WATCH: HE’S ON FIRE – AL HORFORD
With an eight-game NBA slate on Wednesday this week highlighted by Cavaliers at Nuggets, there are plenty of worthwhile fantasy options at every price level. Here are a few names to consider at every position as you begin putting together your rosters.
Russell Westbrook vs. PHI ($13,100) – Philly has actually been playing well enough to envision that they at the very least keep this one close enough that they keep Westbrook on the court. Considering this is the kind of Philly backcourt that he will best to every long rebound and blow by off the dribble repeatedly, that’s good news, because he could have a triple-double by halftime.
Kyrie Irving @ DEN ($8,600) – This game is projected to be close tonight, evidence of how good Denver has looked of late. There should be plenty of up-and-down action here and Kyrie could be a beneficiary. He has had 27 or more points six times already in March, including 40+ twice, and he definitely has that upside again in this matchup.
Other Options – John Wall ($9,300)
Rajon Rondo vs. DET ($5,700) – He has been in the starting lineup now for five games, and he is averaging 14 points, seven assists and five boards, with a pair of 3s and more than a steal a night over that span. And that is including two complete duds in which he totaled 11 points combined. Coming off a game last night in which he played 40 minutes, the role he holds with this Bulls team at this point is clear, and he should get plenty of usage again against the Pistons.
Other Options – Jameer Nelson ($5,600), T.J. McConnell ($5,400)
Jimmy Butler vs. DET ($8,900) – Priced under $9K, there is enough upside here to make him an obvious consideration for any GPP lineup. Playing alongside Rondo has looked like a boon for the Bulls’ stud shooting guard, as he is averaging 25 points, six boards and six assists to go along with all his other ancillary stats since Rondo entered the starting lineup. That stretch included a loss to Memphis in which none of the Bulls looked good, but all four of the other games saw him at 47+ fantasy points.
Other Options – Nicolas Batum ($6,900)
Victor Oladipo vs. PHI ($6,400) – A nice cash-game play tonight, he has had the 30+ fantasy points you need from him in five of their last six games, and there is no reason to expect a dip against this Philly defense, especially if (as I mentioned above), the 76ers manage to keep the game competitive. With three or more 3s made in six of their last eight, he is consistently getting looks, enough to stay useful even in a Westbrook-dominant attack.
Tim Hardaway, Jr. @ WAS ($5,900) – He didn’t do much on Monday against Charlotte, but he still saw 33 minutes of action, and you should see him grab a similar amount of court time tonight. He’s gotten you right around 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, the kind of production that makes him a good cash play for tonight’s contests in my opinion.
Other Options – Buddy Hield ($5,000)
LeBron James @ DEN ($11,100) – If the Cavs are going to be in a game that forces them to pick up the pace even a little, the two players this most obviously benefit are Kyrie (above) and LeBron. They are the two with the ball in their hands all the time, so any increase in total possessions helps their value, and they are also their two best finishers in transition, so any back-and-forth, up-and-down action also helps their cause. Of the two, I think Kyrie fits better into GPPs, and LeBron into cash-game lineups.
Robert Covington @ OKC ($7,300) – He has seen enough of an uptick in price to make you think twice, but he has been getting to the mid-30s often enough to make him worthwhile. At this price, though, that’s not exactly upside, so you’d have to be looking for more to get him into a cash lineup. He had 54 fantasy points Monday, but it took 45 minutes, which makes him true ceiling probably somewhere south of 50 fantasy points and that makes his floor where the value lies as a cash game consideration.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,400)
Paul Zipser vs. DET ($3,100) – He has played 28+ minutes in each of their last three games, and is scheduled to start again tonight. Their last game was his best so far, when he contributed in multiple categories, with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. At this price, he only needs to make it to 20 or so fantasy points to provide great value in any format contest, which seems realistic.
Other Options – Denzel Valentine ($4,900)
Dario Saric @ OKC ($7,600) – You have to pay some attention to whether Jahlil Okafor is active before you decide how much to trust any of these other Philly forwards, but Saric is at least worth thinking about either way. He should easily be able to surpass 20 points against this OKC frontcourt, and his upside will be determined by how many other stats he can fall into on the periphery.
Other Options – Kevin Love ($7,800)
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. MIL ($6,100) – His problem is the floor under 20 fantasy points, but on the bright side, that issue is built into his price. Because along with that floor, he also has 40+ point upside, not something you can find too easily at this price. He should find room to operate in close in this one, making him a candidate to grab his second double-double in a little more than a week.
Ersan Ilyasova @ WAS ($5,500) – Getting the start in place of Paul Millsap, he played 28 minutes on Monday, and should be expected to get similar usage in this one tonight. He is 7-for-14 from 3 over their last two games, and should be able to find his fair share of open looks again here, making him someone I want to consider for any format contest.
Other Options – Thaddeus Young ($4,600)
Andre Drummond @ CHI ($7,900) – If they have an advantage over Chicago, basically, it’s Drummond. He should be able to return you a double-double, with the question being whether he gets you closer to ten points or closer to 20. He is seeing 10+ looks nightly, though, and should be able to be very efficient with those chances against these Chicago bigs.
Rudy Gobert vs. NY ($7,700) – The thing about the guys on these defensive-minded, slow-down-the-pace teams is that all those factors are baked into their price. The only real fear here is that the game is out of hand early, but Gobert has seen 35+ minutes every single night recently, even in some lopsided victories. With 46 rebounds in their last three games, he is making a decent case to have the best chance at a double-double on the entire slate.
Other Options – Nikola Jokic ($10,000)
Al Horford @ IND ($6,600) – With 40+ fantasy points in four straight games, you really can’t ask for much more value in any format contest at this price. He has had at least eight rebounds in each of those four games, and that ability to hit the boards will go a long way towards determining whether or not he’ll be someone you wanted in your GPP lineups, but he should serve admirably in cash games regardless.
Other Options – Greg Monroe ($5,300)
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