Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargains to Target at DraftKings For Wednesday
Wednesday night is set up to be a very strange night for daily fantasy basketball, as just two elite options (priced over $10k) are on the docket, yet one of them – Stephen Curry – might not even play.
That could force a ton of action toward DeMarcus Cousins, meaning fading Boogie and Steph could be an awesome play. Picking the right value to go with some quality intermediate options will be tough, but it also could be the right path toward big winnings.
Let’s see where the top value lies at each position if you plan on playing daily fantasy basketball at DraftKings tonight:
PG: Derrick Rose – Bulls ($5.9k), Ish Smith – 76ers ($5.6k), J.J. Barea – Mavericks ($5.1k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($5k) and Shaun Livingston – Warriors ($3.5k)
Rose can be extremely hit or miss, but it’s tough to look past his price and value. He also torched the Pacers previously this year, averaging over 35 fantasy points in two meetings.
Smith is a solid player at a fine price right now and after dropping 40+ fantasy points in his last outing, he’s an insane bargain at the moment. Facing a bad Kings defense only helps tonight. He’s probably the top chalk play for Wednesday.
Barea could be in play with Deron Williams out again, but I don’t love that he only logged 25 minutes in his last contest. He can explode at anytime and his price is solid, though, so he’s worth a mention. The same goes for Parker, who dropped a cool 37 fantasy points on the Suns the last time he faced them.
Shaun Livingston is tentatively expected to start in place of Stephen Curry (calf) tonight, so he could be looking at 30-35 minutes as the starting point guard. His run is no lock and neither is his production, but at his super low price, it shouldn’t matter.
SG: Monta Ellis – Pacers ($5.7k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5.2k), Wesley Matthews – Mavericks ($5k) and Devin Booker – Suns ($3.9k)
A few weeks ago I wouldn’t be touching Monta, but every other Pacer seems to be struggling and now he’s on fire. Luckily he’s under $6k, so even if he doesn’t crush like he has been, he should still come close to value. Jimmy Butler will be trying to slow down Paul George tonight, so Ellis could be free to do as he pleases against the Bulls.
Redick is a drop down in price but might be shakier than Ellis just because all he really does is hit three’s. His role has expanded with Blake Griffin hurt, though, so there is a little upside accompanying this cheap price tag.
Wes has been solid lately and we know he’ll get good run, so he is worth a cursory glance at this price. The only issue is he’s always been a bit streaky and facing the Warriors can be trouble.
I’m not overly into Booker, as he’s facing a very good Spurs defense. That being said, he’s really cheap and is going to see a bigger role with Eric Bledsoe ruled out for the year. He’s not the worst dive in tournaments but is best left avoided in cash games.
SF: Chandler Parsons – Mavericks ($5.6k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.6k) and Evan Fournier – Magic ($5.5k)
I love the value at small forward tonight, so with Paul George stinking lately it may make sense to take a dive at the position. You don’t need to go much further than these three guys, as all three start, see good run and have versatile skill-sets that can have them crush value without scoring a ton of actual points. Porter was great in his last game and might actually have the most upside with Brad Beal still out, but I think both Parsons and Fournier are better offensive players and are naturally safer options.
PF: Nerlens Noel – 76ers ($5.9k) and Taj Gibson – Bulls ($5.5k)
There is not a ton of great value at the four spot tonight, and Noel is even going to take a hit with Jahlil Okafor returning from a knee injury. Noel is still slated to start with Okafor coming off the bench, though, so he could be fine at this price.
Taj is the real play with Joakim Noah still out, as he’s put up 23+ fantasy points in all four of his starts since Noah went down. His run is rock solid and while he has a pretty limited ceiling, he’s a borderline lock to get about 25-30 fantasy points.
C: Jared Sullinger – Celtics ($5.8k), Zaza Pachulia – Mavericks ($5.6k) and Andrew Bogut – Warriors ($4.4k)
I don’t love Sully’s run or production lately, but he can explode at anytime as we’ve seen and is a very good price. With very little value to be had at center, he has to be considered. Pachulia is also in the mix and is usually a pretty steady option that can get you 25-30 fantasy points. Just keep in mind he lacks upside and is facing the Warriors.
Speaking of the Warriors, consider Andrew Bogut. Festus Ezili is out tonight, so Bogut could see an expanded role and more minutes. Zaza is actually not an easy matchup, but Bogut doesn’t make his fantasy living with buckets anyways. He should get you around 25 fantasy points and has 30+ point upside if all goes well.
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