NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 4/11/17

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:

Jrue Holiday (14300/7400/7800) – For five games, this is really hard to cut through. If Tom Thibedaeu decided to rest his starters, it is entirely possible that you wouldn’t be able to spend all your budget on this slate. Russell Westbrook could sit one or both of these games, and everything is a mess. I love the spot here for Jrue Holiday with both Cousins and Davis out, and the only thing that is going to keep me from putting them in my lineups is if he sits.

Tyler Ulis (12700/6400/6800) – Ulis has basically no chance of sitting, and might be the safest play on the board. His price has come down a little bit, but his production has been totally stable. Sacramento is a team that we don’t have to worry too much about on the defensive side of things, so we should be a full go with Ulis tonight.

SHOOTING GUARD:

Devin Booker (15500/7900/8400) – Booker didn’t exactly come through for us on Sunday, but I’m coming right back to him. He’s in an excellent position as the Suns take on the Kings. This should be a fun game, featuring plenty of offense and probably no defense, so you want to stack this game as much as you can. NOTE: Devin Booker has been ruled out. Tyler Ulis and T.J. Warren see the most benefit from this.

Jordan Crawford (9800/3700/5000) – It didn’t take long for Jordan Crawford’s price to shoot up on DraftKings, and I am still all in on him tonight. I don’t imagine that this is going to turn that many people off from him, as the Lakers are horrible and there are a ton of chances for Crawford to score with no Davis or Cousins in the lineups. I don’t mind stacking the Pels again tonight.

SMALL FORWARD:

Andrew Wiggins (13200/8100/7000) – Wiggins is coming off a very nice game against the Lakers on Sunday. There is basically no chance I am playing him on FanDuel at that price, but on DraftKings, he is a full go for me. The Thunder are likely to settle things down tonight as they have their position all settled for the post season, so I think he will have no issues getting the job done for us tonight.

Solomon Hill (8800/4200/4500)– Hill was one of the few guys who didn’t come through for us over the weekend, but I’m going back to the well with him tonight. He’s priced a little more than I like, but I think the matchup is far too good here tonight, and he is a candidate for a monster game.

POWER FORWARD:

Willie Cauley-Stein (12300/6300/6600) – Let’s go to the Sacramento side of the game for a second and talk Willie-Cauley Stein. WCS is having a great second half and it shouldn’t slow up tonight against the Phoenix Suns. He’s got pretty big upside in this matchup, and his minutes should be what they usually are.

Larry Nance Jr. (10500/4600/5300) – Nance has continued to come through for us over the last week or so, and there is nothing to make his think that he won’t again tonight against the short-handed Pelicans. The price is still cheap for his upside, and he’ll be in quite a few of my lineups.

CENTER:

Karl-Anthony Towns (18300/10600/10200) – Like I said, Tom Thibedeau isn’t the coach that I think will sit his players down the stretch because he wants them to realize they need to play in 82 games a year – that’s a playoff mentality. This team will be there sooner rather than later, and tonight there is a good chance that Towns will have another game of over 50-fantasy points making him a nice option tonight.

Alexis Ajinca (8000/3700/4100) – I know that this seems filled up with Pelicans, but they will get the minutes and they are in one of the best matchups you can get. Ajinca is priced way too low and I can see him going 8x value in this one. He’s a guy I might lock into my lineups tonight.

The season is really ticking down and it is going to be very difficult to figure out who is safe. There is no better example of that then the fact that the Spurs are sitting basically everyone tonight.

This is the last time I am going to write something here. From today on, I will be copying and pasting what I write now into this section.

Make your focus one of two things: guys fighting for playoff spots/positioning or guys getting a ton of minutes to earn opportunities. It may seem simplistic, but that’s basically where we are at.

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