WATCH: PICK & ROLL
The NBA’s 11-game slate Wednesday night gives you the chance to go any number of ways in constructing your roster. Here are a few players you can consider for GPPs and cash games, at every position.
John Wall @ TOR ($10,200) – With Lowry out, the Raptors don’t have any defenders on the perimeter to stay in front of Wall, and no one inside to slow him down either. He’ll have a great shot at double-digit assists, and his big scoring potential tonight means he has the 50+ point upside you want for this price. He is coming off a 13 point, 19 assist performance last night in a win over Golden State, and he’ll want to continue the strong play in a key Eastern Conference matchup.
Chris Paul vs. HOU ($8,900) – In a game that should feature plenty of up-and-down action, Paul should be able to return value at this price in any format. He played 41 minutes in his last game, so he’s healthy, and the Clippers will need him to dominate the ball and create scoring chances for himself and others all night long if they want to keep up with Houston’s shooting.
Other Options – Goran Dragic ($7,100)
Marcus Smart vs. CLE ($5,100) – It might make more sense to start him at SG, where there aren’t so many options. But it certainly seems possible that the Celtics will need his size out there against Cleveland. When he gets 30+ minutes, he is returning 30+ fantasy points with some consistency, enough to make him a nice value at this price.
Other Options – Yogi Ferrell ($5,000)
DeMar DeRozan vs. WAS ($9,300) – With Lowry out, his usage simply goes through the roof. He has scored 37, 33 and 43 points in his last three, while averaging 23 shot attempts a night (on top of more than 13 free throw attempts). In other words, he’s getting all the looks, and that’s not going to stop as the Raptors try to overcome the loss of their star PG and secure a win against one of the other top teams in the East.
Other Options – James Harden ($11,700)
Jrue Holiday vs. DET ($6,900) – You have to love getting him with SG eligibility, because he is playing with the ball in his hands a lot, giving him the chance to produce more readily in multiple categories than most traditional two-guards. In February, he averaged under 36 minutes a night, and contributed 17-8-6 with a pair of steals, enough to make him a nightly consideration in this price range.
Seth Curry @ ATL ($5,900) – He has scored in double-digit figures in four straight, including 31 in Minnesota last week and then 29 two nights ago against Miami. He is playing 30+ minutes and getting up more than five threes a night, so as long as he is hitting a few of them, he is going to remain a nice play at this price, especially in a plus matchup like he has tonight against Atlanta.
Other Options – Eric Gordon ($4,800)
LeBron James @ BOS ($10,900) – Against a franchise, and in a building where he has plenty of history, I do not see LeBron taking a loss to the second place team in the East lightly. He played 35+ minutes in each of their last two games, and with Love out, he’s become a threat for massive rebounding totals on any given night – certainly possible against this Celtics squad. But that kind of production from a secondary category gives him a floor and a ceiling that are both very enticing as the centerpiece of your roster.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard ($8,600)
Tyreke Evans vs. BKN ($5,700) – There aren’t a lot of options left in Sacramento, but Tyreke is one of them. He is giving you production in a few categories as the Kings try to figure out what their attack is going to look like on a consistent basis. This Brooklyn matchup should give them the opportunity to outproduce their averages, making the new key players in Sacramento all worth consideration in a cash game tonight.
Terrence Ross vs. NY ($5,200) – He has taken 32 shots in two games playing in Orlando, and is frankly looking like their best offensive option. He is grabbing a few rebounds and has hit six threes in his two outings.
Other Options –Khris Middleton ($5,500)
Anthony Davis vs. DET ($10,400) – With Cousins out and Davis coming off a two-game stretch in which he has put up 77 points and 21 rebounds, he will look to attack this Detroit defense tonight early and often. He should be able to have his way offensively, so the questions is really how much else can he do to push his upside closer to the 70 point range.
Other Options – Carmelo Anthony ($8,000)
Ryan Anderson @ LAC ($4,900) – This should be an up-and-down game, and one in which the Clippers manage to find at least some success defending the Rockets’ primary options. That could lead to a few more looks for someone like Anderson, who has taken 42 threes in their last five games, and who can occasionally turn that into 25+ points, to give you some help at the bottom of a cash game lineup.
Jeff Green vs. NY ($3,800) – He’s not the safest option, but if Aaron Gordon does end up missing again tonight, the chance could be there for Green to get minutes in the high twenties. That could get him to the 18-25 fantasy point range if you need someone to fill in the end of your bench on the cheap tonight.
Other Options – Harrison Barnes ($6,000)
Rudy Gobert vs. MIN ($7,200) – One of my favorite plays on a very large board tonight, he averaged 14 points and 14 boards, with three combined blocks and steals a night for the month of February. He hasn’t scored fewer than 30 fantasy points since January, and he has a great matchup. His price feels a bit low to me, considering we’ve also seen him put up 50 fantasy points inside of the last week.
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside ($8,300)
Tristan Thompson @ BOS ($5,500) – This is basically the same argument as LeBron, on a lesser scale: Boston cannot rebound. At all. With Thompson playing 30+ minutes every night with Love out, his rebounding ability simply creates a floor that is impossible to ignore, and anytime someone could potentially grab you 15+ boards, the chance is there that he will fall into enough other production to make him worthy of a spot in contest where you are searching for upside as well.
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. BKN ($5,500) – His price is going to continue to climb every time he has a game where he flashes the kind of upside that can help people win fantasy tournaments, the way he did with his 29 point, 10 rebound performance against Denver last week. Against Brook Lopez and the rest of this Nets’ frontcourt, he should have plenty of room to operate, giving him a great chance at a double-double with some scoring upside as well.
Other Options – Kyle O’Quinn ($5,200)
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