NBA scheduling is lame, so NBA DFS gamers move from a paltry one-game slate on Tuesday to an insane 14-game slate on Wednesday. I still pieced together a fun daily fantasy basketball squad thanks to the two-day games FD had running and so far, several of those picks worked out swimmingly.
Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday disappointed slightly with 22 and 24 fantasy points, but KCP, Denzel Valentine, Lauri Markkanen and Kyle Kuzma all had 30+ fantasy points. On a small slate like this, I think the weak lines from Lopez and Holiday are something gamers can overcome – especially if my elite options like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant pan out.
If you went that route, you’ll find that out at some point on Wednesday night.
That will be fun to monitor, but there is still an entire 14-game slate here and you get to start over completely with Wednesday’s main slate standing alone. There are obviously a litany of options to consider, so while I will piece together my favorite lineup, I do encourage breaking things down by playing some of the smaller slates available at FanDuel on Wednesday night.
As a side note, I noted that I loved Eric Bledsoe, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for today when I broke down yesterday’s two-day slate. In an effort to not be redundant, I won’t put those options in tonight’s daily fantasy basketball lineup.
With that said, let’s see what a mixture of my favorite studs and value picks get us:
PG: Rajon Rondo – New Orleans Pelicans ($5.2k)
Rajon Rondo didn’t work out for me the last time I used him but he is up to 30 minutes of court time. Now isn’t the time for recency bias, as Rondo can fill it up across the board and is too cheap to ignore. This slate is not centered around paying up at the point and you aren’t going to be able to afford everyone you want.
Rondo is way too cheap for the stat lines he can produce, so he feels like a must for me on this loaded slate.
PG: Mario Chalmers – Memphis Grizzlies ($5.6k)
Not only is tonight’s slate jam-packed with games, but it’s also absent a lot of reliable value. On top of that, FD really priced up some of their best studs. There are two players over $12k, four over $11k and nine over $10k. It’s going to be incredibly difficult to get the players you want, so diving at a few spots is necessary.
I like a lot of expensive point guards, but this is probably one of the best positions to save at tonight. That brings me back to Rio, who produced a nice 41-point fantasy outing last time. Mike Conley remains on the shelf, so you can go back to the well here with confidence.
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Los Angeles Lakers ($5.6k)
James Harden is the only shooting guard you really need to consider paying up for on a slate this big. If you’re not trying to get him, you’re really just looking for high-end value. KCP should get us that, as he’s logging good run and has a nice role in the Lakers’ up tempo offense.
KCP has scored in double figures in 8 of his last 9 contests and has produced 30+ fantasy points in 3 of his last four games, as well. He’s feeling it and tonight he draws a solid matchup against a Kings defense that ranks just 18th against opposing shooting guards.
SG: C.J. McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers ($7k)
McCollum gets me more value at SG, as he usually is priced up a bit more than this and has the ability to get you well over 40 fantasy points. He’s got a nice floor in the 30-35 range and also faces a Sixers defense that ranks 29th against his position.
This Blazers vs. 76ers game should be fun tonight, so I want at least one share in it. McCollum is probably my favorite option to target in this matchup.
SF: Chandler Parsons – Memphis Grizzlies ($4.3k)
I know nobody really trusts Parsons, but he’s seen an increased role and will still be needed for his offense with Mike Conley out. One thing about Parsons is he clearly gets up for revenge games, too. He’s twice burned the Houston Rockets as a scorer and will now get to take on his former Mavericks team.
Parsons is locked into about 25 minutes per night right now and that could be enough at this price in a solid matchup.
SF: LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers ($12k)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are at home with tonight’s best matchup, as they face a fast-paced Nets team that doesn’t defend well. It’s the perfect storm for King James, who was not elite in his last outing and somehow got even more expensive.
That’s what facing the Nets will do to you and I have to hope it gets a lot of people off of him. A slew of other studs should help make that happen, too, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is just $200 more and Kevin Durant is a full $2k cheaper.
KD is the value play at small forward, but in a wide open 14-game slate, James might actually end up being more contrarian. It probably depends on whether or not Durant’s injury news trickles in before lineups lock. If not, I might consider shifting back to KD and crossing my fingers he suits up against the Thunder.
For now, I can get James at home in a dream matchup. If the Nets can keep it close, there’s a chance James is the top scoring NBA DFS option on the night.
PF: Kenneth Faried – Denver Nuggets ($3.3k)
I don’t trust Kenneth Faried, but Paul Millsap is out with a wrist injury and Wilson Chandler is also going to be iffy for tonight’s game. Faried might only be looking at 20-25 minutes in this new role, but for a GPP, he gives us something to gamble on.
Faried logged 19 minutes as the team’s starting power forward in his last game and if there’s a chance he plays more tonight, he could end up being one of the best value picks on the board.
PF: Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers ($8.9k)
Blake Griffin is due a big game. I can feel it. The Clippers are reeling behind 8 straight losses and at some point he’s going to have to step up and put this team on his back. Doing so against a terrible Hawks team would be perfect timing, while Griffin faces a bad Atlanta defense that ranks 22nd against power forwards on the year.
I love the value with Griffin tonight and I bet he’s low owned. With guys like Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis and Ben Simmons on the board, Griffin could quietly be one of the best plays on this slate at low ownership.
C: Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers ($8k)
To cap things off, why not pair Kevin Love with LeBron James in an awesome matchup at home against the Nets? Brooklyn should help push the pace, while neither of these teams can defend. Love gets a tasty matchup against a Brooklyn team that ranks 25th against his position, which could play into him being one of the best center values on the board.