LeBron James

Wednesday’s seven-game slate has some big names ruled out early, which helps us identify some clear-cut targets. Here’s your cheat sheet for each position:

Point Guard

Target worth paying up for: D’Angelo Russell ($8,100) at LAL (16th)

Russell’s been a beast since returning from an ankle injury, averaging over 60 DKFP in three games. This should be a fast-paced game against in Los Angeles, where D-Lo may look to seek a little revenge on the team that drafted him No. 2 overall, before trading him away for close to nothing. Russell’s essentially the lone scoring option on this Golden State squad at the moment.

Best value: Terry Rozier ($5,600) vs. MEM (9th)

Rozier’s salary is down $1,400 over his last two games, which leaves him underpriced for his upside. He’s had a couple of duds lately, but against two of the best defenses in the East. Rozier’s played well in other matchups, exceeding 30 DKFP in four straight. A matchup against this sped up Memphis team should be a good spot for Scary Terry.

Positional Strategy 

PG has tons of flexibility on this slate. The next two targets worth paying for can both be slotted at PG if you’d like, or you can target value. Rozier’s a mid-priced option, but down at the bottom, both Quinn Cook ($3,100) and Chris Clemons ($3,000) should see extended roles. Isaiah Thomas ($4,900) also comes with the revenge narrative of playing back in Boston.


Shooting Guard

Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($11,700) vs. LAC (22nd)

The SG options fall off fast, so you’re pretty much paying up for Harden or paying down. Harden’s still topped 60 DKFP in four straight and is a pretty safe target. The Clippers haven’t been great defensively against the SG position, and the absences of Eric Gordon (knee) and likely Danuel House (back) opens up even more shots.

Best value: Ben McLemore ($3,100) vs. LAC (22nd)

The trickle-down effect with the two injured wings for Houston should mean plenty more minutes for McLemore. Not much more thought process behind this one. Anytime you can get 30 or more minutes from someone this cheap, you can’t ignore the value.

Positional Strategy


Small Forward

Target worth paying up for: LeBron James ($10,700) vs. GSW (23rd)

LeBron’s coming off his second bust in three games, so hopefully, that scares off some ownership at an inflated price tag. Everything else sets up for James, with Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo essentially resting, and a home matchup against the worst defense in the NBA. James has huge upside in this one, particularly if the Warriors can keep it close.

Best value: Kyle Kuzma ($4,100) vs. GSW (23rd)

Kuzma steps into the secondary scoring role for the Lakers in AD’s absence, and his price tag takes a nice dip while doing so. Kuzma’s salary drops $500, coming off his best game of the season (31 DKFP), and he gets the benefit of facing this helpless Golden State defense.

Positional Strategy 

With a name like Davis out, other Lakers forwards set up as perfect plays. But there are other big names sitting on this slate. Joel Embiid has a knee issue that he’ll sit out with, making both Ben Simmons ($6,800) and Josh Richardson ($5,200) viable targets in the price range between LeBron and Kuz.


Power Forward

Target worth paying up for: Pascal Siakam ($8,700) at POR (28th)

Siakam’s proven to be a higher upside play since Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Serge Ibaka (ankle) went down, but his salary has leveled off at a very fair price. Portland’s taken a step back defensively this season and is playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Best value: Jaren Jackson ($4,800) at CHA (10th)

JJJ’s played 30 or more minutes in three straight, scoring 96 total DKFP during that span. Jackson was $6,900 to start the month, and he is also down $500 since scoring 44 DKFP in his last game. The matchup doesn’t really matter here with a player this underpriced.

Positional Strategy 

PF is probably the deepest position on the slate, and it offers a lot of flexibility with a lot of SF and C plays eligible. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4,500) just broke into the Raptors rotation, and he is another value to consider with the popular Chris Boucher ($4,300).


Center

Target worth paying up for: Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,300) vs. SAS (2nd)

If I were to spend all the way up at center, KAT would be the guy. He’s finally well under $10,000, and generally has a floor of around 50 DKFP. But this is a rare slate where I think we can go more balanced at center.

Best value: Dwight Howard ($4,300) vs. GSW (19th)

Howard leads the way for center value, playing well lately, and likely to get a chunk of Anthony Davis’ minutes. Howard went for 25.25 DKFP in 20 minutes in Phoenix on Tuesday, and he has the upside for a much bigger game with extra minutes against this run-down Warriors lineup.

Positional Strategy 

Dwight’s the best pure value at the position, but the mid-priced center plays should be popular. Hassan Whiteside ($6,400) is constantly one of the most underpriced players on DK. Al Horford ($5,900) returns from some rest to play in the frontcourt without Joel Embiid. RHJ and JJJ are both C eligible and too cheap. I’d look for centers priced mid-range and below, pending any big news.


Key news to monitor on DK Live:

QUESTIONABLE

Paul George (shoulders)
Jeff Teague (illness)
Rodney Hood (back)
Omari Spellman (ankle)

DOUBTFUL

Danuel House (back)
Shabazz Napier (hamstring)
Dwayne Bacon (knee)
Jordan Bell (shoulder)
Daniel Theis (finger)

OUT

Anthony Davis (ribs)
Joel Embiid (knee)
Kyle Lowry (thumb)
Serge Ibaka (ankle)
Rajon Rondo (calf)
OG Anunoby (eye)
Eric Gordon (knee)
Damion Lee (hand)
Landry Shamet (ankle)

PROBABLE

Kemba Walker (neck)
Terrence Ross (knee)

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