March 18, 2017, 3:00 pm
Tonight’s six game slate is filled with intriguing games across the board. With injuries spread among all teams involved, there are some interesting punt plays to help you get that expensive play tonight. Let’s jump in.
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Play: Mike Conley $8,200
Conley has been on a tear the last three games, and the Grizzlies needed it as his play has much to do with snapping their losing streak. Even though the tough team defense of the Spurs may scare some people away from Conley, his high floor makes me comfortable taking the risk.
Punt: Jamal Murray $4,400:Murray finds himself in a good spot with a matchup against the fast paced Rockets and two key players in Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari out due to injury. With his minutes trending up a bit and his exciting scoring ability, he can serve as an under the radar punt play.
Stud: James Harden $11,800It is hard not to play Harden as if he has one of those huge games you’ll be sitting on the outside of the money, which he had last night and can do again tonight with a matchup against the Nuggets. With some value on the slate, Harden is attainable to be selected into your lineup.– But, if you would rather save $1,200, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the second option to Harden most of the season and has a big time matchup against the Warriors that could bring out some just as big numbers.
Play: Will Barton $6,600 / Gary Harris $6,000Will Barton has come alive the last two games mainly because of the opportunity provided by Chandler and Gallinari being out due to injury. With plenty of minutes and a fast-paced game playing right into Barton’s play style, I can see another big night for Barton.Gary Harris has been steadily consistent and if you need to save $600 from Barton to get someone else on your roster Harris can be a quality replacement. Seeing at least 35 minutes a game, Harris can produce value given the extra shots available in the offense.
Stud: LeBron James $11,100James has not scored at least 40 FDP in games he has played in dating beyond late January. With Kevin Love just coming back from injury and Kyrie Irving questionable with knee soreness, James may be in for a heavy workload tonight.– Alternatively, Kawhi Leonard is back from injury and did not show any rust, if you would rather save $1,200 to use elsewhere in your lineup feel free to plug-in Leonard due to his plentiful contributions across the board.Value: Joe Ingles $4,100 & Joe Johnson $3,900
Value in Utah? Joe Ingles has carved himself a role with the opportunities throughout the season and with Rodney Hood (knee) sidelined, more minutes can be coming at the projected starting shooting guard. At 4k, Ingles can hit and even exceed value.
Joe Johnson on the other hand has been benefiting as a result of Derrick Favors being sidelined, and has been seeing plenty of minutes. Although the other Jazz players will take their fair share of shots, Johnson has scored in double digits four of his last five games and has played at least 28 minutes in those games.Editor’s Note: Hoop Ball and RotoTracker have partnered up to give our podcast listeners and premium subscribers discounts on the best DFS tracking service in the industry. You want to win and this is what we use and what the pros use. Click here to find out more.
Stud: Nikolai Jokic $10,700Jokic has been wonderful to DFS players and fantasy owners alike this season and with a matchup against the fast-paced Rockets tonight, Jokic can produce a well-rounded stat line with the ball finding his hands frequently with the high possession count the game will reach.
Punt: Nikola Mirotic $4,300After the DNP-CD inactive stretch for Mirotic, he has come back delivering three quality games playing 28, 29, and 32 minutes. The new opportunity has given Mirotic new life and he has been taking full advantage of it, scoring in double digits in all three contests.
Mason Plumlee $6,000Lots of people were skeptical of Plumlee’s value after being traded to the Nuggets, but with limited opportunity he has shown that he can play alongside Nikola Jokic and both be productive. Posting 30+ FDP in 4 of his last 5 games and getting the extra minutes because of Wilson Chandler being out, Plumlee is one of the safest plays at center tonight.Editor’s Note: We have a brand new APP for all of our FREE Hoop Ball podcasts. You can download it for your Apple devices here and for your Android devices here. ALSO, you can subscribe to our flagship show Fantasy NBA Today on iTunes right here and on Stitcher right here.