Daily Fantasy NBA Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, March 13 (UPDATED)
March 13, 2018 | Spencer L
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UPDATE – 5:50pm ET
Aaron Gordon OUT. This helps Mario Hezonja, Jonathan Simmons, and Jonathan Isaac. Simmons is the most legitimate pick of those three, while Isaac is a GPP value.
LaMarcus Aldridge probable. Updating the previous item that he was questionable.
Dario Saric will play. This takes Ersan Ilyasova off the table as a potential value.
Reggie Bullock doubtful. Stanley Johnson will play. James Ennis and Luke Kennard are still value options in the wake of this news. Stanley Johnson is now a GPP filler.
Steven Adams still questionable. If he’s out, we like Jerami Grant as a value filler on all sites.
Enes Kanter still questionable. If he’s out, Kyle O’Quinn would become a fantastic value bargain through all formats.
INJURY REPORT – 12:20pm ET
Jarrett Allen questionable. Jahlil Okafor would be an interesting punt play in tournaments if Allen is out.
Enes Kanter questionable. If he’s out, Kyle O’Quinn would become a strong value option with more secure minutes to go along with his efficient FP/minute upside.
Aaron Gordon questionable. Orlando doesn’t have much incentive to play him, so keep an eye on Gordon’s status after shootaround. If he’s out, Mario Hezonja will continue to see extended minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge questionable. He missed yesterday’s game with knee soreness, but there’s a chance he returns tonight. If he’s out, Davis Bertans, Rudy Gay, and Pau Gasol would look to see marginal upticks.
Reggie Bullock & Stanley Johnson questionable. If one plays while the other doesn’t, it would open them up for a large workload. If they are both out, Luke Kennard and James Ennis III would be looking at 30-35 minutes each for strong punt play consideration.
Rodney Hood questionable. His minutes would be spread to Clarkson, Korver, and Smith if missing another game.
Dario Saric questionable. Ersan Ilyasova would be an interesting play if Saric is out, assuming he would get the start.
Steven Adams questionable. If he’s out, Jerian Grant and Pat Patterson would pick up the frontcourt slack.
These players will continue to miss time: Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Andre Roberson, Kent Bazemore, Wesley Matthews, Kristaps Porzingis, DeMarcus Cousins, Danilo Gallinari, Avery Bradley, Evan Fournier, Kawhi Leonard, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram
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Emmanuel Mudiay (NYK): Mudiay makes for a nice bargain lift in tonight’s slate. That’s exactly what we are looking for at the point guard position. He’s seeing around 28-30 minutes for a Knicks team that needs him to run the offense. His matchup vs Dallas is a good one, as the Mavs rank 26th vs PGs.
Dennis Smith Jr (DAL): On the other side of this matchup, Dennis Smith Jr has a nice matchup against a NYK team that ranks 19th vs opposing point guards. Despite having two bad teams going head-to-head, this is a good matchup for fantasy purposes, holding a 212 over/under with a competitive one-point spread. DSJ flopped last game (vs Houston and CP3’s defense), but he could easily get back on track tonight.
Jamal Murray (DEN): The “volatility monster” has gotten ahold of Jamal Murray yet again – reflective in the recent box scores. However, tonight’s matchup at LAL inspires hope, especially considering Murray posted 49 FP against them last Friday. His salary has come down following the stretch of inconsistency as well. Consider Murray a fantastic GPP Play who is borderline cash playable at mid-range salary.
o Additional Notes:
Russell Westbrook (OKC) and Kemba Walker (CHA) have very nice matchups to be considered as expensive additions to your lineups. However, we are focused on spending up at other positions, meaning these guys are more GPP Picks than anything – unless more value opens on this slate … Jeff Teague (MIN) is another mid-range pick along the same lines as Murray/Smith Jr. He may not have as much upside, but his fantasy production has been solid since Jimmy Butler’s injury.
Bradley Beal (WAS): This is a competitive, home matchup vs a Minnesota team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards. On top of that, we don’t have to worry about Jimmy Butler hounding Beal all night. He’s a fantastic pick in one of the more intriguing games of this slate.
Nic Batum (CHA): Batum is priced below guys like Beal/Holiday/Booker, but holds conceivably similar upside. That especially holds true in a welcoming matchup – playing up in pace at New Orleans, who ranks 27th vs opposing shooting guards.
o Additional Notes:
Jrue Holiday (NO) and Devin Booker (PHX) are cash playable along the same lines as Beal and Batum. Booker especially could fall into a high-scoring tilt with Cleveland (22nd vs SGs), and we like taking him with LeBron James in tournaments … Caris LeVert (BKN) has upside beyond this salary if the minutes correspond. Granted, the matchup vs Toronto is tough, so we’ll place him solely in the GPP conversation when assembling multiple entries … Luke Kennard (DET) is a value filler who could see 30-35 minutes, especially if Bullock or S.Johnson (or both) miss this game for the Pistons. Don’t expect much from him (maybe 20 FP), but he’s a filler that will help you grab multiple studs at other positions.
LeBron James (CLE): LBJ is the highest priority “stud” of this slate. The matchup at Phoenix is excellent from a defensive efficiency and pace point of view. It may be difficult to blend his salary into a strong cash lineup, but take note that he’s a priority pick – even more if value opens on this slate.
Nemanja Bjelica (MIN): Bjelica is a strong mid-range pick with legitimate 40+ FP upside. He’s settling into a competitive matchup at Washington, who ranks 15th vs SFs and 20th vs PFs.
o Additional Notes:
TJ Warren (PHX) and Paul George (OKC) are reasonable pivots downward if you don’t have enough salary to make LeBron James work … You never really know what the Hawks rotation will look like, but Taurean Prince (ATL) has strong upside if the minutes correspond. Kent Bazemore’s absence should help … If Aaron Gordon (questionable) is out, Jonathan Simmons (ORL) makes for a comfortable mid-range pick through all formats.
Larry Nance Jr (CLE): Nance will benefit from the same outstanding matchup highlighted in LeBron James’ write-up. The somewhat-newly acquired Cavalier has been thriving with Love and Thompson out of the lineup, while this is one of his better matchups as a Cleveland player.
o Additional Notes:
Anthony Davis (NO) is more of a tournament pick, as LeBron James is a higher priority spend. However, he enters cash consideration on DraftKings, where the salary is only $11.2 ($12.9 on FD) … Mason Plumlee (DEN) and Jeff Green (CLE) represent a pair of value fillers to help round out your lineup. They only see 20-25 minutes a game, so you are hoping they can reach strong efficiency with great matchups … Jerami Grant (OKC) would join the bargain rankings if Steven Adams (questionable) was ruled out.
Nikola Jokic (DEN): Jokic isn’t a 100% necessity, but he’s a strong play if you can organically squeeze him into your lineups. The matchup is comfortable while playing up in pace against the Lakers.
DeAndre Jordan (LAC): DJ provides some salary relief from Jokic and company while donning a pretty intriguing matchup of his own. The Bulls rank below average vs opposing centers and in rebound rate, which should help Jordan keep dominating the glass.
Brook Lopez (LAL) has seen a salary uptick, but he’s still worth a look in the upper-mid range if you find yourself caught between salary levels. He posted 44 FP on Friday against the same Denver team he’ll see tonight … As things stand at the moment, Kyle O’Quinn (NYK) is an intriguing tournament pick who has been posting some insane efficiency lately. However, Enes Kanter is questionable – if he was ruled out, O’Quinn would find himself in cash consideration with a clear path to minutes.
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