FanDuel Partners Championship Picks: Wednesday (3/16)

Mar 16, 2016

Kyrie Irving will be asked to shoulder a greater load with LeBron James getting the night off

Kyrie Irving will be asked to shoulder a greater load with LeBron James getting the night off

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.

FantasyPros FanDuel Lineup Optimizer
Matchup Ratings Report
Defense vs. Position Report

Point Guard:

Kyrie Irving (CLE): $7,300 vs. DAL
The options tonight at point guard are plentiful, but with the annoucement of LeBron James getting the night off, Kyrie’s value just blew past his price point. Other options I like tonight are Jrue Holiday and Kemba Walker. If you’re digging through the bargain bin, consider Tony Douglas with Norris Cole out and Brandon Jennings with Elfrid Payton out.

Shooting Guard:

Jimmy Butler (CHI): $8,600 @ WAS
Butler is expected to play tonight and he hasn’t had any minutes restrictions or rust since returning from a knee injury. The Bulls will be missing one of their top contributors in Pau Gasol and Butler should have no problem getting his shots off against a Wizard team that gives up the fifth-most FDP to shooting guards. I also like Courtney Lee tonight who has seen a nice increase in minutes since joining the Hornets.

Small Forward:

Nikola Mirotic (CHI): $5,100 @ WAS
The Bulls are missing Pau Gasol again which should give Mirotic extra minutes at the SF/PF position with Taj Gibson sliding over to play center. I would have chosen LeBron as my favorite play tonight, but the Cavs are giving him the night off. I also like Carmelo Anthony against the Warriors who he seemingly has always played well against.

Power Forward:

Ryan Anderson (NO): $5,600 @ SAC
In three meetings, Anderson is averaging 24.3 pts and 5.3 reb against the Kings, who have been atrocious on defense all season long. With such a poor defense, they’ve allowed the most FDP to power forwards and Vegas has this game as the highest scoring contest of the night. The other thing to note is New Orleans is pretty bad themselves at defense and the Kings are actually favored in this game. Anderson shouldn’t have any problem hitting his averages tonight which is a very safe floor for his price.

Center:

Marcin Gortat (WAS): $6,200 vs. CHI
Gortat is not a sexy pick with quality plays like DeMarcus Cousins (wouldn’t criticize anyone using him tonight) or Dwight Howard who has had some quality games against the Clippers. That being said, the Bulls will not have Pau Gasol for a second game in a row, and they give up the third most FDP to centers. They’re also 9th worst in the league in rebounds so I’m banking on Gortat to get a slight uptick in boards tonight to boost up his fantasy floor.


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