Another big Wednesday night slate is on tap for us in the NBA, and some large tournaments are available in daily fantasy. There are currently seven games listed with projected totals north of 200 points, which should make for a high-scoring night. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some high-upside tournament targets that may help you out on this fantastic Wednesday slate. As always, remember to check the NBA Starting Lineups Page to ensure your selections are playing.
Top Play: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
You can make a case for both Curry and Russell Westbrook as top plays this evening, but I’ll give Curry an ever-so-slight edge. Both players have immense upside, but the Warriors had yesterday off, while the Thunder had to play a tough overtime game against the Knicks. Assuming both games stay close, I would presume that Curry plays a few more minutes than Westbrook tonight. I also like his matchup against Deron Williams a little better than Westbrook’s matchup against Ricky Rubio. It’s a close call, and we are really splitting hairs here.
Value Play: Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns
He is simply too cheap across the industry right now. Goodwin is playing 40 minutes a game and is thriving for the Suns. He was fantastic against the Sixers last night and against the Hawks over the weekend. Play the man and don’t think twice. Even though he will carry a high ownership percentage, playing the fade is extremely risky.
Top Play: James Harden, Houston Rockets
This is a fascinating tournament discussion to have tonight. James Harden has a very tough matchup against the Spurs, but he has been flat-out dominant for the past week and a half while Dwight Howard has been on the shelf. Harden is contributing in every area of the stat sheet and has put up near triple-doubles with ease in recent games. He will likely be checked by Kawhi Leonard for much of this game, so there’s plenty of risk here, especially given Harden’s rapidly rising price tag. However, you get the opportunity to get 70-point upside at a low ownership. It’s worth thinking about.
Value Play: Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City Thunder
Say it isn’t so! Dion Waiters, starting shooting guard? Waiters played over 40 minutes in yesterday’s overtime win against the Knicks, and it looks like he is going to be the starting shooting guard while Andre Roberson is on the shelf. Waiters is incredibly inconsistent and doesn’t do a whole lot outside of scoring, but he is very cheap and does have some upside. If he is going to play 35 minutes on a nightly basis, there will be nights where he proves to be a nice bargain. This projects to be a high-scoring game against Minnesota, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Waiters play well.
Top Play: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers are expected to score 113 points tonight, so their starters have significant upside in this matchup against the Suns. The bad news is that the Suns just lost to the Sixers on the road and are whopping sixteen point underdogs in this game. This brings massive blowout risk into the equation. If this game stays close, expect a big performance from LeBron. The only question is how many minutes he will end up needing to play in this one.
Value Play: Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers
There appears to be a bug spreading through the Philadelphia locker room, as several players are currently sick. Jahlil Okafor has already been ruled out of tonight’s game, and both Jerami Grant and JaKarr Sampson were battling illness as well. The absence of Okafor opens up more shot attempts for the likes of Nerlens Noel and Covington, and Covington has come on strong of late. He is a streaky player and is often hard to trust for cash games, but the GPP upside is nice in a decent matchup against the Pistons. It is nice to see the Sixers playing better basketball these days.
Top Play: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Nobody likes to talk about Paul Millsap, but he is having a great season in Atlanta. He has been incredibly consistent, with season averages of 18.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. In January, his averages are 19.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. You can pencil him in for 35-40 fantasy points almost every night, and he brings some upside to the table on top of that. In what should be an up-tempo game against the Clippers, I like Millsap’s odds to be a top scoring power forward this evening.
Value Play: Ersan Ilyasova, Detroit Pistons
Quietly, Ilyasova has been playing well for the Pistons these days. He is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game over the last nine contests, which is almost three rebounds more than his season average. He is also averaging almost 14 points per game over that same time frame, which is almost three points more than his season average. The Pistons also draw a favorable matchup against Philadelphia here tonight, so Ilyasova makes sense as a value option at the power forward spot.
Top Play: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
There is no denying that Drummond has been pretty terrible of late. Perhaps his poor free throw shooting has started to affect other areas of his game. Perhaps it is a slump. Who knows. What we do know, however, is that a matchup against the Sixers is often a cure for what ails a struggling player. Especially since they will be without Jahlil Okafor, it is hard to envision anyone on the Sixers stopping Drummond from grabbing 15-20 rebounds in this game. This could be the bounce back spot, though Drummond still carries a high price tag. It’s definitely a tournament-only play until he proves that he has worked his way through his slump.
Value Play: Alex Len, Phoenix Suns
Alex Len has been absolutely phenomenal over the last few games for the Suns, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds over the last three contests. He played almost twice as many minutes as Tyson Chandler last night against the Sixers, and it appears like Jeff Hornacek is willing to start playing Len on a more regular basis. He has played 35, 35, and 34 minutes in the last three games, and he is definitely worth a look in DFS as long as his price is this cheap.