There are nine games on tap for the NBA Wednesday night, including a few involving studs who are still getting their minutes as the season winds down. You’ve got a few ways to go when building your rosters, so here are some names to consider from every position and price range as you get started.
Russell Westbrook @ PHO ($14,000) – Russ and his MVP campaign are not slowing down any coming down the stretch, with 35+ minutes in six of his last seven, and a triple double in 11 of 14. He needs approximately 70 points to return value for you at this price, but he’s exceeded that in six of their last seven games.
Jrue Holiday @ DEN ($7,500) – There is a lot of uncertainty around the Pelicans’ big men tonight, with Cousins listed as questionable and a report out about Anthony Davis that suggests he might see something of a minutes limit if he is active. All that could mean some increased opportunities for the third-best offensive player on the team in what should be a relatively fast-paced contest with the Nuggets.
Other Options – Tyler Ulis ($7,100)
Patty Mills @ DAL ($4,000) – The Spurs are going to be without everyone tonight, with at least Aldridge, Kawhi, Gasol, Ginobli and Danny Green all out for tonight’s game. Mills is an obvious beneficiary, as someone who will likely see an increase of usage, if not an increase in both usage and minutes. As someone who will have the ball in his hands, he could easily be in line to lead this offense and rack up some stats in a few categories.
Other Options – Jamal Murray ($4,500)
James Harden vs. DET ($12,100) – At this point, it’s hard to say he has quite the upside of Westbrook, but he seems to have the same floor, which makes his $1,900 in savings mean a lot in a cash-game environment. But he is definitely looking to push his season to the very end as a guy who could end the season No. 1 in assists and second in scoring, with plenty of big games and shots along the way. He is the only Rocket I really want to trust with the season winding down and their seeding just about set, but I think he should be plenty productive enough to justify this price tag.
Other Options – DeMar DeRozan ($7,800)
Josh Richardson @ TOR ($5,700) – He has 30+ fantasy points in three of his last four, averaging just over 12 shot attempts in those three games, while still providing a few rebounds, a few assists and multiple steals and blocks combined in every game as well. This gives him plenty of upside at this price, and a floor that makes him fit well into cash game lineups.
Ben McLemore @ LAL ($3,800) – This is definitely a risk-reward play for a guy who doesn’t often get out there for more than 25 minutes a night off the bench. However, when he comes in, this team is aching for offense, and he tries to provide it. He has been more assertive recently, taking more than 10 shots a night from the field over the last week, and against this Lakers squad, he could do that and still maintain some level of efficiency, giving him enough upside at this price to be considered.
Other Options – Jonathon Simmons ($3,900)
LeBron James vs. ATL ($10,600) – He has been over 50 fantasy points in five straight, no matter what he says about how much he cares for the regular season. At least for tonight, we appear safe from seeing the Cavs sit guys for rest, and LeBron has been wildly efficient recently when he is out on the court, making him my top cash game roster anchor out there for the price, with plenty of upside.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,400)
Taurean Prince @ CLE ($4,600) – He is averaging just about 35 minutes a night over their last five games and over 10 shots. He is coming off a 20-point game last time out, and he is performing in multiple categories, averaging five rebounds, two assists and over two combined blocks/steals over that span.
Jonathon Simmons @ DAL ($3,900) – He’s a target for a lot of the same reasons as Mills, but Simmons probably has the most scoring upside of the guys who will be active for San Antonio tonight. He can hit 3s and get to the line on occasion, which means he could be the actual focal point of this stripped-down offense tonight.
Other Options – Danilo Gallinari ($6,300), Josh Richardson ($5,700)
Kevin Love vs. ATL ($7,900) – He should get plenty of minutes at center in this matchup, so I like him with a floor boosted by a very good shot at a double-digit rebound total. I don’t think the Cavs are going to be sitting guys until the last night of the season, and at this point, Love is playing well enough to be considered (over 37.5 DKFP in his last four games).
Other Options – Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,700)
David Lee @ DAL ($4,800) – He is a veteran who can get called upon for big minutes out of nowhere with a bunch of guys out and step up and produce. He is not likely to get you to double-digits in any one category, so really you are looking for the minutes he needs to get you the few buckets, boards, assists and defensive stats you need to make him a value at this price.
Other Options – Zach Randolph ($6,000)
Nikola Jokic vs. NO ($9,600) – With the Nuggets still just out of the last playoff spot in the West, Jokic is still getting plenty of run every night, playing just about 35 minutes a night. He has double-digit rebounds in four straight, with 19 in his last game out against Houston, and with his scoring upside, I think he can be considered in any format contest tonight.
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside ($7,900)
Guillermo Hernangomez @ MEM ($5,400) – There is a chance both Porzingis and Carmelo miss tonight, and if even one of them plays, Hernangomez sees a nice bump in upside immediately. His efficiency comes and goes at times, but he is a legitimate offensive weapon for a team that will need one if those two starters are out. He has seen double-digit shot attempts in each of the last two, and has double-digit rebounding upside as well, making him a nice GPP option for tonight’s matchup.
Dewayne Dedmon @ DAL ($3,000) – The last beneficiary of the B-squad lineup the Spurs are trotting out tonight, Dedmon could provide some nice value at a minimum price, with the potential to get you 20+ fantasy points if he gets minutes in the mid-twenties. It doesn’t take more than a handful of rebounds and scores to return decent value at this price.
Other Options – Kyle O’Quinn ($4,900), Boban Marjanovic ($3,000)
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