We have another full slate of games on tap this Wednesday.
There are plenty of tournaments on FanDuel tonight, but the ones we will feature are the Playboy Basketball Championship qualifiers. There are two qualifiers tonight ($25 & $535 buy-in) that each award a seat to the championship final at the Playboy Mansion. Not only will it be a once in a lifetime experience, but the participants will be competing for a $100,000 first-place prize.
To help you build your lineups, here are a couple of my favorite tournament plays at each position.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $8900, FPPG: 35.6, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 21.3)
Dollar for dollar, Lawson may be my favorite play of the night at any position. He is playing some of his best basketball of the season, averaging 20 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists per game over his last nine outings. Tonight he draws a favorable matchup against Rajon Rondo and the Mavericks, who have allowed the second most fantasy points to point guards this season. When looking over the NBA odds, this game has the highest total of the night and the Nuggets are projected to score 107 points. Lawson should have his fingerprints all over this game.
Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat (Salary: $4500, FPPG: 21.2, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 19.7)
Dwyane Wade tweaked his hamstring in last night's win over the Lakers. He is expected to miss tonight's game against the Warriors, which opens the door for Chalmers as a viable fantasy option. Chalmers was terrific in Wade's absence earlier this season, as he becomes the primary ball-handler in the Heat’s offense. His price is sitting at a very reasonable $4,500 and he draws a favorable matchup against the Warriors, who have allowed ninth most fantasy points to point guards this season.
Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $7500, FPPG: 31.7, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 28.4)
Ellis is coming off of a monster fantasy outing against the Kings last night. He finished the game with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists. He has now scored at least 27 fantasy points in each of his last ten games. The best part is that his price has actually come down a bit on FanDuel. At his price point, he only needs to score 32.5 fantasy points to reach value. That’s a feat that he can certainly accomplish against the Nuggets, who have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to shooting guards this season.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans (Salary: $7500, FPPG: 31.8, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 26.3)
It's hard not to like Evans tonight against the Pistons. Teammate Jrue Holiday has already been ruled out with an injury, meaning Evans whould become the primary ball-handler in this offense. He should provide more than serviceable numbers versus Detroit here.
Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $5600, FPPG: 23.7, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 20.7)
Chandler was held out of Friday’s game with a knee injury, but has practiced in full the last two days and is expected to be back in the lineup tonight. The Nuggets are in a terrific spot tonight against the Mavericks, who are playing in the second half of a back-to-back. Chandler is as cheap as he has been all season and he should play well against a Mavericks defense that is ranked 16th in fantasy points allowed to small forwards this season.
James Johnson, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $4900, FPPG: 18.7, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 16.1)
Johnson is a terrific tournament play against the Sixers, so long as he remains in the starting lineup. DeMar DeRozan could make his return tonight, but even if he does, he may come off the bench. Johnson has been very productive as a starter this season, averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game. He draws a favorable matchup against the Sixers, who have allowed more fantasy points to small forwards than any other team in the NBA this season.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $8000, FPPG: 34, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 23.6)
Millsap sat on the bench last night while the Hawks took down the Sixers. He wasn’t hurt, but head coach Mike Budenholzer decided to rest a few of his starters in what turned out to be an easy win. Millsap should be well-rested and ready to go for tonight’s game against the Celtics. In terms of the matchup, there are few more favorable than this one. The Celtics are ranked dead last in fantasy points allowed to power forwards and they are also ranked 19th in rebounding differential.
Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics (Salary: $6700, FPPG: 28.6, MPG: 28, Usage Rate: 21.6)
Sullinger is finally starting to see a starter’s complement of minutes. Over his last his eight games, he is averaging 33 fantasy points in 31 minutes of action per game. The Hawks have stout defensively this season, but sometimes it pays off to target players in tough matchups. Sullinger will likely have a low percentage of ownership, which makes him a terrific target for tournaments tonight.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat (Salary: $5200, FPPG: 17.5, MPG: 14, Usage Rate: 19.3)
The Whiteside hype is real. He has been terrific in his last seven games, averaging 31 fantasy points in an average of only 22 minutes per game. During that stretch, he has averaged 1.39 fantasy points per minute. If Coach Spoelstra gives him between 25-30 minutes tonight against the Warriors, he should easily reach and exceed value. He is one of the best upside plays on the board tonight.
Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $5200, FPPG: 17, MPG: 14, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Nurkic is in the same boat as Whiteside. He has been ultra-productive, but he hasn't seen a starter's complement of minutes yet. His numbers over his last six games are eerily similar to Whiteside’s. During that stretch, Nurkic has averaged 31 fantasy points in only 22 minutes of action per game. He has a tendency to get into foul trouble, but his upside more than makes up for the risk of foul trouble. He will likely have a much lower ownership level than Whiteside, yet he provides similar upside.