Welcome to the NBA daily fantasy basketball plays of the day for March 23rd. Tune in for the On The Daily podcasts throughout the week for more in-depth analysis on a game-by-game basis.
Steph Curry vs ATL – DK: $10,600 FD: $10,000
Steph Curry is listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Hawks, and if plays close to his normal allotment of minutes, he’ll be a strong fantasy option. The Warriors are going to be without Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson, and the usage that Curry should see in a good matchup will help him post strong numbers in limited minutes. At this price point, I would like to see 30 minutes, but I’m still going to consider him if he gets a limit in the high 20s. Keep an eye out for updates on this situation.
Eric Bledsoe @ CHI – DK: $8,000 FD: $7,800
With Giannis Antetokounmpo likely out for tonight’s game, Eric Bledsoe becomes a very popular daily fantasy option. Bledsoe has been extremely consistent even with Antetokounmpo on the court, and some added usage should only increase his overall ceiling. This matchup with the Bulls doesn’t get too much better for Bledsoe, as Chicago is going to be short-handed as well. If you really want to take a chance in a GPP, Brandon Jennings (DK: $3,700 FD: $3,500) could see some extra playing time and offer upside, but I would never even look that way in cash games.
Also Consider: Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder, Fred VanVleet
Khris Middleton @ CHI – DK: $8,300 FD: $8,100
While Eric Bledsoe is a wonderful play, Khris Middleton might end up being the most popular play from this Bucks team tonight. Middleton has shown time and time again that he offers incredible upside when Antetokounmpo is out, as he isn’t afraid to take over and be “the man.” I would not be shocked to see Middleton play close to 40 minutes in this game if the Bulls can keep it close.
Nick Young vs ATL – DK: $4,600 FD: $5,000
Nick Young should continue to see big minutes with the Warriors struggling to keep bodies on the court. He’s played 40 minutes in back-to-back games, and while he likely won’t hit that mark again with Steph Curry returning, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him remain in the 32-35 minute range. Young has shown that he can be a viable fantasy option when given the opportunity, and he should continue that tonight with three starters missing.
Also Consider: C.J. McCollum, Caris Levert
LeBron James vs PHO – DK: $12,100 FD: $13,100
This is a very easy play to make, it just might not be that easy to pay for it. LeBron James has been otherworldly as of late, and a matchup with the Phoenix Suns shouldn’t slow him down at all. He posted just over 70 DKFP the last time these two teams got together. The only thing I’m worried about here is the blowout, but it’s tough to pass up a player who’s posted five straight games with at least 70 DKFP.
Paul George vs MIA – DK: $7,600 FD: $8,100
I know I have two rather pricey options listed at the small forward position, but this is another strong top-tier option if you cannot quite afford to pay up for LeBron. Paul George has been as consistent as they come for the Thunder, and a competitive matchup with the Heat should only keep that trend going. Even as a good defensive team, the Heat are still only average against the small forward position. James is the easy cash game play, but not everyone wants to sacrifice that much cap space — that’s where George comes into play.
Also Consider: Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Andre Iguodala
Kevin Love vs PHO – DK: $7,700 FD: $7,500
The Cavs are slowly getting their guys back, as Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. are both currently listed as questionable. The two of them coming back would likely hurt the overall minutes projection for Kevin Love, but I still like him in this one. The Cavs need to start figuring things out with a full roster, and with Love being the No. 2 option behind LeBron, he should see plenty of workload in a wonderful matchup with the Suns.
Jabari Parker @ CHI – DK: $5,400 FD: $5,700
Antetokounmpo’s expected absence has a huge trickle down effect throughout the rest of the Bucks team. We’ve already discussed multiple expensive options that will help fill the void, but now we need to mention the much cheaper Jabari Parker. He’s been playing extremely well as of late, and now that he should see some added usage and work, there’s potential for a very nice night at this price point. Let’s just hope Chicago can keep this game close.
Also Consider: Bobby Portis, Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Bell
Al Horford @ POR – DK: $6,100 FD: $6,800
Al Horford gets a big boost in usage when Kyrie Irving is out of the lineup, and tonight he heads into a competitive matchup with one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Trail Blazers. Horford is incredibly affordable across the industry right now, and given his last matchup against Portland produced a 22-10-5 stat line, it’s safe to say there’s a nice ceiling. There are definitely some strong center options to pay up for tonight, but going cheaper with guys like this can give you flexibility elsewhere.
Alex Len @ CLE – DK: $4,600 FD: $4,400
With Tyson Chandler basically ruled out for the remainder of the season, Alex Len becomes an interesting option for daily fantasy basketball. The Suns haven’t really been trying to get Len big minutes at the center position, as they have been trying to play Dragan Bender a bit more, but they needed Len’s size against Andre Drummond in their last game and that helped him turn in a good night. If he sees more playing time in the mid 20s, he’s a cheap double-double waiting to happen. But you definitely need to pay attention to what they roll out as their starting lineup.
Also Consider: DeAndre Jordan, Jonas Valanciunas, Cristiano Felicio