Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top Targets For Wednesday's Five-Game Slate

The NBA had an unusually heavy 10-game slate Tuesday, leaving us with only five games on tap for this Wednesday. Of the 10 teams scheduled to take the floor tonight, only the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks are on the second night of back-to-back games, while the other eight teams had last night off. Even though there aren’t as many options as are typical for a Wednesday night, there still are plenty of solid plays to consider taking the floor tonight. Here are the targets and values that I think you need to know for today.

Point Guard

Stud

Kyrie Irving ($8,800) – Kyrie put up a dud on Sunday with only 20 DKFP against the Magic, but he bounced back with a season-high 35 points on his way to 50.25 DKFP on Monday against the Hawks. He is averaging 40.1 FPPG in his first 11 games with Boston, and he has eclipsed that number in five of his last seven contests. Tonight, he has a favorable matchup, as the Los Angeles Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA at defending opposing point guards.

Goran Dragic ($6,800) – No team in the NBA has given up more DKFP to opposing PGs this season than the Phoenix Suns, so Dragic has a dream matchup as he faces his former team in a possible revenge game. Since the Suns traded him to Miami in February of 2015, he has averaged 36.4 FPPG in five matchups against them, including posting 43.25 and 39.5 in his two returns to Phoenix.

Other Options – Stephen Curry ($9,300), Darren Collison ($6,200)

Value

Avery Bradley ($5,500) – Bradley has at least 34 DKFP in three of his last four games and has adjusted well to his new lineup in Detroit. Against the up-tempo Pacers, he should get plenty of chances tonight, and over his last six games he is averaging a very solid 30.1 FPPG and is playing at least 30 minutes per game.

Jordan Clarkson ($4,200) – Clarkson is still an affordable play with a high ceiling coming off the bench for the Lakers. He has scored at least 10 points in each of his 10 games, averaging 15.1 points to go 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds to help him produce 23.7 FPPG. He has at least 20 DKFP in five straight games, including at least 30 DKFP in each of his last two contests.

Other Options – Shelvin Mack ($4,400), Frank Ntilikina ($3,800)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Victor Oladipo ($7,700) – Oladipo had a quiet night last night, shooting just 6-17 against the Pelicans and scoring 15 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and 25.5 DKFP. He had at least 32 DKFP in seven of his previous eight games and is averaging 37.7 fantasy points per game on the season. He should be set up to bounce back with a better night in Detroit. In his six road games this season, he is averaging 43.4 fantasy points per game.

Evan Fournier ($6,700) – Fournier is also badly in need of a bounce-back performance after crashing back to earth against Boston, scoring only six points on 2-14 shooting on Sunday. He is still averaging 20.3 points per game and 34.5 fantasy points per game, and before Sunday had at least 20 points and 31 DKFP in eight of his nine games. The Magic host the Knicks tonight in a favorable matchup for Fournier.

Other Options – Devin Booker ($8,000), Tim Hardaway Jr. ($6,100)

Value

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4,700) – The Lakers have given KCP plenty of run this season, and the former Piston has performed well with at least 22 DKFP in each of his last four games. He doesn’t usually explode for huge points but provides solid multi-category production with low risk and solid upside.

Jamal Crawford ($3,900) – Crawford continues to provide his usual instant offense off the bench for the Timberwolves and be a pretty safe cheap flier play as a result. He has at least 19 DKFP in three of his last four games, and he could get some extra run in an up-tempo, small-ball game against the Warriors tonight.

Other Options – Marcus Smart ($5,300), Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,800)


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Small Forward

Stud

Editor’s Note: Kevin Durant (thigh) has been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Timberwolves.

Kevin Durant ($9,700) – The Warriors have been getting typically solid play from Durant to start the season, and he has produced at least 47 DKFP in three straight games and at least 44 DKFP in six of his last seven. He and the Warriors get a good matchup against the Timberwolves tonight at Oracle Arena.

Tobias Harris ($6,600) – Harris is an elite play to consider tonight, as Detroit could be without both Jon Leuer (ankle, questionable) and Stanley Johnson (hip, questionable). Harris would carry the scoring load and the minutes to have a huge game against the Pacers if both Leuer and Johnson are out. Harris poured in 20 points and 38.75 DKFP in his last game against the Kings on Saturday, and he should be in that same range tonight in an expanded role against the up-tempo Pacers.

Other Options – Aaron Gordon ($7,200), Kyle Kuzma ($6,100)

Value

Thaddeus Young ($5,800) – Young started the season a little slow, but he has picked things up as of late and posted at least 27 DKFP in four straight games after finishing last night with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. He played 38 minutes and should continue to get plenty of time if Domantas Sabonis (calf, questionable) is unable to travel to Detroit after missing last night’s front half of the team’s back-to-back.

Marcus Morris ($4,000) – Morris sat out Monday’s game against the Hawks, but he is expected to be fine for tonight’s matchup with the Lakers. After he missed the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury, Morris has played two games for Boston, posting 17 DKFP in 18 minutes against Oklahoma City and 26.25 DKFP in 23 minutes against Orlando. He is a big part of Boston’s planned rotation going forward, and he has a high ceiling at a very affordable price tonight.

Other Options – Dion Waiters ($5,700), Courtney Lee ($4,200)


Power Forward

Stud

Editor’s Note: Kristaps Porzingis (elbow, ankle) has been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Magic.

Kristaps Porzingis ($9,500) – Porzingis had a “down” game last night and still dropped 28 points and 41.25 DKFP against the Hornets. He posted at least 53 DKFP in three of his four games before that effort, and he is stepping up into a more active role for the Knicks after they moved on from Carmelo Anthony. Porzingis should continue to thrive tonight in a good matchup in Orlando.

T.J. Warren ($6,000) – Warren can be a little bit boom-or-bust, but his upside is impressive for a player at just a $6K salary. Warren had 43.75 DKFP on Monday against the Nets, which was his fourth game with over 35 DKFP in his last seven contests — highlighted by a crazy 61.5 DKFP against Washington last Wednesday. However, he followed that with a pair of games under 25 DKFP, showing how volatile he can be. Part of those down games could have been a result of a head injury, which he appears to be over now after showing no signs of any residual effects on Monday.

Editor’s Note: Al Horford (concussion) has been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Lakers.

Other Options – Al Horford ($7,300), Enes Kanter ($6,200)

Value

Julius Randle ($4,900) – Randle has been effective in limited time on the court for the Lakers this season. With Larry Nance Jr. (hand) out for a few weeks, he could get some extra run, especially if Kyle Kuzma ($6,100) cools off. Randle is averaging 22.5 FPPG and has double-digit points and 21+ DKFP in three of his last four contests.

Other Options – Anthony Tolliver ($3,500), Doug McDermott ($3,500)


Center

Stud

Hassan Whiteside ($7,400) – Whiteside missed five games earlier this season battling a knee bruise, but he looked all the way back to normal last Sunday against the Clippers, going off for 21 points, 17 boards, three steals and two blocks while producing 53.75 DKFP. He struggled badly the next night against Golden State with just 11.5 DKFP shooting 1-9, but he should be able to bounce back in a favorable matchup in Phoenix tonight.

Myles Turner ($7,000) – Another center who has battled injury already this season is Turner. Turner had a huge game on opening night, missed almost three weeks and then posted a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double against the Pelicans last night. He finished with 42.5 DKFP, and he should be a good play tonight against the Pistons as long as he isn’t limited playing back-to-back games.

Other Options – Nikola Vucevic ($7,100), Brook Lopez ($6,100)

Value

Taj Gibson ($4,500) – Gibson has pulled in double-digit rebounds in three straight games and has at least 22 DKFP in each of those contests. He is averaging a solid 23.5 FPPG this season and seems to have carved out a solid role in the frontcourt next to Karl-Anthony Towns.

Other Options – Alex Len ($4,800), Kyle O’Quinn ($4,000)

 


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