We have yet another fun Wednesday on tap in the NBA, and there are once again some large tournaments in daily fantasy for us to target. We have seven games with projected totals north of 200 points on the NBA odds board, including a whopper of a total in the Golden State/Washington game (currently sitting at 224 points). This should translate to a high-scoring daily fantasy night, so let’s try to find some high-upside tournament targets for the evening.
Top Play: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Simply put, you need to get some exposure to this Golden State/Washington game that is going to feature plenty of points. I’ll go ahead and get the high-priced recommendation out of the way with none other than Stephen Curry. If you are not aware of how much upside he possesses in the fantasy game, you probably aren’t doing too well in DFS NBA. With the Warriors projected to hit around 117 points tonight, a 70-80 fantasy point game from Curry is not out of the realm of possibility. He’s pretty good at this basketball thing.
Value Play: J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks
It doesn’t sound like Deron Williams is going to be able to play tonight, as Rick Carlisle is “concerned” about a potential absence for his starting point guard. That should allow more playing time for guys like J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton, and possibly Chandler Parsons. Barea was the surprise breakout performer the last time Williams missed extended time, so he is the favorite to produce should Williams be forced to the sidelines tonight. Barea played 31 minutes in the last game after Williams went down, so he could be a fine value play on this Wednesday night. Keep an eye on the news wires and react accordingly.
Top Play: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
If you are looking for a top play at the shooting guard position, look no further than Jimmy Butler. With James Harden off the slate tonight, there aren’t many choices at the top end. That leaves the duty to Butler, who conveniently draws a great matchup against the Kings. They have struggled against the shooting guard position for the better part of the last few years, and Butler is a do-everything player for the Bulls. Granted, he is playing some small forward these days as well, but that doesn’t change the landscape for me. Fire up Butler with confidence here.
Value Play: Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are potentially going to be extremely short-handed tonight. Nicolas Batum is currently listed as doubtful, while Jeremy Lamb and Kemba Walker are both listed as questionable. Lin will almost assuredly draw the start in Batum’s place, but he could be looking at 40+ minutes if both Lamb and Walker are out as well. This isn’t a great matchup against Cleveland, but Lin’s relatively cheap price and increased role are too good to pass up in tournaments.
Top Play: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant draws a great DvP matchup at the small forward spot tonight, as Orlando has consistently struggled with the position all year. According to the RotoGrinders daily matchup charts, Durant gets a DvP matchup that is 21.47% above league average tonight. For a player of his caliber, that is definitely a recipe for success. Durant should have a great game this evening with the only worry being whether or not Orlando can keep the game competitive for four quarters. For that reason, Durant is a nice high-upside tournament option that you don’t necessarily have to use in cash games.
Value Play: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets
In the same vein as the aforementioned Jeremy Lin, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be looking at heavy minutes tonight as possibly one of the only healthy wings for the Hornets. It hasn’t taken him long to find his groove since his return from injury, as he put up 39 fantasy points in just 28 minutes in an easy win over the Lakers on Sunday. His price tag is slowly starting to climb, but he remains a fine value play at the moment – especially given the injury woes in Charlotte.
Top Play: Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
Favors appears to be back to full health for the Jazz, as he has put up back-to-back solid performances in Utah’s last two games. He has regained his starting role and should be cleared for a full workload going forward. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against a Denver squad that really struggles against opposing big men, and his price tag is not yet back to where it was before his injury. He is a great mid-to-high end option at the power forward position in this plus matchup.
Some sites have Turner at PF and Hill at C. Some have Hill at PF and Turner at C. Whatever the case may be, you can play either guy. Ian Mahinmi has already been ruled out for tonight’s game, and both Hill and Turner have excelled in his absence. Turner is going to be a fantastic player for the Pacers, and make sure to check out the video of his monster rejection of a dunk attempt by LeBron James the other night if you haven’t seen it. Both players are fine cheap options in the frontcourt this evening, as they should each see 30+ minutes in a favorable matchup against a weak Brooklyn squad.
Top Play: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
The same circumstances that held true last night should hold true once again tonight. With Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic banged up, there are plenty of minutes available on the interior for Karl-Anthony Towns. His minutes have gradually climbed into the upper 30’s, and he is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game over his last eight contests. His size will be needed against DeAndre Jordan this evening, and he should be in line for another fine performance.
Value Play: Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
Well, the rationale that applies to Towns also applies to Gorgui Dieng. He has also seen an increase in minutes and is playing the power forward spot on a regular basis (though he is still a center on virtually every DFS site). He is also playing minutes in the mid-30s, and he is a nice pivot from Towns if you can’t quite afford the high salary tag that Towns commands. Dieng also possesses sneaky upside when he is on his game.