Friday is an exciting day for the FantasyDraft community. FantasyDraft users have been clamoring for a big-payout GPP, and we listened!
For the first time this season, the Pick and Roll contest will offer a $40,000 prize pool, with $3,200 going to the winner.
A lot of money is at stake tonight, so assembling the perfect lineup is even more important than usual. Ten games are on the docket and there are plenty of value plays to be had, just make sure you’re selecting the right ones!
Here are the top NBA DFS plays for Friday, March 11.
Value Play of the Night
Kosta Koufos, Kings ($6,000)
If you haven’t heard by now, Kings superstar DeMarcus Cousins will not play in Friday’s game vs. the Orlando Magic. Cousins was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team”.
This isn’t a shock, really. Boogie has been at odds with the coaches and front office for as long as we can remember and his short fuse drags keeps getting him in trouble (he’s also one tech away from a league-mandated suspension).
Kosta Koufos may not start in his place, as the Kings could opt to go a bit smaller by starting Omri Casspi and bringing Koufos off the bench, but that won’t lessen his appeal. In nine games this season without Boogie in the lineup, the former Ohio State Buckeye has averaged 11.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. That’s good for 25.5 fantasy points per game. His frontcourt mate, Willie Cauley-Stein, has not fared as well sans Cousins, averaging just 5.9 points, 5.3 boards and 1.6 swats in nine contests, making Koufos the easy pick between the two.
The Magic will be missing their own star big man in Nikola Vucevic, so Koufos should have a pretty nice go of it matching up against Jason Smith and Dewayne Dedmon in a game that boasts the fourth-largest over/under of the evening at 220 points.
Other Players to Consider
Jason Smith, Magic ($7,000) – If Koufos makes for a good play, so does Smith. The journeyman has started the past two games in place of Vucevic and has put up some respectable numbers, averaging 17.5 fantasy points on the strength of 11.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. The Kings are 29th in fantasy this season when it comes to defending opposing frontcourts.
Lance Stephenson, Grizzlies ($8,300) – The Grizzlies have no point guards left after Mario Chalmers ruptured his Achilles tendon in Wednesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics. They’re already without Mike Conley and will likely turn to Lance Stephenson to run the show tonight.
Stephenson has fared well in a sort of point-forward role before. Just two years ago, before he became the shell of a basketball player that he was with the Hornets and Clippers, Stephenson averaged 4.6 assists for the Indiana Pacers. He’s made a good impression during his first 10 games with the Grizz, scoring 11.9 points with 4.3 boards and 2.3 dimes, and it’s looking like he may be reinvigorated with his new team.
Memphis’ opponents, the New Orleans Pelicans, are woefully thin in their backcourt as well now that Eric Gordon is out for the season. Norris Cole is also a game-time decision with a back injury. Fire up “Born Ready”, and watch the sparks fly.
Mike Dunleavy, Bulls ($7,800) – Jimmy Butler‘s out and Derrick Rose could be too. He should get minutes in the 30s.
Toney Douglas, Pelicans ($7,400) – Douglas will start tonight with Norris Cole expected to sit out.
Evan Fournier, Magic ($10,800) – No Elfrid Payton or Nik Vucevic for the Magic. Kings allow the most points in the NBA.