NBA: Outside the Box (3.8) March 8, 2017  |  Jason Bales


Tournament Locks:


Andre Drummond (at IND, $7,500) – The Indiana Pacers are one of the better teams in the league to attack because of the uptempo pace at which the team plays. Andre Drummond has been playing well of recent, and he makes for a great option at the center position in tournaments tonight. In his last game, which was against the Chicago Bulls, he struggled, but prior to that, he posted just under 50 fantasy points in 32 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers. In three of his last four games, he has over 39 fantasy points. Myles Turner and company are not going to keep Drummond from scoring, and no one in the league, not even Rudy Gobert, is going to stop Drummond from grabbing rebounds.


Jeff Teague (vs DET, $6,700) – Speaking of the Indiana Pacers, Jeff Teague makes for a great option in both 50/50 contests and tournaments. The Detroit Pistons are horrible defensively, especially against opposing guards, which means that Teague should have no issues scoring. He has over 30 fantasy points in five of his last six contests, and he posted over 40 fantasy points in 36 minutes against the Houston Rockets. Teague is contributing in all stat categories right now, which helps his overall fantasy production. Ish Smith is not going to shut down anyone defensively, especially not someone as talented as Teague.


Ricky Rubio (vs LAC, $6,500) – Much like Jeff Teague, Ricky Rubio is a great, high-upside option at the point guard position. The only issue with Rubio tonight is that he faces off against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul is a great defender, which could hurt Rubio’s overall fantasy production, but Rubio’s low price tag is enough to warrant rostering him in tournaments. In his last game, Rubio posted over 50 fantasy points. He also has at least 35 fantasy points in five consecutive games.



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Tournament Steals:


Lou Williams (vs UTA, $4,600) – Lou Williams should only be used in tournaments tonight against the Utah Jazz. He has been very up and down since getting traded to the Houston Rockets. Playing next to James Harden is probably a little bit difficult, as Harden does take over the offense from time to time. In his last game, Williams shot 1-of-10 from the field, posting under 10 fantasy points. A few games back, he posted just under 40 fantasy points in 28 minutes against the Indiana Pacers. Williams does have great upside, but that upside comes with a ton of risk. Do not roster him in cash games.


Jeremy Lin (at ATL, $4,500) – Jeremy Lin is another solid tournament option at the guard position. In his last four games, Lin has at least 25 fantasy points in three of them. He is playing well of recent for the Brooklyn Nets, and he can be rostered in all leagues against the Atlanta Hawks tonight. His price tag is down right now, so that is definitely something to take advantage of.


Nene (vs UTA, $3,600) – Nene gets a very tough matchup against Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz tonight, but he is still worth consideration in tournaments due to his low price tag. In his last five games, he has over 20 fantasy points in four of them, posting over 30 fantasy points once. He is only playing around 15-20 minutes per game, so his production level is very impressive. His price tag is going to remain low, unless an injury occurs which forces Nene to play more minutes. The Houston Rockets do not rely on Nene to score, but he is contributing in rebounds and does get some sneaky points. Roster Nene in tournaments.



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