Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys For Wednesday Night
Big NBA Wednesday isn’t quite as big as it can be, but we still have a very strong 8-game slate to work with in daily fantasy basketball.
Much like we learned last night with DeMarcus Cousins slinking into nothingness largely due to being tired from a back to back set, we may want to consider how tired other guys may be if they played last night and are playing tonight. We factor in everything when we look at the daily field at DraftKings, and the biggest aspect is value.
If you’re looking to save up for some king kong options or just want to make a team filled up with the top bargain buys, you’ve come to the right place. For the best options at or below $6k at DK tonight, read on:
PG: Jeremy Lin – Hornets ($5.7k), Marcus Smart – Celtics ($5.1k) and Patrick Beverley – Rockets ($4.2k)
Linsanity could continue tonight, and if so Lin could chase down his third straight game of 40+ fantasy points. That’s not a lock either way, but his price tag and role are fantastic. Just make sure both Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb (game time decisions) aren’t playing.
Smart continues to have a solid role in Boston’s offense and is getting extra run due to his ability to shutdown opponents defensively. His shot is very hit or miss but at his cheap price, he can be worth the risk.
The same goes for Bev, who is probably the best pure value at point guard tonight. He needs to get hot from outside to pay off, but he could also blow up thanks to his ability to rebound, get steals and pass out dimes. He’s not a huge assist guy, though, so you’re probably capped around 30 fantasy points when talking upside.
SG: Rodney Hood – Jazz ($5.9k), Devin Booker – Suns ($5.5k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5.4k) and Archie Goodwin – Suns ($4.8k)
Hood gets good run and is being relied on quite a bit for his scoring in Utah, which means a lot for a team that is bad offensively. He’s had some bouts with injuries and erratic play but has gone over 35+ fantasy points twice in his last two games. He’ll have a good chance of going nuts if Charlotte is without defensive stopper Nicolas Batum tonight.
Booker can get hot at any time so he’s absolutely in play tonight, along with teammate Archie Goodwin. Both guys can stroke it from long range and handle the ball a ton, so they really carry a ton of upside and value at these low prices. Goodwin is the better play due to playing the point (even though he’s listed here as a SG) and he’s also cheaper.
Redick is always a fun try with Blake Griffin out for the rest of eternity, and he can knock down 5+ three’s at any time. Against the Hawks with Kyle Korver possibly on him, he could have a big game.
SF: Kent Bazemore – Hawks ($5.6k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.4k) and P.J. Tucker – Suns ($5.2k)
Sometimes it’s all about role and with very few solid small forward value plays, Bazemore might take the cake with that. He is depended on to score a decent amount and he’s been rebounding well enough, as well. The Clippers stink against small forwards, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him busy tonight.
Morris and Tucker can get hot from outside but both represent value based more off of their run. Both of these guys are on the court a ton and also get some shots up. Tucker tends to do a lot more in terms of getting defensive stats, while Morris is basically just a shooter out there. A solid rebounding game could put either over the top if their shot is falling even a little tonight.
PF: Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($5.7k), Kenneth Faried – Nuggets ($5.7k), Markieff Morris – Suns ($4.9k) and Charlie Villanueva – Mavs ($3k)
Ibaka just had a monster game and we all know the guy can get rebounds and blocks in bunches. It’s his scoring that can be hit or miss. I’ll take my chances with this value against the T’Wolves tonight.
Faried is the exact same price and on a day to day basis might even have more upside, as he’s a little more involved offensively based out of necessity in Denver. The Nuggets don’t have an easy matchup with the Celtics but if he’s a full go (he’s been nicked up) he is worth considering.
Morris returned to Phoenix’s rotation off the bench last night and logged a solid 24 minutes, so he could start or see more run off the bench tonight. He isn’t happy with the Suns but he can produce when he has a role and he may end up playing a bit with the Cavs likely running away with this one.
Charlie V is my favorite play of the night, as he’ll be letting shots fly against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. Golden State is going to wreck the Mavs but he is expected to start and should get enough shots up to pay off at the minimum.
C: Jared Sullinger – Celtics ($5.4k), Alex Len – Suns ($4.8k), Spencer Hawes – Hornets ($4.6k) and Salah Mejri – Mavs ($3.8k)
Sully’s run is the only thing holding me back at all tonight, as he is a constant double-double threat and can also hit the outside shot. Teammate Kelly Olynyk is in the mix here as well, but I prefer Sully’s rebounding and he feels a little safer.
Len has been a monster lately, carving out well over 30 minutes in three straight games and also finding a way to produce 34+ fantasy points in each of those contests. He has a tougher draw tonight against the Cavs but he’s got a good role at the moment and is a fine price.
Hawes is even cheaper and has a stable starting gig with both Cody Zeller and Al Jefferson sidelined. I’m not sure I like him against Rudy Gobert and a tough Jazz defense, but the value is there for the taking.
Mejri and maybe even teammate JaVale McGee are in play for the Mavs, who will be without starting center Zaza Pachulia. Mejri starts and is the safer play, but the Warriors are sure to run wild in a blowout win here, making JaVale a fun (and cheaper) try.
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