It’s big tournament Wednesday in the daily fantasy sports industry. There are 11 games on tap tonight and FanDuel has provided us with some large guaranteed prize pools. The MEGA Slam has a $600,000 prize pool and awards a cool $50,000 to first place. To play against me in this tournament, click here.
Here are some of my favorite tournament targets for tonight.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $11000, FPPG: 44.6, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 36.5)
Kevin Durant is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Pelicans, which means we should see another game where Westbrook’s usage rate is off the charts. In Durant’s absence Monday night against the Magic, Westbrook messed around and got a triple double. He finished the game with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. Westbrook is the top overall play at any position tonight, as he squares off against Tyreke Evans and the Pelicans.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $5500, FPPG: 22.4, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 24.9)
Parker is a terrific tournament play tonight. His price is depressed, he will likely have a low level of ownership, and he draws a terrific matchup against the Magic. Over the last three weeks, the Magic have played at the second fastest-pace in the NBA. Looking at the NBA odds, the Spurs are projected to score 108 points tonight and Parker should see around 30 minutes of playing time. He is a candidate to reach 6x-7x salary.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (Salary: $6200, FPPG: 24.2, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 19.2)
The Bucks roster is full of injured players right now. Brandon Knight, Zaza Pachulia, and Ersan Ilyasova are all questionable ahead of tonight’s game against the Lakers. Antetokounmpo will soak up any extra minutes left behind by those three. Over his last five games, he has averaged 29 fantasy points in 35 minutes of action per game. He draws a favorable matchup against the Lakers, who are ranked 29th in points allowed per game this season.
Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $4800, FPPG: 18.2, MPG: 25, Usage Rate: 23.4)
Kevin Durant (doubtful) and Perry Jones (questionable) both may be ruled out again tonight. If that’s the case, Waiters will draw another start for the Thunder. In his start on Monday night, he played 41 minutes, scored 24 points, and grabbed 4 rebounds. He is one of the best value plays on the board and makes a fine target in all league formats. Waiters should be able to reach and exceed value with ease tonight against the Pelicans.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic (Salary: $5800, FPPG: 28.8, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 23.9)
The Orlando Magic head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs tonight. They are large underdogs in a game that could easily turn into a rout. The potential blowout will likely lead to low ownership levels for players on both teams, which makes Harris an excellent contrarian play. He is coming off of a solid outing against the Thunder, in which he posted 28 fantasy points in 41 minutes of action.
Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $5700, FPPG: 23.9, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 20.3)
Small forward is always a tough position to fill, but Chandler looks like a safe play tonight against the Celtics. He has really played well over his last seven games, averaging 28 fantasy points per contest. If the Celtics start Marcus Smart at point guard again tonight, Evan Turner would slide over and start at small forward. Turner is a much better matchup for Chandler than Jae Crowder (who would move to the bench).
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $7700, FPPG: 34.8, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 23.8)
Once again, this Spurs/Magic game could be a potential gold mine for tournament plays. While it does have the potential to turn into a blowout, the risk could really pay off, given the expected pace of play in this game. Duncan’s price has come all the way down to $7,700 and he draws a favorable matchup against a team that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to power forwards this season.
Josh Smith, Houston Rockets (Salary: $5900, FPPG: 28, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 24.9)
It has gone unnoticed by many, but Smith has really played well in Dwight Howard’s absence. Over his last four games, he has averaged 31 fantasy points in 27 minutes of action per game. He still comes off the bench, but Smith will see more minutes than the starter Joey Dorsey. He may see some extended action tonight against the Bulls, who possess one of the biggest frontcourts in the NBA.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat (Salary: $7400, FPPG: 23.3, MPG: 19, Usage Rate: 21.2)
Whiteside has more than half of the word ‘upside’ in his name. His ceiling is incredibly high and he has now scored at least 32 fantasy points in five straight games. On the season, he has averaged 1.30 fantasy points per minute and we have seen him handle up to 36 minutes of playing time. Whiteside should be able to post another big stat line against the beatable frontcourt of the Timberwolves.