HIGH FIVE/low five
Daily Fantasy can be quite the grind! Let us do the grinding for you with “High Five/Low Five”. Each day we help put you in the money by presenting you with FIVE of the “top-tier” plays, as well as a quick list of FIVE “value plays”. Los Angeles Clippers’ PG Chris Paul flies high as Wednesday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play of the night.
Let’s rip it up.
Point Guard: Chris Paul, LAC ($8,200): I know it sounds risky, but sooner or later you’re going to want to roll the dice on Paul and take advantage of his salary while it’s still low. Why not in a game vs. a defense that has ranked dead last in the league vs. PGs over the past 15 days, and in a game with a 217 over/under? Is that not enough for you? What if I also told you that the last time he faced the Portland Trail Blazers he had 34 points and 16 assists? Take the risk and play Paul. Barring a blowout I think he plays his usual minutes and produces value, and then some.
Shooting Guard: Gordon Hayward, UTA ($7,100): I almost always like to take at least one player vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, and tonight’s no different. Last night, against a similarly deficient defensive unit, Hayward got off to a slow start, but was still able to produce value on his salary. He should have no problem doing the same against the Sixers tonight in what should be a pretty fast paced game.
Also consider: Randy Foye, DEN ($6,500)
Small Forward: Luol Deng, CLE ($5,900): This selection is more of a product of his price, as I think he stands one of the best chances to reach value among the top 10 or so at his position. Yes, he’s likely to be outscored by LeBron James, MIA ($11,000), and he may not have the ceiling of some of the other guys above him, but I trust him to get 30-35 FPs just as much as I do any of the other guys between him and LeBron, for example. I’d rather pay $5,900 for that range of production than $8,400 to have Josh Smith do it. Detroit’s defense ranks just 23rd vs. SFs over the last 15 days and this game has a 209 over/under, both of which point to Deng being a lock for 30+ FPs.
Power Forward: Blake Griffin, LAC ($10,000): Blake Griffin has been on quite a tear lately, eclipsing the 40 FP mark in each of his past five games, which includes going over 50 FPs three times in that span. Tonight, he squares off against a Portland team in what should be the highest scoring game of the night. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a squad he tore up for 35 points and 11 rebounds last time out. I’m guessing that the floor for Griffin is about 45 FPs tonight. Another PF that I really, perhaps equally, is Carmelo Anthony, NY ($10,200) at home vs. a Sacramento Kings squad that ranks in the bottom five vs. opposing PFs.
Center: Andre Drummond, DET ($8,500): This game has a nice over/under of 209, so there should be plenty of touches to go around for the Detroit starters. The real selling point on this game for Drummond, though, is that not only does Cleveland already rank in the bottom third against opposing centers, but they will also be without their usual starter at center, Anderson Varejao. Drummond should have no problem getting a double-double tonight, with a particularly high rebound total. If he can get close to 20 points, 40+ FPs should not be out of the question.