Last night didn’t produce a winner in FanDuel daily fantasy basketball contests. Damian Lillard was strong and guys like Kyle Lowry, Devin Booker and Serge Ibaka panned out, but not having exposure to Bradley Beal or Russell Westbrook doomed me in the end.
I listed Marcin Gortat as my top value center early in the day, but had I known Tyson Chandler would be out, I probably would have plugged Greg Monroe. That was one piece to a winning puzzle, but the top GPP team at FanDuel had a slew of Jazz players and I was never interested in going heavy with Utah options.
Fortunately things stretch out for Wednesday’s 10-game NBA DFS slate, so I’m back at it again to build a GPP threat:
PG: Rajon Rondo – New Orleans Pelicans ($6k)
Rondo’s price has spiked a bit over the last week, but for good reason, as he’s poured in 36+ fantasy points in each of his last three contests. The star point guard is really feeling it and I think he can finally be trusted.
Rondo has a great matchup on paper against the Nuggets (27th against point guards), while he’ll be at home and will be needed with Anthony Davis again unlikely to suit up. That means more shots and more chances for assists, which should make him one of the better value plays on the night.
PG: Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets ($5.4k)
Point guard is not a place I feel inclined to pay up tonight. Stephen Curry is sidelined with an ankle injury and there’s a decent chance you can match some of the expensive options with value picks. Rondo fills one slot and I think Jamal Murray should be able to get the job done in the other.
Murray has excelled as a scorer with Nikola Jokic out and with the big man on the shelf again tonight, I expect more of the same. Not only is Murray in an explosive game (220.5 Total), but he draws a favorable matchup against a Pelicans defense that ranks just 22nd against point guards.
SG: E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.8k)
I don’t mind taking a few dives on this big slate and it’s probably actually necessary. One that is appealing is Moore, who is getting serious run lately with Anthony Davis out. Moore is proving himself as a scorer in the process, as he’s notched 18+ actual points in each of his last three games.
With The Brow out again tonight, a lot of offense opens up for other guys in New Orleans. That gets me on Moore, who should log 35+ minutes and have plenty of chances to rack up stats.
SG: Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors ($6.9k)
I know I want KD and Boogie tonight as my main core, but as things wind down (this is the last slot I’m filling), I find myself eating the extra $500 and settling on Klay Thompson.
A date with the Hornets in Charlotte isn’t ideal, but Klay and KD are bound to hoist a ton of shots in this one. In fact, a tough road contest should hypothetically keep the game close and offer more upside than usual with both of these Warriors studs. Thompson has a chance to sound off in this one and he’s also a good price.
Shooting guard is weird in general, as Victor Oladipo is way too expensive and I’m not sure any of the other options priced above Thompson are any better. Eating the extra salary should play a hand in differentiating my squad from others, as well.
SF: Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($10k)
There are so many reasons to use KD tonight. The biggest is Stephen Curry (ankle) is out, which opens the door to massive upside for the star forward. That’s certainly been the case in the past, as Durant’s usage has been at 31.7% when Curry isn’t on the court.
That’s led to some serious production and as the focal point of the offense tonight in Charlotte, Durant could explode. His price tag is also down, while DFS gamers are going to need to pay up for at least one stud SF with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Jimmy Butler also on the docket.
Butler is out of the equation for me, but KD could be an elite pivot off of the other two. If he can come remotely close to what they end up with, it’ll be a huge win in large field tourneys.
SF: Wilson Chandler – Denver Nuggets ($4.8k)
Chandler was limited to 25 minutes in his return from an injury in his last game, but he’s super cheap with a fantastic matchup tonight. New Orleans ranks 29th against small forwards and with Nikola Jokic still sidelined, talented pieces on the Nuggets are worth a look.
My only concern is the run, but it’s possible Chandler is allowed to play more in his second game back. If so, he could end up being a steal at this price.
PF: Taj Gibson – Minnesota Timberwolves ($5.7k)
Gibson is rarely exciting, but he’s logging insane run and is a constant double-double threat. His price has gone up a bit, but he can still return value and gets a favorable matchup against a banged up Clippers team tonight.
This matchup worked out for Gibson just three days ago (32.2 fantasy points) and I think it can again tonight.
PF: Jeff Green – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.6k)
For some reason it feels like a Jeff Green night. This guy is very versatile and explosive and every now and then everything will just click and he’ll punch out a gem. I’m not even sure you need him to do that, as he’s actually been steady lately, producing 23+ fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 outings.
Green has an okay matchup against a Kings team that ranks 14th against his position, but this is a fun spot where he could thrive off the bench and/or end up seeing a ton of garbage time in a blowout win.
I am not enamored with PF tonight, so I don’t mind taking this mild dive. His numbers of late give you a respectable floor and I think he could blow up in this one.
C: DeMarcus Cousins – New Orleans Pelicans ($11.3k)
Boogie should be the focal point of the New Orleans offense again tonight, as Anthony Davis is doubtful to face the Denver Nuggets. Cousins dropped in 38 points two games ago and tonight he’ll face a Denver defense that won’t have Nikola Jokic on hand to stop him.
I’ve been hesitant to bite on Boogie since The Brow went down, but this isn’t a spot where I’m willing to pull the fade card. There are a lot of viable options at center tonight, but this feels like a game where Boogie could get you 70+. He’s my chosen stud and I’m not turning back.