The weekend has arrived, as FanDuel owners will look to cash in around a ten game NBA slate tonight. That slate features a few primetime matchups including the Boston Celtics heading out West to take on the Golden State Warriors. Along with the matchups fantasy owners are also presented with some great fantasy options to build their daily fantasy lineup around on Friday April 1st, 2016.
One of those matchups will feature John Wall leading his Washington Wizards out to Phoenix to take on the Suns. This is just one of two contest that features two teams ranked in the top five in pace of play according to Hollinger Stats on ESPN. The Suns and Wizards are tied for fourth in the NBA, the other matchup features the Warriors (2nd) and Celtics (3rd).
Looking a little deeper at this matchup also landed us with two teams that rank near the top of the NBA in fantasy points allowed. Entering this contest the Suns rank second in the NBA in fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards, first against opposing shooting guards and fourth against opposing small forwards. Meanwhile the Wizards rank seventh in the NBA in fantasy points allowed to opposing small forwards.
This opens up a ton of fantasy options in this contest with Wall as the top of those options. Looking at a few more options include small forward P.J. Tucker who is coming off an impressive 46.5 fantasy points. A few of the other options in this contest include Bradley Beal and Bradley Beal.
Here is our NBA FanDuel Lineup for Friday April 1st, 2016.
PG – John Wall ($9,600): Wall has the top fantasy matchup among all point guards tonight against the Suns. Entering this contest, Wall has not dropped less than 30 fantasy points in ten straight games including two of those games with over 50 and six with at least 40.
PG – Stephen Curry ($10,400): Look for Curry and the Warriors to get into a shoot out with the Celtics tonight. This makes Curry nearly a must start option for any fantasy owner tonight.
SG – Bradley Beal ($5,900): In the end we couldn’t pass up Beal tonight against the Suns based on his fantasy matchup. That being said we also considered going with his teammate Garrett Temple. Temple is a deep FanDuel Sleeper for us tonight at the shooting guard position.
SG – Khris Middleton ($7,000): Coming off his second 30 plus fantasy performance over his last five games makes Middleton a strong fantasy candidate tonight. Along with Middleton we also considered Devin Booker and Avery Bradley.
SF – Nicolas Batum ($8,100): The Charlotte Hornets small forward is coming off his second straight 40 plus fantasy performance. Tonight he will get a shot at a 76ers team that has had there hands full with opposing small forwards this season.
SF – Harrison Barnes ($4,600): Looking at the Warriors/Celtics matchup landed us with Barnes. Barnes despite his ups and downs for fantasy owners is worth the risk based on the fact he gets 30 minutes a game giving him the opportunity nearly every game to post a solid fantasy performance.
PF – Jared Sullinger ($5,600): Looking at a few of those top fantasy matchups kep us with the Celtics/Warriors matchup. Sullinger is rising a 30.5 fantasy performance in his last outing as well as at least 24 fantasy points in three of the last four games. Now we strongly suggest looking at the power forward position for bargains tonight with no real number one option taking to the floor.
PF – Derrick Williams ($3,600): Williams is an interesting case but a solid fantasy sleeper option if Kristaps Porzingis is ruled out again. The New York Knicks power forward posted 35 minutes in his last contest with Porzingis missing the game. If Porzingis returns tonight we suggest going with Bradley for the Celtics in place of Middelton and you could use the extra cash to go with Markieff Morris or Willie Cauley-Stein (if DeMarcus Cousins is out).
C – Al Jefferson ($4,900): The top options at the center position look good on paper but we have elected to go with a cheaper alternative. In the end we couldn’t pass up Jefferson as he gets a shot at a Philadelphia 76ers team allowing the most fantasy points to opposing centers.