We have a full Wednesday slate of games on tap for this Wednesday, and there are several large DFS tournaments out there for the taking tonight. Tonight should offer an interesting slate, because there isn’t a lot of obvious value at first glance, yet there are some enticing high-priced targets out there. It will make lineup construction a bit more difficult this evening. Let’s find some diamonds in the rough that might help you cash in your tournament lineups on FanDuel!
Top Play: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry has been simply ridiculous this season, and now the pressure is off as the Warriors have finally lost a game. You can make a very valid argument that Curry is the single best player in the NBA right now, and his fantasy production is top notch on a nightly basis. The Suns/Warriors contest this evening has a current projected point total of 220 points on the NBA odds board, with the Warriors projected to score around 116 of them. As long as this game stays close, you can count on a big performance from the reigning MVP.
Value Play: Tony Wroten, Philadelphia 76ers
This one is a little bit tricky. Wroten was not given a minutes restriction in Monday’s game, but he is still at risk of a random rest game here or there. Given that this is not part of a back-to-back set, I would expect Wroten to play this evening. Again, there is not a ton of reliable value on the board right now. Wroten is not the best real-life player, but he can be a solid fantasy contributor when he gets the playing time. This is definitely a GPP-only play, and make sure that Wroten is in the lineup before you plug him in. Be aware that there is a LOT of risk here, but there is also some intriguing upside.
Top Play: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
Shooting guard presents the weakest position on the board tonight. This is likely a position where a lot of folks will choose to save some salary cap space, so you might see a low ownership percentage on the high price tag of Eric Bledsoe. However, he offers GPP-winning upside when he is on his game. If the Suns are going to hang with Golden State on the road, Bledsoe will need to have a big game. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to use Bledsoe if you are also using some Golden State players, because Bledsoe would be the key cog that keeps this game competitive (and keeps the Golden State regulars in the game well into the fourth quarter).
Value Play: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons
If a safe value pick is what you desire, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can be that guy. He ranks second in the NBA in minutes played per game, behind only James Harden of the Rockets. He has also found his shot more often in recent games, and he seems to be playing with more confidence. Caldwell-Pope won’t kill your team simply because he plays so many minutes. This also projects to be a close, competitive matchup with the Celtics. If you want a more risk/reward option, Allen Crabbe fits that bill tonight.
Top Play: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Leonard is one of my favorite targets of the night in all formats. The Wizards have been absolutely dreadful against opposing small forwards this year, and Washington likes to play an up-tempo style that caters to fantasy production for their opponents. The Spurs get a nice boost in this matchup, and Leonard is their unquestioned offensive leader. Fire him up as one of the best overall plays of the day.
Value Play: Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis has been saddled with injuries in recent weeks, forcing Dave Joerger to use a seven or eight-man rotation at times. This has led to increased minutes for Matt Barnes, and Barnes has recently been promoted to the starting lineup over Zach Randolph. He will be the most popular value pick tonight, and there is good reason for it. He should get plenty of minutes as a starter, and the production has been top notch of late.
Top Play: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
The frontcourt players for the Hawks are great tournament options today, as they draw a favorable matchup against the weak interior of the Sixers. The problem lies in the fact that the Hawks are installed as 14 point favorites tonight. There is a high probability that this game turns into a blowout, which means guys like Millsap will be on the bench down the stretch. Millsap should be a great play as long as he is in there, but the big question is how long will he be needed in this one? If he gets 34-37 minutes, he should be in for a field day.
Value Play: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
True value plays are very difficult to come by at power forward on this Wednesday slate, so look to a value-on-the-dollar type play like Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City should be able to attack the interior of the Portland Trailblazers, and Ibaka draws a prime matchup with guys like Noah Vonleh, Ed Davis, and Meyers Leonard. Look for him to be more involved in the game plan tonight, and this is the perfect time to take advantage of his recent drop in price for your tournament lineups.
Top Play: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
The formerly-stout Bulls defense has struggled against opposing big men this season, likely due to Joakim Noah being removed from the starting lineup. With the aforementioned lack of depth in Memphis, Marc Gasol is playing a healthy complement of minutes. He should thrive against the Bulls starting frontcourt, and of course the narrative is fully in play as he goes up against his brother Pau. There aren’t a lot of high cost options at center, so Gasol is a nice mid-to-high range target.
Value Play: Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
Sam Mitchell has hinted at full-scale lineup changes for tonight’s game, but we do not yet have word of what those changes will be. The most logical change would be inserting Dieng into the starting lineup over Kevin Garnett. Dieng has been a solid per-minute fantasy producer when he gets the chance, and he should gradually work his way into more playing time. He is a viable value play even if he continues coming off the bench, but he gets a major boost if he gets inserted into the starting lineup.