Consistency — and realizing that you aren’t going to hit every play, every night — is key for growing a bankroll. Let’s take a look at tonight’s most consistent daily fantasy basketball plays and win some money.
Do you feel rejuvenated yet? The second half of the season is in full swing and what better way to continue it than with a beautiful seven game slate. We have now had a chance to see every team play twice since the All-Star break and we have a decent idea of how rotations look with teams trotting out their new toys after the trade deadline. This is the time of the year where the serious DFS NBA players make their money as you will need to be glued to Twitter following your RotoViz NBA staff (@Sou1child, @Tobinator44, etc.) to get your late injury news updates.
DAILY FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYS OF THE DAY 2/27/17
KYRIE IRVING CLE VS MIL – $9,100 ON FD, $9,000 ON DK
At minimum, Kevin Love is out and there is a fair chance that LeBron James will be out as well due to strep throat. Even if LeBron plays, Irving sees a massive usage bump with Love on the pine. In Irving’s last game, he put up 25 shots, 10 threes, nine rebounds and 7 assists, which amounted to a 42 percent true usage rate. Take advantage of the injuries while you can. Don’t believe me? Check out his splits without Love in the lineup.
RICKY RUBIO MIN @ SAC – $7,200 ON FD, $6,600 ON DK
While it is a small sample size without Zach LaVine, Rubio is back to running the offense without splitingt PG duties with LaVine. Rubio’s put up a double-double in his last two games. The Sacramento Kings are 15th against PGs this season, but is ranked in the bottom 10 over the last month. This is another situation where a major injury gives you the upper hand in selecting a player with a safe floor and high upside.
MONTA ELLIS IND @ HOU – $4800 ON FD, $4,000 @ HOU
Ellis is out of Nate McMillan’s dog house and is finally getting consistent minutes, playing no less than 24 minutes in his last eight games. Over those games, he has reached 5x value in seven of them. Since Ellis comes off the bench, he will get to avoid Patrick Beverley’s tenacious defense and will get to feast on the duo of Eric Gordon and Lou Williams. Sign me up.
ERIC GORDON HOU VS IND – $5,300 ON FD, $5,000 ON DK
Ellis is to Indiana as Gordon is to the Rockets. Instant offense off the bench, he’s put up a floor of 4x value in nine of his last 10 games. Over that same span, he has only taken less than 13 shots once while amassing a true usage rate of 24 percent. For Gordon’s price, it is hard to find a safer option.
JAE CROWDER BOS VS ATL – $5,800 ON FD, $5,300 ON DK
Crowder has become the third option for the powerful Celtics offense while Avery Bradley has been on the shelf. In Bradley’s absence, Crowder is averaging 16 PPG and has a 24 true usage percentage. He also goes against a Hawks team that is bringing back Thabo Sefolosha slowly and continue to start the lackluster defensive wing combo of Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. Check out Crowder’s splits below with and without Avery Bradley.
PAUL GEORGE IND @ HOU – $7,800 ON FD, $7,700 ON DK
George has been in an incredible slump lately and some attribute it to him being in his feelings about the way the Pacers’ front office handled the trade deadline. But the Rockets are the perfect medicine to help George to break out of his slump. Over the last three years, George has averaged 11 more fantasy points against the Rockets. The over/under for the game is 231. Don’t be left without having exposure to players from both teams.
DARIO SARIC PHI VS GSW – $7,000 ON FD, $7,600 ON DK
With the Philadelphia 76ers putting Joel Embiid on the shelf and trading Ersan Ilyasova and Nerlens Noel, all the minutes and usage in the world has opened up for Saric. In Saric’s last six games, he has taken 15-plus shots and has a true usage rate of 34. He also has double digit rebounds in his last four games. In short, he is now the number one option for a team that doesn’t have many options to begin with. Saric has been in the winning GPP lineup in the last two games he has played. Will he make it three in a row tonight? I think so.
ROBERT COVINGTON PHI VS GSW – $7,100 ON FD, $7,300 ON DK
I can’t talk about Saric without talking about Covington. Covington has also seen a huge bump to the tune of of not taking less than 12 shots in his last seven games. He is undoubtedly the number two option for the Sixers. In each of their last two games, Covington and Saric have combined for over 80 fantasy points. If you are one to hedge in your cash games, Covington and Saric are the best hedge candidates on the slate.
NENE HOU VS IND – $4,300 ON FD, $3,300 ON DK
It is never fun to roster Nene, but let us take away the name for a second. How would you feel about rostering a center at near minimum price that in his last three games, has averaged 2o minutes, returned 6x value, and is playing in the highest O/U on the slate? That alone is enough to entice me to take Nene and spend up elsewhere. I can’t say it enough. The Houston vs. Indiana game is the one you want to target.
MYLES TURNER IND @ HOU – $6,500 ON FD, $6,100 ON DK
I am sure you have noticed the trend by now. TARGET THE HOUSTON VS. INDINA GAME! Turner has been on fire in his last three games averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and one block. Turner has become the second option in this uptempo offense. Houston is 21st against centers this season and there is no feasible way that Clint Capela and Nene can stay with Turner.
Good luck with your daily fantasy basketball lineups this weekend! If you have any questions before tip-off please feel free to hit Brandon Johannes up on twitter @Sou1child