We are facing the biggest slate in a while, with 13 NBA games on the docket this Wednesday night. With all the best NBA DFS options on the floor tonight, you're going to want exposure to a variety of different top-tier players. Here are the value plays that will allow you to fit them into your lineups. I try to keep these plays under $5500 if possible. Good luck tonight!
Shane Larkin ($4300): A lot has been written about the Knicks' big trade over the past few days, so I won't rehash it here. The team is not in good shape and the Knicks are huge underdogs tonight against the Wizards. That said, they remain extremely shorthanded everywhere. Shane Larkin played 31 minutes Monday night, with a 7/3/8 line and two steals (25 fantasy points). He's not a very efficient scorer, but if he's going to see that kind of time on the court, he makes for a decent value play tonight because of his ability to rack up assists.
DJ Augustin ($4000): Detroit is a new team since trading Josh Smith away, earning their 6th win in a row last night vs a good opponent, SA. They enter a potentially high scoring game with the Mavs tonight as nine point underdogs on the second night of a b2b. Monitoring Augustin's usage over the past month or so, he should be in line for a heavier workload tonight. It's always risky to predict bench players' minutes, but against Dallas' #2 most generous PG defense, I think Augustin is a sneaky cheap option. I expect about 20 fantasy points in 24 minutes tonight.
Advice: PG value is hard to come by today. With CJ Watson and Donald Sloan splitting time, it's tough to use either in the nice matchup with GS. I would lean toward Sloan off the bench in a likely blowout game. Jeremy Lin is cheap ($5K) and has some upside as the Lakers try to figure out how to play team basketball, but Chris Paul is a defender I don't target if I can avoid it. Another option is Marcus Smart ($3800), who is facing Brooklyn tonight. Brooklyn allows the 7th most fantasy points to opposing PG, and if Jameer Nelson remains out, Smart should see at least 18-20 minutes. He's still unreliable and inexperienced, but provides significant salary relief in a good situation. The last time these teams played, Smart went for 5/3/6 and 4 steals.
Kyle Korver ($5300): Korver is simply one of the most consistent players in fantasy. He's boring, but as a cheap cash game filler, he's going to get you his 20 fantasy points every night. The Hawks are small favorites in what should be a close and competitive game, so Korver should see at least 30 minutes tonight. Korver is tied for 2nd in the league with 2.9 3PM per game. He's never highly owned, but especially tonight I expect to see his ownership percentage low. People don't realize that Memphis gives up the 6th most fantasy points to SG. It's the only position I ever target against them.
Tony Allen ($4700): Another conservative value play at shooting guard is Allen. He's also boring, and never highly owned, but has been averaging 22.2 fantasy points over the past six games since his return from the eye injury. He is tied with league leaders Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook with 2.2 steals per game. Atlanta is a good matchup for him, as they allow the 6th most fantasy points to SG.
Advice: With 13 games on the slate, there are ample options even at SG. I still like the idea of saving here so I can spend at PG and PF though. Other reasonable value plays include Arron Afflalo ($5600), who's seeing 34+ mpg and capitalizing with a total of 76 real points in his last three games, and Rodney Stuckey ($5300) who is settling in with the Pacers for about 20 fpts/game. Watch the news closer to lock to see if and how much playing time Dion Waiters will see tonight. At $5300, he gets a great matchup the Kings in a high scoring game. I'd only use him in a GPP until we see how the rotation shakes out in OKC. Eric Gordon is worth a GPP play too at $4600 against the Hornets. He did little with his 33 minutes Monday night, but should steadily improve and Charlotte gives up the 10th most fantasy points to the position. I'm avoiding playing too many Knicks against Washington, but Tim Hardaway Jr.remains in line for a ton of minutes and is still $5400.
Gerald Henderson ($4900): Henderson is maintaining value with Lance Stephenson still out, seeing around 30 mpg over the past couple weeks. He's somewhat dependent on his shot falling, but has double digit points in four of his last five games. He adds value in assists and rebounds, which at this price really helps pay off his salary. New Orleans is a good matchup for SF, allowing the 6th most fantasy points. This game should be fairly low scoring, but close, according to Vegas. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also makes a good play at $5400.
PJ Tucker ($4600): I want a Phoenix SF vs Minnesota--who is the league's worst SF defense, in the second highest scoring game of the night. Gerald Green is capable of going off any given night, but for cash games I like to go with the guy seeing the more consistent minutes that fills the stat sheet in multiple categories. That's why I typically recommend Tucker. Even as his scoring has been down the past couple of games, Tucker's still adding an average of 6 rpg, over a steal per game, and the occasional assist. If he gets the opportunity to shoot at will tonight, I expect his scoring to rebound and for him to exceed value easily.
Advice: There are a few mid-range options at SF that I like tonight too. Robert Covington ($5800)
should continue to play heavy minutes for the 76ers and has become a mainstay filler for me in this price range as SF is often the last position I negotiate into my lineups. Jeff Green ($5800) makes an interesting GPP play tonight as he has really struggled at times lately. His price has come down enough in a good matchup that I think he might be worth a flier. Is Khris Middleton the new Jared Dudley? Against the 76ers, using anyone on the Bucks is OK by me. Middleton is $4900 on FanDuel, but is one of the Bucks best disappearing acts so use with caution.
Mirza Teletovic ($5300): Teletovic appears to have solidified a spot in the Nets rotation, where he is seeing 20-30 mpg. He is a safe cash game play with limited upside at this price, as he hasn't seen north of 25 fantasy points more than four times all season. That said, many of the other plays in this price range are more volatile and Teletovic gets a sweet matchup with the Celtics frontcourt, one of my favorite targets. He had 11/4 and two steals the last time these teams played in December for 20.8 fpts, which is a fair expectation tonight.
Mareese Speights ($5400): Speights is playing C for the Warriors while Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli are both sidelined, but you get to roster him as a PF on FanDuel, thereby taking advantage of Indiana's terrible DvP for centers while not punting your C slot. Speights has filled in admirably on the whole, with some up and down games in terms of scoring. He's reliably rebounding, and I expect his scoring to be fine tonight. Speights should see his normal 20+ mpg tonight at home, where he's just slightly better in terms of FG%, assists, TO, PF, and blocks than he is on the road.
Advice: As I hinted at earlier, I'm probably leaning toward paying up for PF tonight with all the top options on the court. Blake Griffin and Pau Gasol are top plays for me. I wish I understood what's happened to Kyle O'Quinn lately. In 17-20 minutes he's scoring single digit fantasy points. It's an untenable situation, even in a great matchup with Denver tonight at $3700. Zach Randolph looks to be out again tonight, but neither Darnell Stokes nor Jon Leuer are usable either.
Rudy Gobert ($5200): Rudy Gobert will be a popular play at C tonight for good reason. He gets the 5th best C matchup with Chicago and is seeing around 30 mpg. While you can't expect six blocks a game, he is bound to have a few, and should be able to continue to rack up double digit points and 5-6 rebounds. He should easily meet value and carries significant upside.
Jusuf Nurkic ($5000): Has Denver finally found an answer at C? He is averaging 12.8 pts and 8.5 reb over the last four games, in which he's played at least 21 minutes. Orlando allows the most fantasy points to opposing C, making this a dream scenario for Nurkic at this salary. I mentioned him Saturday, when he went off for 11/10, five blocks, and 2 steals. He'll be much higher owned tonight, for sure.
Advice: I like either of these two value plays if you're not paying up for DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, or Nikola Vucevic. There are some mid-tier plays I like too, such as Marcin Gortat, Gorgui Dieng, and Brook Lopez, who are all in the $6-7K range. I'll be using a variety of centers in my lineups tonight.