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NBA DFS Picks: Yahoo plays and strategy for March 20

RotoWire considers the best player values in Yahoo fantasy leagues for Monday's 6-game slate.

Look for Jaden McDaniels as the Timberwolves head to New York to face the Knicks on Monday night. 

Monday won’t bring the busiest of slates with just six games on the schedule. There are some notable matchups including an Eastern Conference showdown between the Philadelphia 76ers against the Chicago Bulls. The Warriors will also try to snap their 11-game road losing streak when they take on the Rockets in Houston. Let’s discuss some options to consider on Yahoo, as well as some players to potentially avoid.


Kelly Oubre, CHA vs. IND ($25): Oubre had an off night, scoring 11 points on 2-for-12 shooting from the field Friday against the 76ers. Before that, he had averaged 25.4 points and shot 47.7% from the field across seven games since moving into the starting lineup. Both the Hornets and the Pacers rank inside the top 10 in the league in pace of play, so Oubre should have plenty of opportunities to bounce back.

T.J. McConnell, IND at CHA ($17): The Pacers will play without Tyrese Haliburton (knee) again Monday. He has missed four straight games, leaving McConnell with an expanded role. He hasn’t disappointed, scoring at least 28.6 Yahoo points each time. With this game likely having an up-tempo pace, McConnell is very appealing at this cheap salary.

Guard to Avoid

Immanuel Quickley, NYK vs. MIN ($23): The Knicks are finally healthy at point guard since Jalen Brunson returned Saturday against the Nuggets. He jumped right back into the swing of things, logging 32 minutes. Quickley reverted to the second unit, scoring 16.6 Yahoo points over 26 minutes. With Brunson healthy again, Quickley’s role off the bench could lead to another modest stat line.


Jaden McDaniels, MIN at NYK ($18): McDaniels has increased his production down the stretch, averaging 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers over the last 13 games. The Timberwolves need his increased scoring, especially if Anthony Edwards (ankle) misses his second straight game. With Edwards out Saturday against the Raptors, McDaniels scored 29.7 Yahoo points over 31 minutes.

Jordan Nwora, IND at CHA ($15): Nwora has had significant playing time since joining the Pacers. He has been productive, averaging 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.9 steals over the last 10 games. He is yet another player with a cheap salary who could shine in this potentially high-scoring game.

Forward to Avoid

Gordon Hayward, CHA vs. IND ($20): Even with how fantasy-friendly this matchup should be, avoiding Hayward might be wise. He has struggled down the stretch, scoring 23.6 Yahoo points or fewer in four of the last five games. He averaged only 8.2 shot attempts despite logging 30 minutes per game over that five-game span.


Joel Embiid, PHI vs. CHI ($57): In 12 career games against the Bulls, Embiid has provided 29.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 blocks. The MVP hopeful has also scored at least 52.2 Yahoo points in eight straight games. With plenty of appealing value options at guard and forward, rolling with Embiid at his hefty salary is still feasible.

Xavier Tillman, MEM vs. DAL ($17): For those who want to fade Embiid, don’t overlook Tillman. He’s locked in as the Grizzlies’ starting center and has a favorable matchup against a Mavericks team that doesn’t have much size up front. Tillman has faced them twice over the last couple of weeks, scoring 27.6 and 29.0 Yahoo points, respectively.

Center to Avoid

Nikola Vucevic, CHI at PHI ($31): The Bulls need to ride Vucevic, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan if they are going to make the play-in tournament. The problem for Vucevic here is that he’ll be facing Embiid. That means the potential for foul trouble. Despite Vucevic scoring at least 30.0 Yahoo points in six straight games, this matchup makes him a risky option.


Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.