With a nice 10-game slate for the main NBA contests on Wednesday night, there are plenty of ways you can go when putting together your DFS lineups. Here are a few players to consider from every position and price range to get you started.
John Wall @ LAC ($10,200) – He is coming off back-to-back games with 30+ points and double-digit assists, showing his 60+ fantasy point upside. Going against this Clippers team, there should be plenty of room for him to penetrate to the middle of defense repeatedly, which could lead to his third big night in a row.
Other Options – Isaiah Thomas ($8,000)
Elfrid Payton vs. OKC ($7,300) – Over the past two weeks, he has had five double-digit rebounding games and four double-digit assist games, while getting up more than 10 shots from the field most nights as well. When he is managing to score in the mid-teens, he is routinely hitting 35+ fantasy points, nice value at the price. The opportunities should be up for everyone on Orlando tonight in what looks to be a more up-tempo matchup.
UPDATE: George Hill is out for tonight’s game with the Kings.
Other Options –
George Hill ($6,400)
DeMar DeRozan vs. CHA ($8,700) – As always with DeRozan, you need a big scoring night for his price to pay off, but with Lowry out, those nights are coming with relative frequency. He should be able to get clean looks over the top of the Charlotte perimeter defenders without much trouble, and has a decent chance to have his fourth 35+ scoring night in their past five.
Other Options – Jrue Holiday ($7,000)
Tim Hardaway, Jr. @ PHI ($6,500) – Coming off a terrible performance against Phoenix, he has very clearly shown you his downside (1-for-9 shooting, 9.75 fantasy points), but on the bright side, his ownership could be down. His usage rates remain great for a player in this price range, with enough shot attempts for him to have a legitimate chance at 20 real points scored on any given night.
Buddy Hield vs. UTA ($5,400) – Not a great matchup on paper, but much of the Jazz’s ability to dominate defensively from a fantasy perspective is their control of the pace. But, the Kings are already one of the slowest-paced teams in the league, so that downfall is already priced in here. Therefore, you are free to just concentrate on Hield’s increased usage and efficiency, which has been enough to get him 30+ fantasy points in four of their last five, great value for the price.
Other Options – Josh Richardson ($5,300)
Giannis Antetokounmpo @ BOS ($9,700) – The Celtics have a couple of athletic bodies to throw at Giannis on the perimeter in guys like Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, but he can do so many different things to be effective that it’s hard to imagine him not racking up the fantasy points somewhere. He should find plenty of rebounds to be had against the Boston frontcourt, and will likely be able to live in the middle of the defense all night long.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard ($9,900)
Carmelo Anthony vs. MIA ($6,700) – It’s something of a boring pick at this point, but he came back from his sore knee Monday and played 35 minutes, and when he is out there for a full complement of playing time, the opportunities are always there. He’s still getting up 15+ shots every night, giving him easy 30+ fantasy point potential and making him a decent play in any format contest.
Taurean Prince @ PHI ($5,100) – Starting in place of Thabo Sefolosha for the past two games, Prince has played 36 and 38 minutes, and he has averaged 32.0 fantasy points per contest over that span. With Sefolosha out again, there is no reason to expect Prince’s production to take a dip tonight in a nice matchup with Philly that should allow him to both score some and successfully crash the boards.
Other Options – P.J. Tucker ($4,800)
Anthony Davis vs. DAL ($10,800) – At a $2,400 discount compared to Russell Westbrook, Davis for me is the clear upside play for tournaments tonight if DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) remains out for the third straight game. You’ll definitely want to monitor that, considering how much they have seemed to eat into each others’ production when they are out there together. But over these last two games, Davis has averaged 33 points and 16 rebounds on 20 shots attempts, and he should be able to continue to do whatever he wants in a matchup against some outmatched bigs in Dallas.
Other Options – Blake Griffin ($7,900)
UPDATE: Robert Covington is out for tonight’s game against the Hawks.
Robert Covington vs. ATL ($6,900) – No one gets excited about drafting him, but over the past couple of weeks, for example, he has been exactly as productive as Dario Saric, and you’re getting him for $700 cheaper. His usage changes pretty dramatically night-to-night, which makes him more of a tourney play for me, but against a Hawks teams without Paul Millsap, he should have enough favorable matchups to get featured in the offense as much as he ever is.
Serge Ibaka vs. CHA ($6,000) – He’s played five solid games in a row, with at least 16 points and five rebounds in each. Without the double-digit rebounding potential he doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he is consistently getting you right around the 30 points you need to justify the price in a cash game lineup.
Other Options – Ersan Ilyasova ($6,000)
Rudy Gobert @ SAC ($8,600) – One of my favorite plays on the entire board tonight, I think Gobert is going to dominate the inside against this Kings team. He has the opportunity to push for a 20-20 game with several blocks. He has 60+ fantasy point upside at a nice price in this one, making him a fantastic play in any format in my opinion.
Dwight Howard @ PHI ($7,600) – This is a nice price for a player with 40+ fantasy points in three of four and four of six. He’s getting you double-digit rebounds every single night, and especially with Millsap out, he is also getting plenty of looks on the offensive end (just over 10 attempts a night over his last four). In a matchup with a weak Philly frontcourt, he should easily be able to hit his averages, making him a very solid cash game option.
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside ($8,400)
Al Horford vs. MIL ($6,900) – He has been getting some solid assist totals all year, and lately has been somewhat productive on the glass as well (at least eight rebounds in seven straight). In a matchup where Milwaukee’s perimeter defenders could make it difficult on the Celtics’ primary scoring options, it’s easy to imagine a narrative where Horford sees the high end of his range of offensive opportunities, which gives him 35+ fantasy point potential and makes him a good cash play, without a ton of upside.
Other Options – Nerlens Noel ($5,600), Enes Kanter ($5,100)
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