Sunday, March 23, 2014

Daily Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Values for March 23rd

If you play daily fantasy sports (and who doesn't these days?!), you know that one of the keys to success is uncovering undervalued players to allow you to load up on studs elsewhere.

In case you've never played daily fantasy basketball, every player has a salary and your roster cannot exceed the game's salary-cap maximum.

For FanDuel leagues, rosters consist of nine players and the salary cap is $60,000, which averages to roughly $6,667 per player. To give you an idea of the range for Sunday's games, Timberwolves PF Kevin Love ($11,300) has the contest's highest salary while many are tied for the lowest at the game-minimum salary ($3,500).

There are a number of benefits compared to traditional full-season re-draft leagues, such as:
  • you don't have to worry about being saddled by players sidelined by injury;
  • having a late pick doesn't rule out owning studs like Kevin Durant or LeBron James;
  • you get the instant gratification of winning your league(s) that night.
And you know that enthusiasm you have after drafting your fantasy team(s)? Well, you get to experience that feeling on a nightly basis with daily fantasy basketball.

OK, with the preliminary stuff out of the way, here are some value plays to consider for Sunday (March 23rd) FanDuel leagues:

PG - Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (at TOR), $6,900: Teague has exploded for a total of 90.7 fantasy over his past two games, which includes 50.1 fantasy points against the Raptors on March 18th. Over his past five games, he has scored at least 34.6 fantasy points four times and he's averaging 21.6 points, 8.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game during that stretch.

PG - Shaun Livingston, Brooklyn Nets (at DAL), $4,400: Livingston has scored at least 20-plus fantasy points in seven consecutive games. Even though the matchup isn't necessarily a great one, he has been extremely consistent at his (still) low price.

PG - Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers (at NYK), $3,800: For a second consecutive game, Dellavedova recorded a double-double as he finished with 14 points, 10 assists and six boards against the Rockets on Saturday. With Kyrie Irving (biceps) out, Dellavedova should continue to get a healthy amount of minutes.

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SG - Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic (at LAL), $6,500: If I didn't have you at he's facing the Lakers, Oladipo has started recently in place of Jameer Nelson (knee). In six games since returning from his own two-game absence, Oladipo is averaging 14.17 points, 5.17 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. And as a reminder, the Lakers have allowed the most points to opposing shooting guards this season.

SG - Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers (at NYK), $5,600: Waiters has played 40-plus minutes in three consecutive games and he has scored at least 34.3 fantasy points in each of those games. During that three-game span, he is averaging 24.33 points, 7.67 assists, 3.33 rebounds and 1.33 steals per game. In addition, the Knicks have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season.

SF - Shawn Marion, Dallas Mavericks (vs. BKN), $5,200: The Matrix has scored more than 30 fantasy points in back-to-back games and at least 21.2 fantasy points in four consecutive games. During that four-game span, Marion is averaging 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

SF - Maurice Harkless, Orland Magic (at LAL), $4,500: Harkless has been inconsistent with single-digit fantasy points in two of his past five games. He also has two games with 26-plus fantasy points in that stretch and a favorable matchup against the Lakers on Sunday.

PF - Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors (vs. ATL), $6,100: Johnson scored 25 points and added 12 boards, five blocks, four assists and two steals in 50 minutes on Friday. While Sunday's game is unlikely to be extended to two overtimes, Johnson has at least 25 fantasy points in seven straight games and at least 36 fantasy points in four of them. The Hawks have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards this season.

PF - Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks (vs. CLE), $5,300: Stoudemire has averaged 31.32 fantasy points per game in his past five games played. During that stretch, he is averaging 19.6 points, 7.6 boards and a block per game.

PF - Jordan Hill, Los Angeles Lakers (), $4,300: After missing eight games, Hill got 27 minutes on Friday and made the most of his playing time as he finished with nine points, 14 boards and four blocks. If he gets as many minutes on Sunday night, he could be productive once again as the Magic have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards.

PF - Trevor Booker, Washington Wizards (at DEN), $4,000: Bad news first: Booker played only 15 minutes in his most recent game due to foul trouble. Now the good news: Booker has still managed to score 20-plus fantasy points in three consecutive games and in four of his past five. In addition, the Nuggets have allowed the third-most fantasy points this season and J.J. Hickson is out for the year with a torn ACL.

C - Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves (vs. PHO), $5,100: In the three games that Nikolva Pekovic has missed, Dieng has been a double-double machine. In his most recent game, the rookie from Louisville had 22 points, 21 rebounds and four assists against the Rockets. Reports are that Pek is unlikely to play on Sunday.

C - Kyle O'Quinn, Orlando Magic (at LAL), $4,800: In the month of March, O'Quinn has averaged more fantasy points (24.4) than minutes (22.3). During the month, he has averaged 8.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 steals per game. With the Lakers allowing the most fantasy points to opposing centers, there is no reason that trend won't continue on Sunday.

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