I’d like to start out Wednesday’s daily fantasy basketball build with a disclaimer; the pricing at FanDuel is not good. I’d been talking about how Anthony Davis is nearing $13k and he actually is there for tonight’s slate.
This is also not a big slate. You have just seven games to work with, and with precious few value picks out there, it’s going to be very hard to cram studs like The Brow, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and others into your roster.
You will need one or two of them, though, so it may be time to get creative. I know I don’t want to pay for Nikola Jokic, however (cue a ridiculous blow-up game). He’s been awful since the return of Paul Millsap.
Beyond that, I think I have my work cut out for me tonight. Regardless, let’s see what kind of FanDuel GPP lineup I come away with after piecing together my favorite studs and value picks for Wednesday night:
PG: Kris Dunn – Chicago Bulls ($6.5k)
Dunn has been a usual suspect in my NBA DFS picks, just because he was killing it prior to dealing with a concussion. He’s been touch and go since his return, but he’s still a highly versatile player who safely logs 30+ minutes per game.
Dunn can be risky, but tonight he’s at home against a bad Grizzlies team. Considering point guard is not loaded on this slate (no true stud), I’m fine with saving here and using a guy that is fully capable of delivering 40+ fantasy points.
PG: DeAaron Fox – Sacramento Kings ($5.8k)
The same goes for the second point guard spot, where I get even more value via Fox. The Kings rookie can look like a first-year player at times, but he’s also a nightly threat for 30-35 fantasy points due to his talent and role.
Fox looks like a fine try tonight, as he’ll face off with a Pelicans defense that stinks defensively. New Orleans ranks dead last against the point guard position on the year and this game has a hefty 224 Total to work with. There could be a lot of fantasy goodness here and I’ll start it off with Fox.
SG: Rodney Hood – Cleveland Cavaliers ($5.3k)
Hood is in another good game for DFS points, as he should continue to start for Cleveland as they battle the Nuggets in Denver. Hood is getting nice run with his new team these days and is always a threat to pop off as a scorer.
You didn’t get a great game out of Hood if you used him the last time he battled Denver (14.6 fantasy points), but I don’t mind taking another stab at him due to his cheap price. You’re paying for minutes and a fast-paced game (231 Total!).
SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic – Sacramento Kings ($5.8k)
James Harden heads a very top-heavy shooting guard spot tonight, but I’ll be spending my money elsewhere. If you’re not on Harden tonight, paying down at SG makes some sense. That’s especially the case with Bogdan, who is scoring very well (10+ actual points in 11 of his last 12 contests) for the Kings right now.
Buddy Hield is a fine pivot option here against the team that originally drafted him, but I think Bogdan offers a better floor and ceiling right now. Bogdanovic has been pretty stable and worked out nicely (36 fantasy points) the last time I vouched for him. Again a bad Pels defense in a potential shootout, he feels like an elite value play.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($11.5k)
My stud of choice tonight is The Greek Freak. The Brow is just insanely pricey these days and LeBron James also costs a bit too much for my liking. You probably need one of these guys to make any noise in GPPs, though, so I’ll roll with Antetokounmpo and hope a shootout leads to a big night.
SF: E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.3k)
You will want to roll with The Greek Freak or Bron Bron tonight, as SF falls off in horrid fashion after the top two options. That has me taking a deep dive for my second SF option, but luckily Moore has a nice role and could be involved in yet another shootout.
The Kings offer a cakewalk matchup, which has me overlooking Moore’s erratic play. He is very hit or miss, but he is too cheap to ignore on a slate devoid of high end value.
PF: Aaron Gordon – Orlando Magic ($7.6k)
Power forward is obviously paced by Anthony Davis, who again popped off for 70+ fantasy points last night. He hadn’t been that amazing recently, though, and also gave his owners a scare when he briefly left the game with one of his many injuries.
The Brow is just too pricey for me on this slate, so I’m rolling with The Greek Freak and hoping alternative PF picks can work. I’ll get the ball rolling with Aaron Gordon, who has a fun matchup against a fast-paced Lakers team.
Orlando in general is tough to trust on the road, but Gordon carries really nice upside. If this game can turn into a shootout, Gordon could chase 50 fantasy points tonight.
PF: Jabari Parker – Milwaukee Bucks ($5.5k)
I’m also fine with Paul Millsap on this slate, but Parker is cheaper and he’s been really effective as a scorer off the bench for the Bucks. The Rockets have been slowing things down lately, but they really don’t have anyone in their second unit that should be able to stifle Parker.
Parker’s minutes have slowly been on the rise, too, so I love the value and upside with him tonight.
C: Clint Capela – Houston Rockets ($7.5k)
I think this Rockets vs. Bucks game could be a good one, as these two teams met in December and played a tight one (115-111) in Houston. Capela was in play last night, but he’s got a saliva-inducing matchup tonight against a Bucks defense that does not rebound well.
Capela can thrive in the pick-and-roll game and the Bucks really don’t have anyone that can consistently stop him. After slouching last night, I like Capela to come out and enjoy a big game in the face of a nice matchup.
That does it for tonight’s slate. I think you need to pick a stud and hopefully fading The Brown and King James doesn’t end up being a crippling mistake. Let me hear your thoughts on these picks and any of your own insight on tonight’s slate in the comments below. Either way, good luck in your NBA DFS contests!