I had some great NBA DFS picks last night, but some of the chalkiest plays of the night (mostly Washington Wizards) severely under-performed. Justin Holiday was an awesome value play, Dion Waiters was fine despite a blowout loss and pairing LeBron James with Giannis Antetokounmpo was certainly not a bad idea.
Sadly, Tyus Jones wasn’t able to go nuts despite just 13% ownership and pretty much every Wizards option face planted. I actually still placed across the board due to such a crummy night, but it wasn’t my best team.
Wednesday brings a massive slate to the table, so you will have plenty of options to consider. Here’s my stab at my favorite FanDuel squad with some of my favorite studs and value picks:
PG: Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder ($11k)
Westbrook is my second favorite stud on this entire slate and I probably have to use him tonight. The Orlando Magic allowed him to score 57 real points the last time he faced them and their defense has become a truly laughable thing.
Westbrook is always worth a shot, but he’s really starting to heat up with 54+ fantasy points in each of his last four outings. He’s topped 60+ in three of those games, too, and I can’t imagine him punking you tonight.
PG: Dennis Smith Jr. – Dallas Mavericks ($5.8k)
DSJ is the other piece to my point guard puzzle, as he gets a tantalizing matchup with a bad Nets defense at home.
Smith can rack up points and dimes in bunches, but he’s especially interesting tonight, seeing that he’s a nice price and faces the NBA’s #1 team in terms of pace. I expect Smith to produce a very nice line tonight and if he gets under 30 fantasy points I will be shocked.
SG: James Harden – Houston Rockets ($12.2k)
Harden is my favorite stud on the board tonight. He has just been so good lately and tonight he’ll be at home with a fun matchup in front of him against the Indiana Pacers.
Indy can pour on the points, but they don’t defend and they have a tall order in taking on the Rockets in Houston. No Victor Oladipo would ensure Harden doesn’t face any defensive resistance, but Oladipo suiting up certainly wouldn’t scare me off of my favorite stud, either.
Harden is quite pricey, but this game is set up to be one of the most explosive shootouts of the night. If the Pacers can hang tight like the Nets did two days ago, look out.
SG: Norman Powell – Toronto Raptors ($4.6k)
I don’t love Powell, but he’s cheap and continues to get run thanks to an injury to Delon Wright. That’s slid him to the second unit, but that actually frees him up to attack at will. I like his price tonight and he won’t be exposed to Charlotte’s lethal perimeter defenders as a member of the bench unit.
SF: Jonathon Simmons – Orlando Magic ($4.6k)
I want to land a couple of studs tonight, so I’m taking calculated dives. Simmons looks like one that makes sense, as he’s been inserted into Orlando’s starting five and has the green light to hoist. A date with a strong Thunder defense isn’t ideal, but Simmons can fill it up offensively and at least for the moment looks to be locked into a big role.
Simmons is at home and will be launching away, so hopefully he can get hot and add in some nice peripherals. The matchup is garbage, but I’m going to eat the value and hope it works out.
SF: Lance Stephenson – Indiana Pacers ($5.2k)
Harrison Barnes is also in play at $6.5k, but if I’m stacking two elite players (and I totally am) then I need to save some salary somewhere. Kevin Durant is due back tonight, but he’s been banged up and I never love using guys like Paul George or Jimmy Butler as elite options.
This has me opting to pay down at SF and if Victor Oladipo out, it’s a locked in decision. I might go this route, regardless, as Born Ready was actually even better when Dipo played (38 fantasy points) in his last outing.
PF: Tobias Harris – Detroit Pistons ($6.7k)
The Phoenix Suns are bad at basketball and this is especially the case on the defensive end of the court. Tobias Harris is good at basketball and is in a position to exploit an amazing matchup.
He’s fresh off of a great 40-point fantasy outing and I like his chances of posting something similar tonight. The Suns also happen to rank dead last in overall defense and dead last against power forwards, so I’m seeing little reason to abstain from Tobias on Wednesday.
PF: Carmelo Anthony – Oklahoma City Thunder ($6.2k)
Melo feels way too cheap at this price, while he’ll draw a favorable matchup against a bad Magic defense. Anthony wasn’t great in his last game, but he’s usually good for 30+ fantasy points and could always explode in a matchup like this.
C: Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat ($3.5k)
I’m swinging for the fences tonight, as Miami center Hassan Whiteside has already been ruled out for Wednesday’s contest. That opens the door for impressive big man Bam Adebayo to do some work and after seeing him drop 18 points and 6 rebounds in just 19 minutes last night, I’m intrigued.
There’s no way in knowing for sure what his role will be even if he starts, but I wasn’t enamored with center on this slate, to begin with. Add in the possibility that Joel Embiid could be rested tonight and I’m perfectly fine with punting the position.