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Yahoo Fantasy Basketball Picks & NBA DFS Value Plays Today | 3/31/22

Geoff Ulrich



Free No House Advantage picks today and props for the Friday NBA DFS slate using expert projections & Awesemo's rankings tonight.

The slate only has five NBA games to choose from today, but it does contain plenty of games with higher scoring potential. Most eyes will be on Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn, which has a monster 244.5 over/under and a close point spread. There is potential in other areas too, as the Lakers vs. Jazz and Cavaliers vs. Hawks also have over/unders well north of 225. There is not a ton of injury news to watch today but both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zach LaVine have injury designations and are listed as probable. They are worth watching up until lock and will be the biggest news for our Yahoo fantasy basketball slate.

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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 — Donovan Mitchell $37

The Jazz have one of the largest implied team totals on the slate and face off against a Lakers squad who is hurting with Lebron James out. It is a fine time to fire up Donavan Mitchell, who rates out just a couple points behind James Harden in the Awesemo projections at shooting guard today, despite being priced $10 cheaper. Mitchell has now posted 40.0 or more Yahoo points in six of his last 10 starts and rarely disappoints. He is also going up against a Lakers team who is bottom five in terms of rebounds and assists allowed to the shooting guard position. A big Jazz win means Mitchell likely exploded for points anyways and his salary is reasonable for the matchup, so blowout concerns do not really apply.

Guard — Darius Garland $36

The Cavaliers will again be without Jarret Allen and Evan Mobley, meaning that Darius Garland and a few others in the rotation will have to carry the load for Cleveland. Of the remaining starters, it is Garland who is easily the most reliable for daily fantasy basketball purposes and also has a plus match-up today against Atlanta. The Hawks allow the fourth-most assists per game to the point guard position and rank bottom-five in terms of opposing 3-point FG% allowed on the year. Garland has been a fantasy workhorse of late too, averaging well over 38.0 minutes a game over his last six starts, while posting 50.0 or more Yahoo points in three of his last five starts as well. He comes $11 cheaper than Trae Young today and rates out with a far better value score on Awesemo than his Hawks counterpart.

Garland 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 — Khris Middleton $32

With the Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee game featuring such a huge point total and likely to be a close back and forth affair, this seems like a great time to target the consistent fantasy services of Kris Middleton. The Bucks’ forward has posted three games of 45.0 or more Yahoo points in three of his last 10 games and has not gone for less than 34.0 Yahoo points when he has played 30 or more minutes over that same span. Small forward today is thin so it should not come as a huge shock that Middleton rates out as the top play at his position in the projections. He will be somewhat popular, but if you can pay up to him you probably should. A monster game from Middleton will likely leave you far behind at this position if you fade.

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Forward — Tobias Harris $22

The 76ers have a plus match-up against the Pistons, who are thin up front with Jerami Grant out for the year and rank sixth-last in terms of rebounds allowed on the season. This is a good matchup for Tobias Harris, who has played extremely well of late and is in a bit of a revenge spot against his former club. Harris really has not been hurt by Harden’s addition and has now played 35 or more minutes in five of his last six games. He posted his first double-double in well over a month in his last start and should have a shot at duplicating that feat against Detroit today. For value purposes, if you are looking for a cheap option at power forward, there is really no one else with near the upside or reliability (under $25) that Harris provides.

Center — Clint Capela $21

The Hawks and Cavaliers both played last night but Clint Capela is a player who is coming off lighter minutes. Foul issues and poor shooting plagued Capela yesterday, but his 11 rebounds over 21 minutes are a great example of how efficient a fantasy performer he can be when the buckets drop with a little more ease. Going back to him as a value option today makes a ton of sense, as he was lightly used yesterday and has a great matchup against Cleveland, who is very thin down the middle today (and starting the corpse of Kevin Love). Capela rates out as a top-five play in the Awesemo Point Projections at center and is a great source of upside for GPPs.

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Yahoo NBA DFS Value Play — Caris LeVert $18

Caris LeVert finally broke out in his last game for the Cavaliers, landing 32 real-life points across 38 minutes of playing time. The former Pacer has now averaged over 34 minutes across his last three games and should be able to build off this game in a plus matchup against Atlanta today. As mentioned above, Cleveland has serious injury issues up front and that means usage for the remaining starters and core rotation players will remain high in the meantime. LeVert rates out with the best point projection on Awesemo of anyone on this slate under $20 for play on Yahoo and makes for a great flex play today.

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