FanDuel Partners Championship Picks: Friday (3/11)
FantasyPros is proud to be taking part in FanDuel’s new Partners Basketball Championship. Each week from now until March 25, we’ll be posting our top five favorite plays on Wednesday’s and Friday’s to help you set your own lineup. All picks are chosen with FanDuel scoring in mind and you’ll find explanations below on how we came up with the players we’ve named.
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.
DFS Lineup Tools:
I’ve listed three primary tools that we use to help come up with lineups each night. Each one has its purpose, but ultimately, these help 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 you’re short on time, take advantage of the tools below.
Damian Lillard (POR): $9,600 @ GSW
This is my favorite play tonight more than any other player and even if it doesn’t work out, it’s not because the stats don’t back this pick up. Lillard has been playing off the charts in his most recent games with 41 against Washington and 50 against Toronto. Perhaps he’s playing with a vengeance for his All-Star snub and he’ll be facing another All-Star tonight in Stephen Curry. This is also a homecoming for Lillard who is an Oakland native and he has done nothing but light up his hometown team this season averaging 45.5 points and 8.5 assists per game. The Warriors have also given up the MOST FanDuel points (FDP) of any team to point guards over the last 15 games.
Victor Oladipo (ORL): $7,000 @ SAC
The Magic will not have Elfrid Payton and Nicola Vucevic tonight which should give Oladipo a boost in both the scoring and assists. C.J. Watson is set to start who I like as well as a cheap option at PG, but Oladipo should have a chance to breakout against the Kings who will also be missing Cousins clogging up the middle. I like Klay Thompson tonight too for the same price so maybe I’ll flip a coin.
Luol Deng (MIA): $6,300 @ CHI
While I’m not a huge believer in guys playing harder against old teams they played for, this is somewhat of a perfect combination of factors riding for Deng to have a good night. The Bulls on the season allow the 4th most FDP to small forwards. The Heat could be missing Dwayne Wade who is a game-time decision which means more opportunities to score for Deng. And yes, Deng is going up against his old team who he spent 10 seasons with.
Aaron Gordon (ORL): $6,600 @ SAC
Gordon has been stellar since the All-Star break and while there is nothing primetime about the Magic playing the Kings, Gordon seemingly has a chance at the highlight reel every night. This isn’t just about his leaping ability though. The Kings will be running with Kosta Koufos, Quincy Acy, and Willie Cauley-Stein tonight at the power forward and center spots. The Magic, on the other hand, will be missing two of their starters including their center who averages just under 18 points and 9 rebounds. Gordon could feast on the Kings and has a great chance at a big double-double tonight.
Hassan Whiteside (MIA): $8,700 @ CHI
It still blows my mind that Whiteside doesn’t start for the Heat, but fortunately for fantasy purposes, he still produces in the time he does see the court. And boy did he produce against the Bulls just ten days ago when he went off for 26 points and 14 rebounds. Whiteside is likely the cheapest option you’ll find tonight on FanDuel with the possibility of blowing past 50 FDP.