Welcome to the NBA daily fantasy basketball plays of the day for March 26th. Tune in for the On The Daily podcasts throughout the week for more in-depth analysis on a game-by-game basis.
Terry Rozier @ PHO – DK: $7,600 FD: $7,100
After his big game last night, Terry Rozier will likely be one of the most-owned players on tonight’s short slate. He would have been popular even without the big game last night as that’s just what the Suns tend to do to people. Rozier is an energy guy who offers upside in more ways than just scoring, and a matchup with Phoenix will increase that upside even more. Hopefully Boston being on a back-to-back helps Phoenix keep this game competitive so Rozier can see his normal allotment of minutes.
Trey Burke @ CHA – DK: $4,800 FD: $4,900
Trey Burke jumped into the starting lineup over Emmanuel Mudiay (DK: $4,000 FD: $4,600) last night, making the Knicks that much more difficult to predict. I liked that Burke saw 15 shot attempts in his 27 minutes, and if he can keep that up, he’s going to be the easiest value play on the board. Mudiay actually played very well off the bench, leaving him as a solid GPP pivot on this short slate.
Also Consider: Kemba Walker, Jeff Teague, Andrew Harrison
Will Barton @ PHI – DK: $7,100 FD: $7,100
The absence of Gary Harris is opening up time for Will Barton to start again, and it’s boosting his fantasy production. Barton has always been a guy we love to target when given the run, and the Nuggets really have no choice but to play him 30-plus minutes at this point in the season. This game with the 76ers is going to be one of the closer contests of the night, so gaining exposure wherever possible is important.
Jaylen Brown @ PHO – DK: $5,100 FD: $6,000
Jaylen Brown returned to action last night, and while he was on a minutes limit, he did end up posting 19 real points on his way to a decent night. Well, even if he gets a minutes limit again, I’m going right back to the well. A matchup with the Suns is too good to pass up, and the Celtics are going to need his offense since they are so shorthanded at the moment. Brown is a good way to save some cap space and spend up elsewhere, but it should help put you at ease that he can fill up a stat sheet in a hurry.
Also Consider: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Reggie Bullock vs LAL – DK: $4,800 FD: $4,900
I’m not a huge fan of the small forward position tonight, so I’ll be trying to save as much cap space as possible here. Reggie Bullock is a safe play from the mid-range, as he heads into a matchup with the Lakers where he should see at least 30 minutes. He isn’t going to bring the upside of some of the big names, but his consistent scoring helps him offer good value at a lower price.
Also Consider: Josh Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Dillon Brooks
Ben Simmons vs DEN – DK: $8,800 FD: $9,800
Ben Simmons is just a walking stat line at this point in his rookie season and flirts with a triple double each time he takes the court. He’s a combination of Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, but just needs to learn how to score like them. He did not play very well the last time these two teams matched up, but I expect a lot more tonight. The Nuggets are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards.
Blake Griffin vs LAL – DK: $9,200 FD: $8,800
Yes, both of the power forward options listed today are rather pricey, but there is enough mid-range value to grab them both if you feel the need. Blake Griffin gets a nice matchup with a Lakers team giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards. As long as Griffin is on the court, he should be putting up numbers. Before crashing back down to earth in his last game, Griffin posted at least 50 DKFP in four of his last five, including three straight.
Also Consider: JaMychal Green
Joel Embiid vs DEN – DK: $9,400 FD: $10,300
Joel Embiid gets a great matchup with the Nuggets in what should be a competitive tilt in Philadelphia. We’ve seen limited playing time for Embiid over his last three games, but that’s because the 76ers keep blowing teams out of the water. This game is one of two without a double-digit spread, and with Denver allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing centers over the past five games, there is merit in paying up for Embiid.
Brook Lopez @ DET – DK: $6,000 FD: $6,400
While Andre Drummond (DK: $9,700 FD: $10,200) is a great play tonight, Brook Lopez will be a nice way to get contrarian on the other side of the ball. Lopez has been playing big minutes for this shorthanded Lakers team, and teams have been taking advantage of this matchup with the Pistons all season long. When you can get an offensive-minded player getting 30-35 minutes a night in a matchup like this at a mid-range price point, you have to consider him.
Also Consider: Greg Monroe, Alex Len