NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/2/18

*Austyn Varney*

NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/2/18

NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/2/18. Put the picks into our lineup optimizer and generate lineups. Also, try our Playerlab tool, where you can filter the stats that matter most and find the value players that are low-owned on Draftkings & Fanduel like Mario Chalmers and Cristiano Felicio.

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Point Guard

Trey Burke
FD $5,400 DK $5,100

We kick it off with one of the more obvious value plays on the slate and one of the easier value plays of the past week. Trey Burke has always been an electric scorer, but he’s now finally getting the opportunity to shoot as much as he pleases. He’s not getting a crazy amount of minutes, but shooting 15+ times in his 25-30 consistent minutes. Over the last 3 games, he’s sat at 31, 40, and 44 fantasy points. Yes, please. His price is still extremely fair on both sites and you’re only needing 25-30 fantasy points in cash games. The Clippers are a bad defense and Austin Rivers is an atrocious defender. They don’t get much better under the rim, with DJ posting the 26th defensive efficiency in the paint. Trey Burke is a phenomenal option in all formats and I’ll have plenty of exposure myself.

Mario Chalmers
FD $3,500 DK $3,500

This one is very, very easy. Andrew Harrison is questionable and that’s all it really comes down to. If Harrison plays, Chalmers will continue seeing 18-22 minutes and isn’t worth a look in any format. If Andre Harrison is out, you have to expect Mario Chalmers to come in as one of the best plays on the entire slate. Chalmers has always been a very productive player when on the floor and he’s posted a 1.16 FP per minute on the season. The Denver Nuggets rank 23rd against the position and Chalmers will be open plenty. His price is purely insane and you’re only needing 20 fantasy points in cash games. If Andrew Harrison is out, Mario Chalmers will be in 100% of my lineups.

Shooting Guard

Treveon Graham and Jeremy Lamb
FD $3,500 – $4,700 DK $3,400 – $5,100

These are really the only ways I’m fine with paying down at the position. Treveon Graham has seen over 27 minutes in each of the last 2 games and is close to minimum price on both sites. He doesn’t always produce much when on the floor, but minutes = production and there isn’t much else opportunity at the position. Jeremy Lamb is a much better player, but his minutes have been a little bit up and down. If you think this game stays close, Lamb will get over 25 minutes and has a strong match-up against the Philadelphia 76ers. Personally, I’m hoping Chalmers is in play. If not, I’ll go with Graham for a min-priced play.

Small Forward

Josh Jackson
FD $5,700 DK $6,200

Here is another guy that is fully dependent on an injury. T.J. Warren is currently listed as questionable and I suspect he misses another game. With Warren out last game, Josh Jackson put up 50 fantasy points against the Grizzlies. It was one of the tougher possible match-ups he could have had and will now see a very nice one. The Thunder love playing fast and it plays right into the hands of Josh Jackson. If Warren is out, he’s going to get 35+ minutes and he’s one of the safer plays on the entire slate.

David Nwaba
FD $4,800 DK $5,400

David Nwaba has been over 30 minutes in each of the last 4 games and is still very fairly priced at just around $5k. He’s one of the guys that the Bulls want to give minutes and I don’t see a reason that he gets under 30 minutes. This match-up against the Mavericks is a solid one, considering they rank 23rd against the small forward position. He’s been over 30 fantasy points in 2 of the last 4 games and should be very close tonight. Vegas thinks it stays close and only have a 5 point spread, so there’s nothing to be worried about. He’s an elite play in both cash games and tournaments.

Power Forward

Marvin Williams
FD $3,800 DK $4,200

Power forward isn’t a very prolific position on this slate, but there is at least 1 guy you can pay attention to. Marvin Williams has been picking up some substantial minutes as of late and is extremely cheap. Especially on FD. The Sixers have ranked 23rd against the PF position and I’m far from afraid of Dario Saric on a back to back. There is no way to be excited about Marvin Williams, but he’s fine if you need to save funds and don’t want to pay down at guard.

Dwight Powell
FD $5,600 DK $6,100

There isn’t much other value at the position, so let’s look at one of the top mid-range options. Dwight Powell has been picking up some big minutes as of late and the production has obviously followed. With 32 and 37 minutes in each of the last 2 games, he’s posted 27 and 45 fantasy points. He’s been a 1.31 FP per minute player on the season, so it’s no surprise at all to see him capitalize on the opportunity. The match-up against the Bulls is solid (21st against PF) and Powell is far more athletic than anyone they have to offer not named Bobby Portis.


Alex Len
FD $5,100 DK $5,600

There is only one guy I’m comfortable recommending in this tier. Alex Len is going to continue seeing 24-30 minutes and the production should flow. If we’re being completely honest, I will try my best to pay up at Center. Drummond, Embiid, and Howard are all interesting and I will end up with about 10-15% Alex Len. He has a solid match-up against a Thunder squad that has been running a lot more since the ASB. If you need to pay down, Alex Len is the way to go.


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