Another big Wednesday is on tap, and we have a Mega Slam tournament on FanDuel that is paying out $100,000 to first place. There is a full slate of games today, so we have plenty of players to wade through. Let's take a look at some players that catch my eye today.
Top Play – Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors ($7,800)
Lowry is going to be a top fantasy point guard this season, and his price simply has not caught up with the expected level of production. He was fantastic in last night's game against the Mavericks, putting up a solid all-around line of 27 points, ten assists, five rebounds, three steals, and a pair of blocks. He is that rare type of player that has immense fantasy upside along with a very safe floor. At a very affordable price of $7,800 on FanDuel, Lowry is a fine play against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder this evening.
Value Play – T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia 76ers ($3,500)
Isaiah Canaan is the starting point guard for the Sixers, and he has eight total assists in four games. In contrast, backup point guard T.J. McConnell had 12 assists in 23 minutes in the team's last game. This led coach Brett Brown to say “we have to run with (McConnell).” The young point guard could very well find his way into the starting lineup tonight. Even if he doesn't, he has clearly earned at least 24 minutes of playing time. McConnell is available for the minimum $3,500 on FanDuel and is a fine value on Wednesday.
Bonus Value Play – Jerryd Bayless, Milwaukee Bucks ($3,500)
Injuries often create opportunities for others to step up, and that's what we have in Milwaukee. Michael Carter-Williams was injured in the last game, and Bayless was pressed into major minutes off the bench as the Bucks have little depth at the position. If Carter-Williams sits out tonight, Bayless is a fantastic value play at the minimum salary tag of $3,500.
Top Play – Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns ($7,900)
Bledsoe is always an intriguing tournament play, because he has games where his upside shows through. He had a 33-3-6 game against the Trail Blazers over the weekend and should have one of his better games tonight. The Kings are historically poor at defending shooting guards, and this game has an intriguing total of 205 points. Fire up Bledsoe as a high-upside play for your tournament lineups tonight.
Value Play – Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic ($4,500)
In one of the bigger fantasy surprises of the early going, Evan Fournier has been a breakout player for the Magic. He is coming off a 30-point game against the Pelicans in which he played a whopping 43 minutes. Expect him to be one of the most popular value plays tonight, but it's for good reason. The Orlando/Houston game also has a high projected total of 208 points on the NBA odds board, so Fournier should be able to continue his recent run of production.
Top Play – Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings ($7,900)
DeMarcus Cousins will miss another game tonight, which means Rudy Gay will see increased usage. This is a much better matchup than yesterday's tough contest against the Grizzlies. Gay has a very reasonable price tag of $7,900 and checks in as one of my favorite tournament options on this full Wednesday slate. He is not afraid to shoot the ball 20+ times, and a big line could follow if his shot is dropping.
Value Play – Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers ($5,700)
For some reason, Aminu's price just doesn't budge. He is locked into heavy minutes as the starting small forward for Portland, and he is capable of production in multiple statistical categories. He has put up totals of 30 and 31 FanDuel points over his last two games, and that is more than adequate production for a $5,700 price tag. He can be deployed with confidence even in a tough matchup against Utah.
Top Play – Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers ($10,000)
If you are looking to spend up on a high-dollar player tonight, you would be wise to get some exposure to the game between the Clippers and the Warriors. It has the highest projected total of the night at 217 points, and the teams have a history of playing entertaining, high-scoring games. Griffin has 60 fantasy point upside in this contest, and he has a safe floor to boot. He is the player I am most likely to pay up for on my rosters tonight.
Value Play – Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns ($5,900)
If you have been playing daily fantasy NBA for any length of time, you know that the last three games of results aren't the norm for Markieff Morris. In those games, he has put up 29, 28, and 29 FanDuel points. Generally, he is a player that has a wide range of potential scores. We have seen him put up six-point duds in the past, and we have also seen him go off for 45 fantasy point games. The Sacramento front line is missing DeMarcus Cousins tonight, and Morris could show off his upside here.
Top Play – Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks ($8,200)
The change of scenery has done wonders for Greg Monroe, as he appears to be thriving in a feature role for the Bucks. Michael Carter-Williams is questionable for this game, which means Monroe might see even more looks on offense. He should have his way with a young Philadelphia front line, especially if Jahlil Okafor is tasked with checking him. Nerlens Noel would be a tougher draw, but I still don't have concerns about Monroe being able to produce. He is a fine option in this game.
Value Play – Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings ($5,200)
Even though the Kings are missing DeMarcus Cousins, you could still target one of their other frontcourt players. Willie Cauley-Stein is an intriguing rookie who will be pressed into playing time alongside Kosta Koufos for as long as Cousins is out. I would not go near Cauley-Stein in cash games, but when you combine his upside, cheap price tag, and the fact that he is now playing 30+ minutes per game, you could do worse as a value play at center.