March 4, 2017, 2:01 pm
What You Need To Know
- Nets @ Trail Blazers
- Hornets @ Nuggets
- Grizzlies @ Rockets
Highest Combined Pace of Play
- Nets @ Trail Blazers
- Hornets @ Nuggets
- Pistons @ 76ers
Stud – Damian Lillard (FD – $9200, DK – $9600)
Lillard is one of the best options on the day as he can get you elite numbers at a price that is high but not outrageous. He is facing a Nets team that is terrible at defending any position really, but has been exceptionally bad against point guards. It also helps that Vegas expects this to be a high scoring fast paced affair.
Middle Tier – Jameer Nelson (FD – $5400, DK – $5400)
Nelson has had some solid performances of late before missing the teams last game due to food poisoning. He is back in action tonight and has a favorable matchup. If you can ever get 25-30 fantasy points at the price Nelson is currently at, you take it.
Value Play – Matthew Dellavedova (FD – $3900, DK – $3900)
Delly has had two nice games in a row and sees enough minutes to give himself good odds at paying off his minuscule price tag. His upside is very limited, but if you are looking for a cheap option that isn’t going to kill you, Delly may be your man.
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Stud – C.J. McCollum (FD – $7600, DK – $7500)
I am by no means a rocket scientist. I just see a good matchup and try to take advantage of it. The Nets are not good at stoping teams from putting the ball in the basket. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are very good at putting the ball in the basket and take a large majority of their teams shots. To me, this is a very good sign for their fantasy owners tonight.
Middle Tier – Gary Harris (FD – $5400, DK – $5500)
Harris has been very consistent of late with his only game under 20 fantasy points coming in Denver’s last game against the Milwaukee. He gets a solid matchup as the Hornets are ranked 22nd in the league at defending the shooting guard position, and both the pace of play and the over/under are in his favor as well.
Value Play – J.J. Redick (FD – $4300, DK – $4400)
I don’t love this play, and wouldn’t advise going cheaper than Harris at shooting guard tonight, but if you have a lineup that you love and need one guy around Redick’s price to make it work, he should see a healthy dose of minutes and has a decent matchup.
Stud – Kawhi Leonard (FD – $9000, DK – $8800)
Kawhi is one of the best players in the league and we don’t even have to add “all around” in there anymore. He is just flat out one of the best. He has had two straight 50 point fantasy nights, and his price is still at a number that isn’t impossible to fit in your lineups with other stars.
Middle Tier – Mo Harkless (FD – $4800, DK – $5200)
Once again we are attacking the Nets here, but with Harkless playing well, being in a great matchup, and having such a cheap price tag that he is more of a value play than a middle tier guy, there is just too many good things not to consider him tonight.
Value Play – Justin Anderson (FD – $3500, DK – $3500)
This game has a 5 p.m. start so if you don’t play the early slate Anderson won’t be an option, but he is a great option for those who do have him at their disposal. He had a nice line in the 76ers last game, and I only expect his minutes to keep rising.
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Stud – Blake Griffin (FD – $9700, DK – $9000)
Griffin hasn’t been as good of late as he was in February, but he can still explode on any given night. He had a tough matchup against the Greek Freak last night, and the Clippers were embarassed by the Bucks. I expect Blake to come out aggressive tonight and have a big night.
Middle Tier – Dario Saric (FD – $7200, DK – $7400)
Saric doesn’t have an incredible matchup, but he has been so good of late that it is tough not to roster him at the price he is at. He is in a game that has a favorable pace, and the Hornets haven’t been bad against the power forward spot, but they also haven’t been elite. Saric’s price may be just too good to pass up considering his 40 point potential.
Value Play – Ryan Anderson (FD – $4900, DK – $4900)
Anderson has a borderline price to be considered a value play, but when a guy gets 30 mins a game and can put up the type of numbers he is capable of putting up, you have to take notice, especially when he is under $5,000.
Stud – Nikola Jokic (FD – $9900, DK – $9500)
Jokic has been up and down of late, but he seems to have found his groove again in his last two games. He has a nice matchup tonight, and his struggles during a three game stretch last week have reduced his rice to a more manageable number. With all the different ways he can get you points, Jokic is a guy who has a good chance to reach value and can be a difference maker with a huge night if he has a big scoring night as well.
Middle Tier – Jusuf Nurkic (FD – $6400, DK – $6600)
Nurkic absolutely exploded in his last game. I do not expect that same kind of outing tonight, but just the confidence from that game alone should have owner’s feeling good about his chances to pay off a price tag that is very reasonable.
Value Play – Clint Capela (FD – $5100, DK – $4800)
If there was someone cheaper than Capela that I felt comfortable recommending I would do so, but I cannot say there is. If you are in a GPP and need a high upside contrarian pick there may be a few options, but I would stick with someone like Capela for cash games. He can block shots, rebound, and get a few easy buckets which will easily have him near value.
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