It’s a brilliant day to play fantasy basketball with a number of awesome fantasy options spread across the eight scheduled games today. There aren’t many ‘locks’ today, meaning that teams will all be a little interesting and each of us will choose our own paths to fantasy glory. I’ve covered some of my best high-upside plays for the day – make sure you check them out before you build your team for the $8,000 Saturday Swish! Here are our NBA DFS tips:
Tyler Ulis – $5,500
It’s always strange when I find that I’m taller than a player in the NBA – Tyler Ulis measures up as 5’10” (178cm). Ulis is playing excellent basketball and showing the world that height differences aren’t going to stop him. He’s averaging just 22 points per game through his last ten games but has cracked 30 points in three of his last seven outings, and his average was badly affected by a 8 point fantasy game last week. A great matchup against the Orlando Magic today means that Ulis is right in consideration for a point guard slot in your team.
Jeremy Lin – $5,100
Jeremy Lin continues his impressive form with back-to-back 34 point fantasy games. He’s doing all of this without even 30 minutes of game-time, with just 29 and 26 minutes in these two games. There were expectations that Lin could rest this game against Boston as he is still on the path to full recovery, but coach Kenny Atkinson has clearly deemed Lin to be healthy again and wants to get him out on the court as much as possible.
Devin Booker – $7,400
Devin Booker is priced in the awkward $7-8k range on Moneyball, which usually makes him a difficult selection. He’s got a nice matchup against the Magic today in what’s expected to be a close game, which should suit Booker’s output. He’s averaging 34 points per game through his last five, and that’s only just under value with his $7,400 salary.
Avery Bradley – $5,600
Boston players will feature heavily in Moneyball teams today as most will see a boost in production against the Brooklyn Nets. Bradley is the stand-out selection for me today considering his recent form and ability to score big. The shooting guard position is also one of the major benefactors of the matchup.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – $9,900
You have to make the most of the opportunities when the stars align to play Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’s facing the Lakers today, a team he managed to torch with a 64 point performance in February and a 69 point performance when he played them last season as well. The matchup is there, the scoring potential is there, and his salary is the lowest it’s been since November – lock and load Giannis into your teams!
TJ Warren – $6,100
Phoenix Suns players seem to be the theme of my recommendations today with TJ Warren sneaking in alongside Booker and Ulis. We’re banking on this being a close game, and there’s even the potential of overtime in a matchup like this. Warren has been playing great basketball with 32 points per game in his last five and 30 points per game in his last 10.
Julius Randle – $7,300
Those who consistently read my recommendations have gone through a tough time with Julius Randle this season. When he looks like a good selection, he often failed us, but once he hit it up big with that 62 point game in February, he hasn’t let us down since. Randle is your perfect tournament play today because of his extreme upside. Be aware of the variance with a guy like Randle, though, who can be returning 40+ points or less than 20. Again, you’ve gotta risk it if you want to win big, though!
Alan Williams – $5,300
Alan Williams is the power forward selection we needed. He came from nowhere and has now been one of the best fantasy picks in the back-end of the season. He’s consistently scoring around the 33-35 point range and is returning huge value for owners who are selecting him at just $5,300. His price is slowly creeping up, so make the most of Alan Williams while you can!
Al Horford – $6,500
Al Horford is an interesting play on Moneyball right now because his salary has dropped all the way down to $6,500, but he still has all the same scoring potential as ever before. This was showcased in his last game when he put up 45 fantasy points against Minnesota. He’s in here today mainly because of the matchup against the Nets, a game in which Horford could score big in his second consecutive game now.
Ivica Zubac – $4,100
Ivica Zubac is touted as one of the next best big men for the Lakers. His minutes are wildly fluctuating as Luke Walton picks and chooses his spots carefully. If Zubac shows signs of getting going early in the game, Walton will ride him the entire game, as seen against the Nuggets when he put up 40 fantasy points in 30 minutes. Zubac’s typical performance is close to 23 fantasy points in 20 minutes of game time. He’s worth the risk in a tournament today on Moneyball because of his huge upside.