Big NBA Wednesday is back tonight, as nine pro basketball games grace the hardwood. That means plenty of options in daily fantasy basketball leagues, not to mention loads of value.
There are also quite a few studs to choose from tonight and regardless which route you take, you may be interested in loading up top-heavy rosters. After all, few things are more fun than starting a roster off with Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden and then hoping your five cheap plays pan out.
While that strategy is fairly risky and the dirt cheap values aren’t the easiest to come by, there is still plenty of value to take advantage of tonight. Let’s keep the price tag threshold at $6k or lower and see which value buys you should be interested in using at DraftKings:
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay – Nuggets ($5.5k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($5.4k), Isaiah Canaan – 76ers ($5.4k) and Patrick Beverley – Rockets ($4.1k)
Mudiay is about as volatile as it gets but we always need to consider him due to his talent and role. He’s an extremely hit or miss option and he’s been really weak lately, but he can explode at anytime due to assists and scoring.
At that price range I’m probably more inclined to go with Parker or Canaan, but it’s worth noting Mudiay beats them both in upside. Parker is the safest play of the three, which is saying something considering his sketchiness at times. He’s been producing at a very solid level though and the chief concern with him is if the Spurs blowout the Bucks. If not, and possibly even if they do, Parker should return solid value. Canaan is starting, gets good run and faces a mediocre Knicks team, so there is upside to be had. He just, you know, plays for the Sixers.
Beverley is starting at the point for the Rockets again and he’s worth a mention just because the role is there and he can shoot three’s and get steals. You’re probably relying on defensive stats with him, but he is the cheapest of the lot and can easily get you 20-25 fantasy points. Ty Lawson is getting some minutes off the bench again and is just $3.9k but he’s way too up and down to trust right now. Use him at your own risk.
SG: Kobe Bryant – Lakers ($5.9k), Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.6k), Jamal Crawford – Clippers ($5k), O.J. Mayo – Bucks ($4.6k) and Kyle Korver – Hawks ($4.4k)
The Lakers just don’t even care when it comes to Kobe Bryant’s shot selection or volume and while it’s all kinds of pathetic its nothing but good news for DFS. Bryant could sit on the second game of a back to back set, but if he’s a go he’s a solid value at $5.9k just because he tries his damndest to shoot 100 times a go. He’s chucking’em from the moon these days, but as long as a few go in, he’ll get 15+ points and 25-30 fantasy digits.
I personally would love The Black Mamba to sit this one out, as it would open the door for Clarkson to have a massive role. Clarkson is seriously worth using at this price regardless, as he blew up for 48 fantasy points two games ago and had a solid 28 last night. He’s sadly better than Bryant at this point and would be much more useful if Byron Scott wasn’t always jerking his minutes around. That being said, if Bryant is out, his value is through the roof.
Jamal Crawford is another guy who could see his value balloon, but it hinges entirely on Chris Paul (ribs) being out. CP3 is iffy for tonight and if he’s out Crawford could start and see 30+ minutes. He’s a good try at this price if that’s the case.
We can go even cheaper and still feel pretty good about it, as Mayo and Korver are two lights out shooters that are starting and getting pretty good run. Neither is going to meet value if they can’t get hot, but we all know they both definitely can and both can also chip in some dimes and boards if they’re feeling saucy.
SF: DeMarre Carroll – Raptors ($5.9k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.9k), Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.4k), Thabo Sefolosha – Hawks ($4.3k) and Jared Dudley – Wizards ($3.3k)
Small forward might be the spot to save at tonight, so if you’re not rolling out Paul George, this is where you cut the cash to spend elsewhere. Carroll and Morris are solid starts, as both play big minutes and can do a lot of different things. More importantly, both get to face their former teams tonight with some potential revenge in mind. I like both well enough but Carroll has been a lot more explosive lately and tends to get more defensive stats.
Ariza is just a good value as he’s a very good player who can hit the deep ball and do anything and everything else. The problem is he’s just ice cold right now. Hopefully he gets going with his jumper and crushes this price tag tonight. Thabo isn’t a total must-play option, but he’s a nice throw-in guy if you’re not sure what to do. He logged 39 minutes in his last game, starts and does a ton outside of scoring. Scoring is his negative area (0 points scored last game), but if he can heat up from outside he’ll crush his price tag easily.
Dudley is the plug and play option across the board right now, as he’s super cheap and is starting for the Wizards at the moment. He’s getting about 30 minutes per game, hits from outside and can also chip in some boards and assists. Hes out there because he’s just a very strong fundamental player and also gives effort on defense. As long as he starts again tonight, he’s a borderline must-play option.
PF: Nerlens Noel – 76ers ($5.8k), Markieff Morris – Suns ($5.7k), Nikola Mirotic – Bulls ($5.7k), Marvin Williams – Hornets ($5.7k) and Cody Zeller – Hornets ($3.8k)
I have little faith in Noel coming off the bench and consistently producing, but he got you 30 fantasy points last night if you took the dive. That’s worth a shot at this price and we know he can erupt via rebounds and blocks. His offensive game had been the real issue, but he seemed to get back on track last night with 14 points scored. Perhaps the tide has changed.
I’m not gaga about Morris, Mirotic or Williams, either, but they represent value at these prices and all have plenty of upside. Morris is facing his brother and used to be a 15 and 7 type of guy. He’s fallen off considerably but the potential for him to crush is still there. The same can be said for Mirotic, who simply goes through some dry spells but can get it done if he’s feeling it. Williams might oddly be the safest play of the three, as he’s going to play a ton and may need to shoot more with Al Jefferson out with an injury.
Marvin Williams isn’t the only Charlotte player who could see an increase in run and volume, as Cody Zeller is going to start at center. I have no clue how much run Steve Clifford and co. will actually give him or how effective he can be against the Warriors, but the guy can shoot and rebound and as long as he’s out there, sometimes that’s all you can ask for.
C: Tim Duncan – Spurs ($6k), Marcin Gortat – Wizards ($5.6k), Clint Capela – Rockets ($5.5k), Bismack Biyombo – Raptors ($4.9k) and Alex Len – Suns ($3.3k)
The ageless wonder that is Tim Duncan remains a good price due to an up and down season, but he always carries a shot at a double-double. The same goes for Gortat, who was fantastic last night in a win over the Cavs and tonight gets the atrocious Lakers. Both Duncan and Gortat are solid, safe options if you don’t want to take a monster dive at center but also don’t feel like paying up.
You can save a little more cash and still get good production out of guys like Capela and Biyombo. Both are starting and should safely hover around 30 minutes. Capela can do it all, while you’ll need to cross your fingers Biyombo can find his way to some easy buckets for him to meet value.
Len shouldn’t have any trouble meeting value and he may be in a neck and neck tie with Jared Dudley for top value of the night. Tyson Chandler has already been ruled out, so Len will get to go to work against Andre Drummond. That’s a bad matchup but Len poured in over 40 fantasy points last night and carries too much upside at this price to completely fade.
Hopefully some of these value buys treat you well. No matter what you end up doing, good luck in daily fantasy basketball tonight!
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