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Here’s what stands out on Wednesday’s 10-game slate:

Defense vs. Position

Point Guard Matchups

BEST

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, 29th
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 26th
Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans, 25th

Zach LaVine ($6,900) and Justise Winslow ($6,400) are both worth considering in these specific matchups. LaVine’s cooled off this month but still managed 45 DKFP against the Hawks earlier this season. Winslow had one of this best outings of the season against the Clippers, posting 46 DKFP against them. PG should be a deep position on this slate, so the top matchups aren’t must-target guys.

WORST

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers, 1st
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers, 2nd
Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic, 3rd

D’Angelo Russell ($8,000) has been too hot to fade lately, scoring 55-plus DKFP in three of his past four games. That includes 58.5 DKFP in this exact matchup against the Magic.


Shooting Guard Matchups

BEST

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, 30th
Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat, 28th
Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans, 27th

These matchups don’t highlight the best spots just like the PG matchups, but the Bulls are the best place to look within the top matchups. LaVine and Kris Dunn ($6,300) are both PG/SG-eligible and easy to fit into lineups.

WORST

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz, 1st
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, 2nd
Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs, 3rd

The Denver/Utah game isn’t as bad a spot to target as the perception will be, but SG isn’t the spot to do so. The 76ers will be the biggest situation to monitor on the slate for potential value. Ben Simmons ($8,700) and Jimmy Butler ($7,300) are both questionable due to an illness and a wrist injury, respectively. Their statuses obviously will be key.


Small Forward Matchups

BEST

Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans, 29th
Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs, 25th
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte Hornets, 22nd

The Butler/Simmons situation will carry impact at every position for Philly, but SG/SF will be the two that are most affected if either are out. But the Grizzlies have some strong value to offer on this slate, highlighted by Justin Holiday ($3,700). Holiday’s played between 30-38 minutes in each of his past three contests, and while he only managed 19 DKFP in each of his past two, that’s exceeding value for his salary. But as he showed us Friday in Boston, he has 30-plus DKFP upside.

WORST

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers, 1st
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons, 3rd
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers, 4th

Kawhi Leonard (rest) is going to remain out until Friday, which means C.J. Miles ($3,300) remains a nice salary saver against his former team. While the matchup is tough, Toronto still has strong plays across the roster anytime Kawhi’s off the floor.


Power Forward Matchups

BEST

Houston Rockets at New York Knicks, 30th
Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, 29th
Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat, 27th

I’d keep looking to the Bulls if you want to target a PF matchup. Lauri Markkanen ($6,600) and Bobby Portis ($5,800) make sense against the Hawks, but also are far from the safest plays on the board. Injuries are looking to be much more important at PF than the matchups, so focus more on that aspect.

WORST

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz, 1st
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies, 4th
New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets, 5th

These three spots all hold true to form. None of these teams offer much production at PF to begin with, so let’s fade them in poor matchups.


Center Matchups

BEST

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets, 30th
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 28th
Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls, 27th

Center is the deepest position on the slate by a mile. I’d guess most lineups roster two centers and try to even squeeze another one in at PF. Nikola Vucevic ($9,300) went for more than 50 DKFP against the Nets just last week. Hassan Whiteside ($6,000) is priced down against a team that got dominated by DeAndre Jordan last night on the front end of a back-to-back. John Collins ($7,900) is also in a solid spot against a Chicago frontcourt missing Wendell Carter Jr.

WORST

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1st
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, 2nd
Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat, 5th

Al Horford (rest) is one of many sitting this slate out, so Boston will be in need of big bodies up front. Aron Baynes ($3,500) and Daniel Theis ($3,100) are great discount plays that provide some upside with very little risk.


Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

James Harden ($13,400)— The Rockets were due to hit a wall, and that’s exactly what happened against the 76ers. Even in the blowout, Harden managed 55 DKFP. The 31 minutes played is just about as much rest as we can ask him to get, so I expect him to pick back up on his roll against the Knicks at MSG.

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Enes Kanter ($5,000) — Kanter will move back into the starting lineup and likely see a boost in minutes with Luke Kornet (ankle) ruled out. Kanter’s only played in one game in the past two weeks since he didn’t travel with the team for its London game. That should leave him fresh against a Houston frontcourt that’s been getting dominated by centers with Clint Capela (thumb) out.

Next Man Up

Target situations over matchups— Obviously, this articles is focused around the best matchups to target value, but we have to take what the slate gives us. The best matchups on this slate simply don’t yield that many plays. But we have a ton of injuries creating great spots to target so look to some of those — Anthony Davis (hand), Kawhi Leonard (rest), Kyrie Irving (illness), Al Horford (rest) are some major inactives, and that doesn’t include a handful of questionable studs.


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