Top Value Buys in Daily Fantasy Basketball on Wednesday Night
Tuesday night was a quiet four-game slate for daily fantasy basketball. On nights like those where there aren’t many outs or even many elite options, it often pays to just go balanced (even in GPPs) and fade the top priced players.
On a 12-game NBA slate like tonight, that’s really not the case. Going balanced is probably still fine to a degree, but you’ll still want to get at least one elite option if possible, and you’ll need to find a few value plays to mix into your roster to make it all work out.
Twelve games certainly opens up a lot of value so it shouldn’t be all that difficult. If you want the top value buys, though, stick with us as we point out the best options at DraftKings tonight:
PG: Michael Carter-Williams – Bucks ($5.9k), Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.4k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.3k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($5.2k), Jrue Holiday – Pelicans ($4.7k) and Kendall Marshall – 76ers ($3.1k)
There isn’t any crazy good value at the point today, as every guy here comes with a little risk. MCW is the definition of risk, but his minutes are back up even though he’s coming off the bench. He’s playing well, too, putting up 30+ fantasy points in back to back outings.
The Dragon has been hit or miss all year but he hit again in his last game. You could play the odds with a good matchup against a bad Nets team.
George Hill is getting solid run but still hasn’t really been producing. He has a nice matchup with the Mavericks, though, while a Paul George illness could potentially open the door to some extra scoring opportunities. The same goes for Tony Parker, who is a good price and could be asked to do more with Tim Duncan out tonight (rest).
Jrue Holiday is probably the top point guard value. He’s put up 30+ fantasy points in two straight games and is getting a little more run. He’ll crush his price tag if he can see a good 28 minutes tonight.
Marshall is just dirt cheap and will start tonight, so he’s worth considering. Playing at Atlanta isn’t good for fantasy digits normally, but if he can get some decent run it won’t be hard for him to crush his price tag.
SG: Monta Ellis – Pacers ($5.4k), Khris Middleton – Bucks ($5.2k), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Pistons ($5k) and J.J. Redick – Clippers ($4.5k)
I like Ellis even if Paul George plays tonight. He faces his former team and is a good price, while he’s topped 21 fantasy points in three straight games. He could slowly be coming around and tonight feels like a night where he might be on top of his game.
Middleton is not a high upside guy at all but he plays pretty much the entire game. Run is huge and he can hit the outside shot, so use him and hope he gets hot. The same goes for KCP. He doesn’t do all that much but he plays a ton and can drop in a little bit of everything when he’s rolling.
Redick may be the top SG play tonight, as he’s just crushing it lately with 30+ fantasy points in three of his last four contests. He’s healthy and getting good run, while he specifically torched the Bucks the last time he went up against them and he faces them tonight.
SF: Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.7k), Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.7k), C.J. Miles – Pacers ($5.5k) and Luol Deng – Heat ($4.5k)
Morris is another guy who can be really hit or miss but he gets sick run and can drop a double-double at anytime. He also can shoot from outside and even help out with blocks randomly, so he’s got some nice upside to go with his value.
Crowder is just a cheap, safe option at small forward. His ceiling is low but his production has been very consistent. He’s a pretty safe play for about 25-27 fantasy points.
Miles is a solid value with or without Paul George tonight. He’s getting good run and has been shooting extremely well over the past month. When he gets hot he really just doesn’t cool off, either. If George is out he’d have a massive role and would be almost a must-play guy.
Deng is just a good player who is really cheap because he’s been banged up for a few weeks. He’s starting again and playing a ton, and he’s even chipped in two straight games of 27+ fantasy points. He can be a little shaky, but he’s trending in the right direction and is a great price.
PF: Serge Ibaka – Thunder )$6k), Jon Leuer – Suns ($5.9k), Cody Zeller – Hornets ($4.7k) and Boris Diaw – Spurs ($3.5k)
Ibaka remains a solid value due to his rocky offensive game, but he can shoot all the way out to the three and obviously is a big rebounding/shot blocking guy. If his defensive stats are pouring in, he’ll easily destroy this price tag.
Leuer is starting to get a tad expensive for my liking, but he’s pretty firmly the starting 4 in Phoenix right now and continues to get it done on the regular. He feels pretty safe for the moment.
Zeller is just a good value. I don’t love his upside and he’s really not consistent, but Orlando isn’t the worst matchup. He can do a lot of different things and his value will come down to whether or not his shot is falling tonight.
Diaw might be my favorite value at the power forward spot. With Tim Duncan out due to rest, Diaw is set to start and he’ll likely play 25+ minutes. David West is a similar price but he’s done very little with his extra chances this year. Diaw has a much more versatile skill-set and is a threat for 20-25 minutes even when Duncan plays. Diaw is the dive at the position tonight.
C: Zaza Pachulia – Mavericks ($5.8k), Joakim Noah – Bulls ($5.1k) and Ian Mahinmi – Pacers ($4.8k)
There isn’t much to get excited about in terms of real value at center. I love a lot of the intermediate priced guys, but if you need to save perhaps the safety of Zaza will work for you. He’s not flashy and he doesn’t offer a ton of upside, but he seems to get 25-30 fantasy points almost every night.
Noah doesn’t score much at all and his run can be hit or miss, but he’s a defensive stat monster (15 rebounds last time out) and has been cooking with gas lately. Mahinmi can get into foul trouble fairly easily and is a risk in a lot of ways, but he’s a decent price for what he can do for you.
That does it for our look at daily fantasy basketball value buys for Wednesday. Good luck tonight, regardless of who you wind up using!
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