DFS NBA Playbook: March 14
James Grande pores over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS NBA players for today's contests
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- If Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins & Derrick Rose sit: Elite - Karl-Anthony Towns , Tyus Jones , Keita Bates-Diop / Secondary - Cameron Reynolds (GPP)
- If Teague & Wiggins sit, but Rose plays: Elite - Towns, Jones, Rose (GPP), Bates-Diop
- If Teague & Rose sit, but Wiggins plays: Elite - Towns, Wiggins, Jones / Secondary - Bates-Diop
- If Teague sits, but Wiggins & Rose plays: Elite - Towns, Jones, Wiggins / Secondary - Rose
- If Teague plays, but Wiggins & Rose sit: Elite - Towns, Teague, Bates-Diop / Secondary - Reynolds
- If all three play: Elite - Towns / Secondary - Teague, Wiggins, Rose
Players I like that didn't make the playbook:
- Jamal Murray - Been good enough to consider in cash lately, but the 7.7K pricetag is steep. Prefer him on DK.
- Jonathan Isaac - GPP's. Played 27 minutes last game, would like to see him in the 30's.
- Luka Doncic - I don't like that he came out and said he's not 100%, but his DK price is something we should look to attack.
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A. Iguodala - SG
Iguodala tallied 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt) three rebounds, one assist and two steals across 22 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
The veteran had returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday versus the Timberwolves and posted a modest two points, along with six rebounds, five assists and one steal across 21 minutes. However, Thursday's scoring tally was his best since Feb. 12, the Warriors' last game before the All-Star break. Iguodala's minutes are virtually locked into the 20s each night, but his shot attempts continue to typically be capped in the single digits.
Added 9:10 am (EST)
D. Green - PF
Green turned in 10 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and five assists across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
With his quartet of prolific first-unit mates doing most of the heavy lifting on offense, Green turned in a prototypical solid complementary line. The veteran's most reliable contributions continue to come in non-scoring categories, although he's now managed a pair of 10-point tallies in the last three contests. However, as long as the rest of the starting five is healthy, Green's offensive involvement is is likely to be capped at single-digit shot attempts down the stretch.
Added 9:04 am (EST)
K. Thompson - SG
Thompson generated 18 points (7-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Thompson's night began rather abysmally, as he failed to find the net on his first seven attempts, five of them three-point tries. The veteran guard then found his stroke, going 7-for-11 the rest of the way. However, most of his success came from in front of the arc, as Thompson's success rate of 16.7 percent from distance was his worst since failing on all four shots from behind the arc versus the Clippers on Jan. 18. Despite the uneven night Thursday, Thompson remains heavily involved heading into the fantasy postseason, as he's taken no fewer than 18 attempts in any of the last 10 games.
Added 8:58 am (EST)
K. Durant - SF
Durant delivered 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 28 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Durant contributed an efficient, well-balanced line in the wake of the shooting death of a childhood friend earlier in the day. The veteran played particularly inspired on the defensive end, posting only his second multi-block game of March. The 30-year-old also continued his red-hot shooting streak, one that's seen him drain at least 50.0 percent of his shots in five straight contests, a sample that now includes two tallies of 66.7 percent shooting. Durant's shot attempts usually fall somewhere under 20 when all five members of the starting five are healthy, but that volume has still helped lead to four tallies of more than 20 points, including one over 30, thus far this month.
Added 8:52 am (EST)
S. Curry - PG
Curry furnished 15 points (5-15 FG, 5-12 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Curry's scoring contributions came exclusively from distance in what was a rather unusual statistical night for the sharpshooter. To begin with, all but three of Curry's points came in the third quarter. Additionally, the perennial All-Star failed to visit the free-throw line for the first time since a Jan. 28 contest against this same Pacers squad. Although he had a solid night from behind the arc, it was Curry's second sub-40-percent shooting night in the last three games, and his fourth of March overall. Even as he's occasionally scuffled, Curry is enjoying a productive month, eclipsing 20 points on six occasions, including a pair of tallies over 30.
Added 8:44 am (EST)
D. Cousins - C
Cousins (ankle) provided 19 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 26 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Cousins returned from a two-game absence in fine fashion, posting his first double-double of March in the process. The veteran big man also eclipsed the 60.0 percent mark from the field for the second time in three games by taking all but one of his attempts from higher-percentage areas of the floor. Cousins' minutes have exceeded the 30-mark only once across seven contests during the current month, but his typical allotment of minutes in the high 20s is usually enough for him to churn out a strong return across the stat sheet.
Added 8:38 am (EST)
S. Mejri - C
Mejri produced two points, three rebounds, and three blocks in nine minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to Sacramento.
Mejri had three blocks in nine minutes Thursday but added just two points and three rebounds. As long as both Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are healthy, Mejri is going to find it difficult to see enough playing time to have value, even in the deepest of leagues. If you are desperate for blocks, he could be worth taking a flier on but there are likely going to be more reliable options available.
Added 5:31 am (EST)
M. Kleber - PF
Kleber compiled five points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.
Kleber was back in the lineup after missing just one game with a wrist injury. He played 33 minutes and did not appear hampered by the injury. He ended with just five points but was able to contribute across the board, highlighting his ability to have value even without scoring. Kleber is going to play big minutes as long as he is healthy and should be considered for streaming purposes as opposed to a regular rotational spot.
Added 5:28 am (EST)