Wednesday offers up a loaded 10-game slate, with plenty of options to choose from. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
Target worth paying up for: Luka Doncic ($11,600) vs. MIN (21st)Always roster Luka is a rule I live by. Moving up the MVP odds, Doncic has been unstoppable in his second season. This has been especially true recently since he has at least 56 DKFP in 12 of his last 13 games. Even though this is the tail end of a back-to-back, this isn’t much of a concern for me since the Mavs won by a blowout last night and Doncic only played 28 minutes. As per usual, he was still able to put up 33 points and 18 rebounds in limited minutes.
Best value: Cory Joseph ($4,500) at POR (29th)One of the key injuries to keep an eye on, Bogdan Bogdanovic is questionable to play with a hamstring injury. This is a concern since it’s a recurrence of an injury that forced him to miss games a couple of weeks ago. If Bogdanovic is out, Joseph is going to be pushed into heavy minutes against the Blazers, who allow the second most DKFP to point guards.
Positional StrategyWith 10 games on the slate, there figures to be plenty of value. This should make it not too difficult to fit Luka into lineups and he’s my favorite high-end target of the night. Another value worth looking at is Emmanuel Mudiay ($3,200). He’s going to play extended minutes since Mike Conley is out and is an extremely strong value play if ends up in the starting lineup.
Target worth paying up for: D’Angelo Russell ($8,500) at CHA (8th)Russell is questionable to play, so we are going to need an update on his status before rostering him. If active, he’s going to have to carry a massive usage rating. In the games he’s been active without Steph Curry, DLO has carried the Warriors’ offense. With Steph off the court, Russell has a 35.2% usage rating and is scoring 49.8 DKFP per 36 minutes.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Russell is likely to play in tonight’s game.
Best value: Donovan Mitchell ($7,100) vs. LAL (24th)As mentioned above, Mike Conley is out with a hamstring injury. This is going to put Mitchell into more of a point guard role. His assist rate nearly doubles without Conley on the court this season and Utah will likely need Mitchell to play some extra minutes to fill the void left by Conley. As good as the Lakers’ defense has been, shooting guard is one position they are below average against for fantasy purposes.
Positional StrategyMitchell is my overall favorite play here and he figures to be one of the highest owned players in cash games tonight. Coming off a triple-double, Jimmy Butler ($7,300) has upside tonight although he’s a bit risky since he played in an overtime game last night. Khris Middleton ($6,100) also has value to his price tag since he moved back into the Bucks’ starting lineup last game. He missed a handful of games with a thigh injury and came off the bench for his first three games back.
Target worth paying up for: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800) at DET (4th)On the high end, I think Luka Doncic is the better play although Giannis is worth considering. He’s scored at least 52 DKFP in 19 of 21 games this season. He should also be well-rested after his last couple of games. Since the Bucks have won recent games by blowout, Giannis played 19 and 22 minutes in the last two games.
Best value: Kris Dunn ($4,500) vs. MEM (19th)Chandler Hutchison is doubtful to play with a shoulder injury. He’s been injured a ton this season and the Bulls have used different lineup combinations in his absence. Dunn started the last couple of games at small forward and even though he isn’t producing a ton of fantasy points, the playing time is encouraging. Dunn is playing 30 minutes per game as a starter.
Positional StrategyA bunch of players I talked about earlier also have small forward eligibility. Notably, Doncic and Middleton both can slot in here. For value Royce O’Neale ($3,600) could play extra minutes with Conley injured. He had a handful of big games last season when Ricky Rubio was in Utah and missed games.
Target worth paying up for: Jaren Jackson Jr. ($6,800) at CHI (30th)The question with JJJ is never the talent. The issue is whether he will be able to avoid foul trouble. When on the court, he’s a great fantasy producer, but he’s also capable of fouling out in less than 20 minutes. This makes him a stronger GPP play than cash play. We saw Jackson’s upside when he scored 45 DKFP in the last game against the Pacers.
Best value: Maxi Kleber ($3,800) vs. MIN (3rd)Kristaps Porzingis is yet to play in a back-to-back this season. After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, the Mavericks have been really cautious with the health of their star forward. If he sits, both Kleber and Dwight Powell ($4,100) would handle the majority of the Mavs’ frontcourt minutes.
Positional StrategyThere is a ton of injury news impacting big men tonight. I mentioned Porzingis could possible be rested and the same goes for Blake Griffin ($6,600), who hasn’t played in a back-to-back this season. We also need an update on Jonas Valanciunas ($7,900). He’s missed the last two games with an illness and is questionable to play tonight. There is value in the Grizzlies’ frontcourt and Jaren Jackson would benefit from the absence of Valanciunas.
Target worth paying up for: Andre Drummond ($8,900) vs. MIL (15th)If Griffin ends up resting, Drummond stands to benefit in a big way. Not only does his rebound rate go up with Griffin off the court, we saw Drummond put up a handful of huge fantasy games early in the season when Blake was hurt. In the first nine games of the season, Drummond averaged 57 DKFP.
Best value: Frank Kaminsky ($5,500) vs. BKN (16th)For the second consecutive game, Aron Baynes has been ruled out with a calf injury. This should lead to another start for Kaminsky. He started the last game with Baynes out and scored 29 DKFP in 33 minutes. Kaminsky tends to be a boom-or-bust play, so he is better suited for tournaments than cash games.
Positional StrategyIf Porzingis is out, don’t sleep on Boban Marjanovic ($3,100). The last time KP rested, Boban started and scored 21.25 DKFP in just 16 minutes. He’s a monster per minute fantasy producer and doesn’t need much run for a good fantasy night. Richaun Holmes ($6,700) is another guy to consider. He’s playing well recently and is in a strong matchup against the Blazers.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEJonas Valanciunas (illness)
Kyle Anderson (heel)
Blake Griffin (back-to-back)
Kristaps Porzingis (back-to-back)
Bogdan Bogdanovic (hamstring)
PROBABLEDraymond Green (rest)
Nicolas Batum (hand)
Brook Lopez (back)
Shabazz Napier (hamstring)
Ricky Rubio (hand)
Kevin Huerter (shoulder)
D’Angelo Russell (thumb)
DOUBTFULChandler Hutchison (shoulder)
OUTMarcus Smart (illness)
De’Andre Hunter (finger)
Aron Baynes (calf)
Goran Dragic (groin)
Kyrie Irving (shoulder)
Allen Crabbe (knee)
Mike Conley (hamstring)
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