Fantasy Basketball Picks: Best DraftKings NBA DFS Goals, Values for March 9
Wednesday features one of the biggest basketball slates of the season. There are 12 games to choose from, and the action on DraftKings starts at 7 p.m. ET. Let’s dive into some of the best options to consider in each position.
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Cameron Payne, Phoenix Suns @ miami heat ($6,500) – Payne isn’t exactly the price of a stallion, but he has the potential for stallion-like production. He became the Suns’ top offensive option with Chris Paul and Devin Booker sidelined, and he didn’t disappoint in that role. He’s averaging 1.31 DKFP per minute since returning to the roster four games ago, and he’s recorded at least 32.4 minutes in consecutive games. Unsurprisingly, he scored at least 39.5 DKFP in all three contests. Payne has a tough game Wednesday against the Heat, but he’s still too cheap at $6,500.
Other options – Russell Westbrook ($8,500), Kevin Porter Jr. ($6,300)
Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings vs. Denver nuggets ($3,600) – Mitchell has struggled recently, failing to return value in six of his last seven games. This dropped his salary to just $3,600, and he has low-cost appeal at that price. He just finished 29.6 minutes in his last outing, and he should see a similar workload against the Nuggets. Players with comparable price tags have always been able to deliver value with plenty of playing time.
Other options – Malik Monk ($5,700), Cory Joseph ($3,600)
CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic ($8,900) – The shooting guard is usually one of the weakest positions from a stud’s perspective, and Wednesday is no exception. That said, McCollum might be worth considering if Brandon Ingram is out again. His status for Wednesday’s game against the Magic is currently unknown, but there’s at least a chance he won’t adapt after missing Tuesday’s loss to the Grizzlies.
McCollum would arguably be the biggest beneficiary if Ingram was left out. He saw a 4.6 percentage point usage increase with Ingram on the ground during his tenure with the Pelicans, which resulted in an average of 1.47 DKFPs per minute. He was excellent without Ingram on Tuesday, racking up 58.5 DKFP in just 31.5 minutes. The Magic also represent a solid matchup, ranking just 20th in defensive efficiency.
Other options – Donovan Mitchell ($9,000), Jaylen Brown ($8,000)
Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers ($4,900) – Clarkson had a bit of a disappointing season after winning the 6th Man Award last season, but he’s been playing some of his best sneakers lately. He has increased his production to 1.01 DKFP per minute over the past month and he has scored at least 24.75 DKFP in consecutive matches. He will have the opportunity to build on those performances against the Blazers. They’ve been one of the best fantasy matchups this season, ranking 28th in defensive efficiency, and the Jazz are currently involved for 120.0 points.
Other options – Grayson Allen ($4,000), Justin Holiday ($3,700)
James LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers @ Houston Rockets ($11,600) – The Lakers are in bad shape right now, but James is doing everything in his power to get this team to the playoffs. He missed their most recent contest, but he wanted them to a win over the Warriors two games ago. James finished with 56 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, or 77.5 DKFP.
LeBron is going to have to continue to take on a huge workload with Anthony Davis sidelined and the rest of the team struggling. He’s increased his production to 1.54 DKFP per minute in 24 games without Davis this season, and he’s having the best game he can on Wednesday against the Rockets. They rank third in pace and dead last in defensive efficiency, and the Lakers’ implied team total of 119.25 is a massive increase from their season average of 110.6. James is currently questionable, but he has the elite advantage if he is able to dress himself.
Other options – Khris Middleton ($8,000), Miles Bridges ($7,700)
Amir Coffey, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Washington Wizards ($3,900) -The Clippers were without Robert Covington on Tuesday for personal reasons, and his status for Wednesday’s game against the Wizards is yet to be determined. If he comes out again, Coffey becomes a high-value option at just $3,900. He’s returned value in seven straight games and he’s clocked at least 29.7 minutes in each of his last two. Coffey isn’t great per minute – he’s averaging 0.75 DKFP per minute this season – but he can certainly afford his current salary with around 30 minutes of playing time.
Other options – Harrison Barnes ($6,100), Aaron Wiggins ($3,400)
Giannis Antetokounpo, Milwaukee dollars vs. Atlanta Hawks ($12,000) – Antetokounmpo is still one of the best in the business for DFS. He’s been great this season, averaging 1.78 DKFP per minute, and he’s increased that to 1.84 over the past month. He put his dominance on display on Tuesday, racking up 39 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in just 27.8 minutes of playing time.
The Bucks are on the rematch of a back-to-back on Wednesday, but they’re in a juicy spot against the Hawks. They’ve struggled defensively all season, and the Bucks are currently down for 122.25 points. It’s the second-highest mark on the slate, and Giannis has averaged 63.39 DKFP in nine games with an implied team total of at least 120 points this season.
Other options – DeMar DeRozan ($9,800), John Collins ($6,000)
Marvin Bagley, Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls ($5,000) – Bagley will live in infamy as this generation’s Sam Bowie. He will forever be known as the guy drafted ahead of Luka Doncic and Trae Young, the same way Bowie is known for being drafted ahead of Michael Jordan.
Bagley’s career in Sacramento was a huge disappointment, but he found a new life with the Pistons. He’s coming off a great showing in his last outing, finishing with 40.5 DKFP over 36.3 minutes, and he’s increased his production to 1.01 DraftKings points per minute over the past month. He should see another heavy workload on Wednesday, making him undervalued at $5,000.
Other options – Jae’Sean Tate ($4,800), Rui Hachimura ($3,200)
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Wolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ($10,800) – The Timberwolves are going to be the most important team to watch on Wednesday. They have a massive injury report, and Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell are both listed as questionable. Edwards has missed the last four games for the Timberwolves, while Russell has missed their most recent game.
Towns has had a quiet season by his standards, but has been fantastic in games without his star teammates. He’s seen a 3.2 percentage point usage increase in seven games without Edwards this season, which translates to an average of 1.64 DKFPs per minute. In his only game without Edwards and Russell, Towns increased his usage rate by 7.3 percentage points and averaged an absurd 2.08 DKFP per minute.
Cities can do serious damage if both players are shut out against the Thunder. The Timberwolves lead the standings with an implied team total of 123.5 points, and the Thunder have played at the fourth fastest pace in their last 10 games. They also only rank 27th in defensive efficiency during this period.
Other options – Nikola Jokic ($12,600), Christian Wood ($8,000)
Guillermo Hernangomez, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic ($4,000) – Hernangomez has been an excellent fantasy producer when given the chance to star this season. He’s averaging 1.25 DraftKings points per minute, but finding consistent minutes behind Jonas Valanciunas has been tough. However, Hernangomez has recorded at least 22.5 minutes in each of his last three games and he has scored at least 26.5 DKFP in all three competitions. It’s worth it at just $4,000.
Other options – Drew Eubanks ($4,800), Kelly Olynyk ($4,500)
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