Best NBA DFS FantasyDraft, FanDuel and DraftKings Picks & Tips – 3/7/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Pricing is FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings

POINT GUARD:

Russell Westbrook (24000/13100/13400) – On a short slate, even with other big names going at the position, I am just going to be sticking with Westy. He’s coming off a pretty poor showing against the Mavericks, but so much of that has to do with the fact that he has absolutely no support. The Blazers are a team that can be had at the point guard position, and I fully expect Westbrook to come up with another 60+ point outing tonight. There isn’t much of a reason to avoid him tonight, unless you think one of the other options can do something similar.

Tyler Ulis (9100/5300/4600) – For just a three game slate, there are an awful lot of ways you can go at the point guard position. I suspect that Ulis will be one of the most popular due to his price point combined with the fact that he’s been on fire since the All-Star Break. I have 100% ownership on him on Sunday night and while I certainly won’t have that level of ownership, I will still have my fair share.

SHOOTING GUARD:

Bradley Beal (14300/8000/7800) – I guess over $8k is now what we pay for Bradley Beal. The craziest part of the whole thing is that I actually don’t mind it, at least right now. He’s been really effective and he’s pouring in points, so why should we object to it? His upside does get capped a bit with each price jump he undergoes, but there is still a lot to like. This is a great matchup against the Suns, which will be a big pace up game for the Wizards. I think Beal could end up putting together another fantasy outing over 40 points tonight.

Seth Curry (12300/6200/6600) – Yeah. This is pretty clearly an obvious play with Curry being on such a strong streak and playing an awful Lakers team. This could very well be a contest where Curry gets near 40 fantasy points because the Lakers truly just don’t play any kind of defense whatsoever. He’s not just one of the top plays at the position tonight, but he’s one of the top plays on the slate and will probably be locked in my lineups.

SMALL FORWARD:

T.J. Warren (11600/5600/5900) – We didn’t get to see it full time this year, but next year, I think T.J. Warren is going to be one of the steals of season long drafts. Tonight, he finds himself in a nice position against the Wizards. I like Washington because I think there are still enough ways to beat them, at least in terms of fantasy scoring. Warren’s price hasn’t gotten to the point yet where I would hesitate playing him in any format, and he’s an excellent option tonight.

Bojan Bogdanovic (9700/4000/4900) – I really wish this was a bit of a larger, or a lot larger, slate, because I think that Bojan’s ownership would be much lower than it actually will be tonight. He will be very popular because of his ability to hit the three point shot, which tends to lend itself to much larger fantasy outings. There is nothing about the matchup that makes me believe that we won’t see another strong game out of Bogdanovic tonight.

POWER FORWARD:

Dirk Nowitzki (11600/6000/5800) – Dirk looked like he was 22 years old on Sunday night, looking much better than he’s looked all season. That’s not even a slight on him – he’s been pretty good this year. He’s just such a strong player that seems to get even better with age. There is nothing about this matchup that strikes me as being risky, and he will be in a ton of my lineups tonight. There are a few guys that are cheaper that I like, but Dirk should be in for a good night.

Enes Kanter (11200/5800/5700) – Kanter is in great form right now, and with his price where it is at, it’s very hard to look anywhere else. His upside is undoubtedly limited because he is playing on a team with Russell Westbrook, but he’s still a top offensive option on this team. He is a double-double threat when he takes the court right now, and he’ll be a staple play in my lineups tonight.

CENTER:

Alan Williams (12600/5500/6700) – This is going to be a fun three game slate, and I’m very likely to run out more lineups than I normally would on a night like this. Williams is my favorite, because I still don’t think we’ve seen his upside, and he just keeps getting better and better. The matchup is absolutely irrelevant, as are most matchups in the NBA, so I will have a great deal of exposure to him tonight.

 

Slate Strategy

This should be a much more calm slate than the chaos of Monday night. I think it’s probably best to just find the one guy you want to build around. I think right now, and it COULD very well change by 8PM tomorrow, will be Russell Westbrook.

If you don’t want to go that route, I think it could be a good night to just spread out the wealth and play a bunch of mid-range plays. Like I said above, there are a lot of point guards in good positions tonight. Pick 2, and just go from there.

Situations to Monitor

Oklahoma City – Victor Oladipo “could” play tonight, so I would be paying very close attention to this. If he does play, that will be a boon to Westbrook’s assist totals, as the rest of the team sucks right now.

 

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