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Fanduel Partners Championship

Friday, March 11, 2016


After winning this contest last Friday I struggled pretty badly on Wednesday, thanks to five of my players scoring between just 20 and 30 points. I’m feeling good about this lineup and if they simply do what they’ve been doing, I should have a good night. The matchups, for the most part, look fantastic and most of my players are coming in hot, or are in good situations. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

And you should go check out the Fanduel Partners Basketball Championship site by clicking here. I dropped to sixth place, but it’s a really tight race from top to bottom and the fact we can drop a couple scores still hasn’t been considered yet. I am really hoping for a big night tonight and this lineup will hopefully get me 300 points, if not 340.

 

My FPC Lineup

 

PG Stephen Curry $10,600

PG Ish Smith $6,700

SG Klay Thompson $7,000

SG Avery Bradley $5,200

SF Kevin Durant $10,900

SF Andrew Wiggins $6,200

PF Tobias Harris $6,000

PF Derrick Williams $3,700

C Kosta Koufos $3,500

 

The other lineup I really like tonight and am using elsewhere is as follows:

 

PG Damian Lillard $9,600 (a mini Curry)

PG Brandon Jennings $3,500 (no Elfrid Payton)

SG James Harden $11,000 (matchup proof)

SG Langston Galloway $3,700 (risky)

SF Kevin Durant $10,900

SF Corey Brewer $3,800 (risky)

PF Anthony Davis $10,300

PF Derrick Williams $3,700

C Kosta Koufos $3,500

 

Point Guard

 

Ish Smith has a fantastic matchup against the Nets, who have been the worst team against opposing point guards over the last five games. Smith has posted between 27 and 42 Fanduel points in his previous seven games and this matchup looks too good to pass up. Additionally, Stephen Curry gets the Blazers, who have been the ninth-worst team against opposing PGs over their last five games. As much as I wanted to play Russell Westbrook, Curry seems to make more sense. Especially when you consider the Thunder starters may sit the entire fourth quarter against Minnesota. I said on today’s podcast that I’m never using Brandon Jennings again, but with no Elfrid Payton and a minimum salary, I’m taking the bait. Hopefully he gets more than the four minutes he saw on Wednesday night, when he crushed my dreams.

 

Shooting Guard

 

Klay Thompson gets the Blazers and despite having C.J. McCollum, Portland’s been the fourth-worst team against opposing shooting guards lately. Hopefully this game is close and Thompson (and Curry) are forced into heavy fourth-quarter minutes. Bradley hasn’t really exploded lately, but he’s been solid and gets to matchup with Houston’s human sieve, James Harden. The Rockets have been the worst team in the NBA against opposing shooting guards over the last five games, and I’m hoping Bradley is licking his chops against the Beard. Did you catch Shaqtin’ A Fool last night? If not, they showed a couple Harden plays where he simply stood by and watched his man drive to the rack.

 

Small Forward

 

Kevin Durant gets the Timberwolves and they’re third-worst in the league against opposing small forwards. Yes, Durant may not play at all in the fourth quarter, but he could rack up 60 Fanduel points before it arrives. He’s hit at least 50 FD points in each of his previous seven games. I’m also going with his opponent, Andrew Wiggins, as the Thunder mysteriously have been THE WORST team in the league against opposing small forwards over their last five games. Wiggins has scored between 31 and 41 FD points over his last three games and I’m just hoping he keeps it going tonight.

 

Power Forward

 

Tobias Harris has been rolling, hitting at least 28 Fanduel points in eight of his previous nine games. Charlotte has been the 12th worst team against power forwards over their last five games. I wish the matchup were a bit better, but Harris is hot enough that I’m not too worried. I would have like to have used JaMychal Green here, but his price point ($6,400) doesn’t really fit into my plans with this lineup. I may use him elsewhere tonight. Derrick Williams gets the Clippers, who are the 10th-worst team against power forwards lately, but Kristaps Porzingis is banged up and struggling, Lance Thomas is out, and Williams has scored 23 FD points in each of his last two games.

 

Center

 

There’s a reason Kosta Koufos is at minimum salary, but DeMarcus Cousins is suspended for Friday night. In nine starts this season, Koufos is averaging 10.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 27 minutes a game. And when you add in the fact that Nikola Vucevic is out for the Magic with a groin injury, the fact that the Magic are just the 18th-worst team against opposing centers loses a lot of its luster. Expect Koufos to be owned in a ton of leagues tonight.



Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2016-17 NBA season marks (at least) his 15th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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