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FanDuel NBA Plays: Wednesday

by Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

We’ve got relatively full slate going tonight for FanDuel contests with plenty of star power to go around.  Be sure you check the Starting Lineups Page to ensure your selections are playing for your contests tonight.



Editor's note: It's a crazy day in the NBA with breaking injury information coming fast and furiously. This article was configured earlier in the day, and may not reflect all of those injury situations. Be sure to check out Rotoworld's NBA Headlines for all the developing situations, as our wonderful team will lay out all the FanDuel consequences of each breaking news piece. 




Point Guard

Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Bobcats, $5,300 - I was set to write up Russell Westbrook, but Kevin Durant has been upgraded to questionable. If Durant sits then Westbrook becomes an elite option, even against an decent Memphis defense. However, there are plenty of other PG options on this slate. Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for tonight so Lin should draw the start against a reeling Phoenix team. The Suns have really struggled defensively and Lin has averaged 30 FD points in the three games that Batum has missed this season.


Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns, $6,700 - I love all the PGs in this Charlotte/Phoenix game as Jeremy Lin, Kemba Walker, and Brandon Knight are all in nice spots. This game checks in with a solid total of 206 points, is expected to remain close, and there are injuries on both teams that provide a usage uptick for the guards. Knight has finally started to pick up Eric Bledsoe’s production as he’s averaging close to 40 FD PPG over his last two games, while playing monster minutes.


Also Consider - Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook



Shooting Guard

Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, $5,700 - Elfrid Payton has been ruled out for tonight, so Oladipo should draw another start at point guard. Evan Fournier is also questionable, so there are a ton of minutes available in the Orlando backcourt and Oladipo should be in line for at least 35 minutes. He played well in his start at PG last game, and allows you to roster an extra PG.


DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, $8,200 - DeMarre Carroll had knee surgery and is out, so Terrance Ross and James Johnson will see an uptick in minutes and become popular value plays. Of the two I prefer Ross as a value play, but don’t forget about DeRozan. He’s cooled off over his past two games, but he’s otherwise been playing great basketball. This game is expected to be close so DeRozan should be in line for his typical 37 minutes against a very poor Nets’ perimeter defense that is 24th against SG and 20th against SF.


Also Consider - Devin Booker



Small Forward

Evan Turner, Boston Celtics, $5,700 - Avery Bradley is out with an injury, so Evan Turner should draw another start tonight. He played 37 minutes last game in his start for Bradley, and should be locked into 30+ minutes as Boston is very thin on the wings. The matchup isn’t ideal, but Turner is a guy who can produce across the board, and his minute increase should allow him to pay off his pedestrian salary.


Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, $6,200 - I don’t mind the upper-tier SFs, but I’m finding myself spending up at other positions, so I don’t mind doubling down on Celtic’s small forwards. Crowder is in a similar spot to Turner in that his minutes become very secure with Bradley out of the lineup. He played 36 minutes last game with Bradley out, and has averaged 32 FD points in the three games that Bradley has missed this season.



Power Forward

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, $10,200 - Based on his injury issues and performance this year, many groan when they see this recommendation. However, PF is very thin tonight and Davis offers by far the most upside at the position. He draws an elite matchup against a Dallas team that played a double overtime game last night and should have tired legs. They also have really struggled to slow down PFs this season as Dirk Nowitzki is a very poor defender. These two teams just played and Davis took advantage with 47.8 FD points.

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, $7,900 - This pick will hinge on the status of Hassan Whiteside, who is questionable for tonight. I don’t love the matchup, so if Whiteside plays, I’m unlikely to pay Bosh’s price tag. However, if Whiteside sits, then Bosh gets a nice rebounding uptick and becomes easily the second-best PF option on the day. He’s playing good basketball right now and was terrific with Whiteside out last game as he poured in 49 FD points in an overtime win against Indiana.


Also Consider - Serge Ibaka (if Kevin Durant out), Tristan Thompson, Thad Young




DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, $7,900 - Jordan is my favorite center on the board in all formats tonight. With Blake Griffin out, Jordan has seen his rebounding spike and will face a Portland team that allows the 8th most rebounds, 6th most rebounds, and is 28th in DVP against opposing centers. He’s averaged 19.5 rebounds per game in two meetings with Portland, and Portland utilized the hack-a-Jordan strategy last time, which only furthers his fantasy appeal.

Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Andy has been playing fantasy sports for 15 years started playing Daily Fantasy Sports in 2012 with a $150 bankroll and is now ranked in the top 50 of the RotoGrinders leaderboard, including the top 15 in CFB and top 25 in NBA, under the name A25Smith. You can follow him on Twitter @SouthwesternAg.