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FanDuel NBA Plays: Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, and thank you for taking the time to read this article. A full 12-game slate is on tap with a ton of options, so let’s break down this FanDuel slate as best we can.

              

Point Guard

              

Kyle Lowry: $7,600 (vs. Chicago Bulls) - Lowry beat me to the punch. I was fully ready to include him for this article and then he goes off last night and drops a 43.8-point performance on Miami. I typically love to play good players after they have had poor games in the NBA, because we know they WILL turn it around quickly. I’m slightly hesitant after a big game, but I’m still going to place Lowry as my point guard of choice today based on price tag and matchup. Just know this Toronto team can be funny after we've seen alternating great games from Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. What makes Lowry so attractive at this position tonight is the fact that Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul are both on the second game of a back-to-back. Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry are all significantly more expensive than Lowry. He is in a game against a Chicago team that is much improved and should keep this game competitive, while the 111.5 team total for Toronto is one of the highest on the slate. All signs point to four full quarters of Lowry in a high-scoring contest against the defense of Zach LaVine and Jerian Grant.      

              

Others to Consider: Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving

              

Shooting Guard

              

Zach LaVine: $7,800 (vs. Toronto Raptors) - I feel like this Chicago/Toronto matchup is going to be a high-scoring, closely contested game that could easily come down to the wire. That’s going to lead to plenty of minutes and shot attempts for the star players in this game. The number one offensive weapon for Chicago is Zach LaVine. He’s just started to see his uptick in minutes over the last four games, after being on a restriction coming back from injury. In those four games he’s averaged around 32 minutes and a whopping 19.5 field-goal attempts per game. He’s sprinkled in an average of 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.7 assists per game since his comeback from injury, and of course those numbers have risen since the minutes have come up over the last two weeks. All this has led to a steady stream of guaranteed production for LaVine with a touch of upside that you love in tournaments. There is only one true elite player at this position tonight, and that’s James Harden. The reason Harden won’t make my teams tonight is because he’s on the second game of a back-to-back set, and Houston is also at home taking on a terrible Sacramento team, so that game has blowout written all over it. After we eliminate Harden, it’s a group of solid shooting guards, none of whom I think are any more appealing than LaVine.           

              

Others to Consider: Jrue Holiday, C.J. McCollum

 

Small Forward 

              

Otto Porter: $7,400 (vs. New York Knicks) - I went back and forth on my pick at small forward, waffling between several players. Ultimately though I’m going to take a stand on Otto Porter. Kevin Durant is the elite play at this position, and if you can muster up enough salary, I would highly recommend he finds his way on your team. Porter is $2,800 cheaper though and offers a nice touch of upside these days with John Wall being out. Since Wall has been out of the lineup, Porter has seen his usage rate jump to over 22%. He’s averaged 13.25 field-goal attempts per game and that has translated to slightly over 35 FanDuel points per game in the absence of the starting point guard for Washington. The Knicks are certainly not a defense to fear these days, and players love traveling to Madison Square Garden to show off their skills. 

              

Others to Consider: Michael Beasley, Brandon Ingram

 

Power Forward

              

Nikola Mirotic: $7,500 (vs. Los Angeles Lakers) - Mirotic has played five games with his new team since being traded from Chicago. Two of those games were busts, with one coming against a very tough Utah frontcourt. But the other three games have been off the charts and could be classified as tournament-winning performances on the night. Mirotic is averaging 14 field-goal attempts per game with his new team and has taken 23 three-point attempts over his last three contests. The Lakers are a great matchup, as taking a look at the RotoGrinders daily matchup chart, we see that they allow over 4.5% more production to power forwards than the league average. He has a mid-range price tag, which helps the type of build I want to make tonight on a 12-game slate. There so many solid options that I don’t think it is a necessity to pay up for the elite players, assuming more value doesn’t open up later on.             

              

Others to Consider: Blake Griffin, Ben Simmons

              

Center

              

Julius Randle: $7,000 (vs. New Orleans Pelicans) - Randle has always been a solid fantasy performer when he gets time on the court. It’s only been a matter of finding situations in which he plays big minutes that’s been difficult. It appears as though he has temporarily turned the corner this year for the Lakers and that the playing time is there now. In fact, Randle rustled away 37 minutes on the court from the other frontline players for the Lakers in the last game against Dallas. He’s had five straight games in which he’s taken at least 13 field-goal attempts and has always been a strong rebounder. On the season, New Orleans is allowing over 111 points per game, and since DeMarcus Cousins went down with an injury, the Pelicans are playing at the fastest pace in the league by a wide margin. I’m leaning towards Randle getting a lot more run at the center position in a fast-paced game over the slow plodding Brook Lopez tonight. That should open up a steady flow of minutes for Randle, and history has proven that minutes equal tons of production for him.      

              

Others to Consider: Dwight Howard, Myles Turner

 



David “headChopper” Kaplen is one of the godfathers of Daily Fantasy, having been near the top of the rankings since DFS emerged in 2010. Nearing double-digit live final qualifiers, David’s crowning achievement is winning the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Champion in Las Vegas. HeadChopper can be found on twitter @headChopper.



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