Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays For 4/6
Big NBA Wednesday is back, which means it could be time to load up on some elites in daily fantasy basketball and package them with some sweet bargain buys at DraftKings.
The one issue is we need to continue to monitor playoff teams that could be resting guys, as well as non-playoff teams that will randomly limit or shut players down. Matchups throw a wrench in those plans a bit, but for the most part Wednesday night’s slate should be pretty cut and dry.
There are two games that are obvious to target – Dallas vs. Houston and Cleveland vs. Indiana – while others have blowout and/or star resting potential.
That being said, we’re not here to figure out which games to target specifically. We really just want to focus on the value at each position and from there, hopefully you can make the right calls to piece together the perfect GPP lineup. Let’s get down to it with our favorite plays at DK at or under $6k:
PG: Reggie Jackson – Pistons ($5.9k), Elfrid Payton – Magic ($5.6k), D’Angelo Russell – Lakers ($5k) and Jeremy Lin – Hornets ($4.1k)
Reggie headlines our favorite cheap point guards, although it’s worth noting he’s been capped roughly around 30 fantasy points these days. Hence, the price drop. His matchup in Orlando is pretty favorable and he’s capable of huge explosions, though, so he’s a fun target tonight. Payton is in that same game and the story is much the same. He can do it all and is too cheap to not use at least once.
Russell might be my favorite play at the position just because of the value and upside he brings to the table. His mind probably isn’t right due to the Nick Young scandal and the Lakers could get wrecked, but he’s too talented and too cheap to ignore.
Linsanity, who went off last night, might actually be the best play in the end, especially if he starts in place of an injured Nicolas Batum again tonight. He’d also be heading back to Madison Square Garden, so it’d only be fitting for him to go off if he had a bigger role.
SG: Brad Beal – Wizards ($5.9k), Monta Ellis – Pacers ($5.4k), Wes Matthews – Mavs ($4.9k), Kobe Bryant – Lakers ($4.6k), Evan Fournier – Magic ($4.5k) and J.R. Smith – Cavs ($4.3k)
There is a good amount to like at shooting guard, and unless you’re using James Harden, it’s a good spot to dive at. Beal is always a good try at his current price, as he plays a lot and could wreck the Nets. Ellis is another obvious value, and even though he’s been pretty meh lately, he’s wrecked Cleveland on the season.
Matthews has a really nice role and is in a groove these days, yet he’s insanely cheap. He doesn’t do much else other than score, but thanks to his role he’s putting in 12+ points in each of his last eight games. He’s suddenly fairly reliable and he faces a Rockets team that doesn’t defend, so he could be loads of fun tonight.
So could The Black Mamba, who is at home and gets the Clippers for the second night in a row. He was awful last night, but perhaps he was saving his best for tonight, which will go down as his last game ever against Lob City.
Fournier and J.R. are both getting nice run and producing at a high level based on their price tags. Fournier is probably the safer play, but Smith is cheaper and is pretty hot with 13 treys in his last two games.
SF: Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.8k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.6k), Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.3k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.3k), Luke Babbitt – Pelicans ($4.7k), Jordan Hamilton – Pelicans ($4.2k) and Maurice Harkless – Blazers ($4.1k)
Small forward is so loaded tonight that there are interesting value plays we’re not even going to touch on. That doesn’t even brush on the top portion, either, with guys like Melo and Paul George coming in at dirt cheap prices.
It starts with Crowder down here, though, as he’s been very good since returning from an ankle issue. Tonight he has an awesome matchup with the Pellies, so other than a potential blowout, there’s little reason not to try him.
Morris can sack you and he did go 0-7 in his last outing, but the Magic are a fun team to target and he’s been really good. The same goes for Ariza, who is getting all of the minutes and is putting up over 30 fantasy points per game against Dallas on the year.
Porter is a throw-in who is getting good run and producing, plus he faces a bad Nets team. Babs is on a roll right now and should at the very worst be good for scoring and a couple of trey bombs. He’s still Babs though, so hope for 30 fantasy points, but expecting much more might be a reach. The same goes for Hamilton, who has a good role but has proven to be less potent offensively thus far.
Harkless is the guy to target here, as he’s the cheapest of the bunch and is getting 30+ minutes every night lately. He also just wrecked with 48 fantasy points in his last game. He’s taking full advantage of his new role, so don’t be afraid to ride the wave.
PF: Julius Randle – Lakers ($5.9k), Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($5.4k), Markieff Morris – Wizards ($5.3k), Thomas Robinson – Nets ($4.7k) and Myles Turner – Pacers ($4.4k)
There isn’t a ton to get excited about at the PF slot, but we can’t knock the talent of Randle, Ibaka and Kieff. All three of these guys are good prices and have some upside to their game. They can also all sack you pretty easily, so just know what you’re getting yourself into.
I much prefer Truck (T-Rob), who remains a much better price on DK than at FanDuel and is a double-double threat these days with both Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez shut down for the year.
Turner is a fun sleeper play, too, as he’s an alarmingly low price despite picking his game back up recently.
C: Robin Lopez – Knicks ($5.6k), Enes Kanter – Thunder ($4.9k), Ian Mahinmi – Pacers ($4.7k), Alexis Ajinca – Pelicans ($4.1k) and Zaza Pachulia – Mavs ($3.6k)
Not a whole lot to love at center, but Lopez is getting solid run and has some upside due to his rebounding and shot-blocking upside. A home date with the Hornets isn’t a special matchup, but he’s a good price and should get around 25 fantasy points.
Kanter is where the upside lies in this group, as he’s not even $5k and can score and rebound in bunches. He’s a good try as a GPP play anytime, but tonight OKC could rout the Blazers. Even if they don’t, they provide little resistance against bigs, so Kaner could pay off in limited action.
Mahnimi hasn’t had much success against Cleveland and the matchup isn’t really there, but he deserves a look based on his price and recent consistency. Tonight would be a good spot for him to show up lifeless, but he’s churned out 23+ fantasy points in each of his last six contests.
Ajinca is very hit or miss, but he can score and rebound and has been getting some starts lately. If the Pellies go big against Boston, he could go to work early and pay off. This is likely a blowout though, so he’s oddly riskier if he starts. Pachulia is a throw-in here, as he’s a fantastic price and starting again. Dwight Howard has checked out and Dallas is red hot at the moment, so if he can even keep getting the 22-23 minutes he’s been getting, he could be worth a dive.
Regardless which path you take in daily fantasy basketball tonight, we wish you luck!
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