After that tiny Tuesday card, we’re back to normal today. We have nine games that make up the Wednesday list and there are loads of great options to choose from. We have a lot of superstars coming up and it was difficult to narrow them down. So let’s start with a look at the schedule and the odds!
- Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) OUT
- Bradley Beal (hamstring) Doubtful
- Kyle Lowry (knee) Doubtful
- Brandon Ingram (toe) OUT
- Zion Williamson (hamstring) OUT
- Gordon Hayward (hamstring) Doubtful
- Kelly Oubre Jr. (hand) OUT
- Kevin Porter Jr. (Foot) Doubtful
- Tyrese Haliburton (knee) OUT
- Paul George (hamstring) Questionable
- John Wall (ABS) OUT
- Lauri Markkanen (hip) Doubtful
- Kelly Olynyk (ankle) OUT
- Karl-Anthony Towns (Cafe) OFF
- Rudy Gobert (Bar) Doubtful
- Jamal Murray (B2B) Doubtful
- Anthony Davis (foot) OUT
- Lonnie Walker IV (ankle) OUT
- Austin Reaves (hamstring) OUT
LeBron James (SF/PF – LAL): $11,500 DraftKings, $11,400 FanDuel
It’s crazy how good LeBron was. The veteran is in his 20th year and is playing better than ever. The king has scored at least 58 DraftKings points in six of his last seven games and has averaged 62 points over that span. He is simply asked to do everything in Los Angeles without Anthony Davis being sidelined. We’re not worried that he’ll be up against a Sacramento team that ranks 25th in both points allowed and defensive efficiency.
Julius Randle (PF/C – NYK): $10,100 DraftKings, $9,900 FanDuel
I wasn’t sure if Randle could lead a team, but he proves me wrong. The big man has scored at least 52 DraftKings points in 12 of his last 14 games and has scored at least 41 Fantasy points in all of them. He’s also flirting with a 60-point average over that span, playing over 40 minutes and taking over 20 shots per game. That was to continue against the Wizards, with Randle averaging 20.5 points and 16.5 rebounds in his last two matchups with Wash.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG/SG – OKC): $10,000 DraftKings, $10,100 FanDuel
SGA is on the way to its first All-Star game and is establishing itself as one of the best fantasy players. He does everything for this weak OKC squad and has scored at least 37 DK points in 36 of 40 games this year. That puts his season average north of 50 fantasy points per game, and it’s one of those rare times when we expect the Thunder to potentially win. We say that because Indiana ranks 21st in points allowed and 24th in defensive efficiency.
Cash game considerations
Nikola Jokic (C – DEN): $11,400 DraftKings, $11,500 FanDuel
The Joker is the favorite for MVP. That’s amazing given he’s the two-time reigning MVP, but it’s easy to see why given his form. The big man has at least 51 DraftKings points in 22 of his last 24 games, averaging well over 60 fantasy points per game over that span. That’s terrifying for Wolves, who are fourth in pace and 20th in allowed points.
Luka Doncic (PG – DAL): $12,400 DraftKings, $12,400 FanDuel
Jokic and Doncic are the safest plays on any board and both will be impossible to fade. Luka leads the NBA with 63 DraftKings points per game thanks to his league-leading 38% utilization rate. He’s also scored at least 43 fantasy points in all but two games this year, recording an 80-point lead eight times that year! We’re also not worried about him facing a Hawks defense at No. 21.
LaMelo Ball (PG – CHA): $9,600 DraftKings, $9,600 FanDuel
The Rockets have been the best matchup for point guards in the last two years. They’re giving away the most fantasy points to opposing point guards this year, and they’re up against one of the most dangerous in the NBA. Ball has scored at least 41 fantasy points in 18 of his last 19 games and has averaged 49 points over that span. That’s ironic given that he’s averaging 49 DK points per game in his three career meetings with Houston!
Myles Turner (PF/C – IND): $7,100 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel
Turner has missed a few games lately with a back problem, but 30 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on Monday shows he’s perfectly healthy. Upside plays like this were common year-round for the big man, scoring at least 33 DK points in seven straight games. It also has an average of 45 points in this range and has reached an uptrend of 63 points earlier in the year. Myles could be in line for one of those here, with Oklahoma City allowing fourth-highest fantasy points for opposing centers.
Naz Reid (C – MIN): $4,800 DraftKings, $5,200 FanDuel
Along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, Reid is one of the best GPP players on the board. He’s been getting big minutes when these two guys were out and has 52 DK points in two of the three starts he’s made this year. That’s the production you see from a $10,000 player, and we’re paying half of that here. Far from being a daunting matchup, Denver ranks 22nd in the defensive efficiency rating.
Terance Mann (PG/SG/SF – LAC): $5,700 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel
It was bizarre to see Reggie Jackson relegated from the rotation to start Mann, but it looks like the right move. The stat-filling Warden now regularly plays 30-35 minutes, averaging over 30 DK points per game in this expanded role. He also had 47 DraftKings points over 41 minutes in his last game and now has a 36 point average in the seven games he has played at least 33 minutes this year. The Utah encounter is the best part of it, with the Jazz ranking 26th in defensive efficiency.
Alperen Sengun (C – HOU): $7,700 DraftKings, $7,500 FanDuel
Sengun was special on Monday. The big man amassed 70 DraftKings points on a career night, giving him a 44-point average in his last six games. That directly correlates to Kevin Porter’s injury, and it looks like Houston will make him the center of offense while KPJ is sidelined. The Charlotte clash is the icing on the cake, with the Hornets allowing the most fantasy points to opposing centers this year.
Andrew Nembhard (PG/SG – IND): $5,200 DraftKings, $5,600 FanDuel
Nembhard is unable to fire a shot at the moment, but it’s difficult to fade him with the robust role he’s developed in Tyrese Haliburton’s absence. In his last 24 games, Andrew has averaged 32 minutes a night. That’s looking even better as he’s been attempting 12 shots per game since Hali went down and he’s even flashed up 65 points earlier in the year. Facing the Thunder is also great, awarding 6th highest fantasy points to enemy guards.
Mitchell Robinson (C-NYK): $5,500 DraftKings, $6,300 FanDuel
Robinson has been a regular in this area throughout the year and will remain there until he reaches $7,000 on both sides. The only thing holding this guy back was his role, but Mitch-Rob regularly plays 35 minutes a game. He’s also been averaging over 30 fantasy points per game over the past month and has proven to be one of the top per-minute producers when given the opportunity. We’re not worried about him facing an 18th Washington defense.
- Myles Turner (PF/C – IND): $7,100 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel
- Deni Avdija (SF/PF – WAS): $4,100 DraftKings, $5,100 FanDuel
- Onyeka Okongwu (C – ATL): $5,400 DraftKings, $6,500 FanDuel
- Jarrett Allen (C – CLE): $6,700 DraftKings, $7,800 FanDuel
- Steven Adams (C – MEM): $6,000 DraftKings, $7,000 FanDuel
- TJ McConnell (PG – IND): $5,500 DraftKings, $7,600 FanDuel
- Jalen Williams (SG/SF – OKC): $5,000 DraftKings, $6,000 FanDuel
- Lauri Markkanen (PF – UTA): $9,400 DraftKings, $8,200 FanDuel
- Walker Kessler (C-UTA): $5,400 DraftKings, $7,900 FanDuel
- Jaden McDaniels (SF/PF – MIN): $4,700 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG/SF – DEN): $4,400 DraftKings, $5,400 FanDuel
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