WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – AL HORFORD
With Wednesday’s 10-game NBA slate, there are plenty of options at every position and price level. Here are a few names to consider as you begin to build your DFS lineups.
Isaiah Thomas vs. MIN ($8,500) – He hasn’t cracked 25 real points in any of his last three games, and with such a high percentage of his value coming from scoring, that is a problem. But against a Minnesota team that doesn’t have the perimeter defender to deal with someone who can create like Thomas, and also should play a style that helps encourage a fast-paced, high-scoring game, there is a great chance he gets closer to his 29.0 season scoring average tonight, which gives him easy 40+ point upside.
Chris Paul vs. MIL ($8,200) – He is coming off two strong performances in a row, scoring 30 against Philly and 33 against Utah. The Bucks’ size and athleticism should give the Clippers’ offense some trouble in general, especially in the frontcourt. And it’s just when their offense starts to bog down that Paul starts to take over, giving him a chance to get to that same range of right around 50 fantasy points again tonight.
Other Options – Damian Lillard ($8,300), Ricky Rubio ($7,400)
Darren Collison @ PHO ($6,200) – This is an especially great pick if Sacramento continues to have a few guys missing in their backcourt (Lawson and Evans both missed Monday), but even if they play, Collison is still getting solid minutes of late. Tonight he has a plus matchup against Phoenix, a team that plays much faster than the Kings normally do, which could give a boost to everyone on Sacramento’s roster who gets offensive looks.
James Harden vs. LAL ($12,600) – The fear is that the game isn’t close and Harden doesn’t play full minutes, but if they are in that position, it’s probably because Harden has come close to a triple-double in three quarters, hitting some threes and getting to the line a dozen times. He is always a consideration in a GPP, given his massive upside.
Devin Booker vs. SAC ($6,700) – I think everyone in this game is worth considering, frankly, with the second highest projected total on the board tonight. Neither team really defends, Phoenix will be able to push the pace to their liking, and there will be opportunities for everyone involved as a result. Booker has scored 20+ points in four straight, starting to look like the player a lot of people expected at the beginning of the year, making him a good choice in any format.
Other Options – Eric Bledsoe ($8,400)
Eric Gordon vs. LAL ($5,400) – Gordon is taking at least seven threes a night. And tonight, he’s playing the Lakers, who have a tendency to leave shooters wide open, which gives him plenty of upside at this price.
Other Options – Jeremy Lamb ($5,600)
Kawhi Leonard vs. POR ($9,800) – The Blazers don’t have anyone who can really attempt to contain Leonard, and Kawhi is on a run of 30+ real points scored in five of the Spurs’ last six games. Even with Aldridge available tonight, I think the chances are going to keep coming Kawhi’s way, and he has proved an ability to turn that kind of scoring into huge upside with all the other ways he can stuff a stat sheet.
Other Options – Paul George ($8,300), Gordon Hayward ($7,200)
T.J. Warren vs. SAC ($6,000) – Another key cog in the Phoenix-Sacramento matchup, this price is right in line with his value on most nights. That would make him a consideration at this cost in any matchup, so I like him even more tonight as someone who will be out there 30+ minutes and have plenty of chances to put up stats on both ends of the court.
Larry Nance, Jr. @ HOU ($4,100) – He is getting minutes in the mid-20’s, and he is getting the most out of his time on the court, getting a couple of assists and steals every night to go along with his eight points and six boards. As a cash game option, he is someone I think you can look to for 25+ points in a game where all the Lakers should see a slight bump in value.
Other Options – Jae Crowder ($5,500)
DeMarcus Cousins @ MIA ($9,500) – I don’t think Hassan Whiteside will have an answer for everything Cousins brings to the table on offense. It’s hard to predict a big game if Davis plays, but he did have to go to the locker room with an apparent ankle injury, which could leave him at less than 100% tonight, leading to expanded opportunity for Cousins.
Julius Randle @ HOU ($7,300) – Again with the Houston-Los Angeles matchup, but Randle is someone the Lakers will need to turn to in order to keep up with the Rockets, and Houston doesn’t have the defense to stop him from doing what he wants to if given the chance. He has been over 44 fantasy points in two of their last four games, showing the potential for a nice double-double in any given game.
Other Options – Blake Griffin ($7,900)
Willie Cauley-Stein @ PHO ($5,600) – The Kings need him to be out there getting them double-digit points and a handful of rebounds every night, just because they don’t have anyone else to do the things he is capable of in terms of hitting the glass and holding down the post on both offense and defense. They get into some high scoring games, and tonight should be no different, and that often leads to 12-15 shot attempts in a night for Cauley-Stein.
Other Options – Harrison Barnes ($6,400)
Rudy Gobert @ DET ($6,900) – Gobert is really playing well this year, and I think he will be looking to exert his will on Drummond in this game to set the tone for a Utah win. His defense could easily be the reason the Jazz take this one handily, and he could just fall into a double-double along the way for 35+ fantasy points at a very reasonable price.
Alan Williams vs. SAC ($6,300) – Even with Alex Len out, he’s not starting, Derrick Jones Jr. is, who doesn’t have the size to fill a major role at center. Williams actually is playing just as much as Jones and is in a better position to actually contribute, both to the Suns and to your fantasy team, and he is proving it right now, with six double-doubles in seven games.
Other Options – Marc Gasol ($7,600), Andre Drummond ($6,800)
Clint Capela vs. LAL ($5,500) – He’s going to need to be out there to contend with Randle, who would be a bit much for someone like Ryan Anderson to handle, and that will give him plenty of chances to rack up some fantasy points against this Lakers’ frontcourt defense. He has a floor right around the value you need from him tonight at 25 or so fantasy points, making him a nice cash game option for me tonight.
Other Options – DeAndre Jordan ($6,600)
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