A large Wednesday night slate is on tap for us once again in the NBA, and some large tournaments are available for us daily fantasy players. There are some games with high projected totals on the NBA odds board and some interesting value options, which should make for a high-scoring daily fantasy night. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some high-upside tournament targets that may help you out on FanDuel this evening.
Top Play: Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings
Though he can never be trusted as a top cash game play, Rajon Rondo makes perfect sense as a high-upside tournament option, especially when he is presented with a favorable matchup. Tonight marks exactly that circumstance, as the Kings face off against the Lakers in a game that has a projected total of 215 points, the highest figure of the night. Rondo’s lack of scoring punch often makes his production volatile, but he is a guy that is capable of a triple-double with a full stat line. The Lakers have been dreadful against opposing point guards for much of the season, and this would be a game where Rondo should excel.
Value Play: Donald Sloan, Brooklyn Nets
Sloan has flown past Shane Larkin as the preferred point guard in Brooklyn, and he has now put up three consecutive above average performances. His price remains very fair across the DFS landscape, and he is a great value play until his price catches up with that recent performance. As long as Brooklyn can keep this game somewhat close, Sloan should be a nice value on this Wednesday night. If you are nervous about the potential blowout here, there is a similarly-priced pivot in Tyler Johnson available as well.
Top Play: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
It has been a lot of fun to watch Butler develop over the last few years. The Bulls are finally using him to orchestrate the offense as Derrick Rose’s production has fallen off. It is still hard for many daily players to consider Butler at such an elevated price tag, but he has earned it. This is a big game against the mighty Warriors, and I think the Bulls show up for their home crowd in this one and at least make a tussle out of it. If that’s the case, expect Butler to have a big night.
Value Play: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics
For some reason, his price doesn’t seem to budge on almost any site. Avery Bradley continues to play big minutes for the Celtics, and he is one of the safer value options on the board. This should be a close game against the Raptors, and Bradley’s defense will be counted on against DeMar DeRozan. Assuming the game stays close, Bradley should play 35+ minutes and put up his usual steady production. He isn’t a major factor on offense for Boston, but he is capable of having solid offensive games. The guaranteed playing time is enough to make up for any shortcomings.
Top Play: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
When the Thunder are in action, both of their star players are always high-upside daily fantasy options. Kevin Durant remains reasonably priced for a “stud” player on most sites, and some people might be wary of his matchup against Nicolas Batum this evening. However, Durant has fared well against Batum in the past. In 21 career matchups with Batum, Durant is averaging 29 points and eight rebounds per game. He is as matchup-proof as they come, and the bigger worry is a potential blowout here. As long as the game is competitive, feel free to fire up Mr. Durant.
Value Play: Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers
Covington is like a giant wave. He comes and goes and comes and goes. I haven’t seen too many daily fantasy players that are as streaky as him. The good news is that right now he is on the upswing. The bad news is that both Jerami Grant and Nik Stauskas are going to play tonight, so Covington’s playing time is somewhat of a moving target. I’ll give him a look in tournaments because of the upside and the cheap price tag, but there is a little bit of trepidation with this one. It feels like somewhat of a trap, though I don’t mind the matchup against an Orlando team that will be without one of its better defenders in Victor Oladipo.
Top Play: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Millsap has been a consistent fantasy force all season, averaging 18 points and nine boards a game for the Hawks. Somehow, the Hawks have the worst rebounding differential in the NBA this year. That has allowed some opposing big men to have big games against them, but it hasn’t affected Millsap’s production. He should thrive against an ever-changing Portland front line, and a double-double could be in the works this evening. In any case, he is almost guaranteed to not kill your roster, and that has plenty of value on its own.
Value Play: Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls
Joakim Noah is out for the year, and that will open the door for Gibson to continue to start and play heavy minutes for the Bulls. Fred Hoiberg is not yet ready to trust Bobby Portis for big minutes, as Portis has played just nine total minutes in the last two games. That means Gibson is clear to play 35-38 minutes on a nightly basis, and his production is steady if unspectacular. Feel free to ride the wave with his value price tag this evening, especially on FanDuel.
Top Play: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
On a gross fantasy point basis, DeMarcus Cousins has the highest upside of any player on the board tonight. He has been playing very well in the month of January, averaging 31 points and 13 rebounds per game in eight contests this month while shooting 49% from the floor. The discussion all year has been that the upside would return once Cousins started making some shots, and he is finally doing that. Oh, and the Kings play the Lakers tonight. That helps. Just stay out of foul trouble, Boogie!
Mid-Range Play: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
I am not going to list a mega value at center, because I believe this is a position where you have to spend up on this Wednesday. There are five or six elite options at the position, and the opportunity cost is too great if you decide to go value. There are value picks at all the other positions. If you can’t quite afford the top dollar, Nikola Vucevic is a nice pivot. He has 40+ fantasy point upside and a great matchup against a Philadelphia frontcourt that has struggled against opposing big men all season.