Ten games dot this Friday’s NBA landscape. With so much action, you might need a hand sifting through all the noise to find the best plays for your NBA daily fantasy lineup. Lucky for you, we dug through it all and have given you picks sure to put you in the green before the weekend comes.
NBA Daily Fantasy Lineup for Friday – March 3rd
PG – Jamal Murray – DEN – $7,600
Murray has been filling out the stat line as of late and vastly outperforming projections as a result. The fact that things are so spread out is a bonus as it makes it less likely he’s regressed in all of those areas. With 49.9 fantasy points a game over his last two, he could actually regress quite a bit before this price isn’t a steal. Against the Grizzlies, who are ranked 21st in giving up points to point guards, we might even see growth.
SG – Kevin Huerter – SAC – $4,800
Huerter’s value sort of lives and dies with his ability to shoot the deep ball and the Kings’ willingness to let him. The fact that he’ll be facing the Clippers, who are in the bottom half of the league when it comes to letting up threes should make it easier to get chances. They also defend them at a rate that puts them in the bottom third of the league, which in turn should mean that he’ll make the most of whatever attempts he does get.
SF – Cameron Johnson – BKN – $5,500
Right now, Cameron Johnson is as close to a ‘must play’ as there is in an NBA daily fantasy lineup. Since joining the Nets, he’s seen a huge uptick in production – going from under 15 points a game to over 19. However, he’s been even sharper over his last three with 26.3 per game over that stretch. With his salary staying that low, it doesn’t matter who he’s playing, get him in that lineup.
PF – Julius Randle – NYK – $9,700
There aren’t a lot of big-ticket salaries out there that I was jumping to put in an NBA daily fantasy lineup for Friday. However, I think Randle is kind of a sneaky one. While some are scared off by the fact that the Heat are the 6th best team at limiting fantasy points to power forwards, Randle isn’t your typical power forward. He’s averaging over ten three-point attempts per game in his last four. Miami also just happens to rank 29th in the number of deep balls given up. Pair that with their 21st-ranked rebounding percentage and Randle should eat.
C – Walker Kessler – UTA – $6,900
Kessler looks like a man possessed on the boards over the last four games. He’s averaging just short of 15 boards per game in that stretch, granted against some not-so-good teams. While Boston is a bit more dangerous overall, they do rank 26th in the league in rebounding percentage and they’re middle of the pack in overall opponents’ rebounds. Maybe he won’t snag 15, but double figures are almost a certainty.
G – Russell Westbrook – LAC – $7,100
Since joining the Clippers, Westbrook has been the Russ of old. He’s flirting with triple-doubles nightly and going for an easy 40+ fantasy points a game. If that’s the floor, sign me up, especially given that the ceiling should be higher against the Kings – who are 26th in the league in points allowed.
F – Al Horford – BOS – $4,600
Horford, like Randle, isn’t your typical big man. While he might not be as prolific with the long-range shot, he has shot 23 of them over the last three games. The Nets are in the bottom third of the league when it comes to allowing three-pointers on the road. Boston at home, particularly if it’s a blowout and we see the big names on the bench for a bit, could be a perfect storm for Horford.
UTIL – Ayo Dosunmu – CHI – $3,600
With an end-of-the-roster bargain bin play, you’re typically looking for a usage-based play. Although his usage is down a tick in the last week or so, he still is easily averaging over 20 minutes per game. That kind of time should be enough to squeak out some points from the last few thousand bucks.
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