Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: DraftKings Rankings, Picks for Tuesday, March 17

Eric Mack@@EricMackFantasyFantasy Football Lead WriterMarch 17, 2015

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) reacts after an he is given an offensive foul during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets of a NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 15, 2015. The Houston Rockets won 100-98. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
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Anthony Davis has been playing in the clouds among power forwards of late, but the return of above-the-rim star Blake Griffin should get him some company at the top. We try to find a way for you to slot both stars into your daily fantasy basketball lineups at DraftKings on Tuesday, March 17, as we present our rankings and picks by position, focusing on value and expectations relative to price.

PG Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks ($7,000)

It took some time, but MCW is finally fully functional in the Bucks system, scoring more than 50 DraftKings points in his past game before sitting out Saturday due to a sore ankle. MCW also sat out Monday's practice, but he expects to play, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

You don't want to risk putting your money on a player who is banged up, perhaps, but if MCW plays, it will be because he can make it through the whole game. He is still a good value at $7,000, especially since the New Orleans Pelicans are 24th at DraftKings against point guards.

  1. Carter-Williams, Bucks ($7,000)
  2. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers ($9,700)
  3. Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,500)
  4. Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic ($6,200)
  5. Jerryd Bayless, Milwaukee Bucks ($3,000) ... make him No. 1 if MCW is out
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SG Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic ($7,700)

He emerged as the Magic's top threat in the second half of the season, and his price has come down some after some cooling off after the start of March. This should be a great night for him in a marquee matchup against James Harden ($10,800). Harden is clearly a top buy on the board, but Oladipo can get you 40-plus DraftKings points at a few thousand dollars less.

  1. Oladipo, Magic ($7,700)
  2. Harden, Rockets ($10,800)
  3. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,800)
  4. Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans ($6,000)
  5. Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs ($5,600)

SF Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic ($6,900)

He might not have a high ceiling, but one great thing about Harris is he hasn't put up any basement performances either. You know what you're getting when you slot Harris in your roster. Also, the Rockets are 19th at DraftKings against small forwards, and this should be one of the highest-scoring games of the night, per Odds Shark.

  1. Harris, Magic ($6,900)
  2. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs ($8,600)
  3. Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets ($5,800)
  4. Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies ($4,200)
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,900)

PF Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers ($9,000)

A return from injury at a modest price is about the only thing that could keep a burgeoning monster, Anthony Davis ($11,400), out of top billing at this position. Griffin will be good for a solid 40-plus points against the Charlotte Hornets, who are just 22nd at DraftKings against power forwards. You should try to afford both Griffin and Davis, if you can, though.

  1. Griffin, Clippers ($9,000)
  2. Davis, New Orleans Pelicans ($11,400)
  3. Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,200)
  4. Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistions ($7,600)
  5. Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets ($7,000)

C Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic ($8,300)

The big man has posted three consecutive double-doubles and draws the Rockets on Tuesday, a team that has been just 25th against centers at DraftKings. A night of 20-10 is realistic for him, if you can afford his premium after finding a way to squeeze in the other big-ticket guys like Davis and Griffin. One of Vucevic's biggest draws here is that the alternatives as his position are weaker than others.

  1. Vucevic, Magic ($8,300)
  2. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,400)
  3. DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers ($8,800)
  4. Cole Aldrich, New York Knicks ($4,200)
  5. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons ($7,500)

Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.