Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel (FD) include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. Then, DraftKings (DK) has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
3/6/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Wed. Shootaround Championship: $12 entry, $450k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $100K to 1st!
Spin Move: $44 entry, $70k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $10K to 1st!
Wed. Shot: $9.99 entry, $300k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100K to 1st!
Wed. Slam: $55 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $20K to 1st!
NBA DFS Best Picks & Plays for March 6, 2019
Best DFS Guards for March 6, 2019
Luka Doncic at WAS ($9.1k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
Despite the Mavericks’ particularly poor play lately, Doncic continues to be a steady source of production. This matchup against one of the most vulnerable teams to long-distance shooting is simply too good to pass up. The Wizards have allowed the third-highest three-point percentage (37.0) in the NBA. They’re also yielding the second-most DK (50.6) and third-most FD (49.0) points per game to point guards. Moreover, Washington is yielding bottom-five or bottom-10 figures in points (25.2), rebounds (6.4) assists (9.2), and made threes (2.9) to PGs, along with the fourth-highest offensive efficiency rating (27.7). For his part, Doncic has been a virtual lock for at least 30 FPs on both sites. Plus, he’s comfortably eclipsed the 40-mark on multiple occasions over the last 10 games.
Jamal Murray at LAL ($6.2k DraftKings, $7k FanDuel)
Murray is particularly underpriced on DK and still a solid value on FD compared to recent production. The third-year guard is already averaging well over 30 FPs on both sites in two prior games against the Lakers this season and has scored over 30 FPs in six consecutive contests. Los Angeles will bring a nice bump in pace for the Nuggets, which should bode well for Murray’s chances of a strong return. Additionally, the Lakers continue to be more vulnerable to PGs in the continued absence of Lonzo Ball (ankle). They are now surrendering 47.4 DK and 46.6 FD points per contest to the position. What’s more, LeBron’s squad is free-falling in general.
Spencer Dinwiddie vs. CLE ($5.3k DraftKings, $6.3k FanDuel)
Dinwiddie appears to be hitting his stride after thumb surgery. The dynamic guard recently hit the 25-minute mark and is coming off a 75.0 percent shooting night against the Mavericks on Monday. He’ll draw a solid matchup versus a Cavs team against whom he shot 45.0 percent in two games this year. Cleveland is also allowing the second-highest offensive efficiency rating (52.5) to opposing backcourts and the 10th-highest (43.4) to second units. Then, it’s worth noting Cleveland is surrendering the second-highest three-point percentage (37.2) overall. Meanwhile, Dinwiddie is averaging 5.3 three-point attempts per game and draining them at a 35.8 percent clip.
Other guards to consider: Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker, DeMar DeRozan
Best DFS Forwards for March 6, 2019
Blake Griffin vs. MIN ($8.6k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
While LeBron James is always worthy of consideration, Griffin offers strong upside at a significant discount. The All-Star forward racked up 53.5 DK/50.6 FD points in one prior meeting versus the T-Wolves this season and is averaging over 45 FPs on both sites at home. The T-Wolves make for appealing targets once again, as they’re allowing 48.9 DK/47.0 FD points per game to PFs. Minnesota is also yielding a bottom-10 figure in points (22.8) and made threes (2.3) to fours, along with 50.0 percent shooting, including a league-high 40.3 percent success rate from three-point range. Griffin counters with a career-high 6.8 three-point attempts per game and a 36.6 percent success rate from behind the arc.
Kelly Oubre, Jr. vs. NY ($6.2k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
Oubre sports an especially appealing price on DK. He’s coming off a 53.75 fantasy-point outing against the Bucks on Monday night. The emerging wing has also averaged just under 30 FPs on both sites in two prior games against the Knicks this season. New York continues to be highly vulnerable to small forwards. The Knicks are allowing the second-highest shooting percentage (47.8) to threes. They’re also yielding the third-most DK (43.4) and FD (43.2) points per game to SFs, as well as bottom-10 figures in points (21.4), rebounds (8.9), and blocks (1.0). Oubre has the ability to exploit all of those weaknesses considering he comes in averaging career highs in every major category (except three-point shooting percentage).
Jae Crowder at NO ($4.7k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
Crowder has averaged nearly 25 FPs on both sites over two games against the Pelicans this season. In fact, he just racked up 35.0 DK/34.7 FD points versus New Orleans on Monday night. The valued reserve checks in considerably cheaper than his first-unit counterpart Derrick Favors and has the ability to offer the same caliber of return on any given night. The Pelicans continue to be facilitators of fantasy production for PFs: they’ve allowed just under 50 DK and FD points per game to the position. New Orleans is also yielding the second-most points (24.0) and fourth-most made threes (2.4) to PFs, while Crowder is averaging a solid 12.0 points and taking a career-high 6.6 three-point attempts per contest.
Other forwards to consider: LeBron James, Julius Randle, Anthony Davis, Lauri Markkanen, Tobias Harris, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler
Best DFS Centers for March 6, 2019
Karl-Anthony Towns at DET ($10.8k DraftKings, $11.5k FanDuel)
Towns just scored over 60 FPs on both sites versus the Thunder on Tuesday, his fourth time clearing the mark in the last five games alone. KAT’s upside is above question, and even on the second game of a back-to-back, he’s certainly worthy of consideration. The All-Star center has actually been at his most productive when playing in such conditions, averaging 31.0 points, 14.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.0 steal in eight such contests. The Pistons come in allowing a robust 53.8 DK and 53.4 FD points per game to centers as well, along with a bottom-10 figure in points in the paint per game (49.8). In turn, Towns is logging nearly half his scoring (49.2 percent, 11.9 per game) in that area of the floor.
Rudy Gobert at NO ($8.1k DraftKings, $10.2k FanDuel)
Gobert touched up the same Pels squad he’ll face Wednesday for 48.25 DK/47.8 FD points over 34 minutes on Monday night. And he’s averaging over 50 FPs on both sites in two games against New Orleans this season. The “Stifle Tower” should once again be in position to dominate a Pels squad that’s allowing 50.4 points in the paint per contest, along with bottom-10 figures in DK points (58.4), FD points (58.0), rebounds (16.6), assists (4.1), and offensive efficiency rating (35.7) to centers. Gobert has actually been a better shooter on the road (67.4 percent) this season and has scored over 30 fantasy points on both sites in nine of his last 10 games.
Mason Plumlee at LAL ($4.2k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)
Plumlee’s price is surprisingly stagnant despite the fact he’s scored over 30 FPs on two of the last three games, and on four other occasions over the last 10 on DK. Plumlee has also shot a blistering 76.9 percent against Los Angeles in two prior games and is averaging over 20 FPs on both sites versus the Lakers across just 17.5 minutes. Then, the Lakers come in allowing bottom-five figures in DK points (59.9) and FD points (59.0) per game to centers, along with the fourth-highest offensive efficiency rating (35.3) to the position. The fact L.A. allows the third-most points in the paint per home game (52.0) also dovetails well with Plumlee logging just under 80 percent of his scoring in that part of the floor.
Other centers to consider: Nikola Jokic, Andre Drummond, Deandre Ayton, Hassan Whiteside, Mitchell Robinson, Dwight Powell