Last night was pretty forgettable in terms of my NBA DFS picks. I actually nailed two of the best plays of the night, as Sam Dekker went nuts and Aaron Gordon had one of his better games of the year. However, the Rockets again didn’t show up at home and hurt most of my plays from that game.
That held me back a bit, while Trae Young and De’Aaron Fox didn’t come close to matching the top point guards. Hopefully you just used a few of my daily fantasy basketball picks and found a way to finish in the green.
Let’s get back to it with Wednesday’s seven-game NBA DFS slate at FanDuel:
PG: Elie Okobo – Phoenix Suns ($3.5k)
The Suns have ruled out Devin Booker and Isaiah Canaan already tonight, so Okobo is likely going to start and get serious run no matter how this game against the Spurs goes. The Spurs are not the elite defensive team of year’s past and this game is in Phoenix, so there is actually less to worry about here than normal.
Okobo is also priced at the minimum at FanDuel, so he’s at worst your free square for the night. However, after a 30+ fantasy point outing against the Thunder, he actually just seems like a solid play across the board. Free square or not, I’m not sure you can fade him tonight.
PG: Tyus Jones – Minnesota Timberwolves ($3.5k)
I’m actually going to really aim high tonight and pair Jones with Okobo. The play here is that one of these guys work out beautifully and the other sets up as my free square. FanDuel drops your lowest score, so taking big risks like this isn’t as damaging as it used to be.
The beauty is there’s actually a chance both of these guys work out. Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler are both out tonight and Andrew Wiggins might not play, either. That puts Derrick Rose in play and he’ll likely be super chalky. Pivoting from Rose to Jones makes sense, as the Wolves could easily get housed by the visiting Jazz tonight.
If that happens, we can expect to see a lot of Jones. Even if it doesn’t, Jones should still get some solid run and he’s produced this year when he’s gotten some decent time on the floor. The matchup isn’t good, but again, if Jones doesn’t work out he’ll just be dropped from the lineup.
Derrick Rose is still a great value play, but Jones should be contrarian and using him saves me a whopping $2k in salary.
The top PG stud is without a doubt Stephen Curry tonight. I’m considering paying up for him in most of my other lineups.
SG: Marco Belinelli – San Antonio Spurs ($3.8k)
This is a full punt at the SG spot. I also like Josh Okogie here, but Belly is logging 20+ minutes a night and gets the Suns. He could get extra run in a possible blowout or he could just pop off in a great matchup.
SG: Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks ($8k)
Doncic has been really good as a rookie for the Mavs and I don’t see any reason for him to slow down tonight against the Lakers. L.A. plays really fast and they don’t really have anyone that is going to spend energy trying to stop the eclectic Doncic.
Pretty much all of the Mavs are on the table in this matchup, but Doncic is coming off of a career high 31-point outing and honestly could top that in this one. This is a game worth stacking but my favorite players to target is Luka.
SF: LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers ($12.4k)
I’m just paying up for the studs tonight. It feels like a classic “stars and scrubs” kind of slate and with the Lake Show struggling at 2-5, don’t be shocked if King James erupts to get them a much-needed win. The Lakers are at home against the Mavs, so they should dominate the pace and be very productive offensively.
All Lakers options are on the board here, but I’m wondering if people will actually pay the premium to get James. If you don’t, pivot down to Kevin Durant, who is a pretty good value by comparison.
SF: T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns ($5.1k)
I don’t feel amazing about rostering a ton of Suns, but they are without their highest usage star and they’ll also be down their top point guard. That’s going to open up minutes and Warren has already been pretty productive for Phoenix off the bench.
Warren is a former starter and is pretty talented, so it wouldn’t take much for him to pop off and exceed value. In what could be a blowout, he could get more work than usual as well.
Harrison Barnes ($5.9k) is also in play if you can get there.
PF: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($12.8k)
The Brow is not cheap tonight and he’s banged up (elbow), but he is expected to wage war with Golden State. He has smashed in this spot in the past and absolutely offers more DFS upside than anyone else on this entire slate. Because of that – and the chance at getting him at low ownership – I’m cramming him in this GPP lineup tonight.
On a lot of my other teams I’ll probably pull the fade card. Blake Griffin ($8.8k) and LaMarcus Aldridge ($8.5k) are in awesome spots and are fantastic pivots. Of the two, I prefer Griffin’s upside and overall versatility.
PF: Josh Jackson – Phoenix Suns ($3.7k)
Rolling out three Suns spares is not what I’d call safe, but there is run and production to be had for a lot of these Phoenix players. Jackson has turned the ball over like crazy and will be hard to trust, but he’s almost the bare minimum and showed as a rookie last year that he does have some upside.
He’s just too cheap in this spot and I’ll cross my fingers he finally works out.
If you need a more intermediate option, Kyle Kuzma stands out in a great game against Dallas.
C: JaVale McGee – Los Angeles Lakers ($7k)
I’ll tack on another Lakers option to pair with King James, as that game could obviously be fantastic. McGee has been awesome for basically the entire season and he’ll be needed with Dallas trotting fellow big man DeAndre Jordan out there.
There are a lot of centers to look at tonight, but McGee might offer the best combination of price and upside. If you don’t go here, consider DJ in this same game, Deadre Ayton, KAT and Andre Drummond. I mean, even Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert are worth long, hard looks. This is just not the position to punt at, in other words.
This lineup is pretty easy to figure out; I’m stacking the Wolves/Suns spares and rostering the two very best plays on the slate. I definitely see the merit in trying to balance things out more with guys like KD, Curry and Blake, but I’m just taking advantage of the value and upside littered across this slate.
Whether you roll out this exact squad or not, hopefully I can help you in some manner. Good luck tonight and enjoy the games!