Another NBA Wednesday is here, with a nice slate of games to examine tonight. Please be aware that we are at a point in the season where news is fluid in NBA. I write this article early enough for you to browse it throughout the day, but you need to make sure all the guys are playing before submitting that roster for the night.
Now, let's dig in deeper now and find some top plays at each position.
Rajon Rondo: $6,900 (vs. Sacramento Kings)
The point guard position is always a difficult spot to navigate on FanDuel. Tonight is no different, as there isn't a standout stud PG playing on the slate, but instead a handful of solid point guards at our disposal. I’m going to start off my search for point guard with Rajon Rondo traveling back to Sacramento for some revenge on his old team. It’s not really the narrative that I’m looking for though; it’s the uptick in minutes and production that Rondo has seen since DeMarcus Cousins went out of the lineup for the year. In fact, over his last five games Rondo is averaging 37.2 FanDuel points per game. Over the last five games he’s actually averaging a double/double. Rondo is only $6,900 too, which makes him a fantastic value on the slate. Although he finished last night with 36.1 FanDuel points against the Clippers, he didn’t play as much as some of the other guys (only 29 minutes), which may make him even fresher than some of his running mates tonight.
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Will Barton: $7,900 (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)
The shooting guard position is very interesting on FanDuel tonight. You have a bonafide stud in James Harden, but he’s coming off of a hard-fought game on the road in which he racked up 36 tough minutes. Then there is a huge drop-off to Victor Oladipo, who has a difficult assignment with the Utah Jazz. Then, in my opinion, it becomes a free-for-all. Will Barton is a player that I always gravitate to because he has huge upside when he gets the minutes. At this point in the season he’s getting plenty of minutes right now. Over his last four games he’s averaging 39.3 FanDuel points per game. The last three games he’s actually come off the bench, but that tends to help a player like Barton. In those three games off the bench he hasn’t seen his usage rate dip below 25%. He has taken at least 10 field-goal attempts in nine straight games, and just four days ago he came off the bench against this very same Cleveland team, on the road, and dropped 42.1 FanDuel points per game at a $7,800 salary. He’s done nothing but good things since then and the salary tonight has only increased by $100 ($7,900). I think he’s a great player at this position that is a total toss-up tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: $11,500 (vs. Houston Rockets)
There are several places you can save salary tonight so that you can find a way to fit a stud player on your roster. I think it’s almost imperative with four elite fantasy producers on the board that you grab at least one. That guy for me is the Giannis Antetokounmpo. Over his last three games he’s averaging 55 FanDuel points per game, and this is a matchup he excels in. Over his last three games against the Houston Rockets he’s averaged 56.1 FanDuel points per game. Milwaukee is still playing hard and not rolling over this year, and that has helped Giannis continue to rack up significant minutes and production. In his last eight games he’s exceeded 71 FanDuel points on two different occasions. He has a safe floor, a massive upside and a matchup that suits his game tonight. He’s the star I want to spend up on when allocating salary on FanDuel.
Kyle Kuzma: $6,100 (vs. Orlando Magic)
Every time you put together a roster, you need to save money somewhere. Unfortunately we don’t have the option of putting together nine elite players on our FanDuel roster. Tonight the easy place to save for me is power forward with Kyle Kuzma. Brandon Ingram is going to be out again tonight, which should open up another opportunity for Kuzma to start. Over the last two games Ingram has been out, Kuzma has started and averaged 35 minutes per game. He’s exceeded 31 FanDuel points in two of his last three games and he’s racked up double-digit field-goal attempts in 10 of his last 11 games. At this price tag, this is one of the easier plug and plays on the board for me.
Nikola Vucevic: $8,400 (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
Finally Nikola Vucevic is starting to round back into form after the injury that kept him out two months. Over the last five games he’s averaging 31.6 minutes per game. With an increase in minutes comes an increase in production, as he has averaged 36.2 FanDuel points per game over his last three games. The Orlando Magic are taking on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, and this appears to be a great matchup for Vucevic. Julius Randle is now manning the center position full-time for the Lakers, and over the last seven games they have allowed the fourth-most points to centers of all the teams playing tonight, according to the RotoGrinders NBA daily matchup chart. Another appealing part of the equation is the salary. He’s only $8,400, which puts him significantly cheaper than the top three guys at this position, yet his fantasy points can compete with any of those other centers when he’s making shots. There is a significant drop-off in talent at this position once you get past the first six guys, so my advice would be to spend up at center.