Daily Fantasy NBA Tournament Targets
A big Wednesday night is on tap for us in the NBA, as we have a healthy slate featuring ten games and some large tournaments in store for daily fantasy players. Let’s take a look at some high-upside tournament targets that may help you out on FanDuel this evening.
Top Play: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Though nothing has been officially announced as of yet, it sounds like the Golden State Warriors are going to hold Draymond Green out of tonight’s matchup against the Nuggets for rest purposes. That means a majority of the offensive load will fall onto the starting guards, and this could be one of those monster games for Stephen Curry. He has ridiculous fantasy upside anytime he takes the floor, he appears to be 100% after his recent injury scares, and he could put on a show this evening.
Value Play: Jerian Grant, New York Knicks
It would take a little bit of intestinal fortitude to roll with this pick, but Jerian Grant is (finally) earning some minutes in New York. He garnered praise from the Derek Fisher after a fantastic performance last night where he put up 16 points and dished out eight assists in 23 minutes. He is slowly earning time in place of the struggling Jose Calderon, and Grant remains priced at the minimum level on almost every daily fantasy site. You can’t do this in a cash game, but this may be one of the final chances to buy low on the intriguing talent.
Top Play: James Harden, Houston Rockets
Outside of Harden, Jimmy Butler, C.J. McCollum, and sometimes Klay Thompson, it is hard to argue anyone else as an elite high-dollar play at the shooting guard position. This is a spot that is often fickle, so it makes sense to pay up for one of the elite options as a safety net in a lot of circumstances. That’s why Harden often gets the nod as a top play even though he does carry a high salary tag in daily fantasy. This should be a fun, up-tempo game against the Timberwolves, and Houston is projected to score around 108 points when we look over the NBA odds. Harden should be able to “get his” without much of a problem, and his 60+ fantasy point upside is definitely in play if this game stays close.
Value Play: Marco Belinelli, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have been inclined to go with a lot of small ball recently, though it sounds like both Omri Casspi and Willie Cauley-Stein will be active tonight. That being said, they will still likely go small at times, and Cauley-Stein might not play very many minutes. Marco Belinelli has been playing well as one of the first guys off the bench for George Karl, while averaging 28 minutes per game over the last ten contests. That number might dip closer to 24-26 tonight, but Belinelli is cheap and has a nice matchup against a bad New Orleans defense. There isn’t much value at the shooting guard position, so you could certainly do worse than this.
Top Play: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dallas could potentially rest some players tonight as they are coming off an overtime game on Tuesday, and that has me a little worried about taking the studs from the Thunder here. Obviously, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are great high-upside tournament options, and both are capable of putting up 50-60 fantasy points if they see a full four quarters of action. However, the Thunder are solid ten point favorites right now, and that could rise if Dallas rests anyone. Durant is a high-upside, risk/reward tournament play in this matchup.
Value Play: Otto Porter, Washington Wizards
The Wizards just can’t catch a break this season. John Wall is banged up now, and it seems like everyone on the roster has missed games with various injuries and ailments. This has allowed Otto Porter to become a steadying force and more of an offensive weapon. With Bradley Beal a game-time call for tonight and unlikely to see major minutes in his first game back along with the confirmed absence of Marcin Gortat, Porter will be called upon to do some heavy lifting. I like him as a solid mid-range option in what could be a sneaky high-scoring matchup with the Bucks.
Top Play: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony left yesterday’s game with an ankle injury, and it sounds like he is going to be a game-time decision for this evening’s tilt with the rival Nets. If he sits out, Kristaps Porzingis will be one of the best options of the night, as he has played very well this season in the games that Anthony has missed. In addition, Porzingis was on his way to an absolutely massive line yesterday before foul trouble limited him to 27 minutes. Despite that, he still put up 26 points and six rebounds with a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Porzingis is always a great tournament option because of his upside and is in play even if Carmelo is a go for this game. However, the appeal is much greater if Carmelo does not play.
There are plenty of power forward options this evening, and it makes me want to play about five of them in my lineups. Some of these options are great values, too. If the Warriors hold Draymond Green out of tonight’s game, expect some minutes to filter down to Marreese Speights, though he may not start. The Warriors never seem to want to play him more than 22-24 minutes, but Speights is a solid fantasy point per minute contributor. He makes for an intriguing upside play, especially if he draws a start. Otherwise, you could pivot to a similarly cheap Drew Gooden, who should be in line for major minutes once again with Marcin Gortat already ruled out of commission for tonight and Nene Hilario on a restricted minutes cap. The Wizards are simply short on bodies up front.
Top Play: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Finally! DeMarcus Cousins is finally starting to knock down some shots from the floor, averaging 32.4 actual points on 51% shooting over the first five games of the 2016 calendar year. He is also averaging 13 rebounds in those contests while getting to the line ten times a game. Sacramento draws a solid matchup against New Orleans tonight in what should be a game ripe with fantasy goodness. It has a projected total of 214 points with the Kings installed as eight point favorites. In fact, Sacramento’s projected team total is right there with the Warriors as the highest of the night.
Value Play: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
This could be a potential sneaky gem. The Jazz allowed Gobert to play in their recent back-to-back set without any set minutes restriction, and he should be good to go for his usual allotment of minutes going forward. His upside comes via his defensive prowess, and it is not out of line for him to block five or six shots in a game. His limited offensive punch, however, is what always makes him a better choice as a tournament option with upside as opposed to a safe cash game play. I like his chances to have some success against an under-sized Portland front line tonight, and Gobert’s price tag is far below what it has been in the past. This is a result of his injury absence and gradual comeback, and that is why he is listed as a “value” option.