NBA Plays of the Day – 12/20/17
It’s a wild Wednesday card of basketball filled with 11 games. Figuring out which players to insert into a lineup seemed to be a bit of a challenge with bad teams sitting or missing a few of their better players due to injury. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the winning lineups in today’s slate to have a player that no one expected to even be rostered. With that being said, here are my plays for Wednesday December 20th:
Teague has been a disappointment for most of his owners (both DFS and season-long) all year. However, that’s what could make him a strong play in tonight’s 11 game slate. The first-year Wolves’ player will be facing off against a struggling Denver Nuggets team that currently gives up the most points to point guards on the season. Teague’s ownership could potentially be lower than 10% in most leagues; that bodes well for a player who is averaging just under two steals per game on the season.
Three Value Players
It was hard to choose just one, so instead of just giving you one name for a second point guard I decided I would give you the three players that have the biggest upside potential on the night at the this position – Tyler Johnson, George Hill, Frank Mason III. Each of these players are currently priced under $5,000 and could be looking at a heavy workload on Wednesday. If you’re forcing one name out of me, I would put George Hill slightly above the other two.
The Houston Rockets are looking to extend their winning streak to 15 games against a young Los Angeles Lakers squad. It’s obvious the Rockets are clearly the better team in this matchup as they are currently favored by 14.5 points heading into tonight’s game. With a potential blowout on our hands, Gordon could be looking at a solid night off the team’s bench. In the previous matchup, Gordon exceeded his price point value by 4.5 fantasy points. With the Lakers playing without arguable one of their better wing defenders in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal reasons), Gordon is one of the strongest plays of the night.
Clarkson has been up-and-down all year as the Lakers’ sixth-man. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal reasons) is ruled out for tonight’s matchup, so Clarkson should be the one absorbing a lot of those minutes with the potential chance of even entering the starting lineup. The Rockets are also the worst team in the NBA right now at guarding the shooting guard position. With Clarkson’s price under $5,000, the floor is so low and the ceiling is too high for him not to be in most lineups.
It’s KD so the argument to put him in your lineup isn’t even needed. With the Warriors limping because of injures to Steph Curry (ankle) and Draymond Green (shoulder), Durant has put on some godly numbers. Even with a $12,000 price-tag, KD has been able to not just exceed his value in four out of his last five games, but exceed value by an average of 8.15 fantasy points. Golden State faces off against a gritty Memphis Grizzlies team that tends to always give the Warriors problems. You should be able to roll Durant out their without even thinking twice.
Simmons is one of my favorite players in the NBA. He knows what type of player that he is and he also knows what he has to do to get better. The Magic have been without shooting guard Evan Fournier (ankle) and forward Aaron Gordon (calf), so it was up to Simmons to be step up as one the team’s focal points on the offensive end. Stepping up he has done, averaging 20.5 points to go along with 5.7 rebounds, four assists, one steal and 1.3 3-pointers per game over the last two weeks. He has exceed his value in four straight games and with the Magic taking on a horrendous Chicago Bulls team, I would expect Simmons to do the same.
The Spurs will be without their All-Star Kawhi Leonard (rest) as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers. With Leonard out, Aldridge should step right back into the role he has been seeing all season long while Leonard was down as the team’s No. 1 option on the offensive end. The game also takes place in Portland where Aldridge spent the first nine seasons of his career, so we could see an energized LMA.
Normally I am not a huge fan of playing Ryan Anderson, both in season-long and in DFS, because you have to rely heavily on him doing one thing and that’s knocking down open shots. However, Clint Capela (heel) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s matchup against the Lakers. With Capela on the sidelines, Anderson should see a nice bump in minutes and in his usage rate. The last time Anderson was able to exceed 30 minutes he was able to finish the game with a double-double.
Turner could be in for a big night on Wednesday as the Indiana Pacers face off against the struggling Atlanta Hawks who give up the most points to centers in the NBA. The Hawks have been starting Ersan Ilyasova at center with Dewayne Dedmon (tibia) sidelined and rookie John Collins (shoulder) making his way back into game shape after missing six games. After a terrible game against the Boston Celtics on Monday, you can expect the big man to take advantage of mismatch and have himself a bounce back game.