In order to take down a large-field tournament on FanDuel, you’re going to need to take some chances here and there. Below you’ll see my favorite GPP targets for Wednesday’s big slate.
Top Play: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Simply put, Russell Westbrook will be a top play anytime he takes the court for the Thunder and Kevin Durant is out. Oklahoma City doesn’t have many other scoring options, as guys like Andre Roberson, Anthony Morrow, and Steven Adams are not going to fill up the stat sheet offensively. Most of the usage rate will naturally fall on Westbrook, and he put up close to 70 fantasy points the other night against Memphis despite having a rough first half. He should feast on a New Orleans backcourt of Ish Smith and Eric Gordon tonight.
Value Play: Ish Smith, New Orleans Pelicans
Speaking of Ish Smith, he’s a nice value play tonight in his own right. Jrue Holiday has already been ruled out on the second half of a back-to-back, so Smith should be a safe target to play 32-34 minutes in this game. He has performed well when given the opportunity to this point of the season, and Westbrook isn’t known for his elite defense. You could even play both Westbrook and Smith on the same roster tonight, if you wish to take that path.
Top Play: James Harden, Houston Rockets
It has been an up-and-down start to the season for James Harden, but he still offers the most upside at the shooting guard spot. He projects as the top play at the position tonight, as Houston checks in as seven-point favorites on the NBA odds board at home against Portland in what should be one of the higher-scoring games of the evening. This presents a nice opportunity for Harden to carry his team and get a much-needed victory in a winnable game.
Value Play: Will Barton, Denver Nuggets
Will Barton has been thriving as the sixth man for the Nuggets, and he actually started the second half of last night’s game against the Pelicans. Denver pulled away in that second half, and Barton finished with a nice all-around line of 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal, and three blocks. His overall numbers have been fantastic, and his price tag in daily fantasy remains a bit too cheap. He is a solid value even in a tough matchup against the Spurs.
Top Play: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
It may be a surprise that I didn’t list Paul George here, but George worries me a bit. His price tag is very high these days, and the Pacers face a bad Sixers team to boot. Leonard feels like the guy to take since he is a good bit cheaper price-wise and also has a favorable matchup against the up-tempo Nuggets. Leonard should be fully recovered from his illness by now, and he should be able to get back to the solid production he was accustomed to getting in the early going.
Value Play: Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics
Reliable value plays at small forward are often hard to come by, so Crowder naturally fits as a value pick here. He is playing around 30 minutes per game as the starting small forward for Boston, and those minutes seem relatively secure at this point. He won’t “wow” you with his game, but he is a steady producer and the Celtics/Mavericks tilt has a projected total of 204 points tonight. Crowder is a fine low-cost option on this Wednesday slate.
Top Play: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Millsap used to be that “consistent guy” you could count on for cash games, but he has been a fantastic performer so far in the early season. His game possesses plenty of upside, and he is getting enough playing time to make a big impact in tournament games. This game has a projected total of 208 points, and the spread is a surprisingly low three points in favor of Atlanta. Assuming the Hawks don’t randomly rest a big man this early in the season (this is the second half of a back-to-back), Millsap is a fine play this evening.
Value Play: Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is currently listed as questionable for tonight’s game, and it’s hard to imagine that they will push him back in action after his early-season injury woes. If Davis happens to sit out tonight, Ryan Anderson will draw the start and play heavy minutes at the power forward spot. Keep your eye on the news throughout the day and fire up Anderson should Davis take the night off. Even if Davis plays, you could make a solid argument for Anderson as the sixth man for this squad.
Top Play: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
On paper, this would not appear to be the best matchup for DeMarcus Cousins. However, Atlanta has been allowing big games to opposing big men all year, and Cousins is on fire right now. He is capable of a massive game from the center position each time he takes the floor, and his newfound ability to contribute across the stat sheet is only another boost to his fantasy value. He is even shooting three-pointers this year. What’s not to like?
Value Play: Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers
The loss of Meyers Leonard means the Blazers don’t have much for size on the interior. They will need to use Mason Plumlee a lot more, and he has been playing around 30 minutes per game since Leonard went out. They will certainly need Plumlee to match up with Dwight Howard, and hopefully Plumlee can get a little more involved on the offensive end tonight. He is averaging a respectable nine rebounds per game in the early going, and a double-double is certainly within reach here.