FanDuel has a hefty 12-game schedule starting at 7:00 PM ET. Let’s start with a dive into Vegas numbers.
A NOTICE: This is a list of recent and notable injuries and is not an exhaustive list. Use your best judgment for ongoing and less prominent injury scenarios.
PHI Joel Embid (foot) – OFF
PHI James Harden (foot) – OFF
PHI Tyrese Maxey (foot) – OFF
The trio of foot injuries is probably why Vegas like Charlotte in this matchup. shake Milton ($6,000) and De’Anthony Melton ($7,400) have held up the backcourt and you will likely see it Montrezl Harrell ($4,900) Start in Embiid’s place.
CHA LaMelo ball (ankle) – OFF
Unlike Philadelphia, the Hornets are used to ball pausing and should put on a strong performance Terry Rozier ($7,700). if DennisSmith ($6,000) is ready to play, he will also contribute.
CLE Caris LeVert (ankle) – OFF
CLE kevin love (thumbs) – QUESTIONABLE
Dean Wade ($3,500) is likely, so I’d give it a try, and Cedi Osman ($3,800) remains a good low-cost pivot.
DAL Spencer Dinwiddie (Shoulder) – DOUBT
Dinwiddie represents a good chunk of Dallas production, so it would be an unfortunate absence as a street dog against the Celtics. Tim Hardaway ($4,800) is usually a rock solid multi-position surrogate for missed issues, so it’s my favorite here.
BOS Jayson Tatum (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE
Tatum is a huge questionable tag to monitor. If he misses, expect it Jaylen Brown ($8,500) to take over the game. I would focus on Brown when it comes to spot replacements that could happen if Tatum is a scratch.
WAS Bradley Beal (Square) – QUESTIONABLE
We recently saw Pivots being produced here and I don’t like the options. I like what Deni Avdija ($4,400) has acted in this scenario, so give him a little more love.
MIA Jimmy Butler (knee) – OUT
MIA Max Strauss (Shoulder) – DOUBT
MIA Tyler Herro (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE
MIA Gave Vincent (knee) – DOUBT
Most notable is Herro’s upgrade. So when he returns, I’m inclined to use him. I’m not crazy about this game but apart from Herro, Caleb Martin ($5,400) is relevant when Strus misses, and though it pains me to say it, Kyle Lowry ($7,400)although expensive, has been fairly constant over the past week.
BKN Kyrie Irving ($8,700) is back. Do what you want with it.
GATE Pascal Siakam (bar) – OFF
GATE Scottie Barnes (knee) – DOUBT
Barnes could be back, and everything else is business as usual for the Raptors. I wouldn’t tinker too much here.
SAS Jacob Poeltl (knee) – DOUBT
If Pöltl is missing, he will be reactivated ZachCollins ($4,500) could get his chance on Wednesday night.
DET Cade Cunningham (Leg) – OUT
DET Isaiah Stewart (Toe) – OFF
DET Saddiq Bey (ankle) – OFF
Killian Hayes ($5,600), Marvin Bagley ($5,000) and Alec Burk ($4,600) are my favorite pivot points on Detroit’s injury-plagued roster.
UTA Mike Conley (Leg) – OUT
We’ve been everywhere Collin Kuester ($4,700) on Monday, and I think almost everyone in the public was shocked that he didn’t play better. Although I saved a few cash lineups, my high exposure to him hurt me. It was Jordan Clarkson ($6,300) who took over, and while I’m not going to give up on Sexton entirely, you’ve got to expose Clarkson a little more.
As usual, Luke Doncic ($12,000) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800) are smash spots every night, although I can keep my exposure low for Doncic, who might be without Dinwiddie against a very tough Boston defense. Another five figure talent worth considering is Kevin Durant ($10,800). He has double authority and a superior mismatch against the Raptors. Kyrie Irving‘s Returning allows Durant to do his thing.
I think Vegas is spot on with the high projected total, so I’m going to give a blanket endorsement to several top talents at the Hawks and Kings Trae Young ($9,900) and De’Aaron Fox ($9,700) pioneering. Dive deep into these rosters and it’s hard to go wrong. Vegas also awards a large sum to the game Timberwolves-Pacers, I like that Tyrese Haliburton ($9,400) and Karl-Anthony-Cities ($9,000) in the 9K range.
There is no need to repeat Jaylen Brown($8,500) Worth if Tatum fails, but there’s one grouping in the 8K space that deserves a look. The trio of Brandon Ingram ($8,100), Zion Williamson ($8,100) and CJ McCollum ($8,000) are balled up and appear to have a great matchup against the Spurs, who may be in the paint without Jakob Poeltl. The over/under is pretty high here too, and I’ll probably use at least one of these players in every lineup.
Expected chalk and other goals
Anthony EdwardsMIN ($7,700) @ IND
Edwards is the album for my broken turntable this season as I rarely keep it off the board. But I think its use could be particularly strong in Wednesday’s fast-paced affair. It’s been quite a while since Edwards played the Pacers, but they’re weaker than ever in the wide positions, and as we all know, Edwards is a hybrid who doesn’t sit in the corner like other swingers. We got to see some highlight role-worthy stuff from Edwards tonight.
Kyle KuzmaWAS ($7,600) @ MIA
I’d like to see Kuzma a little cheaper, but he pretty much hit 5x on that salary when he posted 21 points and eight rebounds against Miami a few days ago. Miami suffers from a variety of positions, and only a return for Tyler Herro would soften my support for Kuzma.
Zach LavineCHI ($6,900) @ MIL
The Bulls have minutes to play against LaVine and that’s crucial for him. Its monstrous shot volume will usually survive a bad night of shooting, and when LaVine is firing over 20 shots per game, it’ll mostly get you in the 30 FDFP range. Add in some decent secondary numbers and he could destroy value with 40 FDFP if he can get a foothold against the Bucks.
Gordon HaywardCHA ($6,400) vs PHI
Hayward is definitely worth a chat at this salary. He’s again put up FDFP totals of 36 and 30 in his first two games, and with very little effort. Expect Hayward to continue trending higher as it nears 100%. While LaMelo Ball is out, every Hornet has a little extra to pack.
Also consider: Andrew WigginsGSW ($6,500) vs LAC, Clint CapelaATL ($6,500) vs SAC
You should revisit the injury section to find impeccable value on this board, but we’ll identify a few more budget calls that slipped through the cracks. In terms of injuries, Deni Avdija is my favorite value.
Kelly OlynykUTA ($5,300) vs DET
I always like to go beyond the numbers. Could this be a revenge scenario for Olynyk? He’s had a pretty unspectacular tenure there and he might want to give them the pain while they’re hurting in almost every position. Judging by who’s sane, Marvin Bagley and Jalen Duren might be the only guys who can stop him.
Mark MorrisLAC ($4,900) @ GSW
Morris ticks all the boxes for me and at that salary I think he’s one of the best players on the list. He’s constantly chalked up when Kawhi Leonard takes his seat, and with Leonard against the Warriors, I’m expecting a big night. The Warriors have failed to impress defensively this season, and despite a poor night against Utah, Morris has filled in the stats in countless ways. FDFP totals in the mid-20s are quite doable for Morris, and all it takes is just over 25 FDFP to hit 5x, which is our usual goal when we’re looking for 300 points. Norman Powell ($5,100) is another guy you can’t ignore.
With a spreadsheet this massive, it’s not easy to get everyone exactly right, but here are some scores under 5,000 if you need some extra salary cap relief.
PF Jared VanderbiltUTA ($4,800) vs DET
SG Shaedon SharpePOR ($4,700) @ CLE
PF PJ TuckerPHI ($4,600) @ CHA
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspapers. He began working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he is a lifelong Clemson fan who is now enjoying the Los Angeles sun.