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NBA Tourney Targets: Wednesday

by Justin Van Zuiden
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

We have a fun Wednesday slate on tap for this evening, and there are some marquee tournaments across the DFS industry tonight, as well. There’s a Mega Slam to be had on FanDuel, which boasts a $1,000,000 prize pool and a $100,000 payout to first place. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some high-upside picks that could help you win a nice chunk of cash tonight.  Check the Starting Lineups Page to ensure your picks are active before tipoff.




Point Guard

Top Play: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls


Of course, there are high-upside guys like Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry available to us tonight, but it would be a bit short-sighted of me to simply list that quality of player as the top play at every position. Everyone knows they are solid plays. Instead, I’ll highlight the improved play of Derrick Rose. He has a phenomenal 31% usage rate without Jimmy Butler on the floor, and he has put up at least 34 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. His price remains far too cheap across the DFS industry, and he has an interesting matchup against John Wall this evening. On the dollar, Rose is one of the best plays at a loaded position.



Value Play: D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers


Byron Scott has finally (albeit somewhat reluctantly) given the car keys to D’Angelo Russell. He has announced that Russell will start for the rest of the season, and that makes Russell a very interesting fantasy play. Russell is definitely a volatile fantasy asset, and he is not a player that I will trust in cash games tonight in a tough matchup against Mike Conley and the Grizzlies. However, his upside is very interesting for GPP’s. If this game stays close, Russell should push for 30+ minutes and easily pay off his price tag, which has yet to adjust for his newfound starting role.



Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Reggie Jackson


Shooting Guard

Top Play: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors


While point guard is the deepest position tonight, shooting guard is the exact opposite. There are few reliable targets at the position, given Jimmy Butler’s injury and an off day for James Harden. We’ll have to leave the upside to DeRozan, who also draws a decent matchup against Minnesota tonight. DeRozan brings a nice combination of consistency and upside to the table that is hard to find at the shooting guard spot, and his price is somewhat depressed as he has not been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks. Hopefully this is the night where he can get back on track.



Value Play: Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs


A lot of folks swore off Danny Green after he was terrible in November. A few more folks swore off Danny Green after he was terrible in December. You were certifiably crazy if you continued to roster Danny Green in January. Now, the circumstances have changed. The injury to Manu Ginobili has funneled quite a few more minutes Green’s way, and he is averaging 30 minutes per game in the month of February. In contrast, he averaged just 22 minutes per game in December and January. He draws a great matchup against the Kings tonight, as well. Sacramento ranks dead last in the league against opposing shooting guards. If there was ever a night to load up on some Danny Green, this is it.



Also Consider: Nicolas Batum, Zach LaVine, Jamal Crawford




Small Forward

Top Play: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers


At the top end of the small forward scale, I generally prefer LeBron James to Kevin Durant these days. James has been playing pretty well (outside of a dud against Detroit on Monday), while Durant has to co-exist with Russell Westbrook. The one concern here is a potential blowout with a home game against the Hornets, but we don’t need to worry about that as much for GPPs. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out, the Hornets have nobody capable of checking LeBron. He should get whatever he wants tonight and is a threat for a triple-double if this game stays competitive.



Value Play: Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons


I love the prospects for Tobias Harris in Detroit. Stan Van Gundy loves to run tight rotations, and Anthony Tolliver is out of the way for the next 2-4 weeks. Harris drew his first start as a Piston on Monday, and he played 35 minutes against the Cavaliers. That is a nice baseline to expect going forward, and his usage rate is also on the rise in Detroit. Buy in now before his price rises, especially in a very favorable matchup against the Sixers.


Also Consider: Kevin Durant, Danilo Gallinari, Matt Barnes




Power Forward

Top Play: Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies


The landscape has certainly changed in Memphis with the news that Marc Gasol is out for the season. Zach Randolph will be a primary component in the offense in Gasol’s absence, and his upside is higher than normal because of it. He is playing an extra 5-6 minutes per game these days, and Randolph also draws a great matchup against the Lakers tonight. Julius Randle has really struggled on the defensive end of the floor, and tonight might represent a night for the veteran to take the young player to school. I expect a very nice game from Z-Bo this evening.



Value Play: Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls


There are quite a few reasons to like Bobby Portis tonight. He has slowly chiseled his way into a time share with Taj Gibson at the power forward spot, and frankly he has outplayed Gibson over the past few weeks. Portis has been putting up solid stat lines in a 24-26 minute role, and that’s without mentioning the fact that his role might grow this evening. Pau Gasol is currently listed as questionable for tonight’s game with an illness. If Gasol sits out, Portis would become a virtual must-start in any format. His price is simply too cheap for the expanded role that would offer. I like Portis as a GPP play regardless of Gasol’s status, but he vaults way up the board if Gasol sits out. Keep an eye on this situation throughout the day.



Also Consider: Draymond Green, Gorgui Dieng, Julius Randle





Top Play: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons


Jahlil Okafor has a sparkling offensive game that draws rave reviews, and that is part of the reason why I love Andre Drummond tonight. Okafor will have the ball in his hands a lot, and he will take plenty of shots. That increases the block upside for Drummond, and of course Drummond will grab his share of rebounds. In addition, Okafor is absolutely dreadful on the defensive end of the floor. The Sixers allow more fantasy points to opposing centers than any other team in the league, and Drummond might be able to find quite a few easy baskets come his way in this game. Even without considering price, Drummond is my top overall center of the day.



Value Play: Zaza Pachulia, Dallas Mavericks


He was “Mr. Consistency” in the first half of the season, Pachulia has been uncharacteristically up-and-down of late. His minutes have also been in flux, as he played less than 20 minutes in the last game after topping 40 minutes in back-to-back contests before that. The coaching staff likely saw the last contest as a chance to get him a breather in an easy win over the Sixers. Pachulia’s price has really come down over the past few weeks, and this might be a nice time to buy low on the Dallas big man.



Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Hassan Whiteside, Jahlil Okafor


Justin Van Zuiden
STLCardinals84 has qualified for 3 separate live finals, including the FanDuel Baseball Championships in 2013 and 2014. Justin won the MLB Monster 3 separate times in 1 month on FanDuel and was one of the most profitable players in all of Daily Fantasy this past season. STL is ranked No. 6 overall. You can follow him on Twitter @stlcardinals84.