Last night’s tiny three-game slate kept me from piecing together a winning NBA DFS lineup. I actually hit a great value play with David Nwaba, but the rest of the lineup was a little lacking. Things open up wide on Wednesday, as FanDuel pushes out a jam-packed 11-game daily fantasy basketball slate.
This is about as big of a slate as you get most weeks, so tonight could be a ton of fun. It also means there are going to be a ton of elite options to consider, with Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Wall leading the way.
You can go in a lot of different directions, but I’m paying up for The Brow tonight. Ideally I can keep things balanced around him, but here’s a look at my favorite NBA DFS picks with Anthony Davis leading the way:
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay – New York Knicks ($4k)
Mudiay is set to start tonight and he’ll be facing Dennis Schroder, who is known for not being a good defender. I don’t exactly trust the Knicks in OKC, but the minutes could be there and Mudiay does possess solid upside. He is very cheap and will operate as my “low score” player at FanDuel tonight.
I also don’t mind Ryan Arcidiacono, who is only $400 more expensive. A road date against the Celtics obviously isn’t ideal, however.
PG: Jeff Teague – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.7k)
I am hunting for value at point guard on this slate. Ben Simmons, John Wall and Damian Lillard are all viable studs, but I’m spending my cash elsewhere. I also love the value associated with Teague, who returned to the floor two days ago and erupted for 46.7 fantasy points in 34 minutes.
Teague is again dealing with knee soreness, but if he suits up he’ll have a big role and a great matchup in an up-tempo game. No more Jimmy Butler opens things up for Minnesota options and he looks like one of the better values in that regard.
Derrick Rose’s price has shot up ($7.2k), but he’s a fine play if Teague sits out.
SG: J.J. Redick – Philadelphia 76ers ($5.4k)
I know Redick doesn’t do much beyond score the ball, but Philly needs his shooting these days. The Jimmy Butler trade pretty much killed the Markelle Fultz experiment, so Redick will find himself back in the starting five and will get plenty of run.
Redick can help out with some dimes here and there, but the play is on his value and him getting hot in a revenge spot against Orlando. The Magic coughed up 31 points to him earlier this year and he could get some more open looks with Butler on hand.
SG: C.J. McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers ($6.4k)
There are a ton of great shooting guard options on this slate, but let’s keep in mind that they’re also all pretty risky as far as high-priced options go. I’m not sure you can go wrong up top, but Devin Booker is far and away my favorite value ($7.6k) of the lot.
I’m not forcing him into my lineup, though, especially with McCollum coming in at $1.2k cheaper in a great matchup against the Lakers. C.J. can score on anyone, but he could have an expanded role if Damian Lillard (knee) is unable to go for this game. McCollum has averaged over 35 fantasy points per game in two meetings with L.A. this year and if Dame sits out he could deliver a 50-burger.
SF: Kawhi Leonard – Toronto Raptors ($9.2k)
Giannis Antetoukounmpo, LeBron James and Paul George are all great plays, but they’re super pricey. PG-13 can sack in amazing spots, King James has simply not been worth his price tag and The Greek Freak’s Bucks are favored by 10 at home.
All things point me to Kawhi, who is way too cheap given his strong floor and immense upside. I’m not sure a date with the Pistons guarantees a full game out of him, but he’s averaging over 42 fantasy points per game and is a real threat for 50+ tonight. The value is just too good to pass up.
SF: Gordon Hayward – Boston Celtics ($5.7k)
I’m also feeling Hayward, who is too talented to stay grounded for much longer. Whether you agree with that or not, let’s consider that he’s at home and has a tasty matchup against the Bulls. In addition, he finally topped 30 minutes of play in his last game.
Hayward can score and is highly versatile, so the more run he gets, the better. He’s too cheap given that fact and this could be a great smash spot for him to start heating up.
PF: Kevin Knox – New York Knicks ($4.4k)
Knox joins Mudiay in the starting five for New York and I’m really just banking on one of these two paying off. My gut says that’ll be Knox, just because he’s a more natural scorer and can impact the game in so many different ways. I also really like Kyle Kuzma if you’re trying to save, but the discount here is startling.
PF: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($12.3k)
You can try to save cash at PF tonight and perhaps you’ll get away with fading The Brow. Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Aaron Gordon all offer elite value in their own way and I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if all three smashed.
I’m just paying up for Davis because nobody on this slate touches his upside and he’ll be facing Karl-Anthony Towns in a fast-paced game. KAT is not a good defender and the Timberwolves are an overall terrible defensive team these days. This feels like a classic blow-up spot for The Brow and I’m down for paying to see it.
C: Brook Lopez – Milwaukee Bucks ($5.9k)
This slate has 11 games, so you better believe it’s loaded with plenty of center options. Usually this wouldn’t be the time to drop down and save at the position, but some guys have bloated pricing and Lopez is just an amazing value at the moment.
Not only has Lopez been crushing (42+ fantasy points in two straight games) and getting terrific run, but we know he’ll be needed against Marc Gasol tonight. That’s not a great matchup on paper, but Lopez has been more perimeter-based so I don’t think it’s as challenging of a matchup as it looks.
I’m just trying to get my favorite stud and piece together a viable team around him. There are five guys priced at $11k or more and nine total at $10k or more. That tells you there are plenty of studs worth paying up for and that fading them all is probably a huge mistake.
I am taking a wait and see approach on the 76ers for the most part. That means paying a premium for Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and of course Joel Embiid just feels silly. Redick is a valid dice role just because he’s cheap and starting again.
I’m doing the same with the Wolves, specifically with KAT. He could crush, but I’ll just soak up value in Minnesota via Teague for now.
Mudiay/Knox is a great value pairing and if one of them go off, the other can serve as my lowest score. If they both wreck, I could be in for a really fun night.
No matter how it goes, hopefully my NBA DFS picks and/or advice helps you in some manner tonight. Thanks for reading and good luck in your daily fantasy basketball contests!