NBA on DraftKings 3/24/16

Not much time to do a lot of writing, but the picks are here.



My favorite play:

Jrue Holiday, $8,400- The only name you really know well that’s healthy on this team, Holiday is getting the majority of the offensive production now.  It’s not a fantastic matchup, but the usage rate can’t be ignored.

Top options:

Russell Westbrook, $10,300- Not a great matchup, but Westbrook has three straight triple-doubles, and in a small slate, he’s still a viable option.

Chris Paul, $9,500- Don’t let last night fool you, CP3 is still a wonderful play here tonight.

Toney Douglas, $5,100- Norris Cole is out, so Douglas will remain a great play at this price.

George Hill, $5,000- He’s been consistent of late, and the matchup is nice, but don’t expect him to win you a GPP tonight.  Solid cash game option for salary relief.

Cheap options:

Tim Frazier, $3,700- The cheapest option for the guards in New Orleans that will contnue to get solid minutes at a cheap price.  A little risky, but that’s what you get for $3,700.

Jose Calderon, $3,500- For a starting PG, this is way too cheap.  Yes, Calderon can bomb on any given night, but at $3,500 and an upside of 30+ fantasy points, he needs to be mentioned.

Shane Larkin, $3,000- Larkin gets the start at PG tonight versus the Cavs, and even though he hasn’t played well with the 12-18 minutes he’s been receiving recently, those minutes should bump up a little, thus the production should exceed the price tag.


My favorite play:

Monta Ellis, $6,100- He will be a highly popular play, but this position is ugly tonight and I couldn’t make anyone else my favorite without feeling a little dirty.

Top options:

Jimmy Butler, $7,200- Contrarian play perhaps?  Because of the reduced price in at a weak position tonight, he won’t be as unpopular as you may think, but it may be worth the risk.

J.R. Smith, $4,500- He’s gone two straight games of solid production and minutes, and if this game gets out of hand early, Smith might be the go-to scorer in junk time.

Arron Afflalo, $4,200- Even while coming off of the bench, Afflalo is getting starters minutes, and even though his production is inconsistent, his good nights exceed this price easily.

Cheap options:

Dion Waiters, $3,100- Nobody will be on this guy, and as long as Singler is out, Waiters will continue to flirt with 30 minutes.  Horrible matchup, but you are just hoping he can get hot with the shot.

Austin Rivers, $3,000- Minutes.  Can shoot. minimum salary.  Crappy slate.


My favorite play:

Al-Farouq Aminu, $3,700- The ceiling isn’t high, but his floor is much higher than this price tag.  Many solid high-end options at the position, but this guy is such a nice salary cap relief when most people will be punting other positions with lesser options.

Top options:

Kevin Durant, $9,900- Suppressed salary, but for good reason considering the matchup.  But by all means, play Durant tonight if you can get him into your lineup.  Just don’t feel obligated to do so.

LeBron James, $9,200- He’s playing tonight, and he’s on fire lately.  I’m worried about a blowout, and in that case, James likely won’t put up the totals he has the last few games.

Paul George, $8,500- Such a weird player to use, as he tends to underwhelm in great matchups like this.  But by all means, he could win you a tournament tonight as well.

Carmelo Anthony, $8,000- The safest high-end option tonight and should be in your cash game lineups.

Cheap options:

Luke Babbitt, $4,000- Every game he gets solid minutes this year Babbitt has exceed his price tag.  Tonight shouldn’t be any different.

Doug McDermott, $3,900- With Gasol out, McDermmott will get some run, and if his shot is falling, the Bulls will let him play starters minutes.  If it’s not, this pick bombs.

Jeff Green, $3,700- He’s like McDermott, with a slightly higher floor, slightly lower ceiling.

Maurice Harkless, $3,000- If he starts, you should try to use him.



My favorite play:

Derrick Favors, $7,000- Only higher priced PF that I trust to get heavy minutes.

Top options:

Kevin Love, $6,600- Watch him eat up Brooklyn once again, but beware of a blowout.

Taj Gibson, $5,100- Gasol is out, so Gibson will soak up minutes being the only viable defender down low.

Myles Turner, $4,700- GPP play as people have forgotten about Turner even though he’s been playing well lately and he gets a wonderful matchup.

Nikola Mirotic, $4,400- Points chasing perhaps, but Gasol has been ruled out, so he should be able to get decent run once again even if he’s not on fire tonight.

Cheap option:

Ed Davis, $3,600- He kills it with limited minutes, but like I just said, the minutes are a concern.



My favorite play:

DeAndre Jordan, $7,700- I like to target big men playing Portland, and Jordan is an elite center.  So yeah, play this man.

Top options:

Robin Lopez, $5,600- Keep playing him while he’s hot.  Don’t let the back-to-back scare you.

Ian Mahinmi, $4,800- New Orleans is a walk in the park right now for big men.

Mason Plumlee, $4,700- With Leonard out once again, Plumlee will continue to be a great play here.

Omer Asik, $4,100- He’s starting, and I hope New Orleans stops playing Perkins.

Cheap options:

Alexis Ajinca, $3,000- Starting, but it’s hard to trust that he will get much playing time even with a banged up roster.

Timofey Mozgov, $3,000- Starting. Blowout should help his minutes.  Not a great play, though.

Ryan Jackson

About Ryan Jackson

My name is Ryan Jackson and I love fantasy sports. I graduated from the University of Maine in 2014 with a degree in Journalism, and I am now a graduate student at Quinnipiac University working on a sports journalism degree.