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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks
With a 11 games on the NBA schedule, daily fantasy basketball value picks are in abundance. You have your options of superstars, but finding those discounts that out-perform their salary hit, and allow you to afford another superstar at the same time are the ones that make you a winner. Every night there are surprise performers that nobody saw coming, but we’ll do our best to pick them out for you.
D’Angelo Russell at $4800 is maybe the best discount you’ll find all season. Coming off his best game as a pro, the rookie put up 39 fantasy points last game and has a chance to repeat with his new found confidence.
Otto Porter of the Wizards has been on a tear lately scoring 16, 24, and 21.5 fantasy points on Fanpicks during his last three games. He is priced at $4800 as well, and a great value for those looking to fill roster spots.
With Taj Gibson out for the Bulls, Bobby Portis could have a big game. At $4100 the PF was been a steady fantasy presence since the beginning of February and is full capable of 20+ fps.
One of the veteran side of daily fantasy basketball value picks we have none other than Tim Duncan. The Spurs legend has a great matchup with the interior D of the Pistons, where old man Tim may be able to dominate and make it look like its 1999.
Top 10 DBs 40-Yard Dash Results
On the final day of the NFL Combine, we saw the DBs fly into action. It’s always an exciting day when the ultra-athletic defensive backs take to the field and this year was no different. Here we take a look at the 40-yard dash results from the top 10 performers at the position.
Jalen Ramsey came in with the highest of expectations as a sprinter and champion long jumper for the Seminoles track team, and hit a 40-inch vertical leap in high school.
He did not disappoint.
At 6’1 209 lbs, a 4.41 40-yard dash is an excellent showing for Ramsey. He also finished first place in broad jump and vertical leap. But make no mistake, he is not just a workout warrior, The kid can ball. He is the top db in this class by a mile and is adept at playing cornerback or safety. His ability to make plays all over the field have many teams penciling him in at free safety next season, rather than limiting him to the boundary.
One of the nicest surprises of this years combine has been Houston’s William Jackson III. At 6’0 he has nice length, and put up the fourth best time 40 time at 4.37. He was already considered a second rounder, and now he may slide up into the first if a team likes his athletic package enough. He led the nation in pass defenses with 23 this season. I can see a team like the Patriots taking him, or the Raiders trading back in to try and get a nice value pick late.
40-yard dash winner Jonathan Jones is undersized for the corner spot these days, but his great speed may have just earned him a career. With questions about his overall ability to defend (especially at the next level), coming through with such a great time was crucial for the potential 5th round pick. He is now a certified draft worthy prospect.
Milwaukee Brewers Preview Fantasy Baseball
FanPicks has your Milwaukee Brewers Preview for the 2016 fantasy baseball season. Get ready from the first pitch to the last strike, as we will cover every team and provide a full array of MLB contest this summer.
It’s been a busy winter for the Brew Crew. They’ve overhauled the team from the front office to the dugout. This team is entering 2016 with some fresh blood and a new start. They’ve started rebuilding from the top, replacing former GM Doug Melvin with David Stearns. Stearns is the youngest current GM in the MLB. He was a Houston Astros assistant GM before taking the Brewers front office job. A lot of changes were made by Stearns over the offseason, so-much-so that 12 players with varying levels of major league experience were traded since last July in exchange for almost exclusively younger, controllable talent.
Three players to watch for:
- Jonathan Lucroy
- Orlando Arcia
- Chris Carter
Lucroy is regarded as a top-tier catcher and a prime candidate to bounce back from a difficult 2015 season. Lucroy is also just 29 and under team control for two more years at a reasonable price, leaving Milwaukee in a strong position.
The Brewers cleared the way for Orlando Arcia at shortstop by trading Jean Segura. But Arcia is ticketed to start the season at Class AAA Colorado Springs. It won’t be long before we see the Venuzualan make his MLB debut.
Carter, a prototypical all-or-nothing slugger, signed a one-year deal in early January and will man first base. His power should play well at hitter-friendly Miller Park, as his 90 homers over the last three years rank eighth in the major leagues.
The Milwaukee Brewers are deep into rebuilding mode, so not much will be expected out of them this year. Brewers fan will need to be patient for another year and see who can lead this team down the road.
NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks
We’re ready to layout for you our favorite NHL Fantasy Hockey Picks of the night. There’s nine games on tap for Tuesday, with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Erik Karlsson all suiting up and ready to rip the fantasy scoresheet. FanPicks rotopicker has selected the nine best option for tonight’s action.
- LW – Filip Forsberg – $6,600
Forsberg has been sensational in February, notching his second hat trick in the last three games. Additionally, the former first-round pick has three games this month with three or more points, giving him 46 on the season in total. Needless to say, the 21-year-old is on a torrid pace lately and should be started whenever he’s on ice.
- LW – Brad Marchand – $6,300
The month of February has been ridiculous for Marchand, scoring in 10 of 14, including two multi-goal games. Keep the former third-round pick glued into your lineups.
- RW – Patric Hornqvist – $5,000
Hornqvist piled up eight points in his last six games, which included a 4 points night in yesterday’s game against Arizona.
- RW – Craig Smith – $4,500
Smith went plus-3, with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over St. Louis. He enjoyed his best game this season against the stout Blues’ defense and now sits at 25 points on the year.
- C – Sean Monahan – $5,200
Monahan is on a three-game point streak and is up to 43 points in 60 games this season. The 21-year-old continues to center Calgary’s top line and is continuing to find ways to produce depite the fact the team has lost seven of their last eight games. Monahan’s consistent point production and 144 shots on goal make him a solid fantasy asset.
- C – Colton Sceviour – $4,100
Sceviour has a surprising three points in his last three games, a tally that doesn’t really jibe with his defensive focus.
- D – Kris Letang – $5,900
This blueliner is officially en fuego, as Letang’s now racked up eight points over his last six games. He’s now got a hefty 48 points in 51 games this year, slotting him in at fourth overall in scoring among defenseman.
- D – Tyson Barrie – $5,500
Barrie has been hot of late, registering six points in his last five games. He now has 11 goals and 42 points — 19 of which came on the power play — in 60 games on the season.
- G – Roberto Luongo – $6,900
Luongo ended up not enjoying his scheduled day off, as he replaced an injured Al Montoya early in the Panthers last contest. The 36-year-old put forth a valiant effort on the back end of a back-to-back slate, but he ended up dropping both games of the weekend. Luongo has a 1.78 goals-against average in his last four appearances, beginning with the win over the Jets last month.
NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks
Daily Fantasy Basketball Projections Picks
We enter the last full month of fantasy basketball, and we’re ready to give you tonight’s FanPicks rotopicker NBA lineup. There’s a total of six game tonight, including Chicago versus Miami and Atlanta against Dallas. We’ve put up a list of the daily fantasy basketball projections picks for all the games.
- G – Dwayne Wade – $5,600
With Chris Bosh (calf) being advised to sit out the remainder of 2015-16, Wade will likely be forced to step up and carry his Heat to the playoffs.
- G – Victor Oladipo – $5,600
Oladipo earned 5.2 trips to the charity stripe per game during the month of February while posting 19.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks across 38 minutes per matchup. The majority of those figures are the best he has mustered up in terms of monthly averages in 2015-16, and Oladipo is likely to continue seeing heavy minutes for the remainder of the season.
- G – Ronnie Price – $3,500
With Brandon Knight (groin) still without a timetable for return, Price figures to continue serving as a highly cost-effective option in daily leagues for the time being.
- F – Aaron Gordon – $4,800
Opposing defenses will be in serious trouble if Aaron Gordon’s three-point shot proves to be a weapon over time, and he’s set to receive all the minutes he can handle over the remaining months of the season.
- F – Draymond Green – $6,700
Green produced a double-double Saturday with 14 rebounds and 14 assists in a 121-118 win over the Thunder. Draymond is one of a kind and we won’t see another one like him for a long, long time.
- F – Chandler Parsons – $5,000
Parsons is managing 20.2 points (57.1 FG, 50.0 3Pt, 93.8 FT), 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.8 threes, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 31 minutes per appearance over the last five contests.
- C – Pau Gasol – $6,900
With both Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Jimmy Butler (knee) out, Gasol is taking upon himself to distribute the ball and is hugely successful. Even at 35 years old, Gasol continues to contribute consistently across the board.
- UT – Luol Deng – $5,100
With Bosh potentially missing the rest of the season due to blood clotting in his calf, Deng’s fantasy value is on the definite upswing, and it could go even higher once he’s fully recovered from the dislocated finger that’s restricted his efficiency on offense over the last three games.
- UT – Carmelo Anthony – $6,600
He averaged 22.2 points on 19.7 shots in February, hitting only 39 percent of his attempts from the field. However, he did pull down 9.8 rebounds per game to go along with 4.9 assists to 2.7 turnovers, one three-pointer, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 38 minutes per appearance. It’s a bit odd to see Anthony playing such heavy minutes despite the team’s 25-36 record, but fantasy owners in leagues that value counting stats have to be pleased.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Projections
DFS Basketball Value Picks
Here we present to you our DFS Basketball Value Picks. Use these suggestions to help plug the holes in your roster, allowing you to save money with these great values and afford another sure-fire star. The first of seven games on the NBA schedule tips off at 7pm EST on this fabulous leap day, so make sure to have your rosters locked and loaded.
Darren Collison has stepped in nicely for Rajon Rondo. He has posted 42.5 fantasy points in his last two outings combined by scoring double-digit points and 3 to 5 assists and rebounds per game.
J.J. Redick has a fantastic matchup versus the Nets tonight, but more importantly has been averaging 20 fantasy points per game in his last three. At $4700, the sharp-shooter is a solid bet.
Lance Stephenson – If you’re looking for a mighty cheap option Stephenson might be your man. The Grizzly vet is listed at $3400 on Fanpicks and has produced five straight double-digit fantasy performances. If you’re strapped for cash, try your luck.
You might be confused as to why a star as big (pun intended) as Giannis Antetokounmpo is featured in a value picks article. $6100 is why. Maybe because he had a cool game last time out, but he is not in the top five salaries for forwards and has a great matchup with the Rockets.
Vince Carter has played 20 minutes or more in his last six games. The fun of having VC on your roster is unmeasurable, but his 15 fantasy point average over that span sure is. Carter is close to the bottom in terms of appointed salary, so his $3500 cap hit is worth rolling the dice on if you need a really low buy.
Use these picks to help fill your roster and win your DFS Basketball competition!
NBA Fantasy Basketball Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Fantasy Basketball Preview
Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers will be hosting Paul George’s Indiana Pacers in this Eastern Conference battle. FanPicks has your your NBA Fantasy basketball preview for this game. Come enjoy some DFS news and previews at www.fanpicks.com
The Cavaliers are still leading the Eastern Conference with 2 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors despite their struggling form lately, having won once in their last 4 games. Their latest defeat came yesterday at the arms of a Washington Wizards team led by John Wall. The double digit loss was unexpected for this Cavs group playing without their leader Lebron James, who missed his first game since early December. With James back in the lineup for tonight, they shouldn’t have any issues at home against the Pacers. In fact they’ve won 13 straight against the Pacers when Lebron is in the lineup but will definitely need to play much better if they want to compete with real championship contenders such as the Spurs, Thunder or Warriors.
The Pacers are ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference but don’t really have a stronghold yet on their playoff position. They’ve won 50% of their last 10 games and are a middle of the pack team led by Paul George competitiveness and consistency. Their defense is probably the strongest point, ranking in the top 10 teams in the league in pts allowed. The last time both teams met in Indiana less than a month ago, the Pacers came close but dropped the game in Overtime. Their big men Paul George had a really poor game netting only 11 pts but Monte Ellis had to step up, and threw down 18 for his team. They will definitely try to take advantage of a tired Cavaliers squad that showed tremendous weaknesses in their game last night.
DFS Hockey Value Picks
With 6 games on the NHL schedule tonight, Fanpicks will bring you another edition of DFS Hockey Value Picks. Here I will preview a few potential steals in the fantasy world that can help you become your daily fantasy sports contest champion.
Value Picks: Forward
Carl Hagelin – Evgeni Malkin returned from injury this weekend and wasted no time making an impact. The Penguins star center nearly scored seconds into his first shift, and while he was not the setup man for Hagelin’s 2 goals his return will certainly boost Hagelin’s production. This may be one to ride until season’s end (if his cap hit stays low).
Tomas Plekanec at $4500 is a solid value. Thornton and Galchenyuk are the better offensive players, but are by definition lesser “values”. The Canadiens top line had a very slow start against Toronto on Saturday, so a strong start in a big road game is a must by Montreal’s leaders.
Steven Stamkos has 6 goals in his last 6 games, so the fact that he isn’t near $7000-$8000 is a steal. Add the fact that he returns to Toronto tonight to play in front of a crowd who have have no bigger wish than to see Stammer in Maple Leaf blue next season.
Andrei Markov has 8 points in his last 7 games played. At $4400 he is a nice discount compared to premier blueliners like Brent Burns, Kris Letang, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and rookie sensation Shayne Gostisbehere. The Western Conference is a much slower pace than the East, a nice fit for the aging Habs blueliner.
John Klingberg has 5 assists in his last 3 games, so at $4700 the Star is well worth it. He was priced at the top of his group all season long, so such a value is a must buy.
NBA Weekend Fantasy Basketball Recap 2/29
This NBA Weekend Fantasy Basketball recap is brought you by Fanpicks. Come enjoy some daily fantasy basketball action and WIN big at www.fanpicks.com
This past weekend was filled with fast paced games with huge final scores. It started Friday with the Mavs beating the Nuggets in overtime 122-116 and the Clippers over the Kings with 117-107 in regular gameplay. When you see huge point totals like this, it is usually accompanied by big fantasy numbers from the game leaders, and these games did not disappoint.
The first game saw Dirk Nowitzki put up 20 points with 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block for a total of 32 fantasy points. But the real stars of the night were DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Paul. Cousins put up 26 point with 15 rebounds and 9 assists, just short of the triple double. He ended the day with 42 fantasy points. On the other side of the ball Chris Paul put up a huge 40 points, coupled with 8 rebounds and 13 assists, pulling more than his share with the absence of Blake Griffin. Chris Paul led the entire weekend with that performance totaling 52.5 fantasy points.
Saturday saw even more huge games with the premiere matchup of the weekend Golden State at Oklahoma City. That game did not disappoint with a game-winning shot to end overtime by Steph Curry. The final score was 121-118 and 5 different players in that game exceeded 30 fantasy points. A lineup stacked in that game was bound to generate huge value in your daily fantasy NBA contest.
Durant and Curry led the game scoring 46 and 45.5 fantasy points respectively, Durant hitting 7 three pointers and Curry hitting 12. While only scoring 2 points the entire game, Draymond Green had 14 rebounds, 14 assists, 6 steals, and 4 blocks earning himself some serious fantasy value at 37.5 fantasy points. Ibaka tallied 20 rebounds and 15 game points while Westbrook had 7 rebounds, 13 assists, and 26 points for great fantasy value.
Beyond this game, a couple of key picks on the night were Karl Anthony-Towns and Pau Gasol. Gasol actually led the night with 50 fantasy points coming from a triple double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 assists. Towns had 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists totaling 43 fantasy points.
While Sunday had the same huge point totals with the Magic winning against the 76ers 128-101, the Mavs over the Wolves 128-101, the Pistons over the Raptors 114-101, and the Blazers over the Pacers 111-102. Surprisingly however, there huge point totals did not lead to huge fantasy value all around. No player exceeded the 40 fantasy point threshold on Sunday.
John Wall led the league yesterday with 35.5 fantasy point coming from 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 13 assists. Parsons from the Mavs had 32.5 fantasy point from 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Finally Lillard and Horford each had 32 fantasy points, Lilllard’s coming from 33 points scored while Horford coupled 13 game points with 16 rebounds.
NBA Monday Night Fantasy Picks 2/29
FanPicks has your your NBA Monday night fantasy picks for the basketball games tonight. Come enjoy some DFS action and contests at www.fanpicks.com
If you want to spend your money at point guard, the best option is Russell Westbrook. On a night with lots of good options at guard (Paul, Harden, Wall, Irving, Thomas), you may be able to get away with Westbrook without the normal 40 percent ownership that goes along with him. He always has potential for 50+ fantasy points and he may be avoided by others because of his massive salary and the fact that he has been outshone by Durant lately. But Westbrook is the guy to put up huge numbers tonight against the Kings.
If you want to save your money for a big pick at forward or center you have options. Ish Smith from the 76ers has quietly been putting up good fantasy value lately and he comes with a cheap price tag of only $4700. Monta Ellis also has potential for some good numbers, although with that Indiana offense, it is hard to determine which player will get the big numbers on any given night.
But then again, Durant could continue to outshine Westbrook. The way that offense goes, both players usually take the majority of the fantasy value but it tends to lean in one direction or the other. For a secondary lineup, it is a safe to hedge your bets with Durant over Westbrook because you can always expect some big number from one of the two.
However, if you want to win your Daily Fantasy Tournament, you need to pick a player that most others are avoiding. Tonight I believe that player is Lebron James. He is projected similar to Durant, but due to a couple of down games lately, his status as the best player in the NBA is very much in question. Obviously James always has potential for huge numbers, and if he is low ownership as well, that is the best case scenario for winning some serious cash in your fantasy contest.
If you are looking for some value at this position some good options are Will Barton for the Nuggets at $5400, Zach Randolph for the Grizzlies at $5400, and Gordon Hayward or Derrick Favors, both from the Jazz for $5800 and $6100 respectively. Barton and Randolph will be matched up in what should be a close game between the Nuggets and the Grizzlies. Vegas has the total at 207 with the spread at 3 favoring the Grizzlies.
The top picks of the night are between Dwight Howard and Deandre Jordan. Jordan is a safer pick as Howard tends to get into foul trouble and see limited minutes, but if you want to win your daily fantasy tournament, safe is not the way to go. I would rather put my money on Howard putting up 40+ fantasy points that stick with the consistent 30 fantasy points from Jordan.
For value at center Ruby Gobert from the Jazz should be able to put up good value at a salary of only $5400. One of the biggest determinant factors of ownership is team. A player on Golden State or Oklahoma City will always have ownership of 20 to 30 percent or higher. But if you pick players from low market teams such as the Jazz, the Bucks, or the Timberwolves, you can expect less ownership and more value for your money.
Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup
Once again I present to you my daily fantasy hockey lineup. There were three games on this afternoon, and another four coming up starting at 6:30 EST. The player pool may be small, but with the three California teams in action there is no shortage of talent.
As always, I aim for the value picks (as it is the main point of these articles), and sprinkle in some star power. Let’s take a look at my lineup of players tonight.
When you have such a small schedule, the most important thing in fantasy hockey is choosing the right goaltender. First of all choosing the one who actually plays is important, as is someone who plays well while they’re out there.
Jaroslav Halak was the final choice after a long debate between himself and Martin Jones. Halak faces an Oilers squad who has lost 7 straight games and has one win in their last 10.
Jones doesn’t have the toughest matchup in the world, and has the added pressure to perform since his Sharks just acquired James Reimer from the Leafs on Saturday. If he wants to keep his job for the playoffs, beating teams who may not even participate would be a good start.
Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf are both among the top five scorers in the NHL since the All-Star break. They lead their teams every night and have no reason not to perform again tonight. They could be worth $8500 and still be a fair value.
Hansen rides shotgun with the Sedins, so pick from the discount basket if you wish.
Sami Vatanen has been a fixture in my lineups for the past three weeks. His play has not diminished amidst trade rumours, and is the cog that makes the Ducks offense go from the blueline. His powerplay presence is heavy.
Drew Doughty is a two-way stud. He can easily match Brent Burns fantasy point totals at a much lower cost.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks
Here is another list of daily fantasy basketball value picks (below) that you can target to make your daily fantasy team successful. As we had two earlier games on today, there are five remaining in prime time. Lebron James sat out the Cavaliers (early) game, and it came back to haunt them, but the Raptors are still resting Kyle Lowry tonight and the Magic sitting Evan Fournier.
DeMar DeRozan would be the obvious choice to take over the heavy lifting for Toronto but he had the flu and is questionable for the contest. Even if he does play he will of course be limited to some extent. Cory Joseph will replace Lowry in the starting lineup and should get a ton of minutes.
Evan Fournier isn’t suiting up (or down in reality) for Orlando’s game against Philly. Victor Oladipo should lead this train, while Mario Hezonja slides into the starting lineup.
Not done with the Magic just yet, Aaron Gordon has been lights out lately and is a nice deal at that price tag. He can put up fantasy stats worthy of a $9000 man.
Kristaps Porzingis at $6400 can be a tremendous value as well. He can easily post a double-double on any given night.
Fellow Knick Carmelo Anthony was a luxury since I saved so much on the replacements. You gotta use your money at some point.
…So I snagged up Damian Lillard as well…and still have $500 left.
- Here is my entire lineup
NFL Combine Day 2
Day 2 of the NFL Combine has come and gone, and as usual there was drama and excitement of all kinds. Even a couple of staff members got into it.
The athletes had their ups and downs, notably a major down for Ohio State QB Cardale Jones who pulled his hamstring and is done for the remainder of the combine. Christian Hackenberg was terribly inaccurate during his throwing session, but did run a respectable 4.78 40-yard dash. Positively, Jeff Goff had a fantastic day throwing, as did Carson Wentz. Wentz also ran an impressive 4.77 40-yard dash, when you consider he measured in at 6’5 237 lbs. The latter two are considered the classes top QBs and probably top 10 picks.
The Wide Receivers…
The wide outs ran their 40’s today, and we had some surprises. Mike Mayock says this is the slowest group of WR’s we’ve maybe ever seen, and they are all “quicker than fast”. Laquon Treadwell didn’t run, but is still considered the top player at his position.
Here is the Top 10…plus the next two since they are very notable names.
Braxton Miller was probably Day 2 of the combine’s biggest surprise. While folks are still high on him, the Buckeyes converted QB was expected to run somewhere in the 4.3 range. His 4.5 flat (best) was disappointing to say the least. There was claims he ran a 4.36 as a QB for Ohio State, so after training so long as a wide receiver he would be even faster. That wasn’t the case, but his physicality and quickness are what make him a good WR anyway. He can be an NFL team’s number 2 WR one day soon. I see many first-down conversions in the future for this converted competitor.
Notre Dame’s Will Fuller unsurprisingly was among the events top performers. Impressively, he finished at the top medal standings.
TCU’s Josh Doctson is in the discussion as a top 3 pick at his position. His 40 time will definitely lower his draft stock, and now is a mid-to-late first round pick at best.