NBA Wednesday is back with a big slate of games tonight. Let’s dig in deeper and find my top FanDuel picks at each position. Make sure to keep up with the latest news via the RotoGrinders DFS Alerts app - we’ll push injury news directly to your phone for free with a DFS spin.
Goran Dragic: $7,100 (vs. Milwaukee)
Goran Dragic is probably going to fly under the radar tonight at the point guard position with there being a full slate of games and a loaded position. I love this price tag of only $7,100 tonight, as he gives me a solid player with good upside and keeps me well within the constraints of the salary cap on FanDuel. Since Hassan Whiteside has returned to the lineup, Dragic has picked back up his pace of play. It was a trend I noticed after a couple weeks without the starting center in the lineup. When Whiteside is out, Dragic struggles more than when Whiteside is in the lineup. Over the last four games Dragic has averaged 39.4 FanDuel points per game and tonight gets a matchup against Milwaukee. Last year, and at the beginning of this year, with Malcolm Brogdon defending point guards, this was a tough matchup for the opposition. But taking him out of the lineup and putting Eric Bledsoe as your lead defender at the point guard position has been a downgrade for Milwaukee. When looking at the RotoGrinders defense versus position chart you can see that over the course of the last month Milwaukee gives up the third most raw points to point guards of any team in the league. This is a hot player in a good matchup. There are flashier point guards on the board, but dollar for dollar this might be my favorite play.
Will Barton: $6,800 (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)
Denver is fresh off a three-point victory last night that saw all five starters play at least 31 minutes in the game. Typically, the second game of back to backs have seen Nikola Jokic struggle a little bit while Will Barton picks up the pace. Barton averages 29.4 FanDuel points per minute throughout the regular season but on the second game of a back-to-back he jumps that number up to 32.8. Whether he is starting or coming off the bench he is an equally lethal threat from both spots. He’s matchup proof in that it doesn’t matter if the game is a blowout, he still going to get his minutes in garbage time or crunch time. This a very winnable matchup tonight against the LA Clippers and Denver has a very healthy team total of 110 right now. In four games last season against this Clippers team, Barton dropped 34+ FanDuel points in three of the four contests. I think this is a very safe and solid player at this price tag, and has a ton of upside if things break properly for Barton tonight.
Kevin Durant: $10,600 (vs. Chicago)
There are lots of studs to spend up on tonight. One guy I have my eye on is Kevin Durant traveling to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls. Word has already come in this morning that Draymond Green is going to miss tonight’s game. What that has done for Golden State this season is shifted Kevin Durant over to power forward much more than he normally plays. What we can expect out of a guy playing more power forward is more opportunities for rebounds and even block shots. That is exactly what has been the outcome when Green is off the floor this season. Durant sees a slight uptick in fantasy points per minute and watches his rebound percentage jump from 11.2% to 13.9% with Green off the floor. The general landscape of this slate shows me that four guys have a projection tonight better than Kevin Durant. However, all four of those guys are significantly higher cost than Durant and two of those guys are big men who are playing in the second game of a back-to-back. The slight upgrade in production tonight for Durant is not yet baked into this salary. This should be a competitive matchup in Chicago as this is a young team that is played very well this season, yet Golden State still has a slate high 121 team total. If I’m looking to play at least one stud player tonight, then Kevin Durant is the guy I’m choosing.
Blake Griffin: $8,700 (vs. Denver)
The old saying strike while the iron is hot is very apropos when rostering Blake Griffin tonight. The price tag is only $8,700 on FanDuel and it won’t be long before that thing rises well above $9,000. He had a full day of rest yesterday after playing 34 minutes, and dropping 48 FanDuel points against Houston on Monday night. So, we have established that this is a very good fantasy performer who doesn’t seem to be hindered by any injuries now, so he should play a full load of minutes tonight. Now we head on over to the RotoGrinders defensive matchup chart for the night and see that Denver gives up above average production to the power forward position, so now we can check off the box of “good matchup” for Blake Griffin. He is a full lock and load for me tonight.
Marc Gasol: $8,500 (vs. New York)
I would prefer not to break the bank tonight at the center position. Therefore, Marc Gasol is squarely on my radar as a guy who can grab me 40+ FanDuel points and has a pretty decent salary attached to him. He’s averaged over 42 FanDuel points per game in his last four games. He seems to be rounding into form and this matchup tonight is solid. He should split time being guarded by Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn. Another aspect of this slate that draws me to Gasol is some of the other players at his position have? Tonight. Cousins and Jokic are both great performers but there also on the second game of a back-to-back tonight. Andre Drummond is solid but has a tough matchup and is $1,600 more than Gasol. After those three guys are off the board that drops us down to this price range and I feel like Gasol is head and shoulders above any of the other options. Note: After writing this up, Gasol became questionable with an illness. So please double check the injuries before putting Marc Gasol in your lineups tonight. This is an easy pivot to Steven Adams for cheaper if you’re scared or he gets ruled out.