With most of the NBA's stars on track to play tonight, there's plenty of ways to win. Our NBA fantasy expert dishes his daily advice.
Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard and John Wall all take the court on Wednesday night. Which star pieces will you fit into your lineup? There are a number of ways to go, but in our eyes two big names stand out among the rest on the Wednesday slate. They will be revealed shortly.
Note: All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Brandon Knight ($7,900) vs. NO: Fading Russell Westbrook is always a risk, but Durant is back and there are a number of other directions to pursue at point guard. Knight is one of them, and he could see his usage rate increase if Eric Bledsoe (knee) is out again. The Pelicans have allowed the most points per game to point guards.
SG: Evan Fournier ($5,900) vs. NY: Fournier has done a lot of scoring and a little of everything else this season, averaging 18.8 points, 4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Victor Oladipo’s minutes have come down over the last week, and it’s reasonable to expect Fournier to pick up some of that slack.
SF: LeBron James ($10,100) @ TOR: Here’s the first star we really targeted on Wednesday. James has at least 41.7 fantasy points in each of his last three games, but he has scored 20 actual points in just one of them. In the other two, he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists. For the season, he’s putting up 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists on an average night. In other words, it’s already another run-of-the-mill, which is to say phenomenal, James season.
PF: Anthony Davis ($11,100) @ PHO: In two games since returning from his shoulder injury, Davis has averaged 26 points, 18.5 rebounds and three blocks per game. His last time out, he went for 32, 19 and four, which translated to a ridiculous 65.3-point night. The Suns have surrendered the second-fewest points per game to power forwards, but matchups don’t matter to Davis.
C: Karl-Anthony Towns ($6,900) vs. ATL: After spending $21,200, more than one-third of our total budget, on James and Davis, we needed to find some savings at center. Towns provides that without curbing the ceiling at the position much, if at all. The Hawks have allowed the most points per game to centers this season, due in part to its smallish frontcourt of Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Towns was in foul trouble last game, but put up 38.4 fantasy points per game in his previous three.