Optimal Fanduel Lineups and Picks: April 1st, 2015



Reggie Jackson (8,600): Jackson has been tearing up the league as of late. Since March 17th, his worst fanduel performance is 31.3 FP’s, and that was only in 22 minutes. He is playing Charlotte tonight, who has let up 45.6 FPPG against Point Guards over the last five games. Based on his ability to go off against even some of the best defensive guards, like Mike Conley, we can expect Reggie to have yet another big night in store.

Deron Williams (6,200): He is not quite as hot as Jackson, but he is putting up numbers that are definitely worth a look. Being back from injury for a while now, Williams is now consistently getting the 30 minute games that he deserves. In four of the last five games he has played 30+ minutes, except in a blowout against Cleveland where he logged only 22 minutes. In those four games, he did not score under 30 FP. He is going up against a banged up, and poor defensive-minded, New York Knicks team. The former All-Star will look to have his way at MSG tonight.

*Risk Play* C.J. Watson (4,400): The epitome of a risk play is our man C.J. Watson. His last five games he scored, in terms of FP, 33.2, 11.1, 41.9, 21.4, and 35.9. The games in which he had his 33+ FP games, he got at least 28 minutes of playing time. In games that he didn’t, he got 24 minutes or less. There is an obvious correlation between minutes and production here with Watson. He can obviously have a great game, we just need him to get the minutes in Boston tonight.

Consider: Kemba Walker, John Wall, Zach Lavine, and Greivis Vasquez

DeMar DeRozan (8,000): DeRozan is putting up BIG numbers. Coming off of a 54.7 FP game, scoring a career high 42 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, he is one of my must plays tonight. He hasn’t had a worse game than 29.1 FP in the past 18 games and he definitely will surpass that tonight against Minnesota. The Timberwolves are a terrible defensive team and DeRozan is a great offensive player. He can score as well as anybody and can contribute in all other categories because of his defensive prowess. I absolutely LOVE DeRozan tonight, get this man in your lineups.

Joe Johnson (5,600): You may question this pick, asking “why do you like him, he is such an inconsistent play in Fanduel?” Even though his numbers this month are not so great, he has been great over his last three games. Like I said in Williams’ paragraph, the Knicks just do not play defense. Scoring no less than 33.2 in his last three games Johnson seems like a lock as a safe play tonight. Priced at a low 5,600 salary I like Johnson tonight and he will be in my lineup.

*Risk Play* Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5,300): Another player who is super inconsistent, but has the skill set to put your lineup over the top is Mr. Caldwell-Pope. With the minutes that KCP is averaging (35) in March he has so much time to give us those extra points that we so desperately want. Consistently giving up around 35 FPPG to Shooting Guards, Charlotte could be a good matchup for him. Because one of Detroit’s main contributors, Greg Monroe, is out, KCP will get more looks and will also look to supply more stats in other categories tonight against the Hornets.

Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, JJ Redick, and Jabari Brown

Chase Budinger (5,100): With Minnesota being thin on players due to injury, Budinger has stepped up for the Timberwolves. He has been the beneficiary of a lot of minutes, and for the low salary of $5,100, he is worth a look and a spot in the lineup. His minutes have ranged from high 20’s to low 40’s but his production is not based on his minutes. Still I am looking for Chase to have another solid Fanduel outing tonight.

Chandler Parsons ($6,500): Over the last five games, Parsons has been playing a lot of minutes with some good production. In the two games he wet the bed in, he went up against two of the leagues best defenders in Kawhi Leonard and Jeff Green. Tonight he is going up against a Thunder team that is without Kevin Durant, making it a favorable matchup for Mr. Parsons. I think he will give us a 30+ FP night tonight so look to squeeze him in your lineup

*Risk Play* Omri Casspi ($3,700): At such a cheap price, as well as most likely getting the start tonight with Rudy Gay out, Casspi seems like a great play. He still is getting solid minutes with Rudy Gay available, but when Gay doesn’t play, he gets a lot of minutes. The Houston Rockets have given up a solid 35 FPPG over the whole season. Casspi will have a lot of minutes to work with tonight and he will have a big opportunity to produce big numbers tonight.

Pau Gasol ($8,900): No need for a long explanation here with Gasol. With a mix of big minutes and bigger production, Gasol is a great play. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what matchup Gasol has, he will produce for you. Last game against Milwaukee, he poured out an unreal 46 points and 18 rebounds. I am not expecting Gasol to do this again, but I believe he is going to have another great game.

Trevor Booker ($4,000): You may be mistaking him as my risk play for tonight but he really is going to be in my lineup. With Derrick Favors out with a back injury, Booker has received 33 minutes in both of those games. He is going up against a Denver Nuggets team who have given up 48 FPPG over the last five games to opposing power forwards. With Booker looking like he is going to get another game of 30+ minutes, he should put up another game like his last, contributing 17 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. I love him at this low salary and I am going to play him tonight.

*Risk Play* Ryan Kelly ($4,300): Like the situation with Trevor Booker, the Lakers big men have been pretty banged up as of late. Because this is the case, Ryan Kelly has received big minutes the last five games. The lowest amount he has gotten was 29 minutes and still scored 31 FP. Though he is getting minutes, he has been a very risky play for Fanduel and should be used with caution.

Enes Kanter ($7,000): I absolutely love this man tonight. He has been playing very well lately and has a awesome matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs have given up 50 FPPG over the last five games. Since OKC is banged up, especially without their star player, this game could go down to the wire. With that being the case, I see Kanter having a huge game tonight and I will have him in my lineup for sure

Brook Lopez (8,200): I love Lopez as of late, and especially tonight. Lopez has been playing OUT of his mind and will definitely continue to do so. Lopez is fully healthy and back to his norm. He has been playing a lot of minutes, and is doing a lot with them. He has been scoring prolifically and rebounding just the same. New York will have no one to stop him tonight and is going to have a big game.

*Risk Play* Zaza Pachulia (6,600): Pachulia has been getting more minutes than earlier in the season and has had some great games. But, with those great games, he threw up some bad ones, making him my risk play. He also is going up against a tough matchup with the Bulls, but he could still have a good game I believe. Use him with major caution tonight.

Lineup 1:
Reggie Jackson- 8,600
Deron Williams- 6,200
DeMar DeRozan- 8,000
Joe Johnson- 5,600
Chase Budinger- 5,100
Pau Gasol- 8,900
Trevor Booker- 4,000
Enes Kanter- 7,000

Lineup 2:
John Wall- 9,800
Kemba Walker- 8,400
DeMar DeRozan- 8,000
Jabari Brown- 3,700
Chase Budinger- 5,100
Omri Casspi- 3,700
Pau Gasol- 8,900
Trevor Booker- 4,000
Brook Lopez- 8,200

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