JEREMY'S DAILY JEWELS
The Sixers will be thinner than a rail in their backcourt without J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell, and Jerryd Bayless. Robert Covington and Dario Saric stand to benefit the most in their absence. Joel Embiid finds himself in an absolute detonation-spot against a Chicago frontcourt that just got worked by Boogie and AD.
While Phila has been playing stout defensively as of late, Jerian Grant will be a triple-double threat and is likely to get slept on with the other PG value available. Outside of Grant, I don’t want to go too heavy on Bulls with this slate – with the only exceptions maybe being Justin Holiday and Lauri Markkanen. Both Holiday and Markkanen average over 3.0 more Fanduel points per 36 minutes with Kris Dunn off the court this season.
The Indiana backcourt duo of Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo will be popular on Wednesday, and with good reason. I’m not 100% sold that Victor will put up the numbers to pay off his $9.9K price tag tonight, but he’s a safe play nevertheless. I’d rather go the direction of Collison, who is $700 cheaper on Fanduel than on DraftKings.
I don’t love anything on the Phoenix side, but Isaiah Cannan and T.J. Warren are the best dfs plays. Warren, who at $7.1K on Fanduel, has seen his price go as high as $8.1K this season, could be asked to carry the load if Indiana successfully keys on Devin Booker.
Canaan has been stealing minutes from Useless Tyler Ulis lately and eventually, Phoenix will probably want to start him and get a long, hard look (pause). I like a lot of point guards in the $5K-$6K range tonight, but feel free to take a Canaan Ball if you’re running multiple tourney lineups.
When both Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins get rolling, I like to play whichever one is coming off the lesser game. On Wednesday, that’s AD – and it doesn’t hurt that he’s significantly cheaper than Boogie. He’s the star I’ll be paying up for, for sure.
Utah at Detroit is probably not the game you want to attack too heavily on this slate. Ricky Rubio is the top play on the Utah side as he looks to bounce back from his 1-8 shooting performance on Monday. On January 7th, Rubio shot 0-7 in a game versus Miami, only to follow it up by going 9-17 from the field his next time out.
Dejounte Murray has taken over the starting PG spot for San Antone, and despite drawing a poor matchup in Memphis, he’s in play but not quite the lock he was against Cleveland.
Devin Harris, who’s in the concussion protocol, will Wednesday’s game against Houston. That means more minutes to be divvied up between Dennis Smith Jr., J.J. Barea, and Yogi Ferrell.
At first glance, I’ll probably be looking at point guards other than DSJ, even though he’s been on a terror as of late. He draws a tough PG matchup against Houston and the recent turnover totals of 3, 3, 4, and 3 are concerning. Most likely though, one out of trio of Dallas point guards will need to have a big game at home to keep their team competitive.
Clint Capela may garner some ownership just because of the matchup against the rebounding-deficient Mavs, but this doesn’t feel like the right spot for him. #RoadRyanAnderson just saw his price tumble and should provide a safe floor.
The Jimmy Butler injury news is the key to Wednesday’s entire slate. If he’s out, Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, and Nemanja Bjelica become top-notch, don’t-even-think-twice, dfs plays. Taj Gibson is also right in the thick of things at a solid PF position tonight.
If Jimmy G. Buckets does suit up, he’s in play, but we still have other solid mid-range options at SF in Covington and Warren.
The Clippers will need size to matchup with the Celtics big frontcourt, and Montrezl Harrell provides just that. Say a prayer that ‘Trez steers clear of foul trouble, because he’s lined up to have a dynamite game at his low price-tag.
Going forward I do like Single Blake Griffin as a dfs play – now that he’s hopefully escaped the Kardashian Curse. But I’m giving a slight nah-wave to Blake on this slate. This just doesn’t feel like the right spot for Griffin, especially after his price just went up $600 on FD. He’s probably a safe bet to put up 40-45 tonight, but I’ll be riding with AD instead.
Last but definitely not least, don’t forget about All-Star snub Sweet Lou Williams.
Killer instinct, boss.
Boston and San Antonio are playing the second night of a back-to-back, which is also their third game in four days.
Let’s Talk About Peripherals, Baby:
(Most combined blocks and steals by opponents over the last 2 weeks – all positions)
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