Believe it or not but we’re already in the second week of March. The NBA regular season continues to march toward the playoffs and the races in each conference are getting interesting. This makes for exciting basketball (for now) and even better DFS on DraftKings. For Wednesday night, we’ve got six games on the NBA schedule — a bit below what we’re used to seeing. Let’s take a look at some top options at each position to help you build your lineups.
UPDATE: Joel Embiid (shoulder) will return to the lineup vs. the Pistons.
UPDATE: Kristaps Porzingis (rest) has been ruled out vs. the Nuggets.
De’Aaron Fox, SAC vs. NOP, $7,800 — Since missing one game due to abdominal soreness back in February, Fox has been on a roll for the Kings. In the past six games, he’s averaging 24 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor. His 3-point shooting has been horrendous, but there should at least be a lot of opportunities against the Pelicans tonight. The weird thing is, Fox has gone six straight with at least 38 DKFP and his price hasn’t gone higher than $8K. As long as he flirts with that average at this price, he’s a great all-around play.
Other Options: Jrue Holiday, NOP @ SAC, $8,200; R.J. Barrett, NYK @ ATL, $5,500
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC vs. UTA, $6,300 — SGA is expected to play in this game against the Jazz. If that’s the case, he’s pretty underpriced right now. The Jazz aren’t the same defensive team and if anyone should scare you on Utah it’s Rudy Gobert. On the season, the Jazz aren’t a top 10 defensive team anymore. In fact, over the past 10 games, Utah is 25th in defensive rating at 115.2. If SGA isn’t going to be held back and will see around 30-35 minutes tonight, he’s a great GPP play.
Other Options: Donovan Mitchell, UTA @ OKC, $7,300; Will Barton, DEN @ DAL, $6,200
Harrison Barnes, SAC vs. NOP, $5,000 — This game seems like the trendy one to target on the six-game slate. I’m OK stacking up Kings and Pelicans players as a result. The O/U is a slate-high 235 points and the spread is only 1.5 in favor of New Orleans on the road. This game should be high scoring and close, which means possible OT. Barnes is cheap and has returned 5x value at this price in four of six games. He isn’t rebounding effectively, but the scoring ceiling will be there in this spot.
Other Options: Danilo Gallinari, OKC vs. UTA, $5,900; Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC vs. NOP, $5,100
Julius Randle, NYK @ ATL, $7,800 — The two positions that seem OK to pay up at are PF and C. Randle is a bit on the cheap side compared to a few other PF plays but has a good ceiling for this price and matchup. The last time Randle faced the Hawks, he dropped 35 points, 18 boards and 64.5 DKFP. Randle has been slumping a bit, failing to reach 50 DKFP in five straight games. His price is down $600 since that previous Atlanta game and not much has changed. The spread is only 4.5, so that suggest the books think the Knicks could hang around, which is perfect for Randle’s ceiling.
Other Options: Christian Wood, DET @ PHI, $8,100; P.J. Washington, CHA @ MIA, $5,000
Christian Wood, DET @ PHI, $8,100 — I know I put Wood up in the PF suggestion section, but I’m going to go more in-depth here. The Sixers could get Joel Embiid back in the lineup tonight. If that’s the case, slight downgrade for Wood’s spot, but his ownership may fall a bit. I don’t expect Embiid to play a full workload, so that could make Wood a sneaky GPP play. Early in February, Wood’s price was below $5K ... Now it’s up over $8K after a string of 37+ DKFP outings — nine straight to be exact. If Embiid is limited at all — the way the Sixers are getting killed inside — I suspect Wood could have a huge game.
Other Options: Bam Adebayo, MIA vs. CHA, $9,000; Steven Adams, OKC vs. UTA, $5,600