Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 3.8 March 8, 2017  |  Jason Bales


 Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Guard

Top Play:

Giannis Antetokounmpo – The New York Knicks are horrendous on the defensive end of the ball, and Giannis Antetokounmpo has fantastic upside. He is also consistent enough for cash games. In his last game, Antetokounmpo posted over 50 fantasy points in 35 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers. He should see similar results tonight against a similar defense. Roster him in all leagues.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Antetokounmpo is in a good spot tonight.

Value Play:

Cory Joseph – Cory Joseph gets a great matchup tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that struggles against opposing point guards. Joseph is starting to settle in as a starter for the Toronto Raptors. DeMar DeRozan is still the star of the show, but in his last game, Joseph shot the ball 11 times and posted over 30 fantasy points. His price tag is very reasonable, and he makes for a great option in tournaments due to the amount of court time he is seeing.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not a huge fan of Joseph, but he can be used in GPPs.

 


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Forward

Top Play:

Kawhi Leonard – Kawhi Leonard has been playing exceptionally well over his last few games. In his last four games, he has over 50 fantasy points in all of them, plus Leonard has over 60 fantasy points in two consecutive contests. The Sacramento Kings are horrible defensively, and while this game could get out of hand, the San Antonio Spurs future MVP is worth consideration in all leagues. He is playing too well right now to pass on him.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Leonard is my favorite forward on the slate.

Value Play: 

Danilo Gallinari – Danilo Gallinari is also playing extremely well over his last few games. He is consistently posting right around 30 fantasy points per game, which is great for his price tag. The Washington Wizards are going to push the pace of this game forward, and that will only benefit Gallinari. He should hit value, and he makes for a great option in cash games. His upside is not quite as high as it should be, so there are better tournament options.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: He’s been consistent.

 

Center

Top play:

Rudy Gobert – Rudy Gobert gets a solid matchup tonight against the Houston Rockets, and he should be able to take advantage of that. In his last two games, he has over 45 fantasy points in both of them. Against the Sacramento Kings, he posted 60 fantasy points in 41 minutes, grabbing 24 rebounds. His price tag is still very reasonable, but that is because he has been struggling in around half of his games. Roster him in tournaments only for the time being.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Gobert is my favorite center on the slate. You’re nailing these picks.

Value play:

Willie Cauley-Stein – Willie Cauley-Stein has been playing well in a couple of his last few games. He is much like Rudy Gobert, as he has great upside, but he has not been consistent. The San Antonio Spurs actually not all that great against opposing centers. WCS has over 30 fantasy points in two of his last four games. For his price tag, that is great upside. Roster him in tournaments only.

Justin’s Rapid Reaction: WCS is an elite tournament option.

 


Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

 

Guard

Top Play:

Ricky Rubio – Rubio has been one of the better fantasy options in the NBA since the All Star break. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 10.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, and he still comes with an extremely low price tag. He gets a solid matchup against the Clippers tonight, and Rubio is a player that can be used in all leagues.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Ricky Rubio has been playing well of recent. Roster him in all leagues.

Value Play:      

Ty Lawson – Lawson has been locked into big minutes recently for the Kings. He’s averaging 30.6 fantasy points in 34.5 minutes per game over his last four games. He should continue to play big minutes for the Kings tonight, and he gets a decent matchup against the Spurs. His price tag is entirely too low, and he should be one of the first players you’re inserting into your lineups tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Ty Lawson is seeing big minutes, but he is wildly inconsistent. He is best served in tournaments.

 

Forward

Top Play:

Paul Millsap – Millsap has quietly been heating up for the Hawks, as he has scored at least 40 fantasy points in each of his last five games. He has been locked into big minutes for the Hawks, and he’s a big man that comes with elite versatility. He also gets a great matchup against a weak Nets defense tonight, and Millsap can be used in all leagues for his current price tag.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Paul Millsap can be rostered in all leagues.

Value Play: 

Nemanja Bjelica – Bjelica is an interesting option. He has looked outstanding when given the minutes, but he doesn’t always play big minutes for the Wolves. He has seen his role increase recently, though, as he has played 21, 32, and 35 minutes in his last three games. He also looked dominant in those games, scoring 22.25, 42.25, and 34.5 fantasy points, respectively. He’s expected to play around 25 minutes tonight, and he can be used in all leagues for his low price tag.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Nemanja Bjelica is far from consistent. Roster him in tournaments only.

 

Center

Top play:

Andre Drummond – Drummond has been surprisingly consistent recently, although he is coming off a terrible game. Still, he’s a player that comes with elite upside, and he gets a great matchup against the Pacers tonight. Indiana has struggled against the center, and they will be looking to make this game as fast paced as then can, which will results in more opportunities for Drummond. Still, he’s best suited for GPPs with Rudy Gobert priced right around him on this slate.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Andre Drummond is a fantastic tournament option tonight.

Value play: 

Clint Capela – Capela may not be a defensive guru, but he can put up fantasy points in a hurry. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 14.8 points, and 9.6 rebounds in only 25 minutes per game. He gets a terrible matchup against the Jazz tonight, but that has kept his price tag low. He has played well against Utah in two games this season, and Capela can be used in GPPs on the slate tonight.

Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Clint Capela has great upside.

 

Both Writers Will Gladly Respond to Questions and Comments on Twitter at @balessjustin and @thedominatordfs.

3 Responses

  1. slam says:

    Hello, this prolly the most stupid question ever … is not the idea to get as many fantasy points as possible.. what’s the diff between cash games and gpp, if you think you have the best team, why not play them both in cash and gpp?
    thank you

    • Sim says:

      I would say with cash games, you can play it safer with less risky picks because you only need to beat out 50% of the competition in order to double your money. They are 50/50 or heads up games. With GPP, you need to usually place in the top 15-20% of the competitors, so you take more chances on high risk/high reward players because you’re looking for the highest score possible to get 1st place. I’m not affiliated with the site btw, just my 2 cents.

  2. dsdw7584 says:

    You could,but gpp’s lend themselves to taking more chances and therefore more risk.You roll the dice more often,but with greater risk can come greater reward.With gpp’s a players potential rather than consistant average for points can be a more considerable factor.Basically what they do is give you both “play it safe” and “roll the dice” options here.

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