Ben's NBA Building Blocks (3/13/18)



Point Guard 

Top Play: Lonzo Ball- We get a rematch of last week's Lakers Nuggets game and it's one of three 230+ O/U's on the slate. The Nuggets have been playing much faster over the last few weeks, and have not been defending. This is the exact type of game that you like to target Lonzo in given that he can get out and create plays in transition. I thought that the trade for Isaiah Thomas would negatively affect Lonzo from a fantasy perspective, but he is still averaging over a FPPM in his time on the court alongside IT2. I want as many pieces of this game and the Phoenix/Cleveland as I can get tonight, and I like pairing Ball with Jamal Murray in tournaments. This is a more cash game centric article, so I will point out that I think Kyle Lowry is safer in this price-range for that format. I prefer Lonzo's upside in GPPs, however so I will most likely hedge that way. 


Value Play: George Hill


Shooting Guard 

Top Play: Devin Booker- I'm assuming that Booker is going to be fairly chalky once we get 100% confirmation that he is playing tonight, and for good reason. He matches up with an extremely banged up Cavs team who are focusing more on developing some sort of team chemistry before the playoffs rather than defending. Booker owns well over a 30% usage rate since the All-Star break and he has monster upside at his $8,200 price tag if this game stays close...which I'm fairly certain it can. Booker is locked into big minutes, and the Suns have made a commitment to rely on their best players for minutes over the last few weeks. He hasn't played less than 35 minutes in a competitive game since the All-Star break, and his low over that time is 33 minutes in a pair of blowouts. 

UPDATE: Booker has been ruled in officially and will play tonight. 


Value Play: Gary Harris (Severe lack of value right now)


Small Forward 

Top Play: LeBron James- Here I go again, copying and pasting what I've written every other slate for the last two weeks. I'm just kidding, I don't do that though with LeBron I think we all know I could. King James hasn't flashed an Anthony Davis-like ceiling recently, but he also has only scored less than 50 Fanduel points once in his last 15 games, that being a 49.9 point outing on March 5th. His floor is higher than the aforementioned Davis, and he comes without the injury concerns which is what you're looking for in cash games compared to tournaments. Phoenix plays at an extremely fast pace and they own the worst defensive rating in the NBA since the All-Star break. LeBron hasn't scored more than 70 Fanduel points since February 7th, but if there was a game to repeat that performance it is this one.  


Value Play: Nemanja Bjelica


Power Forward 

Top Play: Larry Nance Jr- Anthony Davis is the true top dog at Power Forward on Tuesday night, but I think we all know that. It gets a bit redundant to write up the obvious plays, and I'm leaning LeBron > Davis for cash at this moment in time. So, after AD, I'm looking at a bounce back game from Larry Nance tonight who draws the same plus matchup as LeBron. Some people might be concerned with Nance's minutes in his last few starts, but I wouldn't be concerned. He played 37 minutes in a close game with the Nuggets, and was hampered by the game not being close against the Lakers. He's very athletic which plays perfectly into the fast-paced environment of this game, and the Cavs best lineups all are with him on the floor. The Suns have been decimated by big men all season, and while he is listed at PF on Fanduel, Nance will continue to start at C with Tristan Thompson sidelined. He is very aggressive on the glass and should have his way with this Suns frontcourt. 


Value Play: Jeff Green



Top Play: Brook Lopez- BroLo has quietly played 30+ minutes in 3 straight games, one of which came against this Nuggets team, and 25+ minutes in five straight. He has produced in each of those 3 games, and is averaging over a fantasy point per minute this season. Given the size of Denver, I don't see a reason he would see less minutes tonight aside from Luke Walton being..well, Luke Walton. This is going to be an extremely fast-paced game and while his price is creeping up on Fanduel he is still useable in all formats at under $7,000. 


Value Play: Marcin Gortat (Fanduel)/Nerlens Noel (Draftkings)



Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)

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