NBA Wednesday is back with a big slate of games tonight. Let's dig in deeper now and find some top plays at each position for our FanDuel contests. Many teams are already in mid-season form taking precautions with some of their veteran players, so be sure to check the NBA Starting Lineups Page to ensure your players are active.
Mike Conley: $7,100 (vs. Philadelphia)
A couple of weeks ago I had Mike Conley all over my fantasy teams, and after the games locked it was announced that he was going to sit out to rest. Not an injury, not a suspension, but only sitting out to rest. That left a bad taste in my mouth and a lot of other fantasy owners out there. So that’s the fear I have now every time I want to roster Mike Conley. However, on the other side of that is the immense upside and great play he’s exhibited this year. He has taken over this team as the true leader and it is reflecting in his fantasy performance just about every night. So far this year he’s had two monster games of 50+ FanDuel points, while averaging 33.6 FanDuel points per game. Memphis did not play last night so I don’t necessarily fear him sitting out tonight. I think the odds of that are very low. But this matchup on the road against Philadelphia it is very good. So I think you take this nice $7,100 salary and plug this guy into one of the point guard spots and sit back and watch the easy 30+ points roll in tonight.
Victor Oladipo: $5,900 (vs. Sacramento)
Oklahoma City played in Los Angeles last night, so there on the second game of a back-to-back. Russell Westbrook really went all out in that Lakers game last night, so perhaps he could bit more tired than his backcourt mate, Victor Oladipo. Of all the starters for Oklahoma City tonight I think Victor is the safest bet to run up a ton of minutes. After starting off the year really sluggish with his new team, he seems to be adjusting nicely as of late. He’s had a very solid run over the last four games as he has averaged 36 FanDuel points over that span. My favorite part about this play tonight is the extremely valuable $5,900 price tag on FanDuel. He’s a very solid second-tier shooting guard and is priced like a 3rd- or 4th-tier player. With the roster construction being how it is on FanDuel, I think you plug in Oladipo at one of the shooting guard spots and Clint Capela at the center spot and the salary left over leaves you enough to do just about whatever you want with the rest your team tonight.
Andrew Wiggins: $6,700 (vs. New Orleans)
On this slate tonight of four games on FanDuel we will see Andrew Wiggins ranks seventh among small forwards averaging 32.5 FD points per game this season. The names in front of him are the studs of the NBA. Names like Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the types of players that outperformed Wiggins this year, so that’s no knock on him. Then you take a glance at his salary and it’s more than $3,000 cheaper than those elite players and $2,000 cheaper than guys like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Andrew Wiggins represents extremely solid value at this price tag and position tonight. Tonight’s game is taking place in New Orleans, so I don’t think there’s much of a fear of blowout on either side. That’s good for Wiggins as his main boost to his performance is going to be minutes on the court. He typically spends about 38 minutes a game out there on the court for his team and that ultimately propels his fantasy totals. He’s also a guy that is very much capable of taking 20+ field-goal attempts in a game. I think this is a solid matchup for him, and at this price tag I believe he may be the best small forward option in cash games you can play on FanDuel tonight because of his super high floor in minutes and field-goal attempts.
Kevin Love: $7,800 (vs. Portland)
There’s been an incredible turnaround in Kevin Love this season. In his previous time with Cleveland it almost felt like he was the odd man out amongst the big stars of that team. This year he’s almost like the focal point of this team, as LeBron James tends to take regular season games off and not exert himself too much. Kevin Love is averaging 36.3 FanDuel points per game this season and that would rank 4th on this late tonight among power forwards. He has routinely shown upside and has cracked that 45+ point barrier. Tonight’s matchup against Portland is definitely one we can attack. Portland is not quite good enough for LeBron James to come out of his regular season shell and dominate, and they play at a high enough pace with bad enough defense that Kevin Love should have his way with them tonight. They are also just good enough to keep Cleveland starters on the court for the full four quarters.
Clint Capela: $5,700 (vs. Toronto)
In the last six games, Clint Capela has put up FanDuel point totals of 34.4, 39.1, 27.9, 35.8, 35.1 and 28. Yet we look at his salary tonight and it’s only $5,700. I think the FanDuel pricing algorithm must be stuck with him. I don’t believe the matchup is too daunting for him against Toronto, and in fact, he may need to see extra court time tonight to defend their big men. This guy is almost matchup proof as two games ago he dropped that 39-point game on the Utah Jazz, the most feared team in the NBA as far as taking centers against. Whether it be in cash games or in large field tournaments, I think you just take this price tag and run with it on FanDuel tonight. It’s a free square.