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FanDuel DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Tuesday (3/23)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Mar 23, 2021

Nic Claxton is a huge value against Portland tonight

It’s Tuesday, and we’re back for a six-game slate. As always, we’ll name values, studs, and fades for the day’s DFS festivities. Let’s get right to it!

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Most Value Per Dollar 

Injuries are the theme of tonight’s slate, as plenty of big-name studs are GTD’s or have already been ruled out. We’ll look for value there and target players who could see a bump in opportunity as a result of those injuries. There’s value to be had at every position tonight, so there’s no positional strategy that stands out above others on this slate. 

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Jordan Poole (GSW): $6,500 vs. PHI
With Steph Curry out again, Poole should be a key offensive contributor tonight. Across his last seven games, Poole has splashed 3.3 triples per contest while averaging 21 points with some useful peripherals. He’s worth every penny of his $6.5K price tag.

Kyle Kuzma (LAL): $6,500 at NO
Kuz has benefited tremendously from Anthony Davis‘ extended absence, and he should get a further boost with LeBron James out of action indefinitely. In a favorable matchup, expect Kuz to return plenty of value for fantasy managers at this price point.

RJ Barrett (NYK): $6,500 vs. WAS
Barrett has seen his share of struggles this season, particularly as a streaky shooter, but he’s begun to find his rhythm as of late. Across his last 10 games, RJB has averaged 21.1 points with 53/72/43 shooting splits to go with 5.9 boards. In a pace-up spot against a poor defense, Barrett should be in your DFS plans.

Talen Horton-Tucker (LAL): $6,000 at NO
Are we ready for THT to go TNT and detonate against New Orleans tonight? With LeBron James and Anthony Davis out, someone’s got to pick up the slack on offense, and the talented second-year man has averaged a healthy 14.4/4.6/4.6 across his last five outings.

Nerlens Noel (NYK): $5,100 vs. WAS
Mitchell Robinson returned to action Sunday but sprained his ankle in his limited time on the court. The Knicks will likely exercise caution with the big man, leaving the door open for Noel to keep seeing heavy playing time. Facing Washington’s uber-generous frontcourt defense, Noel is a huge value tonight.

Michael Carter-Williams (ORL): $4,700 vs. DEN
MCW is still the de facto starter at PG with no competition for usage. He played just 22 minutes Sunday, but that was his first game back from an illness-related layoff. Expect his minutes to trend up tonight, making him a huge value at a sub-$5K price tag. 

Nicolas Claxton (BKN): $4,600 at POR
Clax has been huge for Brooklyn as of late, scoring no fewer than 20 FD points in any of his last five contests, while going for 9.6 points, 4.4 boards, and 2.0 swats. Brooklyn will at minimum be without two of its big three and potentially all of the trio if James Harden sits. There are plenty of opportunities for Clax to get his, especially against a laughable, Enes Kanter-led Portland frontcourt defense.

Alex Len (WAS): $4,200 at NYK
Len has been on a roll for Washington as of late, averaging 11 points and seven boards across his last five contests (all starts). In that span, he has games of 20/9 and 13/12 but also games of 9/6 and 3/2. There’s plenty of risk, but if you’re looking for a cheap tournament option, Len is your man.

Bruce Brown (BKN): $4,000 at POR
This price seems downright silly, and I almost feel bad taking a free space on my lineup, but I’m going to take advantage of the immense value. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are already out, and James Harden is a GTD. Brown will see increased run regardless of Harden’s status, but he’s the best play of the night if Harden ultimately sits.

Jae Crowder (PHO): $3,900 at MIA
Crowder’s price has fallen precipitously low, but I can’t understand it. He’s started Phoenix’s last four games and averaged 10.0 points and 5.3 boards across 30 minutes per tilt. He’ll only need 19.5 FD points to hit 5x value – a mark he’s hit in three of those four games.

Studs Worth Their Salary

  • Damian Lillard (POR) $9,400: Brooklyn will be without a lot of star power in this one, and Lillard should be able to take advantage in a game with the night’s highest over/under (236.5).
  • Montrezl Harrell (LAL) $7,500: Harrell has taken on an expanded role with Anthony Davis out, and with LBJ out tonight, expect Harrell to handle an even bigger workload.

Notable Players to Fade

  • Dennis Schroder (LAL) $7,000: Yes, everyone and their grandmother is out for this one, but Schroder still doesn’t get it going enough to warrant this inflated price tag.
  • Russell Westbrook (WAS) $11,000: He’s been huge as of late, but this price tag is enormous for such a small slate, particularly in a pace-down spot against the Knicks. Even after three straight triple-doubles, I’m fading Russ at $11K tonight with so many values across the board.

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.