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Fantasy basketball advice: NBA FanDuel sleepers/busts for Friday, March 12

The March. 13 schedule features 9 games, which means plenty of opportunity to enjoy some NBA FanDuel action. Click here for the chance to win $10,000 by spending just $2 today!

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As for what we're going to be doing in this space: The goal here will be to direct your attention toward some players who you might not otherwise consider. If you're here and reading this, then you already know that LeBron James is really good. But when filling out a roster you can't just pick out stars. You'll blow your cap that way and get stuck praying to the basketball gods that a guy like Kosta Koufos gets into the game. No, if you want to win, you have to take advantage of certain matchups -- and in order to do that you have to know where to look. That's what we're here for. Also, this space is going to be used to give you advice for the games on Friday, March 13. Thursday night is generally a slower one in the NBA, while Fridays are always packed. So with that, let's get started.

3 players to target

Aaron Brooks, G, Bulls: Finally, Brooks is starting to get that post-Derrick Rose injury bump that we assumed was coming. Over his last three games Brooks is averaging 22.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists. We've seen this before with guys like John Lucas III, Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin. When Rose goes down the point guard tasked with filling his minutes suddenly sees a giant jump in his numbers. Aside from Nikola Mirotic, Brooks may be the only player left on the Bulls who can create his own shot. He won't cost you a lot, so riding him Friday during his game against the Hornets is a good move.

J.J. Redick, G, Clippers: Redick has been on fire of late, averaging 22.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.2 three-pointers over his last five games. He's also shooting 48 percent from the field over that stretch. What changed? Jamal Crawford has been out with a calf injury, leaving Redick with a larger role in the Clippers' offense. Shooting guard is a thin position, making Redick one of Friday's best plays. That he's playing the Mavericks, not exactly defensive stalwarts, just makes him more valuable.

LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Blazers: Not a sleeper here, but this is as safe a play as there is for Friday. Aldridge is awesome, but that you already know. The reason he's on this list is because he's playing the Pistons on Friday, a team that has struggled with guarding power forwards all year. Detroit is allowing opposing "4s" to score 41.5 FanDuel points per game, the highest number in the league (via Rotoworld). Over their last five games that number has jumped to an astronomical 45.9, and that's come against teams like the Lakers, Hornets and Rockets. Imagine what a player like Alrdridge will do against them.

3 players to avoid

Victor Oladipo, G, Magic: Oladipo has been great of late, playing perhaps the best ball of his career. So why is he on the avoid list? It's all about the matchup. On Friday the Magic will be playing the Celtics, who happen to have two fantastic perimeter defenders on their team -- Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart. Both have the ability to lock down opposing guards and wear them out as the game goes on. Case in point: on the season Boston is holding opposing shooting guards to a minuscule 32.1 FanDuel points per game (via Rotoworld). And now with Isaiah Thomas in the fold, the Celtics are able to stagger Bradley and Smart's minutes to make sure one of them is always on the court. That's not good for opposing guards, and in this case all of Bradley and Smart's attention will be devoted to Oladipo.

Goran Dragic, G, Heat: Dragic would be an easy trap to fall into, especially if you're just looking at the box scores. He returned to the court on Wednesday after missing two games with a back injury and put up 17 points in 35 minutes. He's also playing the Raptors on Friday, a team that can't stop point guards. So what's the problem? He didn't look close to healthy -- as his three assists show -- and could easily end up playing just 20 minutes against Toronto. Back injuries are always dangerous and funky. For the amount he'll cost, those are two words you don't want to hear.

DeAndre Jordan, C, Clippers: This is going to be a quick explanation, as it has nothing to do with Jordan and everything to do with the impending return of Blake Griffin. If the Clippers power forward comes back to the court for the team's Friday game against the Mavericks then you might want to pass on Jordan, given how much he'll cost. If Griffin doesn't play, Jordan will be worth every penny. But it's pretty clear that Jordan's recent surge has everything to do with Blake's absence. Just make sure you're aware of what's going on in Clipperland before setting your lineup.

Other Notables

The Warriors will play the Nuggets in Denver on Friday. The Warriors are first in the NBA in pace and the Nuggets are fourth, via That makes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Danillo Gallinari great FanDuel plays. He was briefly mentioned above, but Nikola Mirotic continues to ball in the absence of, well, seemingly everyone on the Bulls. Kings guard Ben McLemore has found a comfort zone under new head coach George Karl. He's averaging 19.7 points per game over his last three and shooting 40 percent from downtown.