by Will Overton
If all this election stuff has you down, distract yourself tonight with some daily fantasy basketball. After several nights in a row with medium schedules, around 5 – 7 games a night, we are moving into a big slate tonight again. On tap tonight is 11 games to be played and that’s a nice player pool to choose from to differentiate your teams.
We are going to break down who you want on your team tonight from the top of the board to the value plays at the bottom. Let’s look at our top three plays and some bonus notes as well:
John Wall – Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics: We’re not giving John Wall enough respect for his stat lines so far this season with the likes of Russell Westbrook and James Harden out there doing such crazy things. Wall comes in at $3,000 – $4,000 cheaper than those guys too, which means you can afford another big name with Wall. In four out of five games Wall has gotten a double-double and four out of five games he has cleared 20 points.
Last year going against the Celtics would’ve been a problem, but so far this season they haven’t been the defensive stalwart expected. I would guess Avery Bradley guards Wall a good bit here, but even still I think Wall gets his against Boston. Wall doesn’t get credit for it, but he is almost a lock for 40+ points on Draft Kings right now and presents big savings from the other guy at the top of the board.
Isaiah Whitehead – Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks: Now Isaiah Whitehead hasn’t exactly run away with the point guard job since Jeremy Lin’s injury. I think he’s starting to settle into things though and I was really impressed with the way he ran the offense last night racking up seven assists against the Timberwolves. We haven’t seen the shot happy Whitehead on offense so points aren’t rolling in, but he’s doing enough other things to keep the fantasy points coming and he’s a really nice value play. The value goes up with him taking on the New York Knicks who are struggling to stop offenses and Whitehead is a sleeper candidate for a double-double.
Derrick Favors – Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets: I don’t like the matchup at all against the stingy Charlotte Hornets defense, but I do like Derrick Favors pricing and I think we are running out of time to buy him at below $6,000. Favors came out of the gate incredibly slow this season, struggling to find his shot and becoming a minimal part of the offense. Now though Favors has three straight games where he has taken double digit shots, and is coming off his best game of the season where he had 16 PTS, 14 REBS, 3 BLKS and 1 STL. Favors is much better than he has been and I think the numbers start rising to the norm again, so $5,900 is a great deal.
Bonus Notes for the Night
- If you want to pay up at the center position you have plenty of options, and one that I really like a lot is Dwight Howard who comes in at $7,500 on Draft Kings. Howard is averaging 40.8 FPPG so far and is having a career resurgence in Atlanta. Now tonight he gets Chicago who has been particularly weak against the center position. If you are looking to save some money Alex Len may be your guy if Tyson Chandler can’t rejoin the Suns in time for their game against Detroit.
- Another interesting position will be at shooting guard. DeMar DeRozan is a scoring machine and at $8,000 he is still coming at a lower price than he should. You also have C.J. McCullum checking in at $7,000 who will likely be popular given how red hot he has been the last couple games. Both of these guys make good, safe, cash game options. A punt play, saving option at the spot would be Tim Hardaway Jr. who should be getting big minutes again tonight while Kyle Korver is away for the birth of his son.