It's Friday night in the Association, and all the superstars are playing on our daily fantasy basketball slate! Thank you, NBA -- we can’t ask for much more than that.
Tonight’s the perfect night to play around with the RotoQL optimizer, work on your DFS strategy, get exposure to all your favorite guys, and try to take down a tournament.
NBA point totals for Friday
Lookingat the highest projected point totals for that night's games is a good way to narrow your possibilities when putting together a lineup. You'll get a better idea of the games that will likely provide some of the biggest DFS performers.
New Orleans at Houston: O/U 228.5
Brooklyn at Washington: O/U 224
Denver at Indiana: O/U 220.5
Phoenix at Boston: O/U 219.5
Minnesota at LA Lakers: O/U 218.5
Cleveland at Charlotte: O/U 214.5
Sacramento at Golden State: O/U 214
Philadelphia at Chicago: O/U 209
Detroit at Orlando: O/U 207
Atlanta at Milwaukee: O/U 204
Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup core plays
Point Guard: Jeff Teague (DraftKings: $7,300, FanDuel: $6,800)
The Pacers are battling for a playoff spot, and now have a matchup that looks much tougher than before, as the Nuggets go into Indiana making a playoff push of their own. The Pacers are a slight home favorite, so I’m happy to see Vegas thinks the game should stay close. Although Denver has found some success, they’re still giving up points by the bunches, and Teague could see 35-plus minutes in a competitive game. Additionally, the Pacers will likely see an increased paceand one of the better scoring environments of the night. Teague has met or exceeded value in 68 percentof games projected over 210 points.
Other Options: John Wall, Tyler Ulis
Shooting Guard: Devin Booker (DraftKings: $6,900,FanDuel: $6,500)
Tyler Ulis has been all the talk in the DFS community, but watching him play, I’m thinking the rookie is starting to tire out. If this comes to fruition, Booker should be the player who picks up the shots and usage, and hopefully he can put up some of the big scoring nights we’ve seen from him in the past. A matchup against a Boston team that we’ve targeted with guards all season, puts Booker in a good spot to succeed. If Phoenix continues to play with this very short rotation, Booker should be their go-to man.
Other Options: James Harden, Nic Batum
Small Forward: Jimmy Butler(DraftKings: $9,200,FanDuel: $9,500)
I have to think that Butler and the Bulls believe they can sneak into the playoffs, and Jimmy has been playing like a man inspired since the Dwyane Wade elbow injury. Butler is likely to continue to have the ball in his hands, and while the blowout vs. Detroit the last time out saw him take his fewest shots of the year, the two games prior saw him take a big jump in field goal attempts. I expect we will see more of the Butler who’s taken 15-plus shotsthan the one dishing out 12 assists. Either way, we know Butler can stuff the stat sheet, and if he’s putting up numbers everywhere, I like his floor and his ceiling.
Other Options: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Andrew Wiggins
Power Forward: Marquese Chriss(DraftKings: $5,900,FanDuel: $5,000)
Last night the Suns were the key to the short slate, and with injuries forcing a short rotation, they may be again tonight. I don’t mind having to play Phoenix’s younger guys -- it’s late March so one thing I can’t stress enough is that you shouldn’t really be looking to veteran role players at this point. Veteran players have short leashes if games become uncompetitive, but players like Chriss could use the extra minutes to continue their growth and development. Pay attention to T.J. Warren’s injury newsand Alan Williams illness, as we’ve seen what Chriss can do with extra minutes.
Other Options: Anthony Davis, Markieff Morris
Center: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks(DraftKings: $7,300,FanDuel: $7,200)
Since Millsap has been out, it seems as if the Hawks are looking to get Howard more involved. I never have a problem locking Dwight in --he’s a double-double machinewho always seems to be fairly pricedand capable of meeting (or exceeding) value. Tonight’s matchup between two teams who are close in the Eastern Conference standings should make for a competitivegame. Milwaukee isn’t great at rebounding, so I’m pretty confident Howard should be a lock for another double-double. It’s a fair price on a night where there are a bunch of good center options. On DraftKings, you’ll definitely want to consider using your utility slot to play two centers.
Other Options: DeMarcus Cousins, Myles Turner
Friday's Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup example (FanDuel)
*NOTE: The above lineup was created at 12 PM ET and isan example of how to plug a core into the RotoQL Optimizerand build around it. Do NOT ever play a lineup without checking injury/lineup news before lock.