Wednesday is a reminder that it’s not always all about matchups. It’s easy to hunt the favorable green matchups on DraftKings, but everyone else is doing that too. Sometimes the bargain plays take a bit more digging, from guys playing out of position against a sneaky good matchup or a pair of Grizzlies whose salary is lower than it should be.
SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.7K vs Toronto
Perhaps you’ve heard of him? The Cavs have heard for weeks how the Toronto Raptors are the new class of the Eastern Conference, and now they’re playing with extra motivation as the team is playing for coach Tyronn Lue, sidelined with illness. Sometimes LeBron needs a little extra motivation, and that should be all the motivation you need to play him. That and the fact that James has gone over 70 fantasy points in four straight games with at least 12 rebounds in all four and double-digit assists in three of them while averaging 34 points. James is upping his game even further with half his team sidelined, and we’re building our lineup around him. All the better that Toronto should be tired after a comeback win last night in Orlando.
PG/SG Jamal Murray DEN $7.1K vs Chicago
This is not the first time we’ve played a point guard against the Bulls, and it won’t be the last. The Bulls always bleed points to guards, and they’re missing Kris Dunn, their only defensive hope. Murray has really turned a corner of late, with 35+ fantasy points in four of his last six, and he’s stepped up his scoring with Gary Harris sidelined. You’ll want at least one Nugget in this high-scoring must-win matchup, and he looks like the best bet.
PF/C Bobby Portis CHI $6.7K vs Denver
Most of the Bulls regulars are questionable or out Wednesday night in a game that should see plenty of points, and that means Portis is a top play once again. He’s scored at least 33 fantasy points in five straight games even without a heavy minutes load, averaging 17 points and almost ten boards a game. He should have a good shot at a double-double playing center minutes against a team that simply can’t stop productive big men.
PG/SG Andrew Harrison MEM $5.1K vs Philadelphia
Harrison is probable to play and has become a good value. He’s just back from three weeks away injured and hasn’t seen his DraftKings price recover yet, and he’s become a safe high floor play with 30+ fantasy points in six of his last seven healthy outings. Harrison is averaging seven dimes in his last four games, and he’ll get a boost if Tyreke Evans ends up a late scratch again like he did Monday.
PF/C Kevin Love CLE $6.4K vs Toronto
Sometimes the obvious play is the right one. Love played for the first time in seven weeks on Monday and looked great with 18 points, seven boards, four assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes. That makes three straight games at 37+ fantasy points, but Love’s DK price hasn’t bounced back yet to its usual $7.5-$8K range. But it gets better. With Larry Nance out and Tristan Thompson questionable, Love should soak up a ton of center minutes against one of the league’s worst teams against centers. He’s always been a problem for Toronto and is a must play.
PF/C Jarell Martin MEM $4.8K vs Philadelphia
Martin had been killing it before a huge dud Monday in which he was limited to 12 minutes and a terrible 7.5 fantasy points playing through a foot injury. Martin had averaged 30 fantasy points a game in his three outings before that one, and Monday’s dud makes him a bargain buy. Make sure he’s cleared on the injury report and get him in your lineup.
PG/SG Delon Wright TOR $4.7K vs Cleveland
Fred VanVleet is out, and DeMar DeRozan should be back but may be limited. That means a continued bigger role for Delon Wright, and he’s come through with the minutes increase lately, averaging 32 fantasy points over the last three games in 33 minutes. He’s a good threat for a 10/5/5 floor with a couple steals and a ceiling for much more against the Cavs’ ever porous defense.
C Willy Hernangomez CHA $3.4K vs Brooklyn
Hernangomez looks like a great bargain play as long as Cody Zeller remains out, so be sure to check the injury report. Brooklyn is last in the league against opposing centers, and Hernangomez has done well with the added minutes lately. He’s scored 48 fantasy points in 33 combined minutes the last two games and should be good for another 20+ fantasy points with a sneaky high ceiling.