Last night wasn’t perfect, but it’s hard to complain when I nailed one of the best picks of the slate in Blake Griffin (77 fantasy points!). My team wasn’t a big winner, but I still had a slew of helpful plays around Griffin and if you made 1-2 good pivots you could have had a fun night.
Let’s keep the solid picks rolling into Wednesday, where FanDuel offers a huge 11-game daily fantasy basketball slate:
PG: Lonzo Ball – Los Angeles Lakers ($7k)
Stephen Curry is a great elite play and Kemba Walker is red hot, so I can’t fault you for wanting to pay up at a pretty loaded PG position. You don’t really need to, though. Ball is looking at a huge role with Rajon Rondo suspended and he’ll be facing the Suns. He’s a triple-double threat and in this matchup he could flat out go off. He’s a must for me and I’m sure he’ll be chalky.
PG: D’Angelo Russell – Brooklyn Nets ($7.1k)
I also like D’Lo, who has picked things up after a weak season opener. He’ll be facing a bad Cavs defense that just allowed Trae Young to go off for 35 points. Russell hasn’t had his trademark blow-up outing yet, but you know it’s coming. The matchup is great and I bet the price will drive his ownership down.
Chef Curry and Kemba are the studs to pay up for, while Bryn Forbes ($4.3k) is probably the best point guard punt on this loaded slate.
SG: Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns ($8k)
Booker is a solid value here, as he’ll be priced higher for the majority of the year. Shooting guard has one true stud and a bunch of viable options around this price range, but due to his awesome role and immense upside, I love Booker tonight. Any guard against the Lakers is always going to be on my radar and he could really pop off in this one.
SG: Zach LaVine – Chicago Bulls ($7.7k)
You want guys with monster usage and good matchups and LaVine has both. Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen are both out and LaVine gets the Hornets at home. He’s been just going nuts as a scorer and it’s hard to see that stopping now.
There are a lot of nice SG options tonight, but these two are my favorite. I won’t deter you from Dipo, DMR, Luka or even going all the way up to Harden. If you need value, though, Josh Hart and Tim Hardaway Jr. look like mighty fine tries.
SF: Jeff Green – Washington Wizards ($3.7k)
Small forward is where a lot of people will be spending their cash tonight, but it’s not necessary to force it on such a big slate. Green is one of the better values out there and with Dwight Howard out and Ian Mahinmi iffy for tonight, the Wiz are locks to go small a ton against the Dubs.
Do I feel amazing about this being my lone exposure to this game? No, but maybe that’s what it takes to win tonight.
I also like Dorian Finney-Smith ($4.3k) and you can consider double-punting the SF position if that’s something you’re into.
SF: Rudy Gay – San Antonio Spurs ($6.1k)
Gay has solid usage as one of three viable scorers for the Spurs and he’s a solid value. The run and production is there and you get the feeling a big game is just around the corner. A matchup with the Pacers at home doesn’t hurt, either.
PF: Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers ($8.5k)
Love is back to his old Timberwolves role and while Cleveland can’t buy wins, he’s flourishing statistically. It’s equated to 40+ fantasy points in each of his last two games and I have a hard time seeing him failing to produce at home in a fast-paced showdown with Brooklyn.
Pivot down to Draymond Green or Bobby Portis if you don’t like Love and/or need to save some cash but still want a fairly reliable play with big upside.
PF: Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers ($7.2k)
If you don’t want to pair Kuz with Love, consider pivoting off of Love to the Lakers forward. He’s going to get a ton of action with Brandon Ingram suspended, so he’s worth this price. He literally just went nuts (37 real points!) against the Spurs, so I see no reason to shy away from him.
C: Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.7k)
I don’t really want to punt center, but TT is getting good run and is a double-double threat every time he steps onto the court. I have to hop on him at this price, especially when you realize how much opponents have crushed the Nets down low over the years. Bam Adebayo is a great pivot should Hassan Whiteside randomly sit tonight.
If you pay up at center, Deandre Ayton ($7.7k) against the Lakers stands out to me as an awesome play.
There are a lot of studs on this slate, but I’m seeking high-usage players with good matchups and plenty of upside. Some of these guys could hit a wall, so I have no qualms with putting together a few hedge GPP squads where I pivot away from Lonzo, LaVine, D’Lo, Love and others. I do love them all together in this linep, though, and Green is a fantastic “free square” for FanDuel’s new gaming style.
Last night we hit the best play on the board and handed out some solid picks, so hopefully I can help you again here. Either way, thanks for stopping by and good luck in your FanDuel contests tonight!