FanDuel Partners Championship Picks: Wednesday (2/24)
FantasyPros will be taking part in FanDuel’s new Partners Basketball Championship. Each week from now until March 25, we’ll be posting our picks on Wednesday’s and Friday’s to help you set your own lineup. All lineups are built with FanDuel scoring in mind. Now there are plenty of places to find lineup picks so we’ll do our best to give you reasons for how we came up with the names below.
Note: With last minute lineup changes, please be sure to read the latest news to make sure a player in the list below isn’t going to miss the contest.
I’ve listed three primary tools that we’re using for the lineups listed below. Each one has its purpose, but ultimately, these help us build lineups quickly and efficiently while using a few key metrics to assist with narrowing down selections.
To start, the lineup optimizer is used to generate an initial lineup which we can then fine-tune. I then like to take a look at the matchup ratings to find games that could be high scoring affairs. Finally, the defense vs. position report allows me to quickly determine if I like the matchups at those specific positions, factoring in how many FanDuel points are typically allowed by a given team. If your short in time, take advantage of the tools below.
Kyle Lowry (TOR): $8,900 vs. MIN
The Timberwolves are one of the worst defensive teams against point guards and Lowry is coming off a triple-double effort against the Knicks. The last time these teams met, Lowry got into foul trouble and finished with 14 pts, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. The Raptors are 3 games out from the top spot in the East and should be prepared to play after losing to the Wolves two weeks ago.
Derrick Rose (CHI): $7,200 vs. WAS
Rose has been playing at a high level over the last three games (averaging 26 pts, 4.7 asts and 5.7 reb) and with a home game against the Wizards who played last night, he’ll match up against John Wall who in many ways is a clone of Rose pre-injuries. The Bulls lack scorers right now outside of Pau Gasol and I expect Rose to show up tonight.
Nicolas Batum (CHA): $6,800 @ CLE
Batum is another player capable of a triple-double with a fairly high floor. In the two matchups against Cleveland, he went 1-6 and 1-7 from the 3 point line. He’s not a great 3 point shooter, but he’s not that bad either. He’s averaging 13.5 pts, 6.5 reb and 4.5 asts against Cleveland. With some extra rest, and one or two of those 3 point attempts falling, he provides plenty of potential in tonight’s matchup.
Jamal Crawford (LAC): $4,900 vs. DEN
Vegas expects the Clippers to somewhat easily handle the Nuggets and Crawford could be a primary beneficiary of that. Prior to the game against Phoenix, Crawford had put up 16.3 FGA across 10 games. He’s always been a highly streaky player and he’s in the middle of one of those streaks. At a relatively low price with a good matchup (Denver gives up the 5th most FanDuel points against shooting guards) you can do a lot worse.
Tobias Harris (DET): $5,700 vs. PHI
Harris appears to be comfortable with his new team in Detroit and his fantasy production proves it (27.8 FanDuel ppg over his last 3). He has moved into the starting lineup and provides a high-floor at a low price. His cost hasn’t caught up with his production yet so take advantage now.
Omri Casspi (SAC): $5,000 vs. SAS
Over the course of a season, Casspi has averaged 12.2 pts and 6.4 reb. His game against the Nuggets put him near a double-double and Kawhi Leonard is questionable heading into the matchup with a calf injury. There’s a good chance he could sit against the lowly Kings and Casspi’s price allows us an upgrade at SG with Andrew Wiggins.
Draymond Green (GSW): $8,400 @ MIA
Green is the most expensive power forward, but he’s a triple-double threat every night. He continues to be highly efficient and if he finds his 3-point stroke tonight, it’s not hard to imagine him repeating his 22 point, 12 rebound, 6 assist game he had against Miami over a month ago.
Bobby Portis (CHI): $4,300 vs. WAS
Portis has been playing very well as of late and is $700 cheaper than his running mate Taj Gibson. He very easily can provide 20+ fantasy points and that makes for a solid value play.
Andre Drummond (DET): $8,600 vs. 76ers
Drummond is pricey, but his numbers against the 76ers are off the charts. He’s averaging 21.5 points and 17 rebounds against the visitors. Centers against the Sixers score more FanDuel points than any other team and I expect Drummond to keep that trend up against the young squad.