Core plays and a GPP cheat sheet for March 10, 2020, NBA DFS FanDuel slate
Welcome to our NBA Core Plays & Cheat Sheet column for FanDuel. We share this article for all main slates over the course of the 2019-2020 NBA season. We hope you enjoy!
I am normally a big proponent of going into Lineup Rewind after a bad slate to figure out what went wrong but I am not doing that today with last night’s slate. Last night was just a mess as we did not find out that the Bucks would be resting their top six players until well after lock. We also had Norman Powell get hurt two minutes into the game which lead us with a whopping zero fantasy points from the four guys that I wrote up in this article which were also the guys I had the most exposure to on this slate minutes Eric Bledsoe who was the one player we got news on at a time we could actually get him out of the lineups. On night’s like last night, there is no reason to dwell on it and it is best to move on to the next slate which is exactly what I am going to do.
The Cavs/Bulls game on paper doesn’t seem like a game to stack as the total of the game is currently the second-lowest on the slate at 215.5 but it is a game that I am going to have plenty of exposure to as it has three of my favorite players on the slate in it. Those three players are Andre Drummond ($8,200/C), Coby White ($6,400/PG), and Matthew Dellavedova ($3,900/PG). I like each of these three players for different reasons.
Let us start with why I am so high on Andre Drummond tonight as there are two reasons why I am high on him. The first of those reasons is the absence of Tristan Thompson. In the past two games that Drummond has played that also were games that Thompson played a total of just eight minutes, Drummond is averaging 27.5 points, 15 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two steals, and two blocks in 34.4 minutes of action. Drummond has at least 57 fantasy points in each of those games. The second reason is the match-up with the Bulls. The Bulls are one of the best match-ups for centers as this season they have the second-worst team rebounding rate and are allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to centers.
Coby White stands out for me as he is playing the best basketball of his career right now. In his past eight games, the rookie is averaging 26.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and a steal. White has produced at least 30 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging just shy of 40 fantasy points during this stretch. White has been especially great this month with Zach LaVine out as he is averaging 34.9 minutes per game while having a usage rate of 28.3% and averaging 1.07 fantasy points per minute. White is not just playing well but as you can imagine the Cavs are an elite match-up for point guards as they rank dead last in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to point guards. We also get a bit of a narrative tonight with White as though his minutes and usage is not going to change from what they have been this month, White is going to make his first career start tonight.
I personally never thought that I would ever be writing up Matthew Dellavedova again but I don’t see how you don’t play him with Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. both out tonight. In the past two games with both rookies out, Delly has started and played extremely well. Dellavedova has a double-double in each of those games while producing over 30 fantasy points in each game. Even if you don’t think that Dellavedova can produce 30 fantasy points again tonight you have to believe that he can produce his season average of 0.66 fantasy points per minute which if he plays the 35 minutes he is projected to play would put him at 23.1 fantasy points which would easily pay off his dirt-cheap salary.
Roster the Unicorn
I am all over Kristaps Porzingis ($9,400/PF) tonight even with him coming off a horrible game. While I know that game against the Pacers was hard to stomach Porzingis had been putting up huge numbers in the eight games prior. In those eight games, Porzingis averaged 27 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 4.1 steals+blocks, and 56.89 fantasy points. Porzingis was especially great in the three prior games with at least 65 fantasy points in each of those games. Porzingis has not only been playing well but the match-up against the Spurs is a really good one. This season the Spurs rank 25th in team defensive net rating and rank in the bottom ten in fantasy points allowed per game to big men.
The status of Luka Doncic is also a huge one to watch when it comes to Porzingis. Doncic is dealing with several minor injuries that could lead to him finally sitting out a contest. This season with Doncic off the floor, Porzingis has a usage rate of 30.3% and is averaging 1.46 fantasy points per minute. If we look at just the ten games that Porzingis has played that Doncic has missed we will see that Porzingis is averaging 27.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 3.3 blocks+steals, and 51.71 fantasy points.
Cheat Sheet – Main Slate
|High||Luka Doncic (10.9k / 56.44)||Bradley Beal (9.9k / 49.13)||LeBron James (10.7k / 54.62)||Kristaps Porzingis (9.4k / 45.51)||Nikola Vucevic (8.3k / 44.77)|
|Russell Westbrook (10.5k / 52.22)||Devin Booker (8.2k / 43.08)||Jayson Tatum (8.7k / 44.10)||Andre Drummond (8.2k / 45.92)|
|DeMar DeRozan (8k / 39.38)||Domantas Sabonis (8.5k / 42.49)|
|Medium||Ja Morant (6.8k / 32.57)||D'Angelo Russell (7.9k / 39.66)||T.J. Warren (6.2k / 30.88)||Julius Randle (7.3k / 36.04)||Marquese Chriss (6k / 36.10)|
|Kemba Walker (6.7k / 35.64)||Caris LeVert (6.9k / 33.74)||Gordon Hayward (6.1k / 35.35)||Aaron Gordon (7k / 35.30)|
|Coby White (6.4k / 31.58)||Marcus Smart (6.5k / 34.33)||Tim Hardaway Jr. (6.1k / 30.11)||Robert Covington (6.2k / 33.46)|
|Elfrid Payton (6.2k / 32.54)|
|Collin Sexton (6.2k / 32.50)|
|Low||Shabazz Napier (5.7k / 29.22)||Terrence Ross (5.4k / 27.92)||Mikal Bridges (5.4k / 31.98)||Naz Reid (5.3k / 31.07)||Aron Baynes (5.3k / 33.36)|
|Aaron Holiday (4.4k / 25.66)||Delon Wright (4.4k / 22.92)||Cedi Osman (4.4k / 24.42)||Eric Paschall (5k / 26.51)|
|D.J. Augustin (3.9k / 21.62)||Rudy Gay (4.3k / 23.28)||Trey Lyles (4.9k / 24.51)|
|Matthew Dellavedova (3.9k / 22.86)|