We're very thankful to have a big slate of Wednesday night basketball action to quell our FanDuel appetite after a messy three-game offering Tuesday wreaked havoc on NBA DFS lineups everywhere. There are some reliable cash game sleepers to keep an eye on, as well as some bargain stars we'll recommend for your lineup picks.
Keep a close eye on the injury statuses of Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman and Nets center Jarrett Allen. If they sit, it should open up major opportunities for unheralded players on already-depleted rosters. We'll update whether Osman or Allen will go Wednesday as soon as the news comes out.
Update: Osman is available off the bench, but his minutes could be restricted. Allen remains out due to sickness.
This is a slate with plenty of solid low- and high-priced values, so you'll need a keen eye to determine which opportunities to seize and which to pass on.
Wednesday FanDuel Picks: NBA DFS lineup advice for cash games
FAVORITE VALUE — SG David Nwaba, Cavaliers @ Wizards ($3,500). The Cavaliers are incredibly desperate for offensive production given injuries to Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, George Hill and Sam Dekker. Anthony Bennett could probably come back and get 20 minutes per game on this roster. Nwamba delivered much-needed scoring Tuesday night, dropping 18 points to help Cleveland to a surprising blowout win over the Hornets. With three of his best four fantasy performances of the season coming in the past three games — and a track record of getting buckets for bad basketball teams — Nwamba is a smart, cheap target. He also has a favorable matchup against the discombobulated Wizards.
STUD TO STICK WITH — SF Kawhi Leonard, Raptors vs. Pistons ($9,200). Leonard has yet to reach 50 points on FanDuel this month, which has been incredibly disappointing given his usage and a string of prime matchups against the Suns, Kings and Knicks. The slump has tanked Leonard's price from $10,300 to $9,200, making him an enticing buy-low candidate who has the ability to explode for more than 50 FD points against a middle-of-the-road Pistons squad. Compared to some other star players in this slate, Leonard is probably the best high-priced option to build a lineup around.
STAR TO AVOID — SG Luka Doncic, Mavericks vs. Jazz ($7,700). While there isn't any star who's an obvious fade in this group of games, Doncic seems like a high-risk option who fantasy owners are better off avoiding. He's been inconsistent at times this season, and with a tough matchup against Utah that could turn into a blowout, there are better shooting guards to target at lower costs.
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME — PG John Wall, Wizards vs. Cavaliers ($10,200). You've probably heard a lot of negative things about Wall and the Wizards this season, from in-fighting to partying at clubs to dismal play on the basketball court. But while we understand the fear that might come with Wall at this price tag, there's also reason to think the noise surrounding the Wizards could mask his breakout value. In fact, the breakout may have already begun, with Wall quietly posting 49.9 and 53.8 FD points in his past two outings. Plus, the Wizards are just bad enough for the Cavaliers to keep the game close longer than anticipated, potentially giving Wall more than 30 minutes to rack up points. Even if this one freaks you out a bit, it could be the move that wins you contests Wednesday evening.
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME — C Deandre Ayton, Suns vs. Spurs ($7,000). Let's get this out of the way: Ayton looked completely lost in his first game against San Antonio this season, managing fewer than 20 FD points. But that game was in San Antonio and came before Ayton's solid performances against talented opponents like Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis. Even for a rookie, he seems fairly bust-proof at this value, having scored at least four times his current FD pricing in five of his past six contests. We're very much willing to ride the Ayton rollercoaster Wednesday.
INJURY PLAY — C Hassan Whiteside, Heat @ Nets ($9,200). There's perhaps no player in the NBA who speaks up when disrespected as often as Whiteside. From his responses to questionable NBA2K ratings to his periodic benchings, he lets people know when he feels undervalued. Maybe FanDuel was not aware of that trend when seemingly snubbing him Wednesday despite opposing big man Jarrett Allen out due to sickness. With Allen not around to protect the rim, expect Whiteside to absolutely feast in the paint. Just last week he put up 82 FD points against the Spurs. He could get up there again.