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Fanduel Partners Wed. lineup

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Well, the whole “matchups” thing based on ‘what have you done against the opposition lately?’ hasn’t been working too well for me, as I’ve fallen out of the Top 4 in the Fanduel Partners Championship Challenge. We’ve got two contests left, so I’ve decided to just go with hot players that I feel like I can rely on, at least for the most part. In short, I need to come through in a big way on Wednesday and Friday if I’m going to take Mrs. Dr. A to the Playboy Mansion, and believe it or not, she really wants to go.

 

Check out the FPC website and standings here and follow along with the action. Here’s what I’m thinking for Wednesday night.

 

Update: While I'm still pretty comfortable with the lineup listed below, I chnaged it up quite a bit to this:

 

Final Lineup


Damian Lillard $8,900

Deron Williams $6,000

C.J. McCollum $6,900

Tim Hardaway Jr. $4,100

LeBron James $9,900

Rudy Gay $6,100

Gorgui Dieng $6,400

Dirk Nowitzki $8,000

Kosta Koufos $3,500

 

My Early Lineup

 

PG Isaiah Thomas $8,000

PG Deron Williams $6,000

SG C.J. McCollum $6,900

SG Tim Hardaway Jr. $4,100

SF LeBron James $9,900

SF Evan Turner $5,900

PF Gorgui Dieng $6,400

PF Jon Leuer $4,000

C Karl-Anthony Towns $8,800

 

Point Guards

 

Isaiah Thomas is hot, going for 40-plus Fanduel points in three of his last six games and at least 42 FD points in each of his last two. He gets the Raptors and both teams are fighting for playoff seeding, so Thomas should have a full workload, as usual.

 

Deron Williams is not my favorite, nor is he reliable, but he torched the Blazers for 59.6 FD points on Sunday and guess who the Mavs play on Wednesday? Yep, the Blazers. I’m going with the hot hand and the team he torched in his previous game, and hoping for the best.

 

Shooting Guards

 

C.J. McCollum is rolling and had 37.2 FD points against the Mavericks on Sunday. They meet again tonight and he’s gone for 37.2, 40.6 and 40.4 FD points in each of his last three games.

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. is far from reliable, but he’s also hot and has an attractive salary. THJ has gone for 20.3, 27.6 and 37.4 FD points in each of his last three games and appears to be locked into minutes for the Hawks. He’ll get the Wizards tonight and I’m just hoping the minutes are there and he gets me 25 FD points, or more.

 

Small Forwards

 

LeBron James is coming off a monster triple-double that resulted in 59.7 FD points and I’m chasing that number again, although it might be tough against the Bucks. But LeBron and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the premier small forwards, and I’m going to ride LeBron’s hot hand in hopes that he has the mindset of showing Giannis a thing or two. Of course, I’ll also be watching the news feed to make sure Bron is playing, but the Cavs need to keep winning if they’re going to hold off the Raptors. Additionally, I could decide to flip LeBron for Giannis (they play each other) and find a way to cut $100 out of my lineup.

 

Evan Turner is quietly hot and starting for Jae Crowder. He’s gone for 28, 35.8 and 23 FD points in each of his last three games and the Celtics have a big game against Toronto. If Turner isn’t starting for some reason, I’ll probably change this pick.

 

Power Forwards

 

Gorgui Dieng cooled off a bit in his last game, but gets the Kings tonight, who might be without DeMarcus Cousins. If Boogie was a sure thing, I’d probably have him in this lineup, but he’s not due to a sore knee. Dieng has gone for 23.9, 36.3, 37.7, 32.3 and 46.3 FD points in his last five games and I’m hoping for a bounce-back against the Kings.

 

This is where things get shaky. Jon Leuer is nothing to write home about, but Tyson Chandler left his last game with back spasms and Leuer started the second half, finishing with 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, good for 32.6 FD points against Memphis. He has actually been playing well for three straight games and I’m banking on him starting tonight. If he’s not, I will change this pick. If he’s starting, I may just leave the whole lineup intact.

 

If Leuer isn’t starting and Larry Nance (Lakers) is at small forward, I might make a switch.

 

Center

 

Karl-Anthony Towns has racked up between 30.4 and 52.8 FD points in each of his previous 10 games and might get a matchup against Kosta Koufos tonight, if Cousins is out. And if Cousins is out, I may roll with Koufos and upgrade Leuer and Hardaway. But KAT feels like a can’t-miss producer tonight and he always has the potential to go out of this world.

 

If I do change my lineup early enough, I’ll update this column with the results. But given my lineups the last couple contests, I’m not sure you want to be mirroring them anyway. Here’s to hoping I ‘peak’ at the right time!



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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