Wednesday’s five game slate appears to be pretty balanced, and has no shortage of star power. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
WHERE TO FIND VALUE
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Target worth paying up for: Russell Westbrook ($9,900) vs. BOS (10th)
Westbrook has thrived in Houston’s new small-ball lineup, topping 55 DKFP in each of his past two outings. With no big on the floor, Russ is going straight to the rack, hoisting up 61 field goal attempts in those two contests combined, and averaging 40 actual points. He may not be efficient against the C’s, but I expect volume.
Best value: Coby White ($4,200) at WAS (27th)
White’s been seeing extra run for the banged up Bulls recently. While it didn’t result in a good fantasy game his last time out, the rookie’s flashed a high ceiling at times this season — earning 35 DKFP in his previous outing against NOLA. This matchup against the Wiz should help provide a safe floor.
PG has values if you need ’em, but could also be a position to pay up for multiple studs. Take your pick of the Houston plays, but Damian Lillard ($10,300) jumps out given his hot streak and the eye-popping total in New Orleans.
Target worth paying up for: Bradley Beal ($9,500) vs. CHI (12th)
The CHI/WAS matchup should be a popular one to target for fantasy needs. Beal’s one of the highest usage players in the NBA, and has a great matchup at home to stay hot. Washington’s been much better offensively in home games this season.
Best value: Lonnie Walker ($3,000) at OKC (15th)
DeMar DeRozan (back) gave us a surprise on Monday when he was a late scratch. This time around we’re prepared, with Walker expected to remain in the starting five. Walker scored just shy of 20 DKFP in 27 minutes in Denver and should see a similar opportunity in this one.
SG is mostly about the Spurs not being priced for DeRozan to miss this game. Outside of Walker, Bryn Forbes ($3,500) has scored at least 27 DKFP and played significant minutes in two straight games.
Target worth paying up for: Danilo Gallinari ($5,800) vs. SAS (23rd)
SF is probably the best value position on the slate, so I don’t see the need to spend up here. Gallo’s been a consistent 30 DKFP play with 40 DKFP upside. His 32-DKFP average against the Spurs this season is a pretty good indication of his floor.
Best value: Robert Covington ($5,200) vs. BOS (1st)
RoCo has fit well with Houston’s new scheme. As the most versatile wing defender, we could see him called upon to play some extra minutes with so many different perimeter threats on the Celtics. RoCo has played 30-plus minutes in three of his past four and scored over 35 DKFP in a pair of his early games in the rotation.
The value at SF can really take you wherever you need to go. There are likely three playable options for the minimum ($3,000), even excluding Walker: Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli and E’Twaun Moore.
Target worth paying up for: LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,700) at OKC (7th)
LMA went for 50 DKFP in 35 minutes in Denver last night, and will have to carry the offensive burden again with DDR unlikely to play. This has actually been a terrific spot for Aldridge this season, averaging 51.5 DKFP in a pair of games against OKC.
Best value: Carmelo Anthony ($4,900) at NOP (10th)
Melo has been a rollercoaster ride of a play in DFS this season, but I’m looking for the upside in this matchup against the Pelicans. This game has the highest total on the slate, and Anthony’s averaging over 27 DKFP against the Pels this season.
Gallo and RoCo are both PF eligible, and we have Aldrige in a similar price range. PF feels like an excellent position to target mid-range plays.
Target worth paying up for: Hassan Whiteside ($8,100) at NOP (19th)
Whiteside should be a popular play, constantly flashing 50-60 DKFP upside, but with rare jumps in price. His salary remains affordable in what should be a very fantasy-friendly matchup for centers.
Best value: Trey Lyles ($3,600) at OKC (7th)
We’re staying Spurs-heavy here, with Lyles taking a hit in salary despite a likely above average role. He went over 6X value in 29 minutes last night and showed us he has 12X upside in him, with 43 DKFP in 34 minutes against Portland three games ago.
Joel Embiid ($9,100) is the other pay-up center, so like doubling down on PG, the C position is another spot I think you can go for two studs. If you want to roster two PG/two C at high salary, the value allows you to do so.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
Brandon Ingram (ankle)
*The Bulls consistently list a handful of players as probable on each injury report that always wind up playing. They won’t be listed in this injury report.
DeMar DeRozan (back)
Thomas Bryant (foot)
Eric Gordon (leg)
Patrick Beverley (groin)
Kris Dunn (knee)
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