Below you can find Josh “RotoMonkey83” Lewis’ favorite NBA picks for Wednesday’s big-money FanDuel contests.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, $7,300 – Point guards are always in play against the Lakers, and Holiday is no exception. He will be matched up with Jeremy Lin’s non-existent defense, and should be in for a solid game tonight. My expectation is that Anthony Davis is going to go nuts in this matchup, so I would temper my expectations a bit. I don’t think Holiday can win you a GPP, but he is a very safe play tonight in cash games.
Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7,700 – Jackson is becoming about as safe of a play as it gets in NBA. He’s consistently playing heavy minutes, and his usage rate is near the top of the league. I like him again tonight against the Celtics tonight in what should be a fairly close, relatively high-scoring game. He just does so much on the court that you have to roster him based on volume.
James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,100 – Harden has a terrific matchup with a Minnesota team that plays poor defense and doesn’t defend the 3-pointer well. Harden’s usage rate skyrockets even higher with Patrick Beverley out of the lineup, so keep an eye on that outstanding injury news as well. Harden is expensive, but he’s the #2 play on the board tonight behind Anthony Davis. Just watch out for elevator fires in Mexico City.
Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic, $4,900 – Fournier may not be too popular given his price seems a bit high for the player you’re getting, but he’s strung together a few solid games, so he’s caught my attention. Tonight he’s matched up with a Knicks team that has either no interest in, or no ability, to defend the perimeter. They are league-worst in 3-point percentage allowed. I expect Fournier to see plenty of open looks. As long as he’s knocking them down, he should make for a fine value play tonight.
Iman Shumpert, New York Knicks, $5,300 – Shumpert has been doing more ball handling for the Knicks, which has both increased and stabilized his production. He’s not going to wow you with upside, but he’s locked into about 20-25 fantasy points, which is just fine for me at small forward. The position is difficult today, and I don’t mind using a safe play that will give me a solid return on my investment, while allowing me to spend up a bit at the other positions.
Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder, $5,500 – Lamb had an extremely poor shooting night and still managed 21.2 FanDuel points against a tough Bucks defense last night. Tonight’s matchup with Boston should be higher scoring, and Lamb should bounce back and put up better shooting percentages. Boston does not defend the 3-point shot well, and Lamb is contributing enough in the peripheral stats to make himself a solid option tonight.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, $11,200 – There really isn’t much analysis required here. Anthony Davis dominates every team he faces (to date, he leads the NBA in fantasy points per game) and is matched up with a terrible Lakers defense that will be forced to attempt to contain him with Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill. That’s not going to happen. Davis’s ceiling is so much higher than anyone else’s, and even at this price, I think he is an absolute must play tonight. Slot him in first and build around him.
Channing Frye, Orlando Magic, $4,800 – Frye is an excellent player to pair with Davis because he’s cheap, and he has solid upside tonight. You’re going to need some good value plays to use Davis, and I think Frye is a terrific option. Frye depends heavily on the 3-point shot to score, and I’ve already touched on how bad the Knicks are at defending it. Like Fournier, he should see plenty of open looks, and is a great bargain tonight.
Jordan Hill, Los Angeles Lakers, $6,100 – Normally I would avoid taking a player against a frontcourt like Davis and Asik, but Hill just went off against Memphis, so I’m not too worried about his ability to produce tonight. He’s underpriced, and is a high-energy player that is capable of stuffing the stat sheet very quickly. I wouldn’t use him across the board due to his foul trouble issues, but he’s a solid option at a position that generally doesn’t offer high-upside plays relative to pricing.
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, $6,500 – Despite being the one consistent option the Pacers currently have, Hibbert has yet to see much of a price increase. His rebounding totals are still a little low, but he’s the focal point of the offense, and his scoring has been very consistent. He’s also blocking shots at a solid rate. Facing a Heat team that doesn’t have anyone to match up with him, he should see plenty of easy scoring chances, and grab a few additional rebounds.