Twenty-four teams play Wednesday, and the 12-game slate features some fast-paced matchups with high projected totals. At least one of our selections will come from these games. We’ll also do our best to avoid the premier players and focus away from obvious additions to the slate, like Luka Doncic ($57) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($60).
Tyrese Haliburton, IND ($41) vs. MIN
Terry Rozier, CHA ($31) vs. PHI
Guard to Avoid
Collin Sexton, UTA ($12) vs. DET
Sexton was easily the hottest DFS add during Monday’s slate, as many believed he’d explode in a starting role with Mike Conley out. That ultimately didn’t pass, as Jordan Clarkson absorbed most of Conley’s output. The desire to try him again is very tempting, especially at this salary, but with so many other valuable spots available on the slate, it’s best to fade him.
Karl-Anthony TownsMIN ($38) @ IND
Towns is in the player pool after a $10 drop-off from the first tier, making his salary insanely good for this potentially high-scoring affair. Towns is in a three-game double-double drought, but with Rudy Gobert in the backcourt, rebounds will naturally be harder to come by. Towns has tangible, fantasy-worthy skills that Gobert does not possess, however. Few big men in the league have a better shooting stroke than Towns, and his adjusted role has highlighted those talents. Towns ends up being good for a floor of around 35 FP with the ability to pop for 50 FP or more.
Marcus MorrisLAC ($17) @ GSW
If you’re looking for a budget player who is almost guaranteed to produce, look no further than Morris. The veteran has always been known for his defense, but amid Kawhi Leonard’s absences, he has been called upon to absorb some of the missing production. Morris has a very reliable floor of around 26 FP, but in the right scenario (namely a Leonard absence), he can post an FP total in the high 30s, which is excellent for a player at this salary. The Warriors haven’t been stellar defensively, so Wednesday’s game should be an ideal spot for a point-rebound combo from Morris.
Forward to Avoid
Zion WilliamsonNOP ($33)@ SAS
There is little doubt that Williamson will return to form soon, but there is no need to rush him along, and his first game back from a three-game absence shows that he is not at 100 percent. The Pelicans are favored to win against the Spurs, and with a great supporting cast around him, the team will likely not require him to do much of the heavy lifting — at least, not yet.
Domantas SabonisSAC ($38) @ ATL
Quality centers are at a premium on this slate, so we will probably spend the most salary at this position. It makes perfect sense to target the center in the game with the highest projected total, and this match against the Hawks clocks in at an eye-popping 241 points. The only knock on Sabonis is his team’s propensity to go small-ball at times, thus restricting Sabonis’s scoring ability. He’ll almost always provide rebound support but occasionally gets lost in the shuffle as a scorer. He should be able to get more involved in the game based on the sheer number of possessions, and with only Clint Capela suited to cover him, he should be able to take advantage if he stays on the court with Atlanta’s second unit.
Center to Avoid
Nicholas ClaxtonBKN ($20) @ TOR
Although the Raptors are still playing without Pascal Siakam, I can’t endorse Claxton in this spot. The center position is a low priority for the Nets. So much of the offense and scoring defense is centered around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, making it impossible for other players to make a significant impact on a regular basis. Claxton is often a victim, disappearing in an offense where he isn’t targeted enough.
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and has played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspaper. He started working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he’s a lifelong Clemson fan now enjoying the sun in Los Angeles.