March 1, 2017  |  Jason Bales


 Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Guard

Top Play:

Jrue Holiday – With DeMarcus Cousins suspended tonight, expect Jrue Holiday to be a lot more involved in the offense. Prior to the trade, Holiday was consistently posting around 40-50 fantasy points, even with Anthony Davis as the main points contributor. Holiday should be able to post around 40 fantasy points tonight, and his price tag is down right now. Take advantage of that in both 50/50 contests and tournaments.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Holiday’s price is down, but he’ll make an elite tournament option with Boogie suspended.

Value Play:

Hollis Thompson – This is a very odd recommendation, but Hollis Thompson is going to see around 30 minutes of court time tonight, and that means he could crush value. He played 31 minutes in his last game, but only posted 11.25 fantasy points. With DeMarcus Cousins suspended, however, he could see quite a few more shots. Thompson can get hot from beyond-the-arc, and if he does, it will not take long for him to post around 20 fantasy points. Roster him in tournaments only.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I don’t love him, but he is cheap.

 


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Forward

Top Play:

Gordon Hayward – Gordon Hayward has been playing well of recent, and he makes for a great tournament option tonight for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz will face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the T-Wolves love to push the pace of games. Hayward will benefit from the added possessions. He posted over 40 fantasy points in four of his last six games, and he can be used in cash games, but as mentioned earlier, he is best suited for tournaments. The Utah Jazz are just not offensive enough to warrant a cash game option.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: You didn’t take Robert Covington or Dario Saric here? Is the world ending?

Jason’s Rapid Rapid Reaction: I recommended Dario Saric over at Outside the Box – I intentionally avoided all my OTB recommendations.

Value Play: 

Tony Snell – Tony Snell has been playing big minutes for the Milwaukee Bucks of recent, posting over 20 fantasy points in four of his last six games. The Denver Nuggets are horrible defensively, which should benefit Snell, even though he is not a huge part of the offensive attack for the Bucks. He contributes in multiple stat categories, and with over 25 fantasy points in two of his last six games, the upside is there. His price tag is very low, and he is going to see big minutes. Only roster him in 50/50 contests, if it gets Anthony Davis or Blake Griffin into the lineup.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Snell recently scored 0 fantasy points… in 28 minutes. He’s a tough pill to swallow, but he generally hits value.

 

Center

Top play:

Rudy Gobert – Rudy Gobert posted 54 fantasy points in his last game, which was against the Washington Wizards. He played 36 minutes, grabbed 20 rebounds, and scored 15 points. The Utah Jazz rely heavily on Gobert, and pairing him with Gordon Hayward tonight is a great move in tournaments. As previously mentioned, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to push the pace of this game, and that should benefit both Hayward and Gobert. The more shots, the more rebounds and blocks.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Now we’re talking. Gobert is ALWAYS  great option to me! Side note, does anyone that is reading this have his number? I’d like to send him a good luck text before the game.

Value play:

Kyle O’Quinn – Kyle O’Quinn would be one of the better fantasy centers in the league, if he played 30-35 minutes per game. Unfortunately, he plays around 15-25 minutes per game. Tonight, he is expected to see around 25 minutes, and if he does, he has great upside. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, he played 25 minutes and posted over 35 fantasy points. He should not be used in cash games, as he is not heavily enough involved in the offense. Amazingly, he gets all of his fantasy points from assists, blocks, steals, and rebounds.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: O’Quinn is one of the best options on the slate.

 


Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

 

Guard

Top Play:

Chris Paul – It was tough to decide between Ricky Rubio and Paul here, but ultimately, I went with CP3. He showed off his upside in his last game, scoring 56.25 fantasy points in 41 minutes. That game went into overtime, but it was great to see Paul was fully healthy. He gets a matchup against the Rockets tonight, and they are a team that loves pushing the pace. This game should feature a ton of points, and Paul is one of the best passers in the NBA. He has tremendous upside, and he’s an elite tournament option.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Chris Paul has been solid since returning from injury. Roster him in tournaments.

Value Play:      

Tyus Jones – Jones is my minimum price recommendation at guard tonight. He has played at least 20 minutes in each of his last three games, and he has scored 16.75, 22.5, and 20 fantasy points in those game. He has the ability to contribute in multiple categories, and he should have no problems hitting value again if he’s given the minutes. He does get a tough matchup against the Jazz, but he can be used in all leagues because of his low price tag.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Tyus Jones is not an elite-level fantasy option, and the Utah Jazz are TOUGH defensively. I’ll pass.

 

Forward

Top Play:

Dario Saric – Saric and Covington are interchangeable tonight. It would be wise to use them both, but one or the other is fine. For this write-up, I used Saric. He has been on fire for quite some time, and he’s a huge part of the Sixers offense. He will continue to be locked into big minutes, and his price tag has yet to reach his production. He also flew under the radar in his last game, as he was owned well under 20%. He should have no problems hitting value again tonight, and he can be used in all leagues.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Dario Saric is one of the best plays on the board, along with Robert Covington.

Value Play: 

Terrence Ross – Ross has finally been given a chance to play big minutes on a consistent basis, and he has looked good thus far for the Magic. He has scored 35 and 33 minutes in his first two games, and he was able to score 27.25 and 40 fantasy points in those games. He’s a great scorer, who has the potential to add peripheral stats each night, as well. He gets a solid matchup against the Knicks tonight, and Ross can be used in all leagues until his price increases.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Terrence Ross is worth consideration in all leagues.

 

Center

Top play:

DeAndre Jordan – Jordan returned to form in his last game with Chris Paul back in the lineup. In that game, he scored 55.25 fantasy points in 43 minutes. He gets a great matchup against the Rockets tonight, and they have struggled against the center quite a bit recently. Jordan is an athletic player, who will benefit from the pace of this game, and he’s another elite tournament option for Los Angeles tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have great chemistry. He should help Jordan get back to scoring huge fantasy numbers.

Value play: 

Willie Cauley-Stein – Cauley-Stein has seen his minutes increase since DeMarcus Cousins was traded, and he has flashed tremendous upside. In his three games since the All Star break, he has scored 31, 12, and 43.5 fantasy points. He’s a big man that can contribute in multiple categories, and he gets a great matchup against the Nets tonight. He is far from safe enough to be used in cash games, but he’s an elite tournament option tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Tournaments ONLY!

 

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