Wednesday’s Plays of the Day

Point Guard

Fred VanVleet

VanVleet has been tremendous off the bench this season for the Raptors. Over his last four games the point guard has exceeded value in three out of the last four outings while also averaging 25.7 minutes per game. I’m not sold on any of the high-end point guards in today’s slate, so finding the bargain priced players could be what helps put your lineups at the top of your tournaments.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes

After signing a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies, Rathan-Mayes was thrown into the rotation right away with injuries to Mario Chalmers and Andrew Harrison. He was very impressive in his 25 minutes of action where he finished with eight points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals for 20.9 fantasy points against the San Antonio Spurs. Both Harrison and Chalmers are both expected to miss Wednesday’s matchup which means we could see Rathan-Mayes getting the same amount of minutes against the Chicago Bulls.

Shooting Guard

DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan has only made value once in his last five games, however a matchup against the Pistons could be the remedy to getting the All-Star shooting guard back to form.

Jrue Holiday

This man has been on fire all season, but even more so since the DeMarcus Cousins injury. The veteran shooting guard has exceeded value the last two games and will look to continue that streak against a young rebuilding Kings team.

Small Forward

LeBron James

He’s LeBron James, so the explanation to have him in your lineup will never be too long. In his last matchup with Nuggets, James was able to meet value and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen again.

Jonathan Simmons

Simmons has been far from great since returning from the All-Star break. However, a matchup with the Lakers could be just what he needs to find his footing again. The minutes are there for him to succeed and while having him in your lineup isn’t a for sure winner, he has all the potential to have a big night.

Power Forward

Nikola Mirotic

Mirotic has settle nicely in his role off the bench for the Pelicans. His ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting has been a solid addition to a Pelicans team that has lacked shooting all season. Mirotic finds himself in a very favorable matchup against the Kings. He’s one of my favorite plays of the night.

Serge Ibaka

Ibaka is far from the player he once was when he was from his OKC days but he’s found himself a role in Toronto that has made him a serviceable fantasy option. Ibaka can be hit-or-miss each night but a matchup against Blake Griffin seems to always wake him up. In their last matchup, Ibaka finished with 19 points to go along with nine rebounds, one block and two assists. That night he finished 10x over value.

Center

Kosta Koufos

There’s a mix bag of talent at the center position. Koufos saw 25 minutes in the Kings’ last two outings and he should continue to see that same amount of minutes with Willie Cauley-Stein already ruled out of tonight’s game. Koufos isn’t my No. 1 option at center but he’s in my top-3 and with his floor being so low he’s not a bad idea to place him in your lineup.

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