A lot of how you approach small forward on Wednesday night’s main 10-game slate on DraftKings is whether or not you play Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800). He’s the highest-priced player on the slate ahead of Luka Doncic ($11,600) and the Milwaukee Bucks have been rolling on a 12-game winning streak heading into tonight vs. the Detroit Pistons. Let’s take a look at SF.
Should you play Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. the Pistons?
Of course you should. Giannis has been on a war path and I think this is finally a matchup in which he can play a full workload for once. The past two games the Bucks have won by a combined margin of 85 points! Yes, that is a real stat, I did the math (even though my math is bad). The Greek Freak generally has big nights when he’s needed to score on countless possessions and I think Detroit should keep this closer than the Knicks and Hornets and Cavaliers and Hawks (the Bucks past four opponents).
Who else should I target at small forward?
I like attacking the Marcus Smart injury, to be honest. He’s doubtful to play tonight for the Celtics against the Heat, who are on the second of a back-to-back. I think both Jayson Tatum ($7,900) and Jaylen Brown ($7,000) are in play here. They’ll need to play 35+ minutes a piece. I think Tatum is going to be a bit more popular and he’s $900 more on DK, so Brown is a guy I like in GPPs. He’ll have a tough time with Jimmy Butler on defense, but Brown has at least 22 points in four of five games heading into tonight.
Which value plays stand out at small forward?
I mentioned De’Andre Hunter is injured for the Hawks in the SG article and I think that opens up some additional minutes. Kevin Huerter ($4,000) is going to return to the lineup tonight and he had been off to a great start to the season. If he can get around 15-20 minutes or so, all he’d need to do would be to hit a few open 3-pointers to return value.
I also think Memphis bigs should see more run with no Brandon Clarke and potentially no Jonas Valanciunas. Jae Crowder ($5,000) could play the 4 a bit tonight vs. the Bulls, who get killed on the glass. Crowder can also hit some open 3’s and usually plays 30+ minutes.