NBA: Outside the Box (3.12) March 12, 2017  |  Jason Bales


Tournament Locks:


LeBron James (at HOU, $11,300) – On a short, five-game slate (this article will only take into consideration the main slate starting at 6:00 PM EST), it is important to roster the best overall fantasy options. LeBron James is that option tonight. He has been consistently posting over 65 fantasy points, and King James will look to show off his abilities against opposing MVP candidate James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are ranked 24th in the league against opposing small forwards, so James should have no issues scoring. Pairing James with Kyrie Irving in tournaments is a great move, as Irving has been showcasing his upside of recent, as well, posting 70 fantasy points in 36 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks.


Eric Bledsoe (vs POR, $8,600) – The Portland Trailblazers are ranked dead last in the NBA against opposing point guards, but that is likely due to the pace of the game rather than Damian Lillard‘s lack of defensive skills. Eric Bledsoe will take advantage of that uptick in tempo tonight. He has over 40 fantasy points in two of his last three games, and his price tag is very reasonable. Interestingly enough, Bledsoe is playing much better in Phoenix than he is on the road. If the Phoenix Suns want to keep this game close, Bledsoe will have to score early and often, which he should do. This game’s point total could get out of hand by the third quarter.




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Tournament Steals:


Ivica Zubac (vs PHI, $3,800) – Ivica Zubac has not taken advantage of the Los Angeles Lakers’ effort to turn him into a starting center, but over his last two games, he is starting to heat up. The Philadelphia 76ers are ranked dead last in the NBA against opposing centers, which should increase Zubac’s upside. In his last two games, Zubac is averaging right around 22 fantasy points per game in around 20 minutes per game. Even with Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell controlling the offense, Zubac took 13 shots in his last game. That goes to show a certain level of trust that is necessary to great fantasy upside. Roster Zubac in tournaments, as a salary relief option, tonight.


Caris LeVert (vs NY, $3,600) – The New York Knicks are a terrible defensive team, and Caris LeVert should see an increase in fantasy production due to that. Whether or not that comes from rebounds, assists, or points, it does not matter. LeVert has been playing around 25 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets, and he has over 15 fantasy points in three of his last four games. A few games ago, LeVert posted over 30 fantasy points in 26 minutes against the Sacramento Kings. That kind of upside is great for tournaments, especially at LeVert’s price tag.



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