Welcome to Wednesday Night in the NBA! We have a full slate of NBA games tonight and a whole bunch of cash to give away, including the $85,000 NBA Super Slam. Below I’ve given you some of my favorite plays at varying price ranges. And as a side note, remember that the NBA is volatile as far as injuries and stomach flus and what not, so always be sure to keep up with the latest news so you don’t get stuck with a dud. I prefer to use Twitter for my up to the second information. Here’s a very short list of fantasy basketball people I follow who update that kind of information.
Isaiah Thomas ($8,300) Sac @ Min
Thomas’ fantastic play has caused his price to rise into “top-tier PG territory”, but it would be a mistake to completely shy away from him for that fact alone. IT2 has surpassed his fantasy average in eight of the past ten games, and his stock continues to climb higher than ever. A matchup against the fast-paced Timberwolves is prime for Isaiah to do some damage and make a push for the top scoring fantasy PG of the night.
Kemba Walker ($7,600) Cha @ Phi
Speaking of top PG of the night, Walker could very well be in that conversation after taking on a generous Philadelphia defense that ranks dead last at defending opposing guards. Kemba has surpassed 40+ fantasy points twice in the past week, and this matchup sets up even better for him to reach that benchmark. As he has shown us throughout the past two years, Kemba only needs a sliver of daylight to knock down an open jumper, and he should see plenty of wide-open shots against Philly’s helter-skelter defense.
Tony Parker ($6,700) SA vs Uta
It seems that lately Tony Parker’s fantasy game comes and goes in waves. Well, Fanduelers can catch him on the upswing right now, as his more aggressive play has translated into a 35 fantasy point average in the past three games. Granted, those matchups were very friendly, but so is the draw against Utah on Wednesday, who ranks in the bottom ten at defending point guards. As long as this game stays somewhat close, Parker should keep his hotstreak alive.
James Harden ($9,500) Hou @ NO
Harden has been good, but not great in his past few games. However, a matchup against a Pelicans team that ranks 24th in efficiency allowed to SG’s may be what Harden needs for a breakout game. When Harden gets going, there are very few players in the league who can match his upside, which comes at a premium with this high price tag.
Gerald Henderson ($6,400) Cha @ Phi
Henderson is a relatively consistent option who is coming off a season-high 30 points against Chicago on Saturday. If he were to ever replicate that type of performance, it would be against the porous defense of Philadelphia. Part of Henderson’s game includes grabbing long rebounds and finishing in transition, both of which should be highlighted in full force on Wednesday.
Brian Roberts ($4,600) NO vs Hou
Roberts has been a serviceable fill-in for New Orleans, chipping in a 26 fantasy point average in two starts. That type of production isn’t bad for a cheap price tag, and I believe we can expect more of the same from Roberts in an up-tempo battle against Houston.
Andre Iguodala ($5,600) GS vs Den
Iguodala is kind of a risky play due to his occasional indifference on offense. However, when Iggy gets it going, he really kicks it into overdrive. He is coming off one of his best games of the season (22 pts, 7 ast, 5 reb vs BOS), and one would think that he would be motivated playing against his former Denver Nuggets.
Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,500) NO vs Hou
Aminu isn’t anything special, but he gets the job done from a fantasy perspective. Cheap, legitimate small forwards are hard pressed to find, and Aminu’s ability to rebound his way to a near double-double makes him one of the most reliable players in this price range.
Richard Jefferson ($3,900) Uta vs SA
Speaking of “non-flashy” type of players, Richard Jefferson has been getting the job done in Utah. He’s starting, seeing 30+ minutes a game, and averaging a solid 24 fantasy points in the past four games. That’s about all you can ask from a near-minimum salary player.
LaMarcus Aldridge ($10,100) Por vs Cle
There are a lot of top-tier players to choose from at Power Forward, but I’m leaning towards Aldridge on Wednesday night. His opponent, Cleveland, ranks 27th at defending PF’s, and LaMarcus has such nice consistency on a night-to-night basis, even in runaway victories. I’m not sure how the Cavaliers can slow him down, so expect Aldridge to at least be around his fantasy average of 43 in this one.
Zach Randolph ($8,300) Mem @ Mil
Randolph has been thriving recently, hitting double-doubles and 35+ fantasy points in 8 of his last 10 games. Milwaukee has been very generous to frontcourt players, and quite frankly, they don’t have anyone to match Z-Bo’s aggressive backdown style of play.
Kris Humphries ($4,900) Bos vs Tor
If you are late to the “Kris Humphries train”, no worries; there’s still room. Humphries has been one of the best value plays over the past couple of weeks. He’s now in the Celtics starting rotation, where he usually sees 30+ minutes of action. Assuming that holds true, Humphries should still be a fantastic source of value to exceed 25-30+ fantasy points on Wednesday.
Dwight Howard ($9,000) Hou @ NO
Howard has been scoring more as of late (20+ points in three of past four games) to go along with his already high rebounding numbers. New Orleans has had trouble defending big men, ranking 26th in that department over the past five games. That bodes well for Howard, who had 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Pelicans just over two weeks ago.
Al Jefferson ($7,900) Cha @ Phi
Jefferson rounds out the trifecta of Bobcat players you should be considering against Philadelphia. Big Al is the type of player that usually cashes in on good matchups, and they don’t get much better than this. Jefferson went for 14 points 12 rebounds against Philly early in the season despite shooting 6-21 from the field. If Jefferson can be more efficient (which has been the trend so far this month), he could be in for a monster game.
Spencer Hawes ($6,900) Phi vs Cha
On the other side of the equation is Hawes who himself should benefit from the lackluster defense of Al Jefferson. I’m having trouble envisioning Jefferson covering Philly’s big man on the perimeter, which should free up a lot of three-point opportunities for Hawes, who has been rebounding more effectively as of late also.