NBA DFS Plays Wednesday 2/17

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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at Wednesday’s 10-game Main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

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POINT GUARD

TJ McConnell – Indiana (at Minnesota) - DK: $5,600 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $17

Consider that Minnesota is the second-best overall fantasy matchup for DFS, playing at the sixth-fastest pace, in a game with one of the highest point totals of the night, and we are interested in Pacers. When I look at what McConnell has been doing, relative to Malcolm Brogdon especially, it’s hard to not slot him into lineups tonight. That isn’t a knock on Brogdon, either, as he is back to playing great ball lately, coming off a 52-fantasy point effort. It’s just that for a couple thousand salary dollars less, McConnell is returning as much value. He’s been over 30 fantasy points and over 30 MPG in his last three. He’s doing it in every way possible, too, with a 13-assist game in there, and an average of three steals and almost two blocks per game in this span.

Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Malcolm Brogdon, Jamal Murray, David Nwaba, Facundo Campazzo

SHOOTING GUARD

Jordan Clarkson – Utah (at LA Clippers) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $5,900 / Yahoo: $21

It’s a similar story with Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell. Both find themselves in what should be a competitive and high scoring game, despite the defensive chops on both sides (Vegas has a 229.5-point total on it with the Jazz favored by 3.5 points). Clarkson is reliable off the bench normally, but he has taken it up a level with Mike Conley our with a hamstring injury. If Conley does return tonight, I may choose to sub in Terrence Ross or Anthony Edwards, but I honestly think Clarkson has a great chance to keep hitting 30-plus fantasy point lines. He ranks ninth in player efficiency rating with a 27 percent usage rate among guards. It would help all the Jazz offensively if Kawhi Leonard were ruled out. Consider Mitchell, who has disappointed (for the price) in his last two games, a strong bounce-back GPP play tonight.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Anthony Edwards, Terrence Ross, Luguentz Dort

SMALL FORWARD

Brandon Ingram – New Orleans (vs. Portland) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $33

Ingram stands out as the best forward compromise across all three sites based on a couple of factors. This position is somewhat site-specific so I’ll give my caveats in a minute. On FanDuel and Yahoo, Ingram is cheaper than Jaylen Brown, who is also on a back-to-back and has been producing steadily, but at a lower level than Ingram. Both get nice matchups, but I give the edge to Ingram, facing a Portland team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency. On DraftKings, Ingram is usable, but more expensive than Brown, and just barely cheaper than Jimmy Butler. Butler probably gives the best floor/ceiling/salary combination at this position on DraftKings tonight, in a fast-paced and decent matchup with the Warriors, but is substantially more expensive than Ingram on FanDuel and Yahoo.

Also Consider: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Anderson, Jaylen Brown, RJ Barrett

POWER FORWARD

Domantas Sabonis – Indiana (at Minnesota) - DK: $9,700 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $46

Sabonis has been known to let me down from time to time, but in general, if I have the salary to spend, I like spending on him. It’s a noted great matchup for all the Pacers, but Sabonis has been so great this month, averaging over 50 fantasy points per game even with the dud I’m referring to above (against the Pelicans). FWIW, he’s also averaging about six more fantasy points on the road this season (over 50). I think he’s safer than Jayson Tatum, but Tatum has his big games once in a while too, and tonight could definitely be one of them (vs. Atlanta). If I’m not spending up on one of them, I’m saving with someone like Darius Bazley, Saddiq Bey or Nerlens Noel (where eligible).

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Darius Bazley, Nerlens Noel, Rui Hachimura, Saddiq Bey, Julius Randle, Zion Williamson, Robert Covington

CENTER

Nikola Vucevic – Orlando (vs. New York) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $9,700 / Yahoo: $47

As usual, I’m not saying don’t play Nikola Jokic, if you can afford him with ease, absolutely do it. For the most part, the other Nikola is fitting my lineups a bit better, with fewer compromises at the top. On paper, it’s not a great spot for Vuc, as the Knicks play slow and with defense a priority. In a previous game with New York, he finished with his season average of 48 fantasy points, and on a team struggling with injuries this season, he averages the third-highest usage rate among centers with one of the best defensive rebounding rates in the league. He adds value with substantial ball-handling contributions (about four assists and two steals per game in three of his last four games). Myles Turner is tempting here too, and I think Jonas Valanciunas is in a great spot for a bounce-back game in tournament lineups.

Also Consider: Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Jokic, Myles Turner, Enes Kanter, Willy Hernangomez (if Steven Adams is out)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Stephen Curry (PG – GSW) is one of the players I’d use in a star-guard lineup instead of a star forward lineup. While Miami is a good defensive team that plays at a slower pace, they also turn the ball over more than anyone. Curry has a knack for carving up this kind of opponent (see his game logs vs. Cleveland, Dallas, Boston and Orlando for examples). He’s running this team right now, though Draymond Green, Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins have had their moments, Curry is the only one I think is worth the price tonight.

Bradley Beal (SG – WAS) is expensive, and seemingly not in a great spot tonight defensively, but like Curry, holds appeal that rises above all that. For one thing, Vegas has Denver as only 3.5-point road favorites tonight, in a game with a total of 232.5 points. Russell Westbrook has had three consecutive games with double-digit assists, and who do you think the main beneficiary is when that happens? It’s Beal. While Westbrook can be a bit up and down, Beal is pretty much up and higher up. Like Jokic, he’s very hard to argue against on the basis of anything other than salary, so if you save at the forward/center slots, feel free to spend with confidence on Beal.

David Nwaba (G/F – HOU) offers a nice savings option at your guard, forward or second PG slot tonight. With Eric Gordon and Victor Oladipo both considered doubtful tonight, Nwaba should be in line for a similar workload as he saw Monday. He’s been good or great whenever he’s seen 20-plus minutes, and Monday he played 40 vs. Washington. Philadelphia will be not quite so sweet a matchup, but he should be able to reach value with ease at just $5100 (FD), $14 (Yahoo), and especially, $4300 (DK).