Oh glorious Wednesday, you are finally here. Wednesday and Friday are the two best days during the week for daily fantasy basketball.
We have a mammoth 12-game slate on tap for tonight and FanDuel has provided us with some monster tournaments. If you’d like to take your chance at the $50,000 first place prize in the NBA Slam, click here.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6900, FPPG: 30.2, MPG: 28, Usage Rate: 22.1)
Rubio was featured in my article on Monday night and he didn’t disappoint, as he finished the game with 14 points, 9 rebound and 7 assists. He has now scored at least 38 fantasy points in each of his last three contests. Tonight may be the last time that he is priced under $7,000 on FanDuel and we should take advantage while we can. His minutes and production are both trending upward and he draws a favorable matchup against a Wizards team that is playing the tail end of a back-to-back.
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $5900, FPPG: 26.6, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 22.4)
Jarrett Jack may be active tonight, but he is only expected to play limited minutes off the bench. That’s good news for Williams, who has posted back-to-back 40+ fantasy point outings. Williams should see around 35 minutes tonight against the Pelicans, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season. At his price point he needs around 30 fantasy points to reach value, a feat that he is more than capable of.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans (Salary: $8100, FPPG: 32.8, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 25.7)
Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are both out for tonight’s game against the Nets, which means Evans’ usage rate will be through the roof. He already has a high usage rate on the season (25.7) and that number will only go up, as he will be asked to carry the load offensively. The best part about Evans is that he is listed as a shooting guard on FanDuel. This allows us to roster three point guards tonight, even though there are only two PG spots.
J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $4500, FPPG: 19.3, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 19.8)
Blake Griffin’s absence has opened up a ton of shots in this Clippers offense and Redick has been one of the beneficiaries. Over his last five games, he has scored at least 20 fantasy points every game, while averaging 25 fantasy points per contest. His minutes are also trending in the right direction, as he has averaged 34 minutes during that stretch. Redick is very affordable on FanDuel and should reach value with ease tonight against the Rockets.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz (Salary: $8100, FPPG: 32.9, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 25.5)
With all of the Rudy Gobert love around the industry, the masses are overlooking Hayward in an extremely favorable matchup against the Lakers. On the season, the Lakers have allowed more points per game to their opponents than any other team in the NBA. Hayward has a high usage rate (25.5) and should be the primary option offensively. If the Lakers can keep this game competitive, Hayward has a realistic shot at 50 fantasy points tonight.
P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $4900, FPPG: 20.2, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 12.7)
Tucker has been on a tear over his last five games, averaging 27.5 fantasy points in 32 minutes per contest. He draws one of the best matchups on the board, as the Suns head to Denver to take on the Nuggets. The Nuggets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season. They have also allowed the fifth-most points per game to their opponents.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $6500, FPPG: 26.8, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 23.4)
Tucker’s teammate is also a great tournament play against the Nuggets. Targeting bigs against Denver is an old tradition in daily fantasy basketball. On the season, the Nuggets have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards. Morris is cheap and provides great upside in this matchup. He also has a sneaky-high usage rate of 23.4 on the season.
Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets (Salary: $5600, FPPG: 22.7, MPG: 23, Usage Rate: 18.9)
Jones was inserted into the starting lineup on Monday night and he performed admirably. He racked up 38 fantasy points in only 32 minutes of action. He will remain an excellent fantasy option until Dwight Howard returns to the court. This may be the last time to target him at this price point, so take advantage of the discount while you still can. Jones also sees a small boost with Blake Griffin out, as he will now match up against Spencer Hawes.
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Salary: $5900, FPPG: 22.1, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 13.4)
In terms of center options tonight, Gobert and Whiteside are options 1A and 1B. Given the price discount with Gobert, it’s hard to argue against him as the top play at center. He should see around 35 minutes tonight against a Lakers team that doesn’t play defense or rebound. Gobert should easily rack up a double-double and he’ll likely add a few blocks to his resume in the process.