October 27, 2021, 2:48 pm
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Good morning, good evening to everyone reading this wonderful article today. Week two brings together another massive 10-game slate for Wednesday. I am excited to bring you some of my favorite plays from throughout the pricing spectrum. Let’s not forget, a few tidbits from the action on Tuesday night to round out our card.
Last night in the merry round of NBA carnage, we had several tight games featuring some impressive fantasy performances I wanted to dive deeper into. The Lakers pulled out a victory in OT without LeBron James due to some fantastic performances from Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. On the other side of the ball, we saw two virtuoso performances from the big man Jakob Poetl and starting point guard Dejounte Murray. Poetl is a solid mid-tier option on most nights and someone to consider with a price tag under $6.5K moving forward. The Warriors and Thunder provided fairly expected performances from the key players on both sides of the ball. The Rockets featured the always-inconsistent KPJ and rookie Jalen Green both alternating good and bad games, making them GPP level players for the foreseeable future. Finally on the other side of the ball Luka provided a usual Luka type game with Kristaps Porzingis going down yet again with an injury.
Ahead of us, we have a 10-game card filled with all types of spreads featuring some interesting story lines. As of this article, there is only one game featuring a game total of over 230 featuring the Memphis Grizzlies traveling to take on the Portland Trail Blazers as the slight road underdog. I will be targeting this game heavily as should you my fantasy readers. The next game that piques my interest features the return of Russell Westbrook to Oklahoma City where he launched his superstar career. The game is expected to be heavily contested given the absence of LeBron James. With him out, there will be some intriguing plays to consider in this matchup of two teams on the latter half of a back-to-back set. In the early card, the Washington Wizards traveling to take on the Boston Celtics will feature some enticing DFS action as well, so I will touch on a couple players from either side of the ball below.
As the famous saying goes, the show must go on. Let’s dive head first into my favorite plays from each pricing tier!
Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,100) – Given such a massive slate, it is hard to avoid attacking some of the highest priced studs tonight. KAT has come out absolutely on fire to start this season, and will continue to dominate regardless of opponent. His skill set is perfect for DFS, as he provides massive double-double opportunities along with some steals and blocks to boot. Coming off a massive 70-point effort on Monday, we can expect 60-65 fantasy points against a Bucks interior defense that is soft at best. Lock him into lineups with confidence tonight.
Ja Morant ($9,600) – In a battle of elite point guards out West, we have a couple options to choose from between Ja and Damian Lillard. Despite a heavier price to pay for Ja, I love him in this game given his dramatic improvement in all facets of his fantasy game during this young season. His higher than normal price tag may deter some, but I love him in this spot for 55-60 fantasy points given his high minutes floor in a primetime matchup.
Russell Westbrook ($9,300)- Who would’ve thought the biggest detriment to Wesbrook’s fantasy opportunity would be LeBron James? Without James, Westbrook blew up for 64 fantasy points and a near triple-double in a victory Tuesday night. Priced at the lower side of $9K and without LeBron again for this game, he’s a prime candidate to go back to the well with on a back-to-back set. With so many great guards to choose from, Westbrook may be slightly lower owned than usual; time to take advantage.
LaMelo Ball ($8,100) – LaMelo Ball gets another dream matchup as the Hornets travel to take on the Magic tonight. Despite a low game total, I am going to caution anyone to fade him at only a hair over $8K in price on this slate. Coming off a 45-point fantasy performance on Monday night, he is prime for yet another near triple-double in this game.
Devin Booker ($8,000) – With one of the largest game totals on the entire slate, Booker is another overlooked guard option tonight at only $8K. Booker is going up against a Kings team looking to stop him, but I expect a heavily contested game giving him plenty of green light moments to score 40-45 fantasy points as long as the minutes stay in the 30s for this one.
Khris Middleton ($7,800) – While Jrue Holiday continues to be out with an injury, the clear number two on the Bucks is Middleton. With his ability to score from three levels and provide rebounding and playmaking ability, he is an excellent option in the mid-tier price range. Coming off a monster game on Monday, Khris will likely be lower owned again given this massive slate, so fire him up in cash and tournament games alike with his solid floor.
CJ McCollum ($7,800) – As I mentioned earlier, a primetime matchup on national TV will give CJ the extra incentive to step up his game and provide a solid 40-point fantasy floor. We can fully anticipate a one-two tandem with Lillard in a game that should stay close throughout with Ja Morant on the other side of the ball, I am clearly looking at a game stack scenario.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($7,100) – Despite a back-to-back game scenario, Shai is the the man in Oklahoma City as the Thunder host the Lakers who are also on a back-to-back set tonight. This should be a closer game than anticipated which will make Shai an important cog in DFS builds at only $7,100. Shai provides rebounds, points and some assists.
Josh Giddey ($4,800) – Coming off a poor shooting night on Tuesday, Giddey is once again on my value radar given his rebounding upside along with some defensive stats thrown in as well. His ownership will likely come in low given he only played 27 minutes against the Warriors, but I expect a nice bounce back performance here in this game.
Malik Monk ($3,700) – With LeBron James out of commission lsat night, Monk stepped in and played starter minutes on Tuesday, which we can expect again tonight with James out. With a near minimum price Monk provides a great cost savings option to go after some of the high priced studs on the slate with a relatively safe 20-25 point floor.
Honorable Mentions: Jayson Tatum ($9,100), Bam Adebayo ($7,900), Jarrett Allen ($6,300), and De’Anthony Melton ($5,000)