WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY DRAYMOND GREEN


With a somewhat limited seven-game slate of action for the NBA on Wednesday night, your options might seem a bit narrower than usual, but there are still plenty of ways to build a lineup. Here are a few names to consider from every position and in every price range.

Point Guard

Studs

Giannis Antetokounmpo @ NY ($10,400) – I mean, really, who are the Knicks going to try to stop him with? He should absolutely feast on this team, with scoring, rebounding and defensive stats all piled up to make him one of the best possible options to roster in any kind of contest.

Mike Conley @ LAC ($6,700) – He seems to be fully back, and is getting in the vicinity of 30 minutes a night. He has upside in the 35-40 point range, which makes him only a borderline consideration for a GPP contest at this price, but he is someone you can usually trust to contribute consistently – over the Grizzlies’ last ten games, Conley has attempted 55 threes and 45 free throws, showing his ability to attack a defense in multiple ways. 

Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($8,600)

Value

Michael Carter-Williams @ CLE ($4,500) – Getting some more minutes as a result of Rondo’s benching, MCW’s price likely will continue to rise (it’s currently up a good chunk from the $3,000 it sat at two days ago). He is getting a chance he just wasn’t getting before, but the problem is this: he is no better of a fit on this team than Rondo was, because he is also a terrible shooter. But, again like Rondo, he has the ability to contribute in other ways, so if he is bringing the energy he always has an opportunity to pay off his meager salary.

Other Options – Austin Rivers ($4,900)


Shooting Guard

Studs

C.J. McCollum @ GS ($8,600) – With a showdown with the Warriors on tap, it’s really too bad we’re not getting Lillard at 100%. At any rate, the Blazers are still going to need to put up points in this one, and a big part of that responsibility is going to land on McCollum. His price is now up to $8,600, as he has been carrying this offense, hitting nine 3’s in his last four games, and averaging just over 30 points per game over that stretch. 

Dwyane Wade @ CLE ($6,200) – Wade is always going to get up for games against LeBron for the rest of his career. He is battling a knee injury, so you’re going to have to monitor his status up until game-time (and if he is absent, turn your attention to Doug McDermott {$3,500} as the likely replacement in the starting lineup). But if he is active, the last time these two teams met, he showed that he can still bring his full array of weapons to the table on occasion, shooting the ball 23 times en route to a 24-5-4 stat line that contributed nicely to a Chicago win. 

Other Options – Josh Richardson ($6,200)

Value

Jamal Crawford vs. MEM ($4,800) – Crawford has played 31 minutes in each of the Clippers’ last two games while Paul has been sidelined, up from his season average, but that translated into 30+ fantasy points once, and 11 fantasy points the other time. Coming off a 7-for-18 shooting night last time out, I would expect him to be closer to the high end of that range assuming his playing time stays up for the third straight game. 

Other Options – Victor Oladipo ($5,500), Tony Allen ($5,000)


Small Forward

Studs

LeBron James vs. CHI ($10,500) – He is still feeling a bit sick, as he is listed as questionable, but he was questionable on Monday and he was still able to come out and dominate. I assume he’s been getting his fluids, and if Irving misses again tonight, the expectation is that James would be out there trying to get the Cavs a W. In that last game against the Bulls I said Wade was motivated for, LeBron played 45 minutes and ended up with 27 points and 13 assists, the kind of line you might expect from him as more of a facilitator tonight.

Kevin Durant vs. POR ($9,600) – Even with Lillard out, the weakness on this Portland team is up front, because they just don’t have the big athletes you need to contend with someone like Durant. As I have written before, the prices of these Warriors are suppressed because of unpredictability, but their upside hasn’t gone anywhere. Durant went for 34 the last time these two teams met, and nothing about the Blazers has shown me that they are better-equipped to slow him down this time around. 

Other Options – Carmelo Anthony ($7,100)

Value

Maurice Harkless @ GS ($4,700) – Harkless doesn’t have a ton of upside, but is a consideration for your cash-game lineups as someone who can provide some fantasy points on the cheap. He has had between 20-29 fantasy points in seven of his last eight, and while you’d be hoping for the high end of that range, anywhere in it would mean he’s close to reaching value. 

Other Options – Doug McDermott ($3,500)


Power Forward

Studs

Kevin Love vs. CHI ($8,800) – When Kyrie Irving misses games, Love’s usage goes up. It’s not surprising, really – they are clearly the two best players on the team not named LeBron, and it’s not like you’re ever taking away looks from James – he’s already at or near optimal usage. So, if Irving misses again and Love is active, I expect him to be able to beat his season averages here, making him a solid value play for any type of contest. 

Jabari Parker @ NY ($7,200) – He has only been under 30 fantasy points once in the last three weeks, and he is consistently providing the Bucks with exactly what they need – scoring. Antetokounmpo is so big and so consistently in close to the basket that he is drawing in defenders, and creating space for his teammates. Parker has used that space to exhibit all the potential he was thought to have coming into the league, and has become a very useful fantasy asset as a result.

Other Options – DeMarcus Cousins ($11,500), Draymond Green ($7,500)

Value

Serge Ibaka vs. ATL ($6,500) – He’s not rebounding enough to give himself the upside he has had in year’s past, but lately he has been a bigger focus on offense, and has been able to score enough to get himself up over the 30-fantasy-point threshold in six of his last seven games. The issue early on was whether he would get enough run with the glut of big men in Orlando, but he has done enough to earn a job out there as one of the primary weapons they have. Also, because there simply aren’t enough scoring options in Orlando, he is getting the chance to make the most out of an iffy situation. 

Other Options – Taj Gibson ($4,500)


Center

Studs

Marc Gasol @ LAC ($7,800) – He has now had 40 or more fantasy points in three of their last four games, and against a diminished Clippers front court, he should find plenty of boards and easy buckets to keep his floor up, making him an option in any format for me tonight. As the real centerpiece of this offense, the potential is there for him to produce in a number of ways, with 20 or more points in three of four, at least seven rebounds in three of those, eight or more assists twice, and a five-block game thrown in.

Dwight Howard @ ORL ($7,300) – It’s hard to argue with what Howard is doing so far this season, so as long as he is healthy and getting minutes, I think he needs to be considered. Truthfully, he has a high enough floor and enough upside that I am consistently surprised to find his price tag so low (over 40 fantasy points in six of their last nine, and over 50 in two of those). 

Other Options – DeAndre Jordan ($7,000) 

Value

Tristan Thompson vs. CHI ($4,500) – With LeBron and Love both listed as questionable but expected to play, it’s reasonable to think their minutes might be somewhat limited, especially if the game doesn’t stay tight the whole time. Thompson has proven that he is probably the fourth most-trusted player on this team, which makes him an obvious play on nights where it looks like the cut of the offensive output normally held by the big three might be any less than normal. 

Other Options – Greg Monroe ($4,700)

 


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