Tuesday night brought the return of daily fantasy basketball and suddenly, there was meaning to life again. Of course, it may have been hard to win big last night if you confided in the wrong guy. For instance, Anthony Davis felt like the elite play of the night, but he was a total spare. On a weak three-game slate, that kind of suck would be tough to overcome.
How about 14 games?
Yeah, Wednesday has the rest of the NBA hitting the hardwood, in what is about as loaded of a slate as you’ll get, well, ever. That’s tons of fun for DFS folk, though, as it means some under-priced studs (Damian Lillard, please) and some serious value buys.
That’s the name of the game for this particular column, which will be featured right here every Wednesday and Friday. Those are the two busiest NBA nights of the week generally, so we’ll aim to give you top notch sleeper advice on those days.
Let’s keep it under $6k as we hunt for the best value in daily fantasy basketball tonight:
Point Guards: Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.4k) and Mo Williams – Cavaliers ($4.9k)
There is a ton of value, so we’re really only talking about the guys we like the most. Clarkson was a machine at the end of last season and he’s going to be the man at the controls of L.A.’s offense again this season. He’s at home against a bad Timberwolves team, so he has a good amount of upside, too.
Mo played last night and was awesome, as only a random (and incorrect) turnover on the last play of the game kept him from putting up 40 fantasy points. He won’t do that every night and it’s worth noting he’s on a back-to-back (and on the road vs. Grizzlies), but he gets open shots, steals and dimes. He’s pretty active and at 32 years old, actually still pretty good. He’s worth that price, all day.
Also consider: C.J. McCollum – Blazers ($4.8k) and Isaiah Canaan – 76ers ($4.2k)
Shooting Guards: Khris Middleton – Bucks ($5.4k) and Kevin Martin – Timberwolves ($5.2k)
Mids is a solid starter no matter what, but Milwaukee will be without two key swing men tonight. He’s going to see more run than usual and should hoist his fair share of shots. He’s without a doubt Milwaukee’s best shooter, too, so it’s really hard to see him having a bad game at home against the freaking Knicks. His price is awesome for what he will probably give you tonight.
K-Mart is hit or miss as well all know, and it’s worth wondering what his exact role will be on a young Wolves team. He’s old but he can still score a bunch and may be a nice value tonight against the Lakers.
Also consider: Avery Bradley – Celtics ($4.9k)
Small Forwards: Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.9k) and Danilo Gallinari – Nuggets ($5.8k)
There are a boat load of good small forwards to use in the bargain bin. I mean, 14 games, and all. But these are my two favorite, as both will benefit from some inactives. Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas are both out for game one, so Ariza will play a lot and see a big role. He should find no trouble getting around 15 points and 5-6 rebounds. He does a little bit of everything, too, so he could be a big hit tonight.
Gallo is a near-star on this Nuggets squad and Wilson Chandler has been ruled out. With Ty Lawson gone, Gallo is going to get a ton of shots. He’s a strong shooter and scorer, so that’s a good thing. Ariza could end up giving him trouble on the defensive end, but the volume is too good for this price.
Also consider: Otto Porter – Wizards ($4.6k) and Joe Johnson – Nets ($5.1k)
Power Forwards: Julius Randle – Lakers ($4.8k) and Clint Capela – Rockets ($3k)
Everyone is pretty excited about Randle, and understandably so. He missed almost all of last year with a broken leg and looked really good this preseason. He’s in for a strong 2015-16 debut, as he’s at home against Minnesota and his price is sweet.
Capela is probably a must play, as you have to jump all over a quality player anytime they’re the minimum and have a big role. Houston is without two big bodies down low – specifically Dwight Howard, so Capela should start and see a lot of action.
Also consider: Kristaps Porzingis – Knicks ($4.2k) and Kris Humphries – Wiz ($3.9k)
Centers: Tyson Chandler – Suns ($5.9k), Jhalil Okafor – 76ers ($5.8k) and Meyers Leonard – Blazers ($4.5k)
Capela should be a center, but I digress. Chandler is just a stable vet who is new to the Suns and facing his former team, the Mavs. Anytime a quality player goes up against his old squad, the revenge factor has a chance to be alive and well.
Okafor could be a lot of fun at this price, as he gets a beatable Celtics defense for his NBA debut. He could also combust into flames but Philly has very little on offense so it’s hard not to imagine him getting a good amount of shots up.
Leonard shouldn’t be a center (he’s Portland’s starting PF) and that could pit him against Anthony Davis quite a bit. That could be bad, but luckily he can shoot the heck out of the ball and does a little bit of everything. That makes him less scary, while this price for a versatile starter who is ascending in the league – it’s not asking a lot.
Also consider: Joffrey Lauvergne – Nuggets ($3k)
This is our first loaded slate for our daily fantasy basketball value picks, so keep in mind that the start of the NBA season can often be tricky. That being said, a lot of these guys look to be in for some solid roles and worthwhile production. Regardless of which way you lean, good luck in your games on Wednesday night!
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