FANDUEL PARTNERS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 5.2 – LINEUP MARCH 25, 2016
Tonight is the exciting conclusion to the FanDuel Partner Basketball Championship. We are currently in 4th place and within shouting distance of 1st, just 49.7 points out of the top spot. The ninth leg of the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship ended up being our third highest submission in this event, but on a high scoring night, we just didn’t have enough points to stay a bit closer. John Wall had a 25 FD point first half and finished with 30.6, which ultimately sunk the lineup. In the last leg of the competition, we’re putting on our best contrarian hats and have devised a lineup based on the ability to accumulate raw points.
The FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship (FPBC) is an elite tournament were our lineup picks face off against eight other Daily Fantasy Sports information providers to see who can build the best lineups. The team with the highest aggregate score after 10 daily tournaments gets $500 in cash, paid flight, and hotel to see the $1 Million World Fantasy Basketball Championship at the Playboy Mansion (finally we hope to cross that off the bucket list), and most important of all the bragging rights that go along with being crowned the FanDuel Partner Champion. You can follow live as tonight we stake our claim to the throne at: FanDuel Partner Championship.
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Here’s our position by position breakdown:
Brandon Knight (4 STAR RATING) is in a top five spot tonight with the Sacramento Kings in tonight’s likely highest scoring games. Sacramento gets destroyed by point guards on the season and Knight has rounded into form since returning from injury, with three 37+ FD point performances in his last six games.
JJ Barea (5 STAR RATING) is in a spot to destroy value with Deron Williams, Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris already ruled out for the evening. The matchup difficulty doesn’t even matter, even though Golden State allows the eighth most FD points per game to point guards. Barea is in line for upwards of 35-40 minutes tonight in a fast paced matchup, and he already averages 28.93 FD points per game against the Warriors this season. He’ll be chalky, but we need points.
James Harden (4 STAR RATING) is playing in the only game with actual meaning tonight at home against Toronto, who he hit up for 40 points and 14 assists just three weeks ago. Houston is trying to make the playoffs and absolutely need this win tonight. In a situation where we need points, we needed to have the two players projected to score the most, and Harden always has 60-70 point upside.
DeMar DeRozan (5 STAR RATING) opposes Harden and the Rockets tonight in a must win game for the Raptors as well. Cleveland’s loss last night allows Toronto to pick up ground in the chase for the East’s top seed and I expect a fun, high scoring, competitive affair in Houston tonight. Add in Harden’s defense across from him and his ability to get to the charity stripe and you have the makings of a big score.
Harrison Barnes (4 STAR RATING) had his best fantasy performance of the season last week in Dallas and draws the same opposition tonight. Barnes will be the beneficiary of Dallas sitting so many of their best players, as he is the only Golden State starter likely to draw big minutes. He’s played 30 minutes or more in seven straight games and will likely be the offensive focal point if this game plays out the way Vegas sees it.
Mario Hezonja (5 STAR RATING) is a must-start at minimum price with Victor Oladipo out tonight, as he’s in line to get the start. This is a down pace game against Miami who also have good defensive efficiency but with the 30+ minute he should crush value tonight with a minimum salary of only $3,500. In order to get the upside we need in tonight, a minimum priced starter or two were absolutely necessary.
Julius Randle (4 STAR RATING) is facing the league’s second worst defense against opposing power forwards at home, where he averages almost four FD points per game more than on the road. Denver should be little resistance for a rejuvenated Randle, who is seeing more minutes since Head Coach Byron Scott decreed his young starters would see fourth quarter minutes no matter the game situation.
David Lee (5 STAR RATING) has produced major fantasy stats when given minutes in his tenure in Dallas, and should see upwards of 35 minutes tonight against his former team, the Golden State Warriors. The matchup is of little concern here, as the minutes and ease of reaching and eclipsing value are the primary focal points. Lee is a pivot from the likely chalk option Jon Leuer, as we need to differentiate ourselves to come out in front.
DeMarcus Cousins (3 STAR RATING) cracks our lineup because our goal was to get the two potential highest scoring players in our lineup on a night where we need points. Cousins always has a top two ceiling on any slate, and the matchup with Phoenix is not prohibitive, as Tyson Chandler’s defense will be sidelined tonight. Cousins always has 65-70 point upside, and if the game is as high scoring and competitive as the books suggest it will be, he is our ticket to the promised land.