Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys For Wednesday, 12/9
Big NBA Wednesday is back tonight, as 10 games hit the hardwood in hopes of helping you win some fat cash. Well, that’s not why the games are actually played, but to us DFS folk, that’s often the only part we care about.
It’s a wide open slate tonight, as only one true elite hits the floor (James Harden) and only two other guys (Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond) are good enough to be priced over $9k over at DraftKings.
This might not be the night to pay up, as you can just get a steady and balanced team and do just fine, but it COULD be the night to stack all three elites with the right value picks. The right answer is probably somewhere in between, but where’s the fun in that? No matter your daily fantasy basketball strategy for Wednesday night, we’ve got you covered with all of the top value plays at each position at DK. Let’s get to it:
PG: Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.3k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($5.2k) and Jose Calderon – Knicks ($4.2k)
The Dragon is alive and well, putting up three 30+ fantasy point efforts in a row recently. I don’t know if that production sticks, but he’s playing with confidence and is a great price. He’s worth a try tonight against the Hornets.
Parker is in the same light, as he’s super cheap and can produce, but often sees his minutes dip due to blowouts or the Spurs’ weird rotations. I think he’s mostly fine in a big game against the Raptors tonight.
The news of J.J. Barea likely returning puts a damper on Raymond Felton’s value, so perhaps look to Calderon, who starts and gets good run with the Knicks. His shot needs to be falling for him to matter, but he’s fresh off of a productive 30+ point outing, so you know there is a little upside there.
SG: Kobe Bryant – Lakers ($6k), O.J. Mayo – Bucks ($5.2k), Wesley Matthews – Mavs ($5k) and Terrence Ross – Raptors ($3.5k)
The Black Mamba is tough to gauge on a nightly basis and is still dealing with an illness, but he’ll be a full go tonight against the Timberwolves. It’s not a tough matchup for Bryant, but then again there are no matchups these days, as he freely chucks from the sun. If he hits, he’ll crush his value. If not, you’ll die a slow, painful DFS death.
It’s tough to find value without volatility at the SG position and Mayo is certainly no stranger to it. Neither is Wes Matthews, who sandwiched a sick 59-point fantasy outing between two games with 28 or less. Both start, get good run and can hit from outside, though. That makes them worth using on an odd slate.
If you want to go elite-heavy and take a big dive tonight, consider Terrence Ross. Ross should start again with DeMarre Carroll sidelined and last time out he logged 39 minutes and produced 35 fantasy points. You can’t fully bank on 30+, but 25+ would be a win at this price.
SF: Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.8k) and Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.7k)
The pickings appear to be slim if you want value at small forward tonight, but I like both Porter and Crowder. Both can rack up defensive stats and when their shot is falling, they can get you 35-40 fantasy points with ease. They’re not a lock to do that tonight, but both are relatively safe and should be good for 25-30 fantasy points. That’s not a bad move at their prices.
PF: Nikola Mirotic – Bulls ($5k), Jabari Parker – Bucks ($4.9k), Trevor Booker – Jazz ($4.8k) and Cody Zeller – Hornets ($4.6k)
Mirotic has been back the past two games and is getting about 28 minutes with upside to get you 30+ fantasy points. Based off of that, he’s a borderline steal still at this low price. He has a good matchup against a Celtics team that may be more focused on Chicago’s elite options, too.
Parker is right below Mirotic but he’s not nearly as safer and doesn’t have Nikola’s ceiling. However, if you are shot that extra $100 he’s a fine option, as he’s going to see around 30+ minutes and he does a little bit of everything.
Booker and Zeller should be cheaper, but they’re two of the best values on the board based on price and what they’re capable of. Booker seems to never work for me personally, but he’s been pretty strong now in two of his last three games. Zeller also has put up solid numbers in two straight, putting both of these guys in play at the four spot on DK.
C: Tim Duncan – Spurs ($5.9k), Marcin Gortat – Wizards ($5.8k), Gorgui Dieng – Timberwolves ($4.9k) and Alex Len – Suns ($4.6k)
Duncan returns after resting last game, so I think he’ll be fresh and productive against Toronto. The Raptors are under-manned down low, so a big game wouldn’t be shocking. Either way, he’s cheap so you don’t need him to crush to return value.
Gortat might be my favorite play at center outside of Jared Sullinger ($6.3k) as he returns from a personal issue and continues to be a good price. He was crushing his value before he had to head back to Poland, so he could very well continue doing that tonight.
Dieng and Len, much like Booker and Zeller, remain good values but I wish they were even cheaper. Dieng is getting a lot of time and both the four and the five and he’s basically a lock to see 28-30 minutes these days. He can destroy his price tag if he can top 10 actual points, but he does enough elsewhere to make value, regardless. Len is very hit or miss due to foul trouble and natural inconsistency, but the absence of Tyson Chandler yet again make shim an option worth considering tonight.
Again, I don’t know how much value you need tonight with just one pricey elite option on the board, but perhaps using just 1-2 of these guys will open the door to a stack job of strong intermediate options. Whatever your DFS strategy ends up being tonight, good luck!
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