Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys For Wednesday Night
The NBA is about to come to a screeching halt with the All-Star break rapidly approaching. That leaves Wednesday night as the last true daily fantasy basketball slate until next Thursday.
More specifically, this Thursday and next Thursday are the only other opportunities to play DFS in the next week, and neither boast more than three NBA contests. With an insane 12 games on the schedule tonight, the time is now to target your DFS fix.
There’s no better way to do that then pilfer through the top value plays at or below $6k at DraftKings. Join us, won’t you?
PG: Jeff Teague – Hawks ($6k), Emmanuel Mudiay – Nuggets ($5.8k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.7k), Elfrid Payton – Magic ($5.1k) and Raul Neto – Jazz ($4k)
Teague is hard to hate at this price, as he’s been on a bit of a tear with a 50+ fantasy point explosion not too long ago, as well as 24+ fantasy points in 9 of his last 10 games. He might get traded out of ATL soon, but for one more night you can watch him beat his price.
Mudiay gets good run and is one of the few Denver guys you can count on when it comes to role. Mudiay has blow up potential, too, so if he can get some steals and hand out 7+ dimes, he could crush his proposed value.
Hill remains a solid price and is capable of blowing up, but generally you’re hoping for something right around 30 fantasy points. I like his chances tonight against the Hornets, as they’re just average against the point guard position and he’s been solid lately with 21+ fantasy points in 9 of his last 10 games. Not amazing, but fairly safe for this low price.
Payton might be my favorite value play at PG tonight, as he’s barely $5k and has shown recently that he deserves to see a spike in his price tag. A home date with the Spurs isn’t exactly ideal, but he dropped a solid 27 fantasy points on them last time and has crushed it lately with back to back 40+ fantasy point efforts.
Neto can’t be ignored due to a big role and a super cheap price. That’s Trey Burke’s doing, as he’s out with an injury, leaving more run and shots for Raul to handle. He fouled out last night and was a total spare, but has been heating up lately with 20+ fantasy points in three of his last five contests.
SG: Rodney Hood – Jazz ($6k), J.R. Smith – Cavs ($5.8k), E’Twaun Moore – Bulls ($5.6k), Jamal Crawford – Clippers ($5.3k) and Kyle Korver – Hawks ($4.2k)
Hood has lit it up lately with three straight games of 20+ points scored. That’s led to some fantastic DFS production, so he’s very much in play as a strong value tonight against a bad Pelicans defense.
Smith could go either way against the Lakers, who he could shred from the outside or be unnecessary in a blowout home win. That makes him a toss up, but he’s worth mentioning due to five straight games of at least 27 fantasy points.
Moore has a big role with Jimmy Butler on the shelf, so he’ll have a chance to do some serious damage at home tonight against the Hawks. The matchup is solid and he’ll see around 30 minutes and 10-16 shots. He should be able to get something around 25-30 fantasy points, if not much more.
Crawford has somehow been far more reliable than teammate J.J. Redick with Blake Griffin out, producing over 20 points in six of his last seven games. He’s really on top of his game as a scorer and that role is very much needed with the Clippers depleted offensively. I see that continuing tonight, but the real trick is getting him do do stuff other than make buckets.
Korver has slowly turned his season around and has now dropped in 26 and 31 fantasy points over his last two games. With no Jimmy Butler on hand to help lock him down, Korver could get hot in a big showdown with the Bulls.
SF: Stanley Johnson – Pistons ($6k), Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.7k), Kent Bazemore – Hawks ($5.4k), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Hornets ($5.4k) and Matt Barnes – Nuggets ($4.8k)
Johnson isn’t quite as attractive as he was just days ago, both because he went spare in his last outing and is also now at our pricing threshold for a true DFS value buy. He still represents value, of course, as he can do it all and maintains a big role with KCP out again.
Crowder is just your classic cheap, stable SF option. He did a fine job last night (31 fantasy points) but is still a mild dice roll due to some recent struggles. Still, he’s a fine try at home against the Clippers.
MKG bounced back from a couple of weak outings to hit on 30 fantasy points last time out. He’s a threat to do that every night, as he can rebound and score inside. It’d be nice to see more out of him in the block and steal departments, but he still represents solid value and even a little bit of upside.
Barnes went nuts two games ago (43 fantasy points) and is going to maintain that potential upside now that Marc Gasol (broken foot) is sidelined. That likely means a lot more small ball for Memphis, which should amount to more run and more shots for Barnes.
PF: Kenneth Faried – Nuggets ($6k), Aaron Gordon – Magic ($5.8k), Ryan Anderson – Pelicans ($5.7k) and Bobby Portis – Bulls ($4.4k)
It is mind boggling how the Nuggets don’t leave Faried out there for 40 minutes a night. He gives them solid inside scoring and he cleans the glass with the best of them. Oh, because he doesn’t defend. Still, he is good value with a nice blow up game (44.75 fantasy points) recently and he can do that against anyone. I hate his run and there is always risk here, but it’s always tempting when he’s this cheap.
Gordon facing the Spurs may not be very enticing, but he’s been starting and doing quite well with 34+ fantasy points in four of his last six outings. He’s a supreme hustle guy who can at times hit open jumpers, so here’s to hoping he’s got his hands on a little bit of everything tonight.
Rando needs to pour it on thick offensively to pay off, but he did drop 34 fantasy points in his last game and has been solid against the Jazz. In two meetings with Utah, he’s produced a solid 28 fantasy points per game. If he can hit that, he’d be close to value and would be worth a try at this price.
Portis is a dumpster dive, but with Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic both sidelined, he’s not a crazy attempt. He’ll get 20+ minutes and if he can be effective he can shoot for 20-25 fantasy points tonight.
C: Jonas Valanciunas – Raptors ($6k), Jared Sullinger – Celtics ($5.2k) and Andrew Bogut – Warriors ($4.4k)
Jonas V is starting to get his minutes back and with two straight games of 25 minutes and 30+ fantasy points, he’s looking a little more reliable. He’s still a risk – even at this price – but his matchup against the Timberwolves puts him in play.
I’d rather drop down to Sully, he has been pretty awesome considering the sporadic run coach Brad Stevens allots him. Sullinger has been making his case to stay on the court, posting 24+ fantasy points in four straight contests. A matchup with DeAndre Jordan isn’t ideal, but his price is killer.
Bogut flat out mashed last night, posting a strong double-double and six blocks en route to an insane 46.75 fantasy points. He should see less run in a back to back game versus the lowly Suns, but that will surely still be fresh in many a DFS player’s mind.
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