Nikola Vucevic

Wednesday has a nine-game slate in the NBA with a ton of injury news. That leaves strong plays at price points across the board to capitalize on. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:

BETS TO CONSIDER


Point Guard

Target worth paying up for: Luka Doncic ($12,300) vs. DEN (4th)

Doncic is getting super expensive and is playing a Denver defense that ranks highly on paper. Luka also scored just 27 DKFP in his first matchup against the Nuggets this season. All that said, he’s in a safe spot if you can afford him. The Nuggets have reverted into one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, with totals averaging over 237 points over the last five games. Doncic is also working on consecutive 30-plus point triple-doubles, exceeding 74 DKFP in each game.

Best value: Donte DiVincenzo ($4,200) at GSW (20th)

The Bucks get a solid matchup in San Francisco, and George Hill (illness) will be sidelined. DiVincenzo has been a solid 20-DKFP play this season and is coming off 25 DKFP in 27 minutes. He could see 30 minutes in this game, leaving him viable for 30 DKFP.

Positional Strategy

PG is loaded with plays. The value is tougher to find, but it feels like almost an automatic position to pay up for. Kyle Lowry ($8,600) is another option to consider.


Shooting Guard

Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($12,800) at ATL (29th)

If you’re fading Doncic and Lowry, you’re probably rostering Harden, who you can slot in at either guard spot. Russell Westbrook (rest) has been ruled out, so Harden will run the show against one of the worst teams in the NBA. Harden’s fresh of an 83-DKFP triple-double — his second in his last 10 games, and the second game of 75-plus DKFP in his last three outings. Harden’s the top overall cash play on the slate.

Best value: Eric Gordon ($4,400) at ATL (29th)

You can stick with the Rockets’ backcourt to help save money after slotting Harden in. Gordon’s already playing significant minutes in Houston’s backcourt and has scored 25 or more DKFP in three of his last six. He should see a good boost of scoring chances against the Hawks with Russ out.

Positional Strategy

Houston’s backcourt is pretty key to the slate. But don’t overlook Reggie Bullock ($3,400), who was a top value on Tuesday’s slate, saw his minutes bumped up to 27 against the Lakers. Although he didn’t have a great game, he’s still significantly underpriced.


Small Forward

Target worth paying up for: Brandon Ingram ($8,800) vs. CHI (16th)

Jrue Holiday (elbow) will remain sidelined, leaving more usage for Ingram. Ingram dropped 56.5 DKPF with Holiday out of the lineup on Monday, in a much tougher matchup against the Jazz. This is a spot Ingram should continue to thrive.

Best value: Michael Porter Jr. ($3,800) at DAL (27th)

Will Barton (personal) has been ruled out for this game, which should mean another start for MPJ. Porter’s been playing well lately when given the opportunity, including over 33 DKFP in 23 minutes against the Pacers. He’s one of the top values on this slate.

Positional Strategy

MPJ, Bullock, Gordon and even our PF value below are all eligible, so SF is probably a position to target value. Ingram is really the only consideration I’d pay up for here, along with Doncic.


Power Forward

Target worth paying up for: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,500) at GSW (2nd)

Giannis is strictly here as a tournament pivot. Ingram is the only SF/PF eligible player I’d pay up for. But I expect Luka and Harden to be heavily owned — particularly Harden. If you faded both in tournaments for some exposure to Giannis, you’d likely get some low ownership.

Best value: P.J. Tucker ($4,000) at ATL (19th)

Sticking with value on the Rockets, Tucker is too underpriced. Tucker’s failed to reach value in five straight games, but he’s played 33-38 minutes in each of those games. Tucker’s attempted one field goal in each of his last two games, so more shots without Russ should be what helps get Tucker back on the fantasy radar.

Positional Strategy

PF is pretty strictly a value position for me in cash. Paying up should be contrarian, which is worth considering if you’re building multiple GPP lineups.


Center

Target worth paying up for: Nikola Vucevic ($9,000) vs. WAS (27th)

Vuce is in a smash spot on this slate. He’s essentially scored 48 DKFP in all three games since Jonathan Isaac (knee) went down. His 48-DKFP in his last game came on 3-for-12 shooting for just 11 points. Vuce should dominate this Washington frontcourt and has as high a ceiling as he could have, along with a safe floor.

Best value: Mitchell Robinson ($5,000) at UTA (22nd)

Marcus Morris (neck) is doubtful for this game, and Julius Randle (personal) has already been ruled out. That leaves tons of frontcourt minutes for Robinson, who isn’t in all that bad of a matchup against the Utah frontcourt.

Positional Strategy

Center is a pretty flexible position, with Taj Gibson ($3,100) and Bobby Portis ($3,800) both also benefiting from the Knicks news, and PF-eligible. Golden State and Orlando also provide a lot of clarity in terms of frontcourt rotations.


Key news to monitor on DK Live:

QUESTIONABLE

Domantas Sabonis (knee)
Bradley Beal (leg)
Malcolm Brogdon (back)
Justise Winslow (back)
Daniel Theis (knee)

PROBABLE

Giannis Antetokounmpo (back/illness)
Jimmy Butler (back)
Lauri Markkanen (ankle)
Mitchell Robinson (toe)
Daniel Gafford (ankle)
Paul Millsap (toe)

DOUBTFUL

Marcus Morris (neck)
Normal Powell (shoulder)

OUT

Russell Westbrook (rest)
Fred VanVleet (hamstring)
Kristaps Porzingis (knee)
Jrue Holiday (elbow)
D’Angelo Russell (shoulder)
Julius Randle (personal)
Will Barton (personal)
Jonathan Isaac (knee)
Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle)
Jabari Parker (shoulder)
George Hill (illness)
Garrison Mathews (ankle)
Bruno Fernando (personal)

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