5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 3/17
NBA DFS has 10 game slates on DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft. These are the early morning Top 5 NBA DFS Picks for DraftKings and Fanduel. Be sure to dive into the NBA DFS Rankings, Cash Picks, and Player Pool or the GPP Picks and Player Pool afterward. And of course, the Rise or Fall NBA DFS Projections, ownerships, player ratings, and data are a good place to start for daily fantasy sports.
Top 5 NBA DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
DraftKings NBA DFS Target – James Harden, PG, BKN @ IND O/U 233.5
A large slate with the Nets on it and still no Kevin Durant. I want a piece of James Harden. The Beard is the highest-rated and highest projected scorer in the NBA Study Hub. On a site like DraftKings which gives bonuses for 3 pointers made, double-doubles, and triple-doubles I want all I can get of him. We can see in the “FP Trends” and “Minutes Trends” that his last five games have been video game-like. He’s scoring 66.65 DraftKings points while playing 40.11 minutes in his last five games – just insane.
I may be aging myself here but as the former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick used to say, “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.”
DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, IND vs BKN O/U 233.5
If you’ve followed NBA this season we know the Nets are a very good team but they rely on outscoring you, not by shutting people down. They especially struggle against bigs (Power Forwards and Centers).
This is why I’m liking Domantas Sabonis.He hit triple-doubles in two of his last four games, and in the two games, he didn’t get the triple-double he missed them by one rebound and two assists. I know the signing of Blake Griffin has given them some hope of bolstering the weak frontline but he’s a shell of himself that should allow Sabonis to feast tonight.
FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Caris LeVert, SG, IND vs BKN O/U 233.5
Another Indiana Pacer? You bet your bottom dollar! Caris LeVert gets to face the team that traded him away. He’ll be chalk on FanDuel and for good reason, he’s only $4,400. People will want to flock to him because of the salary and for the ‘revenge’ narrative.
It’ll be the first time he faces the Nets since they traded him away. Some people in the Team Rise or Fall discord pointed this out but as our NBA cash game Guru SCrosby pointed out, this trade may have saved his life since his cancer wasn’t detected until his Pacer’s physical which happened following the trade.
FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Ben Simmons, PG, PHI vs MIL O/U 234
The NBA Study Hub is digging Ben Simmons tonight. The numbers show that when center Joel Embiid misses usage for Ben Simmons skyrockets. A few areas of the Study Hub that make him stand out are his rating (highest) and projection (4th highest) while saving valuable salary, as he’s priced at $7,900 on FanDuel. In the first iteration of the NBA Study Hub, we can see he has the best chance to hit value as his “Rise” percentage is the best among the elite at the position.
NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Steph Curry, PG, GSW @ HOU O/U 228
Steph Curry? Yes, Steph Curry. We haven’t had a Steph explosion game in some time, but I have a gut feeling that it can be tonight. It’s not the highest implied total on the slate (228) but it is a pace-up game for the Dubs who get the Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back.
Houston allows opponents to shoot 37.5% from the three-point line which is the 7th worst in the league. While the Warriors make 39.3% of the threes they take. I’d say they are in a great spot tonight.
While this isn’t the same Warriors/Rockets rivalry of the year’s passed it should be a good opportunity to roster Steph in tournaments.
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NBA DFS Core Builds (Building Blocks)
The NBA DFS Core Builds are also referred to as our NBA DFS Building Blocks. Each staff member identifies the core players they would build their cash or GPP lineup around for both DraftKings and FanDuel. These NBA DFS Picks are basically the Building Blocks of their NBA DFS Lineups.
NBA DFS GPP Pivots (Slate Breakers)
The NBA DFS GPP Pivots is for those chasing glory in DFS tournaments on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The goal here for our staff is to identify a GPP pivot, often a price point pivot away from a chalky player, that could potentially break the slate and win you a tournament. Have you ever seen the guy that is lower-owned and went nuclear in tournaments and you think to yourself, “I should have pivoted to him?”. Our goal is to identify those GPP Pivots.
NBA DFS Picks Rankings
The NBA DFS Picks Rankings will be a staple to your daily fantasy basketball research. This list of players is compiled by a staff member while they are making a player pool for DraftKings and FanDuel. These players then get ranked in the form of Tiered Rankings, which you often see in Fantasy Basketball or Fantasy Football. These Tiered Rankings will help you identify the value in both NBA DFS Cash Games and NBA DFS GPP’s as it shows you who they value more at each position than other players.
NBA DFS Picks and Pools (Cash Games)
The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for Cash Games is clutch for anybody who wants to play those on either FanDuel or DraftKings. These are identified in the Tiered Rankings and player notes. This small list of players gives you a road map to putting together an NBA DFS Lineup each and every night.
NBA DFS Picks and Pools (GPP Priority Picks)
The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for GPP’s is crucial for Single Entry players. This list of priority picks are players with slate winning upside each night. They aren’t just the top projected players, they are picks that take into consideration the Rise or Fall ownership projection, tournament leverage, and daily fantasy basketball roster construction.
NBA DFS Strategy and Player Notes
In the NBA DFS Picks Rankings, there is a section for strategy and player notes. These are written up in the form of analysis for the player and best use of the player for DFS. In addition to the notes, being a part of the Rise or Fall Discord Chat is a fantastic way to discuss Draftkings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft with both members and staff. Everyone is in there picking each other’s brains all day long and enjoying DFS together.