After a brief hiatus I’m back in the saddle on Wednesday to help you win in daily fantasy basketball contests. I still played a single entry game last night and dropped in a sweet score of 355, so I’m feeling in a groove heading into tonight’s action.
That can often be a dangerous feeling, but Wednesday night has an absolutely stacked player pool and also could showcase a decent amount of value. Let’s see where that gets me as I try to piece together a GPP-winning lineup for FanDuel:
PG: Rajon Rondo – New Orleans Pelicans ($5.4k)
Point guard is not the position to spend on tonight at FanDuel. Kemba Walker is very much in play against the Brooklyn Nets and Kyle Lowry is an option against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but this is overall a fairly weak position. On top of that, this is a spot where a lot of value can be had.
One such value play is Rondo, who crushed last night (55 fantasy points) and will be at home in a fast-paced battle with the Indiana Pacers. His matchup isn’t easy in terms of isolation defense, but there should be a lot of stats to go around in this one.
Barring a random rest day, Rondo should be busy in this one and if he sees 30+ minutes I like him to crush this price tag.
PG: Antonio Blakeney – Chicago Bulls ($4k)
Kris Dunn is out and Zach LaVine may not play tonight, so you can safely target Bulls spares on this slate. Personally, I’d stick to the guards and instead of paying $5.5k for Cameron Payne, I’ll drop down even further and grab Blakeney.
Blakeney is slated to get solid run to close out the year no matter what, but is already there with 20+ minutes in each of his last four games. He’s shown well as a scorer (10+ actual points in four of his last five contests) and could thrive tonight against a spotty Nuggets defense that struggles to contain guards.
The beauty here is Blakeney will be coming off the bench in what Bovada and other top NBA betting sites are predicting to be a blowout (Bulls are +9 underdogs). I don’t need Blakeney to crush here, but the role, matchup and game flow all work to his advantage. That makes him an elite value play on this eight-game slate.
SG: Wayne Ellington – Miami Heat ($4.2k)
Dwyane Wade remains out again for Wednesday, so Miami should call upon Ellington for at least 30+ minutes. He’s been responding as a scorer lately, pouring in 22 and 23 points in two of his last three games. I’m not sure I’ll demand that tonight against the Knicks at home.
Ellington is a risky play but he has upside as a scorer and should see plenty of minutes. He’s a fine GPP try and isn’t a bad price.
SG: Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards ($7.6k)
Taking some dives on this slate feels necessary, but I also want to nab some intermediate value. Beal is just too difficult for me to pass up. I know he’s on the road against a tough Spurs defense, but he’s not even $8k.
Beal has actually been all over the place despite an enhanced role with John Wall sidelined, but he still boasts massive upside and at this price anything close to 40 fantasy points would be a big win. I’ll take my chances, especially with Beal possibly acting as a fun hammer to close the night out in San Antonio.
SF: E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.4k)
Jrue Holiday (illness) could be out again tonight and if so, Moore is an absolutely elite value play. I like him anyways just because he can blow up as a scorer and is cheap exposure to a very explosive game.
Moore doesn’t have to do all that much to exceed his perceived value here, either, so this feels like a mild risk.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($12k)
The Greek Freak is my choice between him and King James. He’s $800 cheaper and has just as much upside. Both of these guys are wrecking right now and there is a steep drop-off at SF after the top two options, so you’ll need to pick a side here.
I’m riding Giannis, who is really dialed in as he tries to will the Bucks into the playoffs. A date with a bad Clippers defense gives him a superior matchup when compared to LeBron, so I see this as an easy pivot. If it can somehow be mildly contrarian, all the better.
PF: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($12.1k)
I think this is a slate where you pick one stud and stand by them. From there, hopefully you can piece together a balanced team that doesn’t burn you.
If there is one guy to roll with, I believe it’s The Brow. LeBron James is almost $13k on FanDuel and Davis has actually seen his price tag drop. He’ll be facing a shaky Pacers defense that he dropped 37 points and 14 rebounds on earlier this year. With DeMarcus Cousins down for the count (32 and 13 in that same game), I think this is a clear spot for Davis to feast.
Adding to the allure is Indy’s fast pace of play and the potential absence of Jrue Holiday (illness). Either way, Davis feels like the best value amongst elite plays tonight and there’s little logic to suggest he’s a bad play.
PF: Markieff Morris – Washington Wizards ($5.6k)
I’m paying up for two high level studs tonight, so I need to take some risks elsewhere. One of those is Kieff, who I actually like at this price. His matchup on the road with the Spurs is far from ideal, but considering he’s a perimeter-based player, I don’t think it really matters.
Morris is either going to hit or he’s not. I think he’s a safer play than someone like Serge Ibaka due to his run, while he has explosive upside if he can get hot. He and Beal serve as a two-man hammer to end this slate and I like the upside that could provide.
C: Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat ($4.3k)
Center is loaded tonight, so it will be very interesting to see how ownership plays out. I don’t think you can get two of Giannis/LeBron/Brow comfortably while also paying up here, so I’m picking my spots wisely tonight. That has me punting center, where Bam Bam feels like an elite value.
Much like Wade, Heat star Hassan Whiteside is again out on Wednesday, so that opens up a potentially big game for Adebayo. He’s been seeing 24+ minutes lately and versus a Knicks team that uses two key big men, I wouldn’t be shocked if he logs 30 minutes in this one.
Adebayo is another guy that could have you assuming some risk, but there is a lot of logic behind him and he makes for a great GPP play.
Overall, I think one of the elite SF options is necessary and I don’t feel like fading The Brow. Instead, hopefully people will feel dropping down to LaMarcus Aldridge and/or Ben Simmons is the right call and those moves backfire.
Ultimately, if Giannis and The Brow pan out and some of these value picks can deliver, I could have a really nice GPP squad on my hands. Whether you like my NBA DFS picks for Wednesday or not, I wish you luck tonight!