Wednesday’s normally supply NBA DFS gamers with a loaded schedule, but that is not the case tonight. Rather, the slate cools down to just a five-game schedule a day after 10 games hit the docket. Nobody was winning much of merit without Nikola Jokic (73 fantasy points!) on their roster last night, while Anthony Davis (66) was likely necessary for big GPPs, too.
My best team finished the night at 302 and didn’t come close to placing, as I chose to drop down at center and rolled with a lot of intermediate value. My daily fantasy basketball picks for Tuesday didn’t lead to a winning roster, but we did score some solid hits.
Harrison Barnes poured in 31 actual points and was a fantastic value pick, while Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Gary Harris (6 steals!), Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Blake Griffin all hovered around reaching/exceeding value.
Marcin Gortat and Darren Collison were my only true whiffs on the night, but what really held this team back was a lack of elite blow-up options.
Tuesday didn’t go as planned, but Wednesday is more condensed and should be easier to wrap our heads around. Let’s seek out the best value to pair with the top options and try to build a winner at FanDuel:
PG: Jeff Teague – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.9k)
Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving are far and away the top point guard options tonight in terms of price and upside. However, neither of these guys are blowing the door off the hinges in terms of high-end production this year and what’s more likely is they’ll hover around 40-45 fantasy points.
That’s been the case early on this season, so we can anticipate something similar on Wednesday night. If that’s the case, there’s a decent chance we can get away with fading them. Cheaper alternatives like Jeff Teague, Goran Dragic, Reggie Jackson, Lonzo Ball and Darren Collison are all in play tonight and could easily match or top what Curry or Irving put on the table.
If we can get similar production and save $2k or so, why wouldn’t we? I don’t mind just dropping down to a pairing of Jeff Teague and Goran Dragic, and that starts with Teague, who will face Stephen Curry on the offensive end. That should yield to little resistance, especially with the Warriors worrying about so many other offensive threats against Minnesota.
Teague has been an assist demon and can help out with points or steals, as well. In an up tempo date with the Dubs, I wouldn’t be shocked if he had one of his best games of the young season.
PG: Goran Dragic – Miami Heat ($7.1k)
The Dragon gives us another guy who is obviously shakier than Curry/Irving on average, but in the right setting, could easily match or top them. That’s certainly plausible for Dragic tonight, as he faces a bad Suns defense that ranks 30th against opposing point guards.
Phoenix will help push the pace in this one, while Dragic could even provide a fun revenge narrative against one of his former NBA teams. Dragic is always at risk of sparing us, but this is a fantastic spot to give him a try. Pairing him and Teague together could get us 38-40 fantasy points at both point guard spots and going that route could save loads of cash to pay up elsewhere.
SG: Tim Hardaway Jr. – New York Knicks ($6k)
Kristaps Porzingis is the main man in New York (and we want him), but THJ is a strong secondary scorer that we can look at for however long he remains a solid price. He gets a hand in what could be the best game on tonight’s slate, too, as the Knicks and Magic boast the smallest spread and the second highest Total.
If we can get a full game out of THJ against an Orlando defense grading poorly on the perimeter, we have a chance at crushing value.
SG: Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors ($6.9k)
I don’t feel like I have to pay up for shooting guard on this slate, but I also don’t love the idea of pairing two volatile SG options. We’re already taking some chances here, so I’d like some stability at my second shooting guard spot. I think we can get that with Klay, who will be at home and will likely see Andrew Wiggins’ defense for much of the night.
Thompson always carries blow up potential and with one of the better individual matchups in this game, I like his ability to get hot. It’s surely worth noting that Thompson roasted the Timberwolves (31 points per game) across four meetings last season.
SF: Evan Fournier – Orlando Magic ($6.1k)
A wise man (Notorious at RotoGrinders) once said that if you want to survive some slates, you need to force ourselves to take stands. I think that’s especially true on smaller slates, where you can really separate yourself from the pack by sticking to your guns in certain spots.
One such spot could be at small forward, where Fournier seems way too cheap. The Knicks do rank 7th against opposing small forwards, but Fournier gets loads of minutes and is a huge part of Orlando’s offense. He’s a threat to score 20+ points in any given game and can also help out with rebounds, assists and steals when he’s on top of his game.
There is a lot to like in terms of value at SF tonight, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to fade Fournier with his low price tag.
SF: Justise Winslow – Miami Heat ($3.3k)
Small forward is better than most nights, as Kevin Durant is certainly worth paying up for and we have a good amount of intermediate value plays to consider. I think I’ll bite down on Winslow if he gets a start, however, as he may be needed to help slow both Devin Booker and T.J. Warren on the outside.
Winslow’s offense is tough to trust and his role has been a bit shaky, but after logging 29 minutes against the Dubs, we can hope for a more stable role tonight. At this cheap price, he’s certainly viable in GPPs.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis – New York Knicks ($9.8k)
Zinger isn’t the most expensive stud on Wednesday’s slate, but he’s absolutely the one we have to target. Kevin Durant and KAT are up there, but Zinger has displayed more upside than anyone else we can use tonight. His usage is through the roof and he’s flat out delivering. Facing a Magic defense that gets torched by power forwards, Porzingis could be in for another massive DFS effort.
PF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($5.7k)
Even with Marcus Morris back in the fold for the Celtics, I love Tatum. The rookie continues to show off his versatility and has the ability to get easy buckets and rack up loads of stats. At home in a plus matchup against the Lakers, Tatum should be very busy and have little trouble returning value at this low price.
C: Nikola Vucevic – Orlando Magic ($8.2k)
The top center are all priced at $9k or more tonight and just about all of them have a deserving argument to be your pick. KAT is my favorite across the board, but games against the Warriors can be dicey and we saw Hassan Whiteside fail miserably in that same matchup.
Tonight seems like a decent spot to find value at center and I think we get that in spades with Vucevic, who has monster upside in a favorable matchup with the Knicks (20th vs. centers). With Aaron Gordon having a more difficult matchup, don’t be shocked to see Vooch post a fat line. I also have mild interest in Brook Lopez, but I don’t want too much exposure to Lakers at TD Garden if I can help it.