Top Value Buys in Daily Fantasy Basketball on Wednesday Night
The NBA loads up for a jam packed Wednesday night, where daily fantasy basketball fans get to piece together lineups based off of 26 teams going to ward on the hardwood.
It’s a hectic night where you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on injuries and rotation changes, while some news has already begun to leak out. We’ll get the value hunting started early, but be sure to hit up a reliable news source before submitting any lineups on the night.
Let’s see who looks reliable or worth a dive in daily fantasy basketball at DraftKings for Wednesday, 12/23:
PG: Jameer Nelson – Nuggets ($5.6k), Lou Williams – Lakers ($5.4k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.2k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($5k), Tim Frazier – Blazers ($3.6k) and J.J. Barea – Mavericks ($3.6k)
Emmanuel Mudiay is out again so as long as Jameer Nelson (illness) makes the starter, he’s set for some solid run and a big run. Danilo Gallinari also remains out (ankle), so there should be shots aplenty.
I get if you’re down on Nelson with him being sick, so you also may be interested in Sweet Lou, Hill and Parker. Lou has been super stable for the past month, while Hill and Parker are fine prices and get enough run to support a blow up game at some point. Both are riskier options, but I like their matchups and upside tonight. George Hill just feels due right now.
Want to save even more cash? Consider Frazier and Barea. Barea could see more minutes than usual with some injuries in Dallas, while Frazier is only behind C.J. McCollum tonight thanks to Damian Lillard being out again. I don’t love either since they’re run will be somewhat capped, but at that price any kind of role makes them a little tempting.
SG: Khris Middleton – Bucks ($5.9k), Monta Ellis – Pacers ($5.5k), Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.5k), Raymond Felton – Mavericks ($5.4k), Avery Bradley – Celtics ($5.4k) and Garrett Temple – Wizards ($4.5k)
One thing I love about cheap guys is when they get tons of run. Middleton is certainly one of those players, as he has a nice outside stroke but best of all, can see 40+ minutes in certain games. He’s a solid value with an OK floor and moderate upside if he can get hot. Also, he’s facing the Sixers!
Ellis has run hot and cold all year, but he’s mostly turned things around over the last couple of weeks. He can still go spare quite easily but his showdown with the Kings has the highest total of the night. His price is too good to write him off, all things considered.
Jordan Clarkson, Raymond Felton and Avery Bradley are all right around Ellis’ price range and all three may be safer plays. Clarkson continues to see serious run as a scorer and play-maker for the Lakers and in what figures to be a blowout loss to the Thunder, he could be rather busy. I can’t hate a stable Felton with Devin Harris and Deron Williams both likely out, either, while Bradley is a solid scorer with a great role. He just needs to catch fire in a fast-paced clash with the Hornets.
Need a better dive? How about Garrett Temple, who is pretty darn cheap and has exploded for two straight 36+ point fantasy outings. It’s tough to expect him doing anything close to that for a third game in a row, but at this price it’s not a bad try.
SF: Omri Casspi – Kings ($5.9k), Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.8k), Matt Barnes – Grizzlies ($5.7k), Evan Fournier – Magic ($4.7k) and Kelly Oubre Jr. – Wizards ($3.7k)
There are some mega studs at small forward tonight that I don’t exactly suggest fading entirely, but I’d be down for one or two of these guys to round out a lineup.
I’m not overly into Casspi, but he does get really good run and is a pretty versatile guy who can do a little bit of everything. I like Crowder and Barnes a lot more, though, as both are slightly cheaper and have been just wrecking over the past week.
Fournier might be my favorite small forward play, as he’s logged 30+ minutes the past two games and has churned out solid production. He fell off the map for a while there, but is back in Orlando’s good graces and due to his scoring and play-making, is a legit value tonight. He did well against the Rockets earlier this year, too, so the matchup works in his favor.
Oubre is a big time dive if you’re looking to save big dollars for more than one elite option tonight. He could be worth it as long as Otto Porter is out and if Gary Neal also sits, the Wizards will be running with very few bodies. He logged 33 minutes last game and if he’s anywhere close to that again tonight, he could crush this price tag.
PF: Zach Randolph – Grizzlies ($5.9k), Ryan Anderson – Pelicans ($5.9k), Nerlens Noel – 76ers ($5.6k), Markieff Morris – Suns ($4.4k) and John Henson – Bucks ($3.9k)
Z Bo topped 30 fantasy points last night and while he obviously is hard to trust off the bench with a clear cap on his run, he also can blow up like this from time to time. He’s a good price and a mild gamble for what he can get you, as well.
I might be more inclined to take a shot with Rando or Noel, who are similarly priced and might have more upside these days. Anderson might be the safest of the three due to his outside shooting and explosive scoring ability, while Noel might have the lowest floor due to his sporadic minutes and weak offensive game. All three guys are nice prices and worth considering, however.
Kieff and Henson are the only two other cheap power forwards I’m really into, and they’re barely calling me in at the moment. Kieff is back in Phoenix’s rotation and could get around 20 minutes, but keep in mind he hasn’t blow up since returning and this is a guy who can spare you with even dead set 30-35 minute nights. I love the value and if I use him I’m hoping he gets his most run since getting back in the lineup a few games ago.
Henson is still seeing good work due to Greg Monroe not being right, so if he is still going to see solid run, he’s in play. His minutes and upside both are capped, but if he can get 22 minutes or so, he can get you 25-30 fantasy points. At this price, that’s all you’d really need out of him.
C: Tim Duncan – Spurs ($5.5k), Gorgui Dieng – Timberwolves ($5.5k) and Kelly Olynyk – Celtics ($4.6k)
There is not a ton of value at center if you’re looking to take a dive, but these three guys do offer a decent floor with some quality upside. Duncan is always a candidate to get rested, but if he can log 30 minutes, you’re totally golden at this price. That makes him worth a shot, but he oddly could be the riskiest play of this trio.
Dieng will face the mighty Spurs, but he could draw yet another start and get 30+ minutes on the floor. He’s been really strong lately and as long as he’s out there he can get you points, rebounds and blocks.
The best dive by far at center is going to be Olynyk, and with a weird slate that surprisingly lacks killer value, he might be the top value play of the entire night. Amir Johnson has already been ruled out and if Jared Sullinger also sits, Olynyk will make a second straight start. The guy can score the ball and is a double-double threat if he sees heavy minutes.
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