Wednesday’s Plays of the Day
Wall has been on a bit of a tear as of late, exceeding value in four out of the last six games. The Wizards are facing off against a struggling Hornets team that find themselves fourth worst in the league at defending the point guard position over their last five games. Look for Wall to do John Wall things tonight.
The Hawks are facing off against a visiting Pelicans team on the second night of a back-to-back set, as well as having most of their players play 40 minutes in an overtime thriller against the Celtics. New Orleans ranks fifth worst at defending the point guard position and with the minutes they had to play last night, Schroder’s speed and scoring ability could be a problem for them but a benefit to his DFS owners.
There’s a running joke/question among the fans of Sacramento about why rookies (and/or bad players) score career-highs against the Kings? Well, I wouldn’t expect to see that question or trend to end tonight. The Kings have the worst defense in the entire league and seeing Mitchell in this article shouldn’t really surprise anyone.
The Nuggets are going to be without starting point guard Jamal Murray (concussion) and that means you should expect to see more Will Barton, who played a team-high 40 minutes in last night’s game against the Mavericks. Barton’s ability to rebound, score in multiple different way and pass should be a problem for a Clipper team that ranks second worst in the league at defending the shooting guard position.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre could be a player that makes or breaks your lineup, but looking at his numbers over the last five games he’s averaging 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 29.7 minutes per game. The Hornets are ranked sixth worst in the league at defending the small forward position on the season. Oubre’s price is too low and the potential is almost too high for you not to give him a look when building your roster.
I’m going to make the case to play Wes Johnson in four words – the Clippers are broken. If those four words aren’t enough, then just look at the man’s numbers. In three out of the last five games, Johnson has exceed value by an average of 8.9 fantasy points. Like I said about Oubre; the price and potential is almost too high for you not to give him a look when building your roster.
I know what you’re already thinking at this moment – how is Anthony Davis not the first name you see in this category? Davis could be the play of the night once again after a jaw dropping performance against the Celtics last night, but the minutes and the fact that everyone will be clamoring to have the big man in their lineups gives me the feeling to fade him as a play for tonight. I know, crazy. However, it may not be as crazy as you think. Aldridge has been phenomenal this season for a Kawhi-less Spurs team. He is facing a Nets team that is the absolute worst in the league at defending the four-spot and in their last meeting Aldridge finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.
This doesn’t cause for too much explanation since it’s almost a given that if Draymond Green (shoulder) is out, then Jordan Bell needs to be place in your roster. The matchup could be viewed as an unfavorable one since he will be tasked with defending Lauri Markkanen, but his price and skill is just too good to pass up on.
Dedmon brings the energy every single time he steps foot on the floor. His energy mixed with his rebounding and defensive prowess could become a headache for the big men on the Pelicans. Both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis enter their second night of a back-to-back having played over 40 minutes in Wednesday night’s game against the Celtics. The Pelicans also rank fourth worst in the league at defending the center position. Most of you probably haven’t watched many Hawks games, but it seems like these are the types of matchups where you see Dedmon try to play with a little bit more of an edge just to compete with the big names at his position.