WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – Justin Holiday
With a big 11-game slate on Wednesday night, there are plenty of NBA stars to choose from when building your DFS lineups. Here are a few options to consider at every position, in every price range.
John Wall vs. TOR ($8,200) – There is a lot of depth at PG tonight, so I figured I would concentrate on a couple of options who won’t break the bank. Wall is a guy who you can get at a discount, but who gives you as much upside as just about anyone except Westbrook and Harden. He has two double-doubles in two tries, and has the potential to explode for a big scoring night against this Raptors backcourt.
Isaiah Thomas vs. CHI ($7,300) – Appearing plenty quick enough to keep his distance from the Bulls’ bigger guards, he went for 25 in the first meeting between these two teams last week in Chicago. He went 10-for-15 from the field, including hitting three treys, and should get plenty of looks again tonight, especially if Avery Bradley (shoulder) misses the game.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook ($12,900), Damian Lillard ($9,600), Chris Paul ($8,400)
Tim Frazier @ MEM ($6,200) – His price has obviously gone up, but for good reason, as he has played at least 34 minutes in three of the first four of the Pelicans’ games this year, and has dropped 40+ fantasy points in all three of those. There just are not a lot of other options on NO right now, either to shoot or handle the ball, giving him plenty of chances to score and get some easy assists (averaging 10 assists and 13 shot attempts in those three contests).
Other Options – Ish Smith ($5,500), Sergio Rodriguez ($4,900), Terry Rozier ($3,500)
James Harden @ NY ($11,200) – He now has two 70 fantasy-point performances so far, including an amazing 41 points and 15 dimes last night in a 128-120 loss to Cleveland. He had five 3s and went to the line 14 times, and added seven rebounds for good measure. Considering he has also played at least 37 minutes in each of their four games – two wins and two losses – there is also no reason to think these usage rates are going down anytime soon.
DeMar DeRozan @ WAS ($7,800) – He has the size to get up his shot whenever he wants against the defenders Washington is going to throw at him, and you know the Raptors will give him the chance. He is now averaging 23 shot attempts per game through three, good enough for him to currently be averaging 35 actual points – and 45 fantasy points – per night so far.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,200), Victor Oladipo ($6,500)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope @ BKN ($4,600) – With well over 30 minutes of court time in three out of four games so far this season, he is being given a chance to contribute, mainly because of his stellar defense, and averaging a pair of steals a night doesn’t hurt from a fantasy perspective, either. With double-digit shot attempts in three out of four as well, though, there is a little more upside than you might have expected before the season began.
Other Options – Eric Gordon ($5,600)
Jimmy Butler @ BOS ($7,700) – One thing to consider when rostering Butler tonight is the likely return of Marcus Smart, who would give the Celtics the big, athletic perimeter defender you need to counter Butler’s scoring ability. But the last time these two teams met, Butler was good for 40+ fantasy points even with Wade going off for his biggest scoring night of the year so far (his Chicago home debut).
Carmelo Anthony vs. HOU ($7,500) – The big problem with Carmelo right now is that he is not doing anything at all outside of his scoring, which is limiting his night-to-night upside. But this reduction in overall production is reflected in this price, and he is getting more than enough looks to establish a relatively high floor, so all he needs is a good shooting night to return some nice value.
Other Options – Nicolas Batum ($6,600)
P.J. Tucker vs. POR ($3,400) – His minutes spiked in their last contest up to 27, which simultaneously created value for himself and removed some upside potential from T.J. Warren ($5,900). He only went for 18 fantasy points in his first extended action of the season, but he contributed with both points and rebounds, so there is plenty of opportunity for him to return value at this price in any type of contest.
Other Options – Jae Crowder ($5,600), Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,800)
Anthony Davis @ MEM ($10,900) – He has been at 69.75 fantasy points or more (sometimes a LOT more) in three out of his four games so far this year, which means he either needs to slow down or he needs to be the single most expensive player on the board before you stop seriously considering him every night. Davis has as much upside or more as guys like Westbrook and Harden.
Blake Griffin vs. OKC ($8,600) – With three straight double-doubles to open the season and a very reasonable price, there is plenty of value for him to be used in any contest in my opinion. He, more than anything else, has just passed the eye test for me so far this season, looking quick and fresh in the lane and performing at both end of the court for the Clips.
Other Options – Paul Millsap ($8,000), Kristaps Porzingis ($7,200)
Dario Saric @ CHA ($4,500) – With Grant gone, and Okafor and Noel both out, there is some extra PT lying there for the taking right now. He responded last time out with 9-for-15 shooting in 31 minutes, making him more than worth a flyer, especially in a cash game tonight in my opinion.
Other Options – DeMarre Carroll ($4,600)
Dwight Howard vs. LAL ($7,600) – It’s a prime matchup, so he should be able to produce fantasy value at a great per-minute clip tonight. He has been remarkably efficient: In his two best games (aside from the 19-minute performance against Philly), he has scored 29 points on just 18 field goal attempts, shooting more than 50 percent from the floor and getting to the line, on top of rebounding at a double-digit clip. To me, he seems like almost a lock for a double-double tonight as long as the game doesn’t get out of hand early.
Jonas Valanciunas @ WAS ($6,800) – He is averaging just more than 12 rebounds a game, but that is exactly what you would have been hoping for him pre-season. I believe this just seems like production you can trust, giving him as sturdy of a floor as anyone you can target at the position.
Other Options – Andre Drummond ($8,300), DeAndre Jordan ($7,400)
Tyler Zeller vs. CHI ($3,000) – It will likely be a combination of Zeller, Amir Johnson ($3,400) and Jonas Jerebko ($3,000) filling in for Al Horford (concussion) tonight, but Zeller is a good fit as someone who can knock down some outside shots and actually make a fantasy impact while he is out there.
Other Options – Roy Hibbert ($3,700)
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