• It is Friday March 29 and with fantasy seasons coming to an end it becomes the perfect time to dive into DFS. We have March Madness, the start of the MLB season and the NBA all happening at once. This means the sharks that play other sports cannot put all of their attention into the NBA anymore and it becomes a great opportunity to take advantage. Luckily for me, I only play season-long fantasy baseball and always give the NBA my complete attention.

    Going into the night we are hoping to have the news on whether or not Paul George will give it a go. Obviously, if he is out we look at Russell Westbrook. He is in play either way, but sees an insane uptick in usage with George off of the floor.

    Point Guard

    Damian Lillard vs. Hawks $10,100 – I am going right back to the well on this one. Lillard let me down Wednesday, but that game was a blowout and Lillard only saw 28 minutes and shot 12 times. The Hawks should keep this one closer and the pace of this game is expected to be fast.

    Kemba Walker vs. Lakers $8,500 – We have so many well-priced guards to choose from on tonight’s slate, but Walker is one of my favorites. The Hornets have not been mathematically eliminated yet and Walker is playing for a bonus. It is key to monitor and track players achievements towards the end of the season and we have a few guys looking to make All-NBA teams. If you want to play Trae Young or Kyrie Irving over Walker I won’t knock you, they are all great plays, but for me it’s Walker.

    Trae Young vs. Trail Blazers $8,300 – Trae is going to be popular for those wanting exposure to this game, and for good reason. Young is trying to show why he believes he deserves rookie of the year after back-to-back 30-plus point games. I would like to see the minutes slightly higher, but I’ll take 34 minutes if he continues shooting 20-plus times per game like he has over the last three games.

    Shooting Guard

    Jamal Murray vs. Thunder $5,900 – I like Murray, but I would only play him at shooting guard because of how stacked point guard is on tonight’s slate. The Thunder may be without Paul George for tonight’s game and if that is the case we are going to see Russell Westbrook use a lot of his energy on offense. If I am targeting a position against the Thunder I tend to go with the backcourt. In three games this season Murray is averaging 36 DK points against the Thunder.

    DeAndre’ Bembry vs. Trail Blazers $3,900 – Taurean Prince has already been ruled doubtful and we know we are looking for the value in this game to get the studs we want. Bembry plays multiple positions and should absorb at least 10 of Prince’s 30-plus minutes per game. The other options are Kevin Huerter and Kent Bazemore. I am leaning Bembry and Huerter for cash and tournaments, while Bazemore would only be in tournaments. It helps that all of these guys are eligible to play at both shooting guard and small forward.

    Small Forward

    Miles Bridges vs. Lakers $4,900 – He isn’t the shiniest option, but small forward is weak and it’s a great matchup versus the Lakers. Over his last five games Bridges has averaged 32 minutes and 32 DK points per game. At a point per minute and playing 30-plus minutes he becomes a viable option for value.

    Jae Crowder vs. Wizards $4,500 – The Jazz get an uptick in pace with this game. Crowder is someone who always flies under the radar and is slightly underpriced. He should be good for 26 minutes no matter what and if this game goes small or gets out of hand, he should see a few more. We do not have a ton of value at the moment and Crowder is one of my safer cash plays with a little tournament upside.

    Power Forward

    John Collins vs. Trail Blazers $6,900 – We are going to want to target some Hawks – I’ve said this multiple times – and to be honest they are all in play. If I am avoiding Trae Young in a lineup I am looking towards Collins. His play of as of late has not been the best, but going against one of the worst pick-and-roll defenders in the league could change that. I’ve mentioned about four players from the Hawks so far in this article and I would look to have at least one of them, but more likely two in every lineup. Dewayne Dedmon is an option as well if you are looking for the slight savings over Collins.

    Derrick Favors vs. Wizards $5,800 – Let me start by saying I would not play both Favors and Crowder in the same lineup. The have an impact on one another’s value. Favors has been in great form and the shot attempts have been there over the last four games. His minutes are never impacted by blowouts and the matchup is a fantastic one.

    Center

    DeMarcus Cousins vs. Timberwolves $7,100 – We have some center options to choose, but Cousins feels like he has one of the safer floors tonight. He also possesses some solid upside in a matchup that we have seen centers take advantage of throughout the season. Karl-Anthony Towns has improved on his defense, but it is still a matchup worth taking advantage of.

    JaVale McGee vs. Hornets $7,000 – These minutes feel real and until I see them drop again I am treating this as the norm going forward. His rebounding rates are off of the wall and he gets a matchup versus a Hornets frontcourt that has been nothing short of lackluster. We have some good centers on the board, but McGee possesses one of the higher ceilings out of them.

    Enes Kanter vs. Hawks $5,500 – Like I said with Lillard, I am going right back to the well with Portland. Kanter only played 21 minutes in his first start for Jusuf Nurkic, but again, the game got out of hand. The Hawks stink at rebounding and I fully expect Nurkic to take advantage of it and I am hoping to take advantage of him flying under the radar after burning a few people of Wednesday. A pivot off of Kanter would be playing two centers and Zach Collins or Al-Farouq Aminu at one of the forward positions.

    As always you can find me on Twitter @MikeApotria with any of your questions or comments. Let’s catch a win tonight!

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