DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : March 23 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : March 23
Ted Schuster
K.J. McDaniels Headshot

McDaniels scored 16 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and added eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 24 minutes during Thursday's 126-98 win over the Suns.

This was, by far, the best night of McDaniel's season. It was also the second night in a row that he played at least 20 minutes, and he scored in double-digits both times. He has become a regular part of the rotation over the last five games, averaging 19.4 minutes, 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 threes. That's only valuable in very deep leagues, but McDaniels' ability to accrue threes, steal, and blocks, makes him a player worth keeping an eye on in standard sized leagues.
4:08 am (EST)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Headshot

Hollis-Jefferson scored five points (2-10 FG, 1-2 FT) and added 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 15 minutes during Thursday's 126-98 win over the Suns.

Despite matching his third-lowest minutes total of the season, Hollis-Jefferson set his season-high for rebounds. His shot wasn't falling, and the Nets were winning big, so they gave extra minutes to backups. It was the second time in four games that he played less than 17 minutes, but the other two games he averaged 28.5. Despite this strange and excellent box score, his inconsistency and low productivity makes him tough to own in a lot of settings.
3:59 am (EST)
Marquese Chriss Headshot

Chriss scored 23 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and added 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 126-98 loss to the Nets.

Chriss earned his second career double-double Thursday, and it also marked the first time he achieved consecutive 20-point games. Chriss has scored in double-digits for five straight games, and is averaging 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.8 threes, and 1.4 steals during that stretch. Granted, this is only a limited stretch of games, but only two players in NBA history have averaged at least 1.4 threes, steals, and blocks in a single season.
3:43 am (EST)
Devin Booker Headshot

Booker scored 28 points (9-26 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT) and added three steals and two rebounds in 40 minutes during Thursday's 126-98 loss to the Nets.

Booker fouled out with almost four minutes left in the game, so he may have ended up playing even more minutes. Booker's already high minutes load has increased lately, and he has played at least 38 minutes in five of his last eight appearances. His production has generally scaled up with the extra load, as his scoring and rebounding have increased, though his field goal and three-point shooting numbers have fallen.
3:17 am (EST)
Delon Wright Headshot

Wright contributed 13 points (4-7 FG, 5-7 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals across 24 minutes during Thursday's 101-84 victory over the Heat.

Wright's minutes have been spotty over the month of March as the Raptors are running with a three point guard rotation with Kyle Lowry (wrist) out, but he performed well in a solid workload Thursday. The 24-year-old sophomore out of Utah is still adjusting to the NBA, as he's bounced back and forth between the D-League and the Association several times this season. In 16 games with the Raptors, he's averaging 5.6 points, 1.5 assists, and 0.9 steals across 16.1 minutes per game while hitting 40.6 percent of his shots from the field.
1:00 am (EST)
Seth Curry Headshot

Curry scored a game-high 23 points (9-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and provided four assists and three rebounds across 35 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 victory over the Clippers.

Curry got the nod to start at point guard for Thursday's tilt against the Clippers and made easy work of his opponent in Chris Paul, lighting it up from the field and breaking his shooting slump (35.3 percent from the field over the past six games). Curry also had his best scoring outing since March 3 against the Grizzlies where he scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He continues to have the best season of his young career, averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals across 29.0 minutes per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from beyond the arc.
12:51 am (EST)
Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin produced 21 points (9-23 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 39 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 loss to the Mavericks.

Despite leading the starters in scoring, Griffin didn't have a particularly good game. He shot inefficiently, had a light rebounding effort, and rarely set up his teammates to score. In the month of March, he's averaging 18.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. While those are certainly solid numbers, it's not what we've come to expect from Griffin throughout his career. He and the Clippers will try to figure it out as they inch closer and closer to the playoffs.
12:43 am (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul provided 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, six assists and three steals across 35 minutes per game during Thursday's 97-95 loss to the Mavericks.

Despite having an impressive month of March -- averaging 18.1 points and 7.7 assists per game while hitting 49.7 percent of his shots from the field and 47.1 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc -- Paul has been relatively inconsistent. In 13 March games prior to Thursday, he had three games scoring in single digits and four games with less than six assists. That being said, owners in year-long formats are likely impacted significantly less by Paul's up-and-down month compared to those who take a chance on him in DFS.
12:34 am (EST)
DeAndre Jordan Headshot

Jordan contributed 14 points (6-6 FG, 2-4 FT), 18 rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 35 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 loss to the Mavericks.

Despite opposing coach Rick Carlisle starting Nerlens Noel at center in an attempt to slow down Jordan, he still managed to snag 18 boards and didn't miss a shot on his way to 14 points. What Jordan lacks in free-throw percentage (49.0) and points per game (12.5), he makes up for in efficiency from the field -- knocking down 70.4 percent of his attempts. He should continue to garner 30 to 35 minutes per night and put up his season averages for the remainder of the season.
12:26 am (EST)
Nerlens Noel Headshot

Noel drew the start at center and chipped in eight points (4-8 FG, 0-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 33 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 victory over the Clippers.

Noel was given the opportunity to start and play over 30 minutes in an effort to match up against the size and athleticism of opposing center DeAndre Jordan, and he made the most out of his opportunity. He led his team in rebounding and provided a combined four steals and blocks while scoring efficiently from the field (though he missed all three of his free throws). He also showed discipline against a tough opponent by committing just one turnover and collecting only two personal fouls. Though fantasy owners likely expected Noel to garner 30-plus-minute workloads on a regular basis, he's still shown an ability to provide value no matter how many minutes he's given, averaging 9.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks across 22.5 minutes per game while hitting 60.3 percent of his shots since being dealt to the Mavericks by the 76ers.
12:17 am (EST)
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