NBA DFS Plays Wednesday January 27

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Renee Miller
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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 the Wednesday’s 12-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (at Orlando) - DK: $8,700 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $28

Let me just say, omg, this slate. Man, the decisions are brutal tonight. It’s a great slate to play multi-entry tournaments if you’re like me and can’t decide on a favorite lineup. I’m going to lay out a reasonable cash game strategy, but with players that I think are usable in any GPP as well. Fox has a high floor, but also can be a difference maker in a big field. He’s never as highly rostered as other PGs and his salary is thousands less than other guards you might consider tonight. The matchup with Orlando is projected to be close and fairly high scoring (total 222 points), and the Magic have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the position. I expect Fox in the 50-fantasy point range tonight.

Also Consider: Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Cole Anthony, Lonzo Ball, Mike Conley, Kyrie Irving

SHOOTING GUARD

Andrew Wiggins – Golden State (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $25

I’m not high on Bradley Beal in the back-to-back, and James Harden is really hard to fit. If I were stretching to Harden-level, I’d try to make Kevin Durant or Giannis Antetokounmpo fit first. Anyway, I’ve settled on Wiggins here because this game should be fast and high-scoring. Both teams are Top 5 in pace, and Minnesota, Wiggins’ old team, allows the second-most overall fantasy points to opponents, as they rank 26th in defensive efficiency. Wiggins just had one of his best games of the season against them Monday night, a three-steal, three-block effort to go along with his 23 points and six rebounds. The price is right and I see no reason Wiggins can’t get above 40 fantasy points again tonight.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, James Harden, Collin Sexton, Norman Powell, Jeremy Lamb, Donovan Mitchell (tournament bounce-back play)

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SMALL FORWARD

Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (at Toronto) - DK: $8,200 / FD: $7,900 / Yahoo: $34

I’m viewing Middleton as the poor man’s Antetokounmpo tonight, though he still commands some salary. This is arguably the toughest position to decide on tonight, and salary may well be your guide. Multiple top players have good matchups, and there is also some nice value here. Middleton sort of hits all my marks: a reasonable salary, a good matchup (Raptors rank around fourth to forwards), a high scoring game the Bucks are favored in, and a steady game log of 35-50 fantasy points per game.

Also Consider: Kevin Durant, Jaylen Brown, LeBron James, Jerami Grant, Malik Beasley, Evan Fournier, Michael Porter Jr., Saddiq Bey (deep value), Rudy Gay, Justin Holiday

POWER FORWARD

Zion Williamson – New Orleans (vs. Washington) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $37

So, ditto for Zion what I just said about Middleton, especially the steady game logs. Williamson has been rock solid, and the Wizards have a lot to offer in this game. They rank third in overall fantasy points allowed, first in pace, and 28th in defensive efficiency. They lost to the Rockets last night and could be without Russell Westbrook on the back-to-back tonight. So the biggest risk for Zion is a blowout, but in games decided by 15 points or less, he’s averaging about 35 MPG. I’m not so concerned about that and think he’s a strong cornerstone play at this position.

Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis, Aaron Gordon, Jarred Vanderbilt, Isaiah Roby (if Al Horford doesn’t return), Jae Crowder

CENTER

Deandre Ayton - Phoenix (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $7,300 / FD: $8,300 / Yahoo: $28

Ayton looks like a good value on all three sites tonight, given the nice matchup with the Thunder, who offer a significant pace boost, and aren’t known for their defense. OKC ranks fifth in overall fantasy points allowed (eight to centers), and Ayton has been coming on strong. He’s averaging nearly 50 fantasy points per game over the last 10 games, and that includes a dud against Washington. Look for him to post his fifth consecutive double-double tonight.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Nikola Vucevic, Myles Turner, Clint Capela, James Wiseman

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Lonzo Ball (PG – NOP) should be well-rested after Monday’s game was cancelled and in line for another 30 minutes or more. As his minutes have increased, so has his production, but not his price (still $5600 on DK and FD, $21 on Yahoo). His last game was really complete, with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block and 2 steals. The Wizards don’t defend opposing guards well at all, and all the game factors noted above for Zion apply here too. Ball is a very affordable second PG or G tonight, with 30-plus fantasy point potential.

Myles Turner (C – IND) is a nice play tonight either way, but if Domantas Sabonis is out, I especially like him and might prioritize him over Ayton, given that they are very similar in salary (except on FanDuel, where Turner is much cheaper). Turner has been over 40 fantasy points in his last three games, in which he’s scored over 22 real points and averaged four blocks per game. With a broken hand. I don’t know how, but I do expect him to keep it going vs. a Charlotte team that has been fantasy friendly for opposing frontcourt players this season.

Kyrie Irving (PG – BKN) could get a little lost in the shuffle on this slate, but I do think he’s worth rostering. This game has by far the highest point total of the slate, 237.5 points, and the Nets are favored on the road. Atlanta played well last night, and at full strength are certainly capable of making this a competitive game. Irving should have his way with Trae Young and the young Hawks, who will have their hands full defensively with Harden and Durant, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Irving surpassed Harden tonight for DFS purposes.