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FanDuel NBA DFS mid-range picks for March 4th

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Yup: D'Angelo Russell is telling you to pick him tonight. Do it.
Yup: D'Angelo Russell is telling you to pick him tonight. Do it.
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While hunting for bargains is fun, sometimes it's more about identifying reasonable prices. You won't always hit a home run (relative to cost), but mitigating risk is also a sound investment strategy.

Here are 5 guys that are certainly not secrets, but also yield maximum results.

Sometimes you don't need to MacGyver together a table from empty pizza boxes and old Coke bottles: Ikea has them regular price for $40.

Do the right thing.

Let's begin.

D'Angelo Russell, LAL, PG ($6000)

The Lakers' lost season is the start of Russell's ascent to stardom. He's been an absolute beast recently. There's no other way to say it. Career highs are being set every game now - with more to come... He hasn't scored less than 22 points in 4 games, and 2 games ago, check out this line: 39 points, 14/21 FG, 8 3PM, 6 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL. That's as good as it gets, and for 6 grand, you're still not paying elite prices for elite production... He's white hot - and capable of even more. Best bang for your buck right here...

Andrew Wiggins, MIN, SG ($6200)

While counting stats are minimal, the scoring is automatic. He's definitely become a better scorer in his sophomore season, but the reigning ROY really needs to improve the other areas of his game. It's a pretty good price for a strong basement - with huge upside potential. Wiggins can't really be called a risk, but he has yet to show the immense upside that lives inside him. Higher ceiling than anyone else in his price range...

Jae Crowder, BOS, SF ($6200)

Jae Crowder is one of the best basketball stories of the year, and his breakout is real. He's been even better the last month or so... 20 points with lots of counting stat goodies is where Crowder lives these days. He's inching even higher - so more could be in store... Real elite upside here for a modest price. Right player for the right price at the right time. No-brainer to me...

Julius Randle, LAL, PF ($6100)

While the aforementioned D'Angelo Russell is the Lakers' future superstar, his running mate is a double double machine. Randle has also been getting lots of run, and double doubling his way to DFS success... He's not much beyond points & rebounds at this point in his career, but he gets piles of those... He's a medium-priced asset with above-average production. Not quite elite upside, but he could break out even more with all those banged up Lakers... They're playing for nothing except development - so Randle is in the perfect situation to succeed further tonight...

Nikola Jokic, DEN, C ($5600)

He's been a little volatile recently, but this future NBA All-Star is pretty great value for the price. He comes with some risk, but does a little bit of everything. He's a dynamic talent in a thin position for a reasonable price. If he stays outta foul trouble tonight, he'll likely put up a nice stat line across the board... I'd give him the benefit of the doubt, but he is my riskiest play of the night...

So that's 5 guys that aren't exactly needles in a haystack, but are likely affordable. A smart budget should yield you a couple of them.

But if you'd rather simply spend your money on fried chicken, that's entirely up to you.

But why work out so hard if you're just gonna waste it on deep fried foods?

Spring is coming, and those love handles need to go.

I only say this because I care.

Yes, I'm coming on to you.