There are nine games on the main slate on DraftKings in the NBA for Wednesday night. It’s one of those slates that DFS players dread, because we’re going to have to be tracking injuries just about all day in order to peg down the right value plays and studs in the best situations. I know it’s early as of this writing and we should get a lot of updates throughout the day, but I’m going to give you some players to consider as building blocks — with or without injury news.
James Harden, HOU @ ATL, $12,800 — So there’s reports out there that Russell Westbrook is going to rest tonight. If that’s the case, we should see full-blown Harden hero ball and the last time Houston faced Atlanta things got ugly. Like really ugly. Harden dropped a season-high 60 points for 85.25 fantasy points. I think even if Russ plays tonight, Harden is the top GPP option on the slate. Even if Harden doesn’t hit that ceiling, he’s scored 44 points in two of his past three games — one of those a 44-11-11 stat line for 83.25 FPTS.
Other Options: Kyle Lowry, TOR @ CHA, $8,600; Eric Bledsoe, MIL @ GSW, $6,000
Evan Fournier, ORL vs. WAS, $6,000 — I think this is a good night to target the Orlando Magic. Fournier will get a very soft matchup against the Washington Wizards, who are still one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. Fournier has struggled the past four games, but this is a nice bounce-back spot. We know he’s going to play around 30 minutes and even though the Magic blew out the Wiz last week, I think Fournier is still a relatively safe play at this price.
Other Options: Donovan Mitchell, UTA vs. NYK, $8,400; DeMar DeRozan, SAS @ BOS, $6,800
Brandon Ingram, NOP vs. CHI, $8,800 — I absolutely love Ingram on tonight’s slate. I think he’s the top GPP play and it’s not even close. Sure, he doesn’t have a Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo type of ceiling, but he’s also $4K cheaper than Harden. The Pels won’t have Jrue Holiday again tonight and the Bulls are without Wendell Carter Jr., so getting points in the paint should be relatively easy for Ingram. He’s coming off 35 points and 56.5 fantasy points against the Jazz, which isn’t easy.
Other Options: Jimmy Butler, MIA @ IND, $8,200; Bojan Bogdanovic, UTA vs. NYK, $6,400
Lauri Markkanen, CHI @ NOP, $6,900 — I think this Bulls-Pelicans game is a decent stack option on tonight’s slate and Markkanen will need to step up on defense with WCJ out. Markkanen has had a relatively disappointing season so far, but has showed flashes of that upside recently. He scored 26 points with nine boards against the Mavericks on Monday (40.75 FPTS). I think he’s going to be forced to play around 36 minutes in a high-scoring, competitive environment in New Orleans.
Other Options: Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL @ GSW, $11,500; Derrick Favors, NOP vs. CHI, $7,300
Nikola Vucevic, ORL vs. WAS, $9,000 — I’m stealing this pick from my good friend Julian Edlow over at DK Live. But really it wouldn’t have been hard to identify Vuce as a top play overall on this slate. The Wizards have no frontcourt depth and Vucevic has been insanely consistent since returning from injury. He doesn’t have fewer than 34.25 FPTS in 12 games since returning and he’s gone over 40 FPTS in seven straight games. His price is up $2K since Dec. 18, he’s seeing over 30 minutes per game, and his usage rate has been hovering in the 25-30% range.
Other Options: Rudy Gobert, UTA vs. NYK, $7,900; Clint Capela, HOU @ ATL, $7,800