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Another typical Wednesday night in the NBA with 12 games on the slate. Plenty of star power tonight as Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden, and DeMarcus Cousins (assuming he plays) are all viable options. Chris Paul is one of my favorite options as he has destroyed Portland this season by averaging 27 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 11 assists in three games against them. If DeMarcus Cousins plays than he becomes an incredible GPP option. It would also make James Harden a viable option because the Rockets are going to crush the Kings no matter what, but the game will get out of hand early if Cousins does not play.
The point guard position is ridiculously loaded as Reggie Jackson, George Hill, and Kemba Walker are all great options. Hill's value increases if Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles do not play because that would mean more field goal opportunities for him. Also, this would make C.J. Watson one of the best value options at the position. Reggie Jackson has been one of the best and most consistent fantasy producers at the point guard position recently. Yea, he ONLY produced 35 fantasy points last night, but that was ONLY in 22 minutes of playing time. Expect him to play heavy minutes tonight and produce huge fantasy numbers. Trey Burke's value takes a hit with Derrick Favors back, but he'll still put up a good amount of shots.
The shooting guard position is a great position to save money at with so many quality mid-tier options. Expect Monta Ellis to exceed value tonight as he has flourished vs the Thunder this season. I never feel comfortable rostering Joe Johnson, but the Nets are fighting for a playoff spot, so Johnson will still play heavy minutes. Plus, has a great matchup vs the Knicks. Evan Turner is a good GPP option because he has a high ceiling, but also has a high price tag. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continues to be a good GPP option on Fanduel.
Treat the small forward position like the shooting guard position by spending money on the mid-tier options instead of the top-tier options. Chandler Parsons and Nicolas Batum will each exceed 30 fantasy points tonight. Gerald Henderson is a good play as well since he'll be forced to play heavy minutes in a close game. Cleanthony Early is one of the best value options on the board as long he starts.
The power forward position has a couple of nice options in Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge. Both players should get close to 40 fantasy points. However, there are some amazing value options at the position tonight as Marvin Williams should have no problem exceeding value, Ryan Kelly continues to start and play big minutes for the Lakers, and Dirk Nowitzki is super cheap despite his great matchup. Jason Thompson is the player on the Kings to target if DeMarcus Cousins ends up not playing. Nerlens Noel is a fantastic contrarian GPP option because he is averaging 39 fantasy points in 32 minutes vs the Wizards this season.
Target the top-tier options at center as Brook Lopez, Andre Drummond, and Rudy Gobert are all great options. Lopez has the best matchup and is cheaper than those other guys, which is why he is the top option at the position. Enes Kanter is another good option if you can't afford Lopez. Jonas Valanciunas and Marcin Gortat are safe plays as well.
Here is the NBA DFS Playbook for April 1, 2015:
|Reggie Jackson||Pistons||5,600||8,600||8,700||Love his high ceiling. Like Kemba's price tag on DK better|
|George Hill||Pacers||4,950||7,400||7,500||Super cheap on Aces.|
|Ty Lawson||Nuggets||5,100||7,200||7,000||Good mid-tier option that is averaging 35 FP vs Utah this season|
|Trey Burke||Jazz||4,400||5,700||5,600||Has produced at least 30 FP in 4 out of the past 5 games|
|Monta Ellis||Mavericks||4,900||6,700||6,500||Sensational value option. Just make sure he plays|
|Joe Johnson||Nets||4,650||5,600||5,800||Has produced at least 35 FP in 3 straight games & he's averaging 38 FP vs the Knicks this season|
|Anthony Morrow||Thunder||3,900||4,100||4,000||Solid punt play if Dion Waiters doesn't play|
|Chandler Parsons||Mavericks||5,050||6,500||6,500||Consistent mid-tier option with a quality matchup|
|Nicolas Batum||Blazers||4,950||6,600||6,500||Will play heavy minutes & contributes stats in all "cats"|
|Cleanthony Early||Kings||3,300||3,800||3,300||Has exceeded value in 3 straight games|
|Dirk Nowitzki||Mavericks||4,850||5,900||5,900||Good for cap relief & is averaging 33 FP in 3 games vs OKC this season|
|Marvin Williams||Hornets||3,850||4,600||4,700||Pistons are brutal vs PF's and he'll play heavy minutes with C. Zeller out|
|Ryan Kelly||Lakers||3,750||4,300||4,000||Tough matchup, but he has put up at least 28 FP in 3 out of the past 5 games|
|Brook Lopez||Nets||5,350||8,200||8,000||Has produced at least 38 FP in 6 out of the past 7 games & is averaging 42 FP vs the Knicks this season|
|Andre Drummond||Pistons||6,200||9,400||8,900||40-plus fantasy points is basically a lock for him & has the potential for 50-plus FP|
|Jonas Valanciunas||Raptors||4,500||6,200||6,000||Quality mid-tier option that faces a team that will be without their 2 best centers.|
|Robin Lopez||Blazers||4,300||5,300||4,600||Best low-tier player on the board|