We have an enormous thirteen game daily fantasy basketball slate tonight before the NBA gets a night off on Thanksgiving. There’s going to be several players to choose from so it should be interesting to see the ownership percentages. I’ll try to point you in the right direction.
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Here are my Wednesday daily fantasy basketball plays of the day.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays of the Day
Kyrie Irving: $7600 DK, $7600 FD
I think a high percentage of ownership will go to the top salary options, but I prefer dropping down to the mid-tier range for someone like Irving. This game currently has the highest total on the slate and Portland will be traveling from New York on the second night of a back-to-back. Irving has averaged 42 DK points over his last three games and has historically performed well against the Blazers. In their last meeting in Cleveland Irving dropped 75 DK points although that was two years ago. I think you’ll get him at a low ownership percentage in GPPs, but I don’t mind him in cash either.
Darren Collison: $5400 DK, $6100 FD
Collison hasn’t had a breakout performance yet, but there’s a good chance he touches his ceiling in this game. The Thunder have given up the second most points to point guards this year and will be on the second night of a back-to-back. Collison is now consistently seeing minutes in the low thirties and has averaged 30 DK points over the last two years when facing the Thunder. I still don’t think his salary is high enough and rostering Collison will allow you to spend up at other positions.
I also like Jrue Holiday ($6700 DK, $7900 FD) specifically on DK where he is much cheaper. He’s averaged 39 DK points since his return and his salary hasn’t caught up yet. Russell Westbrook ($12300 DK, $11600 FD) is always a option, especially against the second least inefficient team in the league on defense and finally Kyle Lowry($8300 DK, $8600 FD) has been on a nice stretch notching at least 43 DK points in five straight games. He now gets to face a Houston team that isn’t interested in playing much defense.
Victor Oladipo: $6600 DK, $5900 FD
We all know Oladipo is capable of putting up numbers much greater than his salary would dictate. At times last year he was an $8k player. He’s come on as of late putting up three straight games of at least 32 DK points. He’s accomplishing this by getting more involved in the offense setting or tying his season high in assists in each of those past three games. This should be a fast paced game and even though the Thunder will be playing their second night in a row Oladipo’s salary isn’t high enough for the production he’s shown recently.
Evan Fournier: $5500 DK, $5300 FD
Fournier isn’t the most exciting player to roster, but he is one of the safest options when he’s on the slate. He consistently gets minutes in the mid-thirties and is an integral part of the Magic offense. He hasn’t shown incredible upside, but on a slate where I’m trying to find some value so that I can roster expensive players in cash games I think Fournier is a great option. Phoenix is the fastest paced team in the NBA and also one of the worst teams in terms of defensive efficiency, which should help secure his floor.
There aren’t a ton of players at shooting guard that I’m crazy about on this slate, which seems strange for such a large amount of games. The one guy I’m keeping an eye on is Will Barton ($4800 DK, $5100 FD), who just recently came back from injury. He only saw 19 minutes in his first game, but last year he was around a $6k type player so I think there’s some potential there once I feel good about how many minutes he’ll see on a nightly basis.
LeBron James: $9500 DK, $9800 FD
LeBron only played 28 minutes in the blowout against Detroit so hopefully his ownership percentage will be slightly suppressed. I like James for similar reasons as Irving. I believe this is a tough spot for Portland and could be somewhat of a let down game for them. As long as LeBron gets the minutes he’s one of the safest plays in DFS. Excluding the Detroit blowout LeBron hasn’t had a game this year where he’s scored less than 40 DK points. At the same time he’s also capable of putting up a 60 DK point night.1
Andrew Wiggins: $6800 DK, $6700 FD
After an incredibly hot start to the season Wiggins has struggled over his last two games putting up less than 20 DK points in both. This is the perfect time to get back on him as he faces the Pelicans, who are in the bottom five in points allowed to small forwards. His ownership should be heavily suppressed due to his recent performance and the number of games on the slate. He’s still seeing a ton of minutes and I believe his shooting percentage will recover. Also in one of those poor performances Minnesota was blown out. The spread currently is close and New Orleans will be on the second leg of a back-to-back.
I’m interested in Glenn Robinson ($4700 DK, $3700 FD) as a punt play on FD if Paul George were to sit again. I can also see myself using Kawhi Leonard ($8200 DK, $8500 FD), who is the main focus of the Spurs offense, however I’m slightly concerned about the pace of this game.
Anthony Davis: $10700 DK, $11600 FD
Davis has looked unstoppable at times this year and has shown his ceiling is as high as anyone’s. He hasn’t scored less than 51 DK points in his last seven games and has put up around 70 DK points in his last two games. He’ll be in what is projected to be a high scoring close game and even with Holiday back Davis should still be able to put up gaudy numbers. I prefer Davis to the other top tier guys on DK like James Harden and Westbrook due to the lower salary in GPPs, but on FD it’ll be a tougher decision.
LaMarcus Aldridge: $6400 DK, $6900 FD
Aldridge has had some of his biggest games of the season recently yet his salary has actually decreased. It won’t be long before that turns around if he keeps this up. I recommend riding the hot streak as of now especially on DK where the salary is slightly lower. I’d probably only consider him a GPP play as of now because he’s shown he’s capable of putting up some stinkers, especially when there’s so many options on thirteen game slate. I also wouldn’t recommend playing both Aldridge and Leonard as they tend to eat into the others production.
I can see myself playing Gorgui Dieng ($6100 DK, $5700 FD) in GPPs. He’s been inconsistent lately, but has a great matchup against the Pelicans. I’ll also be looking at Serge Ibaka ($5900 DK, $6000 FD), who has an excellent matchup against the Suns at home and has strung together a few good games in a row.
Hassan Whiteside: $9000 DK, $9200 FD
It’s difficult not to consider Whiteside a lock in cash games after his recent string of performances. He’s put up at least 50 DK points in all of his last five games. He’s leading the league in rebounds and has only had one game this year where he didn’t notch a double-double2. He’ll be a popular play and there’s always merit to fading players who are highly owned, but chances are he’ll be the first person I start with in my cash lineups.
Brook Lopez: $6700 DK, $7300 FD
If I want to grab a mid-tier center my favorite option is Lopez. He’s scored at least 31 DK points in all of his last six games and now gets to face Boston, who have struggled all year defending big men. The other night they gave up season high performances to both Karl-Anthony Towns and Dieng.3 It’s always a little nerve-racking rostering someone on the Nets because they can be blown out by literally any team, but Lopez has shown he can put up numbers even in those matchups. In the last two games the Nets have lost by at least 19 points and Lopez has still put up over 5x value in both.
There’s a great number of players I like at center. Marc Gasol ($7000 DK, $6800 FD) is coming off a great game against the Hornets and now gets to face one of the worst defenses in the Sixers. Al Horford ($7100 DK, $7200 FD) has averaged 48 DK points in the two games he’s played since his return from injury. Also Alex Len ($5100 DK, 5200 FD) is a nice cheap option if Tyson Chandler sits again.
Good luck in tonight’s daily fantasy basketball slate!