My last stop with my daily NBA DFS picks was Monday. I was sick Tuesday, so I apologize for the time away. Hopefully you managed to cash and maybe even win big.
Monday’s daily fantasy basketball picks left a lot to be desired. I had some hits in Aaron Gordon, Bam Adebayo and Justise Winslow, but none of that overcame Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant sacking hard.
It was a classic “balanced” night and I aimed high with two studs anchoring my squad. Let’s see what my favorite daily fantasy basketball strategy (and lineup) is for Wednesday’s big 10-game slate at FanDuel:
PG: Derrick Rose – Minnesota Timberwolves ($5.5k)
Jeff Teague is out again tonight and Jimmy Butler is unsure if he’ll face the Lakers. This is an awesome matchup for Rose, who scored a career-high 50 points just a couple of games ago and dropped a solid 27.9 fantasy points the last time he took on L.A.
Rose is going to start over Tyus Jones and get the bulk of the workload at point guard and in an up-tempo setting, I can’t see myself fading him at this low price.
PG: Reggie Jackson – Detroit Pistons ($6k)
I never feel great about R-Jax but he certainly can get hot as a scorer and has a good matchup in front of him tonight. The Magic aren’t a good defensive team and they particularly struggle up front against opposing point guards.
Kyle Lowry is the top point guard for me, but Toronto has been smoking everyone. The fear of only three quarters of play at a $8.8k price tag is real. Trae Young ($7.6k) is a solid pivot down, but Jackson is in a good spot and is simply too cheap.
Update: Due to changes you’ll see below, feel free to make a move at PG. I still like Reggie just fine, but paying up for Trae, Lowry or even Ben Simmons does look attractive if you can get the funds.
SG: Dennis Schroder – Oklahoma City Thunder ($6.4k)
This is a free square tonight. Russell Westbrook is out and Schroder sees his usage pop off when he’s not on the floor. He’ll be very chalky in all DFS formats, but it’s chalk I’ll gladly eat at this price.
SG: Kevin Huerter – Atlanta Hawks ($3.6k) Here’s my true free square and probably my lowest score to be dropped. Taurean Prince sat out last night and gave way to Huerter, who logged solid run and put up decent production for his second straight game. He’s a lock for me at this price if Prince is out again. If not, New York’s Allonzo Trier ($4.2k) is a solid punt at the second SG spot. Obviously paying up is in play, but I don’t know if this is where I want to tie up all my cash on this slate.
Update: I don’t have time to completely revamp my NBA DFS lineups daily, but you should know Huerter is out for personal reasons tonight. Taurean Prince is also expected back now, so he was never going to make my final squad. Pivot to Trier as I noted above or pay up at SG tonight.
SF: LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers ($11.2k)
King James was a turd his last time out, but he should be in for a nice bounce-back game. He could be chalky, but he’s an awesome late-game hammer against a Timberwolves team that allowed him to drop 60 fantasy points on them just a few games ago.
SF: Paul George – Oklahoma City Thunder ($10.2k)
I love PG-13 with Westbrook out. He’s either an elite pivot away from Bron Bron or you can just pair the two like I’m doing. There aren’t many viable options at SF below these guys, assuming Kawhi Leonard sits out a third straight contest.
Andrew Wiggins will get a cursory glance out of me if Butler is out, but he never does much beyond score. PG-13 hasn’t really had a blow-up game yet, but a date with the Cavs with no Russ certainly gives him a shot at that tonight.
PF: Kelly Olynyk – Miami Heat ($4.9k)
Hassan Whiteside may again be out tonight, so I’ll roll out Olynyk against the Spurs. San Antonio may not go as big as normal, but Olynyk is still going to get run whether he starts or not. He’s a good price and he and Huerter will probably be in competition for my “lowest score”.
Update: I’m not on Olynyk or Bam Adebayo with the news that Hassan Whiteside is expected to play. Paying up at PF is on the table and Pascal Siakam (especially if Kawhi Leonard is out again) looks like a solid pivot here.
PF: Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.3k)
The Lakers are always in play and Minnesota doesn’t defend much. This game also has the best Total of the night, so I’m all for Kuz and you can even save extra cash and use Brandon Ingram ($5.9k) here as well. Pairing the two isn’t the worst idea if you have the cash, either.
Kuzma is the better player at this point, though. He can pop up as a scorer and also contributes on the glass. He had a solid 30 fantasy points against the Wolves earlier this year and 30+ can be expected again.
The expensive PF options are very much in play. Blake Griffin is a little expensive but could operate as a true stud if you don’t want to pay up for LeBron, while Aaron Gordon and Ridge both feel like solid value plays at the position as well.
C: Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat ($5.6k)
I don’t mind rolling out two Miami bigs. They’ll be needed to try to stop LaMarcus Aldridge and no Hassanity obviously opens up a lot of minutes and production at both ends of the floor.
I like the Spurs to beat the Heat tonight, but I do think it’ll still be a close game. Bam Bam logged 29+ minutes in each of his last two games and produced 34 fantasy points in his last outing. Something similar would help make him a strong value play.
Enes Kanter is a decent value and I do like the idea of paying up for KAT (if Butler is out) or Andre Drummond. They’re expensive, however, and I tend to think Adebayo will be plenty fine.
I’m taking advantage of Russ being out tonight by pairing Dennis/PG-13 and I also am betting LeBron isn’t awful for a second straight game. That Wolves/Lakers game is a great spot to get exposure to in general and I have three guys as of now.
I also will exploit value with Whiteside being out and I think it’s important to find a near-minimum punt play for your “lowest scorer” on this slate. It looks like this could be a fun night, but if you don’t want to pay for LeBron and/or PG-13, consider dropping down and paying up for guys like Lowry, Ben Simmons, Blake and/or a stud center.
While those are fine ways to go, I like this squad and think it has a good chance to climb the ladder in GPPs at FanDuel. Whether you’re with me or not, I wish you luck tonight!