NBA DFS & Lineups & Picks for March 9, 2018

For the 3/9/18 NBA DFS slate, we’re laying out our top picks for guards, forwards, and centers for Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy basketball strategy at FantasyDraft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. This time of the season, even more than usual. We post this article first thing in the morning, without the initial reports from shootaround, or reports from beat writers. So always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.


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Tyreke Evans (ribs)
John Wall (knee)
Aaron Gordon (concussion)
Andrew Harrison (wrist)
Brandon Ingram (groin)
Malcolm Brogdon (quad)
Tristan Thompson (ankle)
Danilo Gallinari (hand)
Reggie Jackson (ankle)
Mario Chalmers (hamstring)
Kevin Love (hand)
Avery Bradley (groin)
Darren Collison (knee)

Anthony Davis (ankle)
Otto Porter (hip)
Willie Cauley-Stein (back)
Evan Fournier (knee)
Stanley Johnson (back)
De’Aaron Fox (back)
Jamal Murray (head)
D.J. Augustin (ankle)
Jarell Martin (knee)
Ryan Anderson (hip)

Best NBA DFS Picks for March 9, 2018


Jrue Holiday @ WAS ($8.5k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
It was seemingly only a matter of time before Anthony Davis suffered an injury. He’s now questionable with an ankle after leaving Wednesday’s tilt at Sacramento. If he sits, Jrue Holiday would become a virtual must-play. Holiday sees a ridiculous 11.3 percent rise in usage (to 35.8) and averages 1.45 FPs per minute when Davis and DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) are off the floor this year. He would step up along with Nikola Mirotic ($6.3k, $6.3k) and E’Twaun Moore ($4.5k, $4.5k) if Davis sits. Moore also sees a notable 8.4 percent rise in usage rate with both Pelicans stars off the floor.

DeMar DeRozan vs. HOU ($7.6k DraftKings, $8.2k FanDuel)
He came through with flying colors as the poster boy for Wednesday’s article, and DeMar DeRozan has a great chance to keep rolling in terms of DFS production tonight. He hit 16-of-28 shots from the field for a game-high 42 points at Detroit and managed 27 points while hitting 13-of-16 FT attempts in an earlier meeting with Houston. DeRozan averaged 30 PPG on 52.5 percent FG shooting over two meetings with James Harden and the Rockets last year. He’ll need to be at his best to match points with the league’s second-best offense.

Ben McLemore vs. UTA ($4.8k DraftKings, $4.8k FanDuel)
After burning a good amount of owners with a surprise personal absence Monday, Ben McLemore returned to produce 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists on Wednesday. He played 38 minutes in a second consecutive appearance and will be pressed into heavy playing time with Tyreke Evans (ribs), Mario Chalmers (hamstring), and Andrew Harrison (wrist) all doubtful tonight. Utah is a tough defensive team. Yet they’ve struggled at times to defend the 3-point line. While he isn’t putting up efficient numbers, McLemore is getting seeing enough usage to pay off his price tag.

Others to Consider: James Harden, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Kris Dunn, Ricky Rubio, Rajon Rondo, Rodney Hood, Frank Mason III, Shelvin Mack



LeBron James @ LAC (11.5k DraftKings, $12.5k FanDuel)
If you pay up for one superstar tonight, it should be LeBron James. “The King” humbly told reporters his play is at an “all-time high” right now, and it’s hard to argue with that assertion. He’s averaging 30 PPG, 9.8 APG, and 9.7 RPG since the trade deadline. He absolutely willed the Cavs to a win over the Nuggets on Wednesday. Now, he faces a Clippers team that’s virtually playing playground basketball at the fifth-fastest pace in the league over the last month. LeBron has always enjoyed playing under the bright lights at Staples Center and should dominate a high-scoring tilt once again tonight.

Kyle Kuzma @ DEN ($6.4k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)
Another player that came through as part of Wednesday’s roundup, Kyle Kuzma is in line to meet or exceed value once again. A notably streaky player who thrives on confidence, “Kuz Control” should be feeling himself after posting 20 points with 10 rebounds and three steals over a game-high 42 minutes on Wednesday. His presence as a rebounder and defender in the paint is underrated. That’s why HC Luke Walton rode with him for 40-plus minutes against Orlando. Denver plays a similar style with Wilson Chandler logging time as a stretch four, so look for Kuzma to continue to start for Brandon Ingram (groin) and play a key role down the stretch.

Jonathon Simmons @ SAC ($4.7k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)
With Aaron Gordon (concussion) ruled out and Evan Fournier (knee) doubtful, Jonathon Simmons becomes an intriguing value tonight. The Kings simply can’t defend the paint and are giving up the most PPG (23.47) to opposing PFs this season. Simmons boasts a 28.3 percent usage rate (6.1 percent increase) when Fournier and Gordon are off the floor this season. He’s quite affordable on both main DFS sites. If you seek the Magic player with the most potential upside, consider center Nikola Vucevic ($8.3k, $9.2k), who sports a 30.3 percent usage rate and averages 1.46 FPs per minute when Fournier and Gordon are off the court.

Others to Consider: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Tobias Harris, Bobby Portis, Larry Nance Jr., Taurean Prince, Skal Labissiere



Enes Kanter @ MIL ($6.9k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
If you want to be able to afford LeBron and other studs at forward or guard tonight, you can gamble at center with a player like Enes Kanter. While he is certainly capable of putting up big numbers, his playing time remains inconsistent. Kanter is more of a GPP play with added upside on DK given his ability to rack up double-doubles. You can neither beat his matchup tonight against a Milwaukee team giving up the second-most PPG (24.08) and third-most RPG (16.29) to opposing centers nor ignore the fact that he’s produced 36 points and 34 rebounds over two meetings with the Bucks this season.

Montrezl Harrell vs. CLE ($5.4k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
A difference-maker down the stretch in a narrow loss to the streaking Pelicans on Tuesday, Montrezl Harrell has earned more playing time for the Clippers. And he matches up well against the small-ball Cavs. They’re using Larry Nance Jr. as their primary center with Tristan Thompson (ankle) on the shelf. Cleveland ranks 26th in opponent FG shooting (.473) and 28th in defensive rating while giving up the third-most PPG (23.77) to opposing centers over the last month. Harrell could share time with DeAndre Jordan down low if HC Doc Rivers decides to shift Tobias Harris down to SF to guard LeBron.

Others to Consider: Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Jordan, Jusuf Nurkic, Brook Lopez, Kosta Koufos

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Nate Weitzer
Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.