Tonight’s NBA schedule provides 10 games for DraftKings players, offering a nice mix of variety along with it. Of the bunch, one game stands out as the most fantasy-friendly.
The Rockets travel to Washington to take on the Wizards in what promises to be one of the highest scoring games of the night. With a Vegas total of 215.5, this matchup boasts the biggest over/under by nearly 10 points. All the major players on both teams are worth considering for your lineups.
I have more on the guys I like from this game, and from the other nine games, of course. Those can be found below, but first, today’s news and notes:
- Trevor Ariza (back) is doubtful for tonight’s game, so Corey Brewer and Marcus Thornton appear to be good values. I have more on the situation below.
- Marcin Gortat (personal) is back tonight for the Wizards. He is a solid play against a bad Rockets defense.
- Luol Deng (hamstring) looks set to return tonight, but he will be on a minutes restriction according to the reports that have come out of Miami. I would avoid him.
- Kawhi Leonard (illness) appears to be ready to go tonight. He is usable in all formats, but make sure to check the news on his availability.
- Marc Gasol (ankle) is a game-time decision against the Pistons. If he sits, Andre Drummond emerges as a tremendous value, even at $9.4k.
- Jerryd Bayless (ankle), Tyson Chandler (hamstring), and DeMarre Carroll (knee) all remain out for their teams.
Remember to check the news up until tip:
BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL ($6,800): Teague is a cash game consideration in the right matchup because he usually finds himself priced in the mid-tier. His game against Dallas looks to be a profitable one, and his modest salary allows us to lock in a high-floor piece with room to maneuver at the other positions.
Marcus Thornton, SF, HOU ($3,800): It’s likely that Corey Brewer starts, and he is a solid play in his own right at $3,500. But, Thornton carries more upside by a wide margin, as evidenced by his 50 DraftKings points last night. Go with either of these Trevor Ariza fill-in’s at small forward tonight.
Three more studs to consider: James Harden, SG, HOU ($10,600) – Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA ($8,600) – Andre Drummond, C, DET ($9,400)
BARGAINS – Complementary Players Who Look To Have Favorable Pricing
Trey Burke, PG, UTA ($4,100): My favorite values at point guard on Wednesday are Burke and Jose Calderon, but Burke carries more upside. He saw only 20 minutes last night, but still scored 21 DraftKings points. I would expect a modest bump in action on the second night of a back-to-back.
Brad Beal, SG, WAS ($7,200): Beal is arguably the top shooting guard play of the night, even over James Harden. The Rockets are miserable defensively, and with Beal’s price firmly in the middle tier, he offers elite potential at a fraction of the price.
O.J. Mayo, SG, MIL ($5,200): Mayo is seeing minutes well into the 30’s as of late, so he should still be a solid play at shooting guard as long as that is the case. A matchup with the Clippers is favorable, too.
Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY ($7,600): Carmelo’s price has dropped since the start of the season, making him a more intriguing fantasy play on DraftKings. The matchup with the Jazz isn’t the best, but is much less fearsome as long as Utah is without Rudy Gobert. Anytime you can get a high-usage player at a discount at small forward it’s a bonus.
Cody Zeller, PF, CHA ($4,600): Zeller is one of two nice values at power forward on Wednesday. He has put up back-to-back 30+ DraftKings point performances, and at $4.6k he is worth a look, even against a tough Miami defense.
Jon Leuer, PF, PHX ($4,800): With Markieff Morris sick and Tyson Chandler out, it looks like Leuer will remain a great value play for the Suns tonight. He carries double-double upside in a matchup with the Magic.
Greg Monroe, C, MIL ($7,200): Monroe averages nearly nine more DraftKings points at home than he does on the road, and now faces a Clippers team that is not good defensively. I recommend paying up at center tonight, and Monroe is one of my favorites.
Gorgui Dieng, C, MIN ($4,900): Like I said, I recommend paying up at center, but if you don’t want to, Dieng is a solid value play. The Lakers are awful, and with Dieng seeing around 25 minutes per game, he could easily surpass value.
LOTTERY TICKETS – High Risk, High Reward Plays
Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN ($6,700): Ricky Rubio always carries triple-double upside with a handful of steals. However, he also carries inherent injury risk, so he is relegated to a tournament-only option for me on most nights.
Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL ($6,000): Kobe has played very well over his last four games, at least from a fantasy perspective. The lone dud came in a blowout against Detroit, where he also was battling illness. At $6k there is plenty of upside with The Black Mamba against Minnesota.
Jae Crowder, SF, BOS ($5,700): The Bulls are bad against small forwards, and Crowder’s ability to fill up the defensive columns of the stat sheet give him considerable upside. If he gets going on offense, he should be in line for a big night.
Blake Griffin, PF, LAC ($9,300): Griffin is an interesting player to build tournament lineups around tonight because of the plentiful options at other positions. His struggles recently should keep his ownership down as well.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU ($7,000): Dwight is going to play on the second night of a back-to-back, which is a terrifying prospect given that we have no idea what his workload will look like. That makes him an interesting tournament play against the Wizards, though.
BUYER’S REMORSE – Reasons for Skepticism
Lou Williams, PG, LAL ($4,500): With other value plays at the position, I don’t feel the need to grab the scoring-dependent Williams.
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA ($7,100): Whiteside is always a tournament option, but he was neutralized in the first game against the Hornets due to both teams going small. With no way to stop Whiteside from terrorizing their team down low, the Hornets may just decide to do so again.