The NBA DFS Playbook season continues tonight Wednesday, March 2, 2016. An 11-game slate is upon us tonight as some premier superstars take the court. Target players opposing the Sixers and Kings. Best of luck tonight guys, lets go out and win.
**These prices/values come from DraftKings.com. However, all players mentioned are recommended picks regardless of DFS gaming platform.
Play of the Night: Nic Batum ($6,900)
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In an ideal matchup against the 76ers, Charlotte is heavily favored and will likely dominate often and early. Batum will most likely be guarded by a combination of the smaller Isaiah Canaan and the slower Robert Convington. Look, I am not saying Batum is a must play tonight; I am telling you he has a great chance of amassing a triple double in about 30 minutes of play. Take advantage with his salary being under 7k.
Kemba Walker ($8,100) – This one is a no brainer. Kemba is having the best season of his career, his team is in full playoff contention, and they play the worst team the NBA has seen in decades. Should I continue? Not only is Walker almost a lock to hit value tonight, but his upside is off the charts. Philadelphia is one of the worst teams in the NBA at defending the PG position. Not only should Kemba score 20-25, but he will be active on the defensive end of the ball, totaling high steal totals.
Derrick Rose ($7,000) – Two very solid reasons I am all in all D.Rose tonight. The first reason being that Derrick has played incredible since Jimmy Butler went out with injury. A few minor injury setbacks last week have sent his salary down a few hundred bucks, but the numbers do not lie. Rose has been great. The second reason is since Orlando traded for Brandon Jennings, their defense at the point guard position has really been poor. Elfrid Payton is a solid defender in his own right, but can’t stay on the floor due to his offensive struggles. Brandon Jennings, a much better scorer, usually takes the defensive end off. This game will most likely stay close, which gives Derrick a great opportunity to lead your lineup to the promise land.
DeAngelo Russell ($5,800) – After a career night at Staples Center (39 points), Russell will have a much higher ownership than usual. Before you get ahead of yourself, realize that Kobe Bryant has a shot at playing tonight which will steal shot attempts and some minutes from the rookie. Also, in the second night of a back to back in the high altitude rockies of Denver, Russell and the rest of his team may be a little tired. If you’re in a GPP or large tournament, I can definitely see #DLoading hitting value. As for cash games, there are much safer plays right around the same 5600-6000 price range.
Will Barton ($6,000) –Barton will continue to be a very hot play with Danilo Gallinari out of the lineup. He should see 30 minutes of play every night, and will not be afraid to shoot the ball. Against the Lakers tonight, 6k is a very generous price. I would probably play him if his salary was 7,500 against Los Angeles. All signs point to a successful night. Beware, his ownership will be much higher especially in cash games.
Mario Hezonja ($3,700) – The rookie has been very inconsistent this year with not only his shooting but his overall play. However, with Evan Fournier expected to miss tonights contest, Super Mario will most likely start again. If he plays close to 25 minutes tonight, he should be able to meet value. At the worst, he is able to save some much needed salary cap for your lineup.
Paul George ($8,600) – PG-13 is pricy tonight, but gets a very competitive game against the Bucks. This one should be a close game, and in order for it to stay close George will have to make some shots. I honestly feel it is that simple. George has to play well down the stretch and it starts now. Pay up, he is a stud tonight and his upside is off the charts.
JaKarr Sampson ($3,100) – The ex-76er Sampson played nearly 30 minutes in his most recent game with Denver. While his on floor performance wasn’t the best, his playing time was exceptional for his salary. This will be his 5th game tonight for the Nuggets, so he should certainly be comfortable enough to take some shots and be aggressive. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he will be playing an insane tempo with the Lakers in town, who allow a ton of points. At 3,100 he may be the ultimate punt play of the night. 10 points and 5 rebounds is honestly all you’re asking from the guy. Can’t be that hard, right?
Marvin Williams ($6,000) – I have not yet played Marvin Williams once this season. The crazy thing is, he is actually been one of the most improved players in NBA DFS and has benefited immensely from injuries. For some reason, I always feel that his upside is limited and he will never really explode for a great game. Tonight is the night. Roll out Marvin with confidence against the 76ers. At the worst I think he can hit value with about 30 fantasy points. For me, he is a lock in all cash games. If this contest stays close, Williams could really benefit with a high upside game.
Bobby Portis ($4,800) – Playing Bobby Portis tonight depends on the status of the injured Taj Gibson. Be sure to check various media outlets to see if he will be playing. If he is out, Portis is the man. He will see upwards of 30 minutes, and he will make the most of it. A high energy player, I expect him to be active on the glass and in the passing lanes. Last night, Portis had 11 points and 7 rebounds in a loss to Miami. What stood out most was the 4 steals in less than 30 minutes. He has potential to really go off tonight if he stays out of foul trouble.
Nikola Vucevic ($8,000) – Vucci Mane has been one of the lone bright-spots for the Orlando Magic this season. Vucevic has a great matchup against a Bulls team with a terrible front-court. They are a goldmine for opposing big men. What is most alarming is the Chicago has given up 100 points in 14 straight games. That is unbelievable how an offseason coaching change can completely change the identity of a team. These are all reasons I like 20 points, 12 rebounds, a few assists and blocks for a complete night from Vucci.
Dwight Howard ($7,600) – I am going out on a limb with this one, so relegate D12 to GPP use only. Here is my logic. Dwight has been a double-double machine as of late, he should be able to dominate Alexis Ajinca (or at least foul him out), and most importantly he has been hitting value almost every time he takes the floor. The Pelicans are not a sound defensive team, despite Anthony Davis up front. With Howard being cheaper than multiple Center options, I would hope for the best and roll him out there.
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