I got burned yet again by an injury on Tuesday night, as Ryan Anderson lasted about seven minutes before meeting his demise. That was unfortunate, but there were some ticking time bombs last night and I’m sure a good amount of people also ran into Kristaps Porzingis and his season-ending ACL tear.
My luck with in-game injuries hasn’t been great over the past two weeks, but Rando was always a dicey try. Hopefully you moved off of him and took advantage with my other NBA DFS picks, which for the most part were actually fantastic.
Dennis Schroder and Kyle Lowry were two of my favorite value point guards and both handed in 39+ fantasy points, while Clint Capela, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant were all good to great. I missed “Paul George explosion night” in favor of KD, but I can’t be mad with 42 fantasy points.
Mario Hezonja was a bust, but he was insanely chalky and I still stand by that play. Tyler Ulis and Wayne Selden were my other value plays and they did not deliver. They were both priced around the $3.7k range and were worth a shot, but they held my team back.
Overall, the core was very good, so hopefully you went with PG-13 over KD and refrained from taking as many dives as I did.
With that being said, Wednesday brings another daily fantasy basketball slate, with six games to work with at FanDuel. Here’s my favorite lineup for the night:
PG: Dejounte Murray – San Antonio Spurs ($5.5k)
Murray has been pretty cold lately, but he still has a solid role in theory and tonight he has an amazing matchup against the Suns. The Suns can’t defend worth a lick, but the fact that this game is in Phoenix could allow it to stay somewhat close.
Murray can crush it in terms of peripherals, but he has not been steady as a scorer. This is the spot to test him out in that regard. If he can keep racking up rebounds and dimes, I think he could blow up tonight.
PG: Joe Young – Indiana Pacers ($3.7k)
I’ll also tentatively eye Tyler Ulis again, as point guard is a true wasteland on this slate. Chris Paul is worth a look up top, but Ricky Rubio has gotten to be too expensive and nobody else in the mid-range calls out to me.
Young isn’t safe, but Darren Collison is set up to miss the next two weeks. That’s going to ensure a solid role for Young one way or another, so you can safely prepare for 25+ minutes from him whether he starts or not. Against a weak Pelicans defense, he’s a pretty solid gamble in tournaments.
SG: Jrue Holiday – New Orleans Pelicans ($7.6k)
I have some interest in James Harden, but he’s on the road against a solid Miami defense. He’s also got both CP3 and Eric Gordon with him, so I don’t really envision this being a great blow-up spot for him.
That has me dropping down and with Victor Oladipo possibly still feeling the lingering effects of an illness, my next stop is Jrue Holiday. He could be bothered by Dipo on the defensive end, but he has such a sweet role and loads of upside. Indy is not good as a whole defensively, so due to sheer volume I have no concern he gets his in this one.
SG: Andrew Wiggins – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.2k)
Shooting guard is another position that gets ugly in a hurry on FD tonight, but I’ll take a stab at the revenge factor with Wiggins. He dropped 25 actual points on Cleveland earlier this year and is always a threat to show them what a huge mistake they made by trading him away a few years ago.
Wiggins doesn’t do much beyond scoring, but Cleveland’s defense is abysmal, so it’s possible he won’t have to. The price seems to consider that, as you’re getting an explosive scorer on the cheap. If he can hit 35 fantasy points, I’ll be rather pleased.
SF: Stanley Johnson – Detroit Pistons ($5.8k)
Small forward has two elite options tonight, but LeBron James hasn’t been worth his price tag and he has to deal with the defense of Jimmy Butler. I’m not considering him in this spot and would rather piece together a more balanced unit.
Butler is firmly in play (51 fantasy points against the Cavs last time) but I’d rather save a little money and avoid the big dogs at small forward. Johnson is a risk, but he has a strong role with the Pistons these days and a date with the Nets gives him some upside. Reggie Bullock is $1.1k cheaper but I see SJ as the guy with more DFS potential.
SF: T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns ($6.8k)
I want volume and upside with my NBA DFS picks and even though he’s facing a stingy Spurs defense, I think Warren provides that. Warren is seemingly always viable, but with Devin Booker already ruled out for Wednesday night, he is a borderline lock for me.
Warren is going to get plenty of scoring opportunities and he also gets the comfort of playing at home. The Spurs can be tough defensively, but they don’t have Kawhi Leonard on hand and Warren has had not trouble scoring (20.5 points per game across two meetings) on them.
PF: Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers ($9.2k)
There are a lot of weak spots tonight and PF is probably another one. I can’t see myself paying down here, as a lot of the value picks are just not that enticing. Nikola Mirotic is still too pricey for my liking and guys like Taj Gibson, Derrick Favors and Thaddeus Young don’t offer enough upside.
I want Griffin tonight, as he’s been quite steady with his new team (37+ fantasy points in each game) and tonight he gets the Nets. Brooklyn is a big underdog on the road, but they play fast and should give Griffin a shot at a ton of stats. I’ll take the chance on him as my top stud.
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs ($8.6k)
While I love Griffin, I also can’t pass up the opportunity to use Ridge is an awesome spot. Aldridge is always looking at solid volume as long as Leonard is sidelined, but tonight he’s in an especially fun spot against the hapless Suns.
Phoenix can’t defend at all and Ridge has already found success (38+ fantasy points per game across two meetings) against them this year. The game staying close is the tough part, but if the Spurs dominate, it’ll be at least partially due to Aldridge benefiting from such a killer matchup.
C: Myles Turner – Indiana Pacers ($6.5k)
Center is absolutely loaded tonight and after looking at a few spots with less than ideal options, I can see why some would want to take advantage. As a person who loves the GPP scene, however, I see this as a terrific spot to not pay up.
Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis are both over $11k and ownership is going to be all over the place at this position.
What if you could come close to matching the high level production at the position at almost half the cost? I think you can potentially do that with Myles Turner, who is again slowly working his way back to a regular role.
Turner has certainly been a disappointment this year, but he put up over 40 fantasy points when he faced New Orleans earlier this year and he will probably be needed to help stop The Brow. He could easily backfire, but I expect him to be quite contrarian. I love the value and upside in this spot, while Turner also helps me get most of the other pieces I want.
My first instinct on this slate was KAT. You can save almost $2k when compared to Drums and even more if you drop down from Davis. He’s very interesting against the Cavs, but if Turner can hit 30+ minutes, he feels like the high upside value play of the day.