FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 3/17/24

Matthew Lo
Matthew Lo@holla2mlo
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 3/17/24

Since NBA DFS is easier to predict than baseball or football, it would likely get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Basketball players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? Trust me -- it's not!

As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to ensure that you're up to date with key injuries. Our projections -- which are powered by numberFire -- update throughout the day to reflect current news. You can also turn to numberFire for player news updates as well as a matchup heat map and lineup optimizer to help give you an edge.

On top of all that, here at FanDuel Research, we'll come at you each day with this NBA DFS primer, which breaks down some of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's dive into today's main slate on FanDuel.

Betting lines via the NBA odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. Projections and betting odds may change after this article is published.

Implied Total
TORORL215.513101.25Barnes, Barrett, Boucher, Poeltl OUT
ATLLAC22410107Bogdanovic available / Young, Bey, Okongwu OUT
BKNSA220.51.5109.5Simmons OUT
WSHBOS23110110.5Kuzma, Coulibaly questionable / Avdija doubtful / Jones, Bagley, Shamet OUT
SABKN220.5-1.5111Osman questionable
ORLTOR215.5-13114.25Isaac OUT
LACATL224-10117Harden, Powell questionable / Westbrook OUT
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Dejounte Murray ($9,800): After producing 1.25 FanDuel points per minute and a 32.6% usage rate with today's injuries, Murray is third overall with a 43.2 fantasy projection versus a Los Angeles Clippers' unit ranked third in FanDuel points (46.0 per game) allowed to his position. Despite a 10.1% salary increase since March 8th, Murray has been impressive, averaging 53.3 FanDuel points per contest.

Immanuel Quickley ($8,400): In 128 minutes with Toronto's short-handed rotation, Quickley should be the engine of their offense, producing 1.12 FanDuel points per minute and a 22.5% usage rate.

Cameron Thomas ($7,500): Even at his second highest salary in March, Thomas remains a viable option for a ceiling performance against a San Antonio Spurs' unit allowing the most fantasy production (46.0 FanDuel points per game) to shooting guards. Since March 9th, Thomas leads his team in usage (32.4%) while recording 1.12 FanDuel points per minute.

Devin Vassell ($7,300): After a 5.1% drop to his lowest salary point this month, Vassell is fourth among guards in value with a 4.74 rating and a 34.6 fantasy projection.

Jrue Holiday ($7,100): In an increased offensive role after his usage is boosted to 21.2% with today's rotation, Holiday is second overall in value with a 5.3 rating and a 37.6 fantasy projection at his second highest salary in March.

Dennis Schroder ($6,300): Since March 2nd, Brooklyn's veteran ranks third among his team's starting five in fantasy production (0.88 FanDuel points per minute) and usage (21.6%).

Tre Jones ($5,900): San Antonio's point guard is seventh overall in value with a 4.89 rating and a 28.9 fantasy projection despite a recent increase to his highest salary point this month.

Jalen Suggs ($5,700): Despite topping out at 31 minutes in March, Suggs is still sixth in value among guards with a 4.65 rating and a 26.5 fantasy projection.

Nah'Shon Hyland ($4,700): The 23-year old would be viable value option if Harden is not available, recording 0.95 FanDuel points per minute and a 25.0% usage rate in this split and today's other injuries.

Payton Pritchard ($4,100): After Derrick White was ruled out, Pritchard should see a starting role while averaging 0.99 FanDuel points per minute and a 19.4% usage rate with today's injuries.


Victor Wembanyama ($11,000): The Spurs' star rookie is first overall with a 50.7 fantasy projection after producing an improbable 1.60 FanDuel points per minute and 50.4 FanDuel points per game this month. Despite his impressive metrics in his last five games, Wembanyama's salary has dropped by 6.7% since March 2nd.

Jayson Tatum ($10,100): Boston's leading scorer sees an uptick in his metrics to 1.36 FanDuel points per minute and a 36.4% usage rate with three starters already ruled out including Jaylen Brown. The 26-year old has provided ceiling performances in this matchup, accounting for 34 real-life points and 54.3 FanDuel points in two prior encounters.

Kawhi Leonard ($9,100): "The Claw' ranks second among his team's starting unit in usage (26.4%) and and fantasy production (1.12 FanDuel points per minute) if James Harden is unable to go on Sunday night.

Paolo Banchero ($8,700): At his second highest salary this month, Banchero is sixth overall with a 39.3 fantasy projection versus a Toronto team allowing power forwards to score 24.0 real-life points and 48.4 FanDuel points per contest.

Paul George ($8,500): PG's metrics would increase to a team-high 27.3% usage rate and 1.21 FanDuel points per minute if part of the Clippers' big three is inactive.

Jalen Johnson ($7,900): After logging 34 minutes in his return from an ankle injury, Atlanta's emerging forward is an intriguing option on Sunday, recording 0.97 FanDuel points per minute and a 24.4% usage rate in today's splits.

Franz Wagner ($7,400): With so many viable forward options, Wagner could fly under the radar on Sunday despite a great spot versus a Toronto Raptors allowing the second most FanDuel points (44.7 per game) to his position. The German star has been solid against Toronto, averaging 18 real-life points and 34.6 FanDuel points in two meetings.

Mikal Bridges ($7,400): At his lowest salary in March, Bridges ranks tenth among forwards in value with a 4.58 rating and a 33.9 fantasy projection against a San Antonio defense giving up 40.7 FanDuel points to small forwards.

Jeremy Sochan ($6,400): In his last seven games, San Antonio''s versatile second-year player has produced 31.2 FanDuel points per contest while his salary has mvoed up by 4.9%.

De'Andre Hunter ($5,800): Even in a bench role, Hunter has seen increased responsibilities in his last three games, averaging 33.3 minutes per contest and a 22.8% usage rate.

Sam Hauser ($4,500): With Jaylen Brown ruled out, Hauser should move into Boston's starting lineup in a mouth-watering spot versus a Washington unit ranked last in defensive rating. Boston's three-point specialist is averaging 0.79 FanDuel points and a 15.7% usage rate with the Celtics' current inactives.


Nicolas Claxton ($7,300): Brooklyn's big man has a good opportunity to provide return with a 4.98 value rating and a 36.4 fantasy expectation in a favorable spot versus a San Antonio unit ranked 27th in FanDuel points (58.9) allowed to centers.

Al Horford ($6,300): Despite recording a 13.9% usage in today's splits. Horford is seventh among centers in value with a 4.41 rating and a 27.8 fantasy projection against a Washington defense giving up the most FanDuel points (62.1 per game) to his position.

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