Monday, March 24, 2014

Daily Fantasy Basketball: FanDuel Values for March 24th

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 Monday's games, Thunder SF Kevin Durant ($12,000) 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 Monday (March 24th) FanDuel leagues:

PG - Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. DEN), $5,600: Fortunately, the MRI for Russell Westbrook showed no additional damage on his knee, but OKC has back-to-back games tonight and tomorrow. Continuing with their existing plan for Westbrook to not play in back-to-backs, it's likely they sit him tonight and if they do, Jackson is an excellent option. In 42 minutes on Friday, Jackson scored 25 points with 12 rebounds and three assists for 42.9 fantasy points.

PG - Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat (vs. POR), $4,900: Chalmers has scored more than 20 fantasy points in three consecutive games including 32.9 on Saturday. During that three-game stretch, he has averaged 13.33 points, 7.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. The Blazers have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season.

PG - Will Bynum, Detroit Pistons (at UTA), $4,800: In his past three games, Bynum has scored 23.3-28.4 fantasy points per game. During that stretch, he is averaging 8.67 points, 9.67 assists, 2.67 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.

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SG - Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats (vs. HOU), $5,200: Against the Blazers on Saturday, Henderson scored 23 points and added eight rebounds, five assists, a block and a steal for 42.1 fantasy points. He has averaged 30.23 fantasy points per game over his past four games. The Rockets have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards.

SF - Caron Butler, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. DEN), $4,300: On Saturday, Butler played 36 minutes, his high since joining the Thunder. If Westbrook sits out tonight, it's possible he plays 30-plus minutes again tonight. Either way, he has played 26-plus minutes in three straight and in five of his past six games. Butler has scored 21 fantasy points in back-to-back games and has seven steals during that span. The Nuggets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards.

SF - Dorell Wright, Portland Trail Blazers (at MIA), $4,000: With LaMarcus Aldridge (back contusion) out for at least one more game, Wright will get the start at power forward. In his past two games, Wright has averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

SF - Richard Jefferson, Utah Jazz (at DET), $3,500: While he may not score 21 (real) points with 29.6 fantasy points like on Saturday, Jefferson has been reasonably productive and he gets a favorable matchup yet he's priced at the contest's minimum salary. The Pistons have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards.

PF - Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets (at NOP), $4,600: Plumlee has only played 19 to 27 minutes in his past four games, but he has scored 24.4 or more fantasy points in three of those outings. The Pelicans have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards this season.

C - Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz (vs. DET), $5,700: Kanter has double-doubles in back-to-back games with at least 36 minutes in each game. Kanter now has five double-doubles in his past eight games. The Pistons have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.

C - Henry Sims, Philadelphia 76ers (at SAS), $4,700: Sims is coming off back-to-back double-doubles and he has scored a total of 75.6 fantasy points in his past two games. The Spurs have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing centers and we could see mostly backups for San Antonio on Monday night.

* Note: I love the Spurs matchup against the Sixers, obviously, but it wouldn't surprise me to see the Spurs you'd prefer to start either sit out or have their minutes significantly reduced against Philly.

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