FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (2/14)
There are 12 games on the FanDuel main slate tonight. This is the last full slate before the All-Star break so be careful because we could see a bunch of late news. Also, be careful because you might be taking that someone special out to dinner right around lock time. Don’t forget that it is Valentine’s Day today.
12 players are priced at $9,000 or more with Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook priced at $11,800. James Harden is priced at $11,500. The Lakers-Pelicans game has a 228 projected total and the Golden State-Portland game has a 225 projected total.
There are two games with projected totals of 221. The Minnesota-Cleveland game and the Indiana-New Orleans game are both expected to be competitive games. All six of the games have projected totals above 200 points. If you are looking to play some of the studs, then you’ll need to find some value elsewhere to get salary relief.
Here are 9.5 plays (see Washington PG situation) that are worth considering as you set your lineup for tonight’s slate of games. Remember to check the news and injury reports, especially in the 30 minutes prior to lock. Use all the information available to you to make the best decision possible for your lineup. Good luck and have fun!
Tomas Satoransky (WAS): $5,600 at NYK
John Wall is out and backup Tim Frazier is a game-time decision. The problem is that Satoransky is questionable for tonight with a concussion. If we get word that he will play, then he becomes a very good option. He has had 41.6 and 30.8 FD points in his last two games, in which he has averaged 35 MPG.
Austin Rivers (LAC): $5,200 vs. BOS
Rivers has averaged 33 MPG and 27 FD points per game in his last three games since returning from injury. Rivers is typically a pretty safe play. He showed some upside back in December before he got hurt when he earned 46.6 and 50.9 FD points in back-to-back games. Boston is good defensively but with the way Rivers has been playing and there isn’t a lot of value right now at the Point Guard position, he might be a good play – especially in cash games.
Tim Frazier (WAS): $3,500 at NYK
He is a game-time decision because of the broken nose he suffered on Saturday. In the last seven games, he has only played 20+ minutes twice. He went for 25.9 and 38.6 FD points in those two games. John Wall is already out. So if Frazier ends up playing and Thomas Satoransky sits, then fire Frazier up if you want to go cheap at this position. If both Frazier and Satoransky sit then look strongly at Jodie Meeks, who is listed as a Shooting Guard on FanDuel.
J.J. Redick (PHI): $5,000 vs. MIA
Redick has been very solid lately averaging 26 FD points and 29 MPG in the last four games. The Heat are on a back-to-back and are ranked 19th in DVOA. He is a good play for cash games.
Jodie Meeks (WAS): $3,500 vs. NYK
Meeks should only be considered if both Tim Frazier and Thomas Satoransky sits out. Someone will have to bring the ball up for the Wizards since John Wall is also out. Meeks played 18 minutes on Saturday once Frazier went out with his broken nose.
Joe Harris (BKN): $4,500 at IND
Harris has averaged 26.2 FD points (28.2 MPG) in his last six games. He is a good cash game play even though he has been coming off the bench. As long as RHJ and Lavert are sitting for the Nets, Harris is needed to provide a spark on the offensive end.
C.J. Miles (TOR): $3,800 at CHI
23.2 FD points in the last four games. His role is to shoot the ball when he comes into the game. I expect the bench to get a lot of run tonight at Chicago. The Raptors like to play a lot of guys and if this becomes a blowout, then look for Miles to get even more opportunity. He had 35.7 FD points on Sunday.
Ersan Ilyasova (ATL): $4,600 at DET
He had 27.1 FD points back in mid-December against the Pistons and then had 31.0 this past Saturday against the Pistons. He had 32.4 FD points last night against Milwaukee. Ilyasova has averaged 27 MPG in the last three games.
Dragan Bender (PHO): $4,000 at UTA
In DFS, minutes usually equal money but Bender has not been fulfilling this principle. His minutes are solid but he just isn’t earning fantasy points. Usually, playing guys against Utah is a risky proposition but on February 2nd, he earned 35.3 FD points. In the last 10 games, Bender has only gone for more than 20+ FD points on three occasions. One of those was a 45.6 point performance on Saturday. He is not a safe play at all but is getting 30+ minutes each night and has shown upside.
Dewayne Dedmon (ATL): $5,700 at DET
Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, or Clint Capela are all in really good spots tonight and they are the recommended plays at Center tonight. I don’t like to mess around with this position on FanDuel. However, if you insist on paying down tonight, Dewayne Dedmon is not a terrible option if you feel that he is going to keep his momentum going. Last night he had 30.0 against the Bucks and on Saturday, he had 47.1 against these same Detroit Pistons.
Jamy Bechler is an NBA fantasy contributor for FantasyPros. His DFS twitter is @WinningDFS101 and his website is www.FantasyFocusFootball.com. Even though he offers his advice on players and contests, after additional information and consideration, he may end up using different players and strategies than what he recommends.