We had our first pre-lock panic yesterday as the Brooklyn Nets surprised everyone with their starting lineup and then the Los Angeles Clippers followed up later in the night with Paul George scratched after lock.
Both situations opened up some value and if you had enough money or roster spots to get to Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum and Patrick Beverly you probably had a good night. On the flip side, the Jeff Green chalk did not pay off. Suprising…
Wednesday could be much of the same, as every slate could be this year, and we have a massive 11-game slate to navigate. Tip-off spans over a period of three hours so keeping an eye on the news throughout the night will be essential.
Three of the eleven games have game totals over 230 highlighted by one of the first games of the evening between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers.
As of now, it is uncertain what the Clippers will do playing a back-to-back regarding the status of George and Leonard.
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Top of the Key
Brandon Ingram ($8,400 DK / $8,800 FD) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Ingram has taken steps this season to be one of the premier players in the league and is clearly the number one option on the Pelicans.
He leads the team with a 31.4% usage rate and has been involved in 44% of the teams plays this season while shooting 45.9% from the field.
On the season, he is averaging 1.28 DraftKings fantasy points and 1.25 FanDuel points but has picked it up over the past two games increasing those numbers to 1.35 DK FP and 1.33 FD FP.
In their first matchup of the season, Ingram went 8-16 from the field with seven rebounds but only played 26 minutes. Should he get his full workload tonight, he could be in for a huge night.
Fred VanVleet ($7,900 DK / $8,000 FD) at Phoenix Suns
As the Toronto Raptors have been one of the more disappointing teams this season, VanVleet has been the one bright spot.
In four of their six games, the Raptors shooting guard has gone for over 48 DK FP and 46 FD FP while taking 19 or more field goal attempts.
VanVleet also has a healthy 24% usage rate while averaging 1.22 DK FP and 1.20 FD FP. He also is involved rebounding, averaging 7.5 rebounds per 100 possessions.
He draws a matchup he could take advantage today with the Suns backcourt as they allowed Paul George to shoot 15-24 from the field including 7-10 from three.
Here are a few players and situations I will be keeping my eye that could be in good spots depending on how news breaks or players I will look into a little throughout the day.
Immanuel Quickly ($3,300 DK / $3,700 FD) vs. Utah Jazz – We will have to see who suits up for the Knicks tonight as their backcourt is banged up right now. Since his return two games ago, Quickly has played 34 minutes and put up 11 shots. If a few of his backcourt members are ruled out, we could get 20-plus minutes tonight at almost the minimum price.
Wayne Ellington ($3,300 DK / $3,800 FD) at Milwaukee Bucks – With Killian Hayes out for an extended period of time, Ellington could see increased time at the point guard position. The status of Josh Jackson is in question and if he misses, we could get some value out of Ellington tonight in a pace up game for the Pistons.
Nicolas Batum ($4,900 DK / $4,400 FD) at Golden State Warriors – Batum played great last night with George out and if he or Leonard are ruled out tonight I will be going back to the well. I really like his price on FanDuel tonight.
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