What’s up guys. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA picks for March 22nd, 2017. Tonight’s slate is a full slate with eight games to attack. From now on I will be including an expensive player I like with my sleeper/value picks. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 7:00 PM EST lock tonight, to see if any new injury news comes up. As always if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know on Twitter. Hunta512.
C: Rudy Gobert: (7,700) Gobert is coming off one of his best games of the season, posting a near triple double, with 16 points, 14 rebounds, a career high eight blocks, and three assists vs The Pacers on Monday. (55 DK points) He really has taken his game to another level lately, averaging 50.5 DK points over his last three games. During this stretch he has been playing a ton, averaging 36.3 minutes a night. He also has been more involved on the offense taking double digit shots in each of these games with a 19.4% usage rate which is a 2.9% bump for his normal 16.5% rate this season.
With The Jazz still holding on to the four seed out West, Gobert should continue to log 35-40 minutes a night for the rest of the season. Tonight he gets the perfect matchup to keep things going vs a dreadful Knicks defense, that has a high a current opponent +/- of 3.85 points vs starting centers. He should dominate this weak Knicks front line and I am expecting him to score 35-40 DK points with clear upside depending on his defensive stats. I don’t like chasing points with him going off in his last game, but the bottom line is Gobert or “Gobzllia” as I like to call him, is just underpriced for the way he is playing right now, especially in this gorgeous matchup vs The Knicks.
C: Cristiano Felicio: (3,000) After getting in a fight with Raptors PF Serge Ibaka last night, Bulls starting center Robin Lopez, has been officially suspended for tonight’s tilt vs The Pistons. Felicio is the next man up and even though nothing is confirmed, he would be the logical choice to start at center tonight to matchup with Pistons center Andre Drummond. He isn’t the most effective fantasy player scoring 0.82 DK points per minute this season, but with Lopez suspended, he should have to play at least 25 minutes tonight, with him and Joffrey Lauvergne being the only true centers left on this Bulls roster.
The matchup is ugly with The Pistons allowing the 4th least DK points to opposing centers this season, but either way at a minimum $3,000, he has a great chance of returning value just based on the opportunity he should have with Lopez out. The one issue is that Felicio landed on his back last game and didn’t renter the game and as of right now we don’t have any clarity as to whether he is in or out for tonight’s game. I think he will be just fine and start tonight, but if he were out, Lauvernge would have to start and play as much as possible (0.84 DK points per minute and is PF/C eligible), and would become a very nice punt at the same $3,000 price. Whoever draws the start is the safer play, and could be a very valuable option tonight, if you plan on trying to fit in Russell Westbrook.
PG: Rajon Rondo: (5,700) After getting his minutes cut down to 21 Saturday night vs The Jazz, Rondo rebounded nicely last night, putting up 50.25 DK points vs The Raptors. In this game he played 35 minutes in regulation, and is now averaging 34.75 minutes since being a starter, when excluding Saturday night. Now The Bulls did lose this game in overtime, but Rondo was so effective with 24 points, eight assists, and five rebounds that it would be hard seeing him not play 30+ minutes again tonight. With SG Dwayne Wade out (elbow), The Bulls need Rondo desperately to step up, if they want any shot making the playoffs.
His matchup tonight isn’t pretty at a first glance with The Pistons ranking 9th vs PGs this season, but as I said last night with Nets PG Spencer Dinwiddie, this individual matchup vs Pistons starting PG Reggie Jackson is really no concern and Dinwiddie showed us that with him putting up 29.5 DK points in 30 minutes. Rondo is a much more talented player than Dinwiddie, and with a 35 minute projection, Rondo should top 30 DK points with 40 point upside tonight. He also may see a slight bump in usage with Lopez also out, as he sees a 2.7% usage bump this year when Lopez and Wade have been off the court, in a sample size 390 minutes. There is always going to be a risk in rostering Rondo, just with the nature of player he is, but at his $5,700 salary, he is worth the risk tonight with the upside he has shown us recently as a starter.
SG: Evan Fournier: (5,800) Fournier has been great his last two games, scoring 34.75 DK points vs The Suns and 31 DK points vs The Sixers. His minutes have been on the rise with him logging 35 and 37 minutes in these two wins. Tonight his minutes should remain high with back up wing Jeff Green ruled out with back spasms. In the two full games this year that Green has missed, Fournier has picked up 2.7% usage and is averaging 38.8 DK points in each game.
The matchup is pretty neutral for him tonight with The Hornets currently presenting an opponent +/- of 0.3 points vs starting SGs. With Green out, Fournier should play 35+ minutes and score 30-35 DK points tonight. He is a nice mid tier target at $5,800, that may get overlooked, with his 5-8% projected ownership. (Via Fantasy Labs)
Also Consider: Nikola Mirotic, Greg Monroe, Enes Kanter, Kelly Olynyk, Justin Holiday, Monta Ellis, D.J. Augustin, Frank Kaminsky, Ish Smith, Jae Crowder, Paul Zipser, Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Bobby Portis, and Tim Hardaway Jr, Ersan Ilyasova, and Aaron Gordon.