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Yahoo Fantasy Basketball Picks & NBA DFS Value Plays Today | 3/24/22

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There is a five-game slate on tap today for NBA daily fantasy basketball on Yahoo and lots to keep track of once again. DeMar DeRozan and Ja Morant look like the two big names to keep track of up to lock, as both men are listed as questionable. It would not be shocking if neither man played today but keep track of any injury updates and keep an eye on the Awesemo NBA DFS Projections which will update with any news. There are three games on the slate with a point total of 230 or higher with the largest over/under on the slate sitting with Indiana at Memphis (237). Memphis is coming off a huge 132-120 win over Brooklyn and are massive 12.5-point favorites over the tanking Pacers today.

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This column will use the Awesemo NBA player projections, fantasy basketball rankings and NBA DFS tools to build lineups and help wade through the day’s data and news. Make sure to read to the end for a couple of extreme value plays for Yahoo fantasy basketball lineups today.

Yahoo Fantasy Basketball & NBA DFS Value Picks Today

Guard — C.J. McCollum $38

There is a close point spread on tap for the Bulls vs. Pelicans game, and it is one where all the starters involved should be in for big minutes and solid usage. The Pelicans are still without Brandon Ingram, which has meant solid usage for C.J. McCollum in the short term. He has now scored over 20 real life points in eight straight games. McCollum’s assist rate has picked up since he joined the Pelicans as well and he takes on a Bulls squad who ranks bottom eight in both opposing field goal percentage and opposing 3-point field goal percentage allowed on the year. McCollum rates highly in the point guard projections on Awesemo today and comes in a full $5 cheaper than Ja Morant, who is also questionable. His price has gone up of late but he is still very viable at under $40 given the game environment today.

Guard — Zach LaVine $30

Staying with this Bulls vs. Pelicans game for the second pick, Zach LaVine can be targeted today as well. LaVine has played well of late and has averaged over 1.15 fantasy points per minute over the last month. He has now gone for over 40 Yahoo points in three of his last five starts and could be in a massive spot tonight if DeRozan (questionable) sits. Like Chicago, the Pelicans are not the greatest team at covering the perimeter (eighth worst in opposing 3-point percentage this year) which should only add to LaVine’s upside today. Among the top five plays at point guard, he has the best value score on Awesemo and feels like a player who could even push for top marks on the slate if this game stays close.

LaVine was showing up well in Awesemo’s fantasy basketball rankings today. He is popping as one of the best Yahoo Fantasy Basketball plays on the entire DFS slate. Check out who else is one of the best NBA picks today in the Yahoo NBA DFS Cheat Sheet.

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Forward — Deni Avdija $12

The Wizards will almost certainly be without Kyle Kuzma today, which means Deni Avdija will get some solid playing time. Avdija has gone for over 30 Yahoo points in each of his last two starts and reached that threshold in his last outing, despite only scoring seven real life points. The fact that he is contributing in different areas for the Wizards is a great thing for his fantasy prospects, as any bump in shooting efficiency will mean a potentially bigger night as one of the best overall values on this slate in the Awesemo NBA DFS Projections. There are blowout concerns, but with small forward offering limited options, taking the extreme value in this spot with Avdija is a great strategy, as it allows a game stack in other spots or pays up for multiple studs on this tricky slate.

Forward — Giannis Antetokounmpo $57

Since there is an extreme value play being targeted in the small forward position, it is affordable to take the easy route and just pay up for Giannis Antetokounmpo at power forward. Antetokounmpo is first in the Awesemo NBA fantasy point projections for the entire slate and has been posting extremely consistent lines for daily fantasy basketball purposes. The reigning NBA Finals MVP has posted less than 50 Yahoo points just once in his last 10 outings and is coming off a very efficient 55.9-point game where he played less than 30 minutes. There are blowout concerns today with Milwaukee set as 12.5-point favorites, but if this game stays close, Antetokounmpo could push for 35-plus given his small usage in the last game. With some budding value elsewhere, it is a good day to pay up for the top play.

Center — Jonas Valanciunas $31

Center is actually quite loaded on this slate and with just one position to fill it likely makes for the toughest decision of the day. There are a couple of big names up top but also a very nice price on Jonas Valanciunas today, who is a close third in the Awesemo NBA Model. Valanciunas has been a stout performer of late, posting four games with 45 or more Yahoo points in his last seven starts, including two games with over 60 points. The former Raptor has the best value score among the top five rated centers today and also has a decent matchup with Chicago, who has allowed the 12th-most points to the center position on the season. Paying down slightly for Valanciunas does not lose much upside at all today and he makes for a great way to round out lineups.

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Yahoo NBA DFS Value Play — Goga Bitadze $15

The Pacers may again be without Isaiah Jackson, who had to leave the last game after just six minutes due to headaches. Jackson just suffered a concussion so it is very likely he will sit today as a precaution. Goga Bitadze has been a fantasy hero in his absence and has now gone for over 30 Yahoo points in four of his last five outings and is averaging well over 1.25 fantasy points per minute in that span. He has also now averaged over 24 minutes over his last three games and seems likely to continue in the main rotation for the Pacers, regardless of Jackson’s status. He is a top value at center and potential flex today.

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