We have a relatively light schedule for a typical Wednesday, but there are still 10 games on tap tonight. There are quite a few tournaments on FanDuel, including two qualifiers, as well as the NBA Super Slam that is awarding $350,000 in prizes.
Here are my favorite players to target in tournaments:
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $13300, FPPG: 48.9, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 37.4)
Westbrook is priced above $13,000 for the first time this season. He is also facing Chris Paul, who is one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA. Is that enough to finally fade Westbrook? Of course not! He has been absolutely dominant with Kevin Durant out of the lineup. Over his last five games, he is averaging 40 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 steals per game. Another triple-double and Oklahoma City may change their team name to the ‘Westbrooks.’
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $8200, FPPG: 32.7, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 20.4)
Rubio is another point guard that offers incredible upside. He has scored at least 38 fantasy points in seven of his last 10 games. He also squares off against a Suns defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards this season. Rubio is capable of posting triple-double type of numbers in a game that has the second-highest total on the board (205 points).
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $8300, FPPG: 33.8, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Brandon Knight has already been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Wolves, which should result in an uptick in both minutes and usage for Bledsoe. His fantasy production has been hampered by his backcourt mates all season, but that shouldn’t be a problem tonight. He draws a favorable matchup against the Wolves, who have allowed the second-most points per game to their opponents this season. Bledsoe is also listed as a shooting guard, which allows us to target three point guards tonight.
J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $5600, FPPG: 19.9, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 19.8)
Jamal Crawford is not expected to return to the court anytime soon, which means Redick will continue to log heavy minutes at shooting guard. He has played well over his last six games, averaging 26.2 fantasy points per contest. Even more impressive is the fact that he is averaging 39 minutes per contest during that stretch. Redick should get plenty of open looks in a fast-paced, high-scoring game against the Thunder.
Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers (Salary: $6200, FPPG: 25, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 14.6)
With Wesley Matthews out for the remainder of the season, Batum is going to log heavy minutes down the stretch. Batum is always one of my favorite tournament targets because he has burned so many bridges in the past. His ownership level is always much lower than it should be. Batum is coming off of a productive three-game stretch, averaging 37 fantasy points in 39 minutes per contest.
Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls (Salary: $4100, FPPG: 17.1, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 13.9)
If you are going to roster Russell Westbrook tonight, you are going to have to save money somewhere. Dunleavy is a terrific value play tonight against the Sixers. His minutes are trending upward thanks to all of the Bulls’ injuries. He also draws a terrific matchup against a defense that has a knack of leaving shooters wide open. Dunleavy only needs 20 fantasy points to meet value expectations tonight. He is capable of that and much more.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $7400, FPPG: 33.8, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Millsap has the perfect recipe for fantasy success. He has a depressed price tag and he draws one of the best matchups on the board. The Nuggets have struggled to defend opposing bigs for years and this season is no different. They are ranked 29th against opposing power forwards this season. Over his last four games, Millsap is averaging 34 fantasy points per contest. He should be able to reach that mark against the Nuggets.
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls (Salary: $5700, FPPG: 17, MPG: 18, Usage Rate: 21)
The Mirotic hype is real people. He has made the most of his opportunities recently, averaging 32.3 fantasy points over his last six games. The most impressive part is that he has done it in some very tough matchups (WAS, OKC, IND, SAS, and MEM). He has to be licking his chops for a matchup against the Sixers, who have the second-worst rebounding differential in the NBA this season.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $10600, FPPG: 44.8, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 33.6)
The word upside is synonymous with Cousins. While he does have a relatively low floor, the same can’t be said for his ceiling. He has 50+ fantasy point potential every time he steps onto the floor. The Kings take on the Hornets tonight in Charlotte. While the Hornets have been stout defensively as a whole, Al Jefferson is their weak link. He will not be able to defend Cousins on the block or keep him off the glass. As long as the Kings can keep the game close, Cousins could be in for another monster fantasy outing.