NBA Wednesday is back with a big slate of games on FanDuel tonight. With many teams taking a cautious approach with their veterans and star players, be sure to sign up for RotoGrinders DFS Alerts to stay on top of any last-minute lineup changes. Let’s dig in deeper now and find some top plays at each position.
Isaiah Thomas: $9,400 (vs. Cleveland)
Because of the rise in price, we have seen some of the luster of Isaiah Thomas wear off in the fantasy community, but he is still the best player on this team and their number one scoring option. Tonight he has a fantastic matchup against Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over his last five games against Cleveland he has averaged 42.4 FanDuel points per game. The Boston Celtics have an implied Las Vegas team total of 110 points tonight. This is arguably the most competitive game of the night and I love playing superstar players in these types of tight matchups. There is plenty of value to go around on FanDuel tonight, so I think you can pick a couple of positions and spend up on them, and for me, I prefer to spend at PG.
Dion Waiters: $7,100 (vs. Philadelphia)
Shooting guard is an awkward position tonight. There are three guys who I would consider absolutely elite studs that I would play in any format, but the price is so high on those guys I didn’t want to seem to egregious in this article by recommending any of them. At the same time, I’m including a couple of guys in here already that are super low price. So shooting guard has me in no man’s land and I am going to try to find some decent plays in the middle tier of salary. The one guy that stands out to me at this point is Dion Waiters. The price tag sits at $7,100 and the matchup against Philadelphia is a solid one. He has had a remarkable turnaround this season in Miami. He was once thought about as nothing more than a joke of a player, but he’s actually become the most reliable person on the floor for this team. On the season he averages 29.8 FanDuel points per game at home, which is a full four points per game better than he does on the road. Since returning from an injury five games ago he is stepped right back into the starting lineup and is averaging 33.2 FanDuel points per game. The guy is a legit, safe play these days in fantasy, and considering the makeup of rosters tonight I think you can take a middle-tier shooting guard just for the safety of his floor. The only other guys in this range that I would rank above Waiters is Bradley Beal, but considering that Beal just had an extremely high-energy game last night that came down to the last shot, I’m going to lean towards Waiters.
Terrence Ross: $4,400 (vs. New York)
One of the spots you can save money at is small forward tonight with Terrence Ross. The matchup is against the New York Knicks and the price tag is only $4,400 on FanDuel. Orlando is sporting a hefty 108 Las Vegas team total right now, and that happens to be a monster number for this team. Ross was nothing more than a complementary player in his time with Toronto, but this trade to Orlando has opened new doors for him. He’s in the starting lineup and his two games with Orlando have seen him play 33 minutes in his first game followed by 35 minutes in the second. He has parlayed those minutes into almost 32 FanDuel points per game with his new team. This price tag clearly doesn’t take into account his new role with his new team and you should definitely take advantage of this when building your roster tonight on FanDuel.
Blake Griffin: $10,000 (vs. Houston)
Blake Griffin has been smashing lately for the Clippers. He’s averaging 46.5 FanDuel points per game over his last five and is averaging 38 minutes per game since the All-Star break. He seems to be fully recovered from the injury that grounded him for much of the first half of the season. He always seems to play well against Houston, as he is averaged over 44 FanDuel points per game in the last three games against him that he’s been healthy. Also, Houston is having a hard time right now containing big men. Since the All-Star break, Minnesota’s starting center and power forward combined for 118 FanDuel points against Houston and this was preceded by New Orleans starting power forward and center combination racking up over 119 FanDuel points against them. Houston is getting ravaged on the inside by big men and Blake Griffin is easily the number one scoring option on this LA Clippers team. This is a high salary, but I think it’s money well spent tonight.
Kyle O'Quinn: $4,700 (vs. Orlando)
Kyle O’Quinn makes for a relatively easy play tonight in daily fantasy circles on cash game teams. Now, because of the elevated ownership and his propensity to shoot himself in the foot with foul trouble, there is merit to fading him in tournaments if you choose to do so. However, he is going to be a lock and load on my cash game teams. This is an extremely low salary for a starting center in the NBA with a good matchup. Joakim Noah and Guillermo Hernangomez are out of this game for the New York Knicks, leaving O’Quinn as the only true center they have left that ever received any significant playing time. You will see a couple of other guys take up some of the minutes at the center position tonight, but for the most part it’s going to be Kyle O’Quinn, assuming he can stay on the court. Kyle O’Quinn owns a 40.98 per/36 this season. That puts them into elite territory in terms of production when he’s actually on the court.