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 $95,000 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.
Michael Carter-Williams ($7500) Phi @ NYK
MCW has been making his case for “rookie of the year” honors, with his latest statement coming in a 31 point, 6 rebound, 5 assist, game against Washington. He has taken 20+ shots in the past two games, and the offense clearly revolves around him at this point. I don’t know what it is, but young point guards always seem to have a coming out party in Madison Square Garden (Curry, Irving, Walker all last year). The combination of MCW’s increased shot attempts and the bright lights of New York City seems like the perfect storm for a huge game.
D.J. Augustin ($5,600) Chi @ Cle
Kirk Hinrich aggravated a hamstring injury on Monday, meaning that Augustin will take over the primary point guard duties for Chicago. DJ was already scorching hot, going for 35+ fantasy points in three of his last four games, despite the time-share. Hinrich’s injury solidifies his playing time, and he has a very friendly draw against Cleveland.
Ramon Sessions ($4,200) Cha vs LAC
Another backup thrust into the starting rotation, Sessions is taking on the primary PG role following Kemba Walker’s injury. He posted a serviceable 27 fantasy points in his first start of the season (Mon vs TOR), and this matchup against the “Chris Paul-less” Clippers appears more favorable.
Lance Stephenson ($7,300) Ind @ Phx
Stephenson has been going wild over the past week, averaging 41 fantasy points in his past three games. I expect this West Coast road trip to be very good for Stephenson’s fantasy value, as you may have noticed on Wednesday against Golden State. A lot of these Pacific Division teams play at a fast pace without much regard for the defensive end. Phoenix is no exception to that generalization, so expect Stephenson to feast on this matchup.
Jimmy Butler ($6,100) Chi @ Cle
Butler has been eating up a large chunk of the shot attempts left behind by former Bull Luol Deng. This is a nice upgrade to his fantasy prospectus, because Butler already has a well-rounded fantasy game that consists of a multitude of steals, blocks, and rebounds on a nightly basis. The Cavaliers rank in the bottom ten at efficiency allowed to opposing shooting guards, so Jimmy Buckets’ new offensive role should translate to production in this one.
Rodney Stuckey ($4,100) Det @ Mil
It’s amazing how fast some things change in the NBA. Last week, Stuckey was a fantasy afterthought as he wasn’t getting serious playing time, and he actually posted a fantasy score of -1 points vs Philadelphia. Now, Stuckey has averaged 31 fantasy points in his past three, picking up the slack for a struggling Brandon Jennings. Whatever argument Stuckey had with his coach Maurice Cheeks, it seems like a non-issue anymore. I would consider him a nice value play given his compliment of 25-30 minutes per game.
Paul George ($9,100) Ind @ Phx
Everything I said about Lance Stephenson also holds true for Paul George. Phoenix plays at a fast pace, so expect George to have more opportunities for steals, rebounds, assists, and transition buckets in this game. He’s always a solid play regardless of the opponent, but this matchup seems to fit his style better than others.
Luol Deng ($7,200) Cle vs Chi
If you believe in the “revenge angle” of a player taking on their former team, then Luol Deng is your guy on Wednesday. His former Bulls team will come to town, and although they present a pretty difficult matchup, Deng has been sizzling with 33 fppg in his last four. The move to Cleveland includes more offensive responsibilities, so Luol will have plenty of chances to make Chicago’s management regret their trade.
Shawn Marion ($5,000) Dal @ Tor
Marion is one of those role players who does just enough every night to give you reasonable fantasy production. The SF position is usually pretty difficult to find reliable options for your team, and Marion’s suppressed price provides a nice solution, considering he plays 30 minutes and usually tallies 25 fppg.
Carmelo Anthony ($9,800) NYK vs Phi
Melo was kind of a letdown the last time he had this juicy matchup against the Sixers, but let him make it up to you on Wednesday. As most fantasy players are aware of by now, Philadelphia has the worst defense in the entire NBA. Pit them against a pure scorer like Carmelo Anthony, who is clearly fired up by his team’s sad performance last game, and you have the makings of some fantasy gold.
Paul Millsap ($8,200) Atl @ Orl
Millsap is the heart and soul of this Atlanta team who is without their All-Star, Al Horford. Orlando has been awful at defending frontcourt players since their big man, Nikola Vucevic, has been ruled out with an injury, meaning there’s a huge opportunity for Milly to post another 20 point 10 rebound line in this game.
David West ($5,900) Ind @ Phx
As you can tell, I am a fan of the Pacers going against Phoenix’s generous defense on Wednesday. West was ejected from a game last week, leaving him with a fantasy dud as a result. Other than that, he has been extremely consistent, and I wouldn’t expect that trend to change in this matchup.
Al Jefferson ($9,000) Cha vs LAC
There’s a huge logjam at the top of the Center standings, with Cousins, Noah, Howard, and Jefferson around the same price tag. All of them have been on a heater recently, but I’m leaning towards Jefferson’s way, given he has the easiest matchup of the four. A 52 fppg in the past five and a draw against the Clippers 25th ranked defense against Centers bodes very well for Big Al.
Andre Drummond ($7,500) Det @ Mil
Speaking of favorable matchups, no big man has a better one than Andre Drummond on Wednesday. He will take on the discombobulated, hapless Bucks frontcourt who allowed him to go for 24 points and 19 rebounds the last time they played. I think it’s safe to say that Andre’s five game double-double streak will still be intact after this game…and then some.
Tyson Chandler ($5,000) NYK vs Phi
After returning from an illness, it appears that Chandler is back to his usual workload of 30-35 minutes. His price doesn’t reflect this yet, which makes him a very intriguing play against a Philadelphia team that ranks in the bottom five at defending big men and rebounding rate. The Sixers love to cast quick jump shots all day long, so Tyson could reach value on rebounds alone.