NBA Thoughts – 3/09/17

This Thursday features a cool five-game slate as opposed to the small three-gamers. Tonight, has a great variety of high-end players on the slate which gives us the ability to get creative when making lineups. I’ll go over the last five game slate and see what took down the big prize, and go over what we can do tonight to replicate the same success. Let’s get to it!

Lineup Construction

Even though Westbrook and Lebron James are on the slate, it doesn’t mean they’re going to be the difference makers on a slate like tonight. It’s the $4k-$5k guys that make the difference. When looking for the last five-game slate, we must go back to February 9th, where Westbrook was also on the slate and on the winning lineup. This is the lineup that took down the big 4 Point Play on DraftKings.

As you can see, Westbrook was in the lineup but scored just 70 fantasy points which is okay. The difference makers in this lineup were guys like Saric, who at the time was $4k, Fournier, Adams, and Smart who were all under $6k and produced over 40 points. To score 350 on DK, you’re going to need guys who smash their salary and that exactly what those players did. In the next section, I’ll help you look for the guys who fit the bill and can catapult you to the top.

Guys that make it happen

These are the guys that make up most of my lineups tonight. As I expressed above, these players have the best shot at exceeding their salary and providing the best chance at reaching that 350 score.

DraftKingsFanduel
D’Angelo RussellD’Angelo Russell
Marc GasolCJ McCollum
Jusuf NurkicKentavious Caldwell-Pope
LaMarcus AldridgeKawhi Leonard
CJ McCollumDamian Lillard

All these players are priced just right to where they provide enough upside to take down tournaments. I don’t see any real danger of a blowout on this slate so it’s fair to assume all players should see four quarters as well.

As always, feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) with any questions. I’ll also be in the premium slack chat leading up to lock. I wish everyone a great Thursday and a profitable one as well. Till next time, party animals!