Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel contests on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
Some of our favorite players at each position in the various price points can be found below for tonight’s nine-game slate.
Delon Wright ($7,000)– I am having a hard time not rostering Wright tonight as he is smoking hot now that Derrick Rose is off the Pistons. In his past five games, Wright has played at least 32 minutes in each game and is averaging 17.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, seven assists, and 1.6 steals+blocks. Wright has at least 33 fantasy points in four of those five games and at least 30 fantasy points in eight of his past 11 games. With the Bulls ranking in the bottom ten in both defensive efficiency and fantasy points allowed per game to point guards there is no reason to believe that Wright slows down.
David Nwaba ($5,100)– Both Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon are doubtful for tonight’s game and that has to put Nwaba on your radar. In the Rockets’ last game with both players out, Nwaba started and played 40 minutes. Nwaba didn’t just play a ton of minutes but he played well with 19 points, 11 rebounds, a block, and two steals on his way to 42.7 fantasy points. That was Nwaba’s fourth game in his six games since returning to the Rocket’s lineup that Nwaba had produced at least 18 fantasy points.
Michael Carter-Williams ($4,400)– Cole Anthony has been ruled out until after the all-star break and that makes Carter-Williams an elite value play. In the past two games with Anthony out, Carter-Williams is averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 28.65 fantasy points in 28 minutes of action.
Anthony Edwards ($6,000)– I am writing this on Tuesday night before the Wolves play so I am not sure how Edwards played against the Lakers. With that being said I don’t really think it matters much on how Edwards performed last game as D’Angelo Russell is out for the foreseeable future. In the past five games with Russell playing a total of five minutes not including Tuesday night’s game, of course, Edwards is averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals+blocks. Edwards has at least 31 fantasy points in four of those five games.
Dwayne Bacon ($4,400)– If Evan Fournier is out again for the Magic as I expect then I like Bacon as a nice value play. In the past five games that Fournier has missed, Bacon has started and played at least 30 minutes in each game. In those games, Bacon is averaging 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and a steal. Bacon has at least 18 fantasy points in each of those games and has hit that mark in ten of his past 11 games.
Jimmy Butler ($9,400)– Butler’s salary is finally starting to rise but I still think even with his new elevated salary he is a bit underpriced based on the way he has played since his return to the Heat’s lineup. In those nine games, Butler is averaging 22.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 49.12 fantasy points. Butler is not only putting up big numbers but I like the match-up for him against the Warriors as the Warriors don’t have anyone on their roster who can really slow Butler down.
Joe Ingles ($5,700)– Mike Conley is questionable for tonight’s game but I have a feeling he sits out again. If he does sit out then I am all over Ingles who has played well in Conley’s absence. In those five games, Ingles is averaging 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and five assists in 32.6 minutes of action. Ingles has at least 34 fantasy points in three of his past four games.
Nerlens Noel ($5,300)– Noel has started both of the Knicks past two games with Mitchell Robinson out and played well. In those games, Noel is averaging eight points, five rebounds, and four blocks+steals. Noel has at least 25 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging just at a fantasy point per minute this season.
Zeke Nnaji ($3,800)– One drawback to writing this article the night before is I don’t get to know how a player performed in that night’s game. I really wish I knew how Nnaji played against Boston as it would make me feel better about this play. With that being said if Paul Millsap is out as I expect I think Nnaji is worth the risk as he played 23 minutes against the Lakers with Millsap out of the lineup and played well with 22.6 fantasy points. Nnaji as of this writing also looks to be a big part of the Nuggets rotation with Millsap out as he has played nine minutes early in the second quarter.
Nikola Jokic ($10,500)– I am writing this article before the Nuggets-Celtics game on Tuesday night even started so I don’t know how Jokic did in that game. Even if Jokic put up a dud in that game I don’t really care as Jokic has been putting up huge numbers all season long especially as of late. Jokic has at least 55 fantasy points in six of his past eight games and is averaging 58.09 fantasy points during this stretch of games. Jokic is not only putting up huge numbers currently but the Wizards are a team to target centers against. This season the Wizards have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to centers.
Mason Plumlee ($7,300)– Plumlee was the backup to Nikola Jokic last season and this season in his starting role with the Pistons he has been Jokic lite especially over the past three games. In those three games, Plumlee is averaging 15.3 points, ten rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks. Plumlee has at least 40 fantasy points in each of those games and has produced at least that amount of fantasy points in four of his past five games. Tonight I am expecting Plumlee to keep up his hot play as he should continue to play a ton of minutes with Blake Griffin’s Pistons career all but over and a solid match-up against a Bulls team that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to centers over their past seven games.