As usual, it’s a big Wednesday in daily fantasy NBA. We have 13 games, and FanDuel is once again offering some very exciting prize pools. Topping that list is the Mega Slam, which is paying out a whopping $100,000 to first place with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
With so many teams in action, there are sure to be plenty of attractive plays. Let’s take a look at who I think is in a great position to succeed tonight. Good luck!
Mo Williams, Charlotte Hornets, $6200 – There will be a day where we can finally consider fading Mo Williams due to his price, but today is certainly not that day. At $6200, he’s an absolute must play given he’s returning 40+ fantasy points on a regular basis. He’s playing around 37-38 minutes every night while offering you a fantastic return on your investment. The Nets have been average against opposing point guards, but there is almost no matchup that would scare me off Williams at this price. He’s going to be locked into my cash game lineups, and I’ll have him in most of my GPP lineups as well. I know that his ownership level will likely be higher than any other player tonight, but I also think you need him to win.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, $8300 – It’s interesting that Rubio’s price has come up so much, while Williams’s isn’t moving. Rubio has been great since returning to a normal workload. He’s posted at least 40 fantasy points in his last three games, and he’s a nightly threat for a triple double given his excellent rebounding ability. He draws a favorable matchup with Denver, a team that appears to be a bit revitalized after former head coach Brian Shaw was fired. Looking at the NBA odds, this game projects to be one of the highest scoring matchups of the night, and with Rubio playing nearly 40 minutes in close games, he’s a good bet to be one of the highest scoring points guards of the night.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, $10,300 – With Russell Westbrook priced at $12,000 in a near guaranteed blowout against the Sixers, I prefer Chris Paul if you want to spend on an elite point guard. Clippers/Blazers should be one of the best games of the night, and Paul has been outstanding with Blake Griffin out of the lineup. The Clippers are very thin right now, and Jamal Crawford is in danger of missing tonight’s game with an injury he sustained last game. Paul is really going to have to carry this team tonight, and I think he’s in for a huge game against Portland. I expect 50+ fantasy points from him tonight, and if you can afford him, he’s a terrific option.
Rodney Stuckey, Indiana Pacers, $5300 – Despite a very strong run of performances, Stuckey’s price has remained about the same. He’s coming off the bench, but that doesn’t matter when he’s consistently playing around 30 minutes. He draws a very favorable matchup with an awful Knicks team that is offering absolutely no resistance on the defensive end of the floor. The Pacers will likely win this game very comfortably, but given Stuckey’s bench role, I think it’s likely he’ll get the same amount of minutes regardless of the score. For me, Stuckey is a safe play in both cash games and a high upside GPP play that should be targeted confidently tonight.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, $6900 – Oladipo has been a very consistent source of around 30 fantasy points on a nightly basis. This will be pace up game for the Magic, who are playing at a slower pace under James Borrego than they did under Jacque Vaughn. Shooting guard is a rather thin position tonight, and given Oladipo’s a near lock to play close to 40 minutes, I like slotting him in as a safe play in cash games with GPP-winning upside as well.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $7200 – Leonard appears to be out of his shooting slump, and he should continue returning elite fantasy totals for those who roster him. Jump on him now while his price is depressed, as he will likely return to around $8000 in fairly short order. The only concern here is the blowout, but Leonard is the least likely starter to have his minutes cut in a comfortable win, and I think he’s capable of returning a solid fantasy total even if he only plays three quarters.
Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, $5200 – Nuggets/Timberwolves is a game you want to be targeting tonight. It’s in Minnesota, but I think Denver will stay close enough that all of the starters will play their normal minutes. Denver looked a lot better last night after Brian Shaw was fired, and it’s painfully obvious that the players were never buying into whatever he was trying to sell them. Gallinari played 37 minutes last night under interim head coach Melvin Hunt, and I would expect a similar workload tonight. Both teams like to push the pace, and with Minnesota being fairly weak on the defensive end, there should be some value with Denver tonight. Gallinari’s price has come up a bit, but not enough to the point where I want to fade him. He scored 26 real points last night, which is enough to pay off his salary alone. Lock him into your cash games and GPPs tonight as a high floor, high upside play.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, $9800 – In the absence of good value plays at a particular position, I like to look for a player I think is capable of having a huge game. For me, Aldridge is that guy. Tonight’s matchup with the Clippers projects to be tight and high-scoring, which is exactly what you’re looking for when you’re paying up for a stud. Given the Clippers are still without Blake Griffin, the Clippers just don’t have anyone that they can put on Aldridge. Spencer Hawes? Glen Davis? With Damian Lillard in a tough matchup against Chris Paul, expect the Blazers to lean on Aldridge all game, who should have no trouble getting open and knocking down shots. This is one of the situations where I feel like he could exceed 50 or more fantasy points, and with the lack of depth at the position, it makes a lot of sense to spend here.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, $5800 – This play is certainly only suitable for GPPs, but Faried is a guy that can win you a GPP if you catch him on the right night. After just one good game, I don’t think too many players are going to be itching to get back on the Faried bandwagon. Almost everyone has been burned by him at least once in a favorable matchup. It’s no coincidence that the Nuggets played well and won their first home game in forever the same day Brian Shaw was let go. His inconsistent rotations and the fact that nobody was buying into his system was a dangerous combination that set everyone up for failure. One of the biggest problems for Faried this year has been inconsistent playing time. Even as a starter, you just never could know when he would play 30 minutes. He played 32 minutes last night, and I fully expect interim head coach Melvin Hunt to stabilize the rotation to a point where we can accurately predict how many minutes guys are going to play. If Faried can get going early, he’s capable of putting up a monster fantasy total that few will be on, and can lock other players out of winning GPPs. Get some exposure to him, but don’t overdo it. He’s still a low floor risk.
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, $7200 – Gobert hauled in 24 rebounds against Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies, so you can expect a lot of players to be anxious to roster him against a Celtics team that has been dreadful against opposing centers all season. Boston has no answer for him, and even though his price is on the rise, he’s still too cheap. Continue rostering him while you’re getting him at a discount, as it appears the days of Gobert being absurdly underpriced are coming to an end. I expect a big game from him against this weak Boston frontcourt, and he’s my #1 price-point center play of the day.
Alex Len, Phoenix Suns, $5200 – Len’s price hasn’t moved despite several solid fantasy outings. He’s capable of giving you 30+ fantasy points, and I really like the matchup for him against the Magic. Orlando has been one of the worst teams in the league against opposing centers all season, and with no competition for minutes, the only thing that can hold Len’s playing time back is foul trouble. I think there is enough value elsewhere that you should pay up for Gobert in cash games, but Len is definitely a viable GPP option tonight.