Wednesday should be fun, with nine games for DFS contestants to choose from, including a much-anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
There will be some injury info to keep track of as the day goes on. Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, Norris Cole, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Jared Sullinger have all seen the infirmary in recent days. Brandon Knight could even make his long-awaited return for the Suns.
With that in mind, here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Wednesday, March 9.
Marco Belinelli, Kings ($6,700) – Belinelli has the ability to blow up at any moment. Of course, those explosions are few and far in between, but he has a chance to do that on Wednesday when the Kings face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Starting shooting guard Ben McLemore suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right ring finger and is “questionable” to suit up. I’d bet on him being closer to “doubtful”, and even if he plays, this injury isn’t likely to help matters — the third-year guard is averaging a meager 10.6 points on 35 percent shooting since the All-Star break. Stephen’s brother, Seth Curry, is also questionable, which would make a serious amount of minutes available to Belinelli. This is more of a punt play, but one that has a chance to reach far beyond value.
Devin Booker, Suns ($9,800) – After enduring through a slump, Devin Booker has come back to fantasy relevance, and come back strong. From February 9 to March 1, Booker averaged just 20.6 fantasy points while posting 10.8 real life points with only 3.5 assists and 2.9 boards. He had been in a frenzy following Eric Bledsoe‘s injury, but these rookie walls are to be expected, especially from 19-year-olds on terrible teams. He seems to be back on the horse again though, as he’s put up 39.9 FPs in 38.4 minutes over his last three. With Alex Len thriving on the inside, Booker has established himself as the go-to perimeter player, taking 16.3 shots per game during that span. He could be even more efficient with Brandon Knight possibly making his return, though that doesn’t matter a whole lot in DFS. He’ll get to face the Knicks, who are 21st vs. opposing shooting guards since the All-Star break and will be playing on back-to-back nights.
Jerryd Bayless, Bucks ($8,400) – Bayless has played very well over his last five, averaging 23.8 FPs on 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 threes. Michael Carter-Williams (hip surgery) is officially done for the season, so there’s no questioning Bayless’ role on the team anymore. He may not be starting — that distinction goes to O.J. Mayo, who is more of a ceremonial starter — but a bench role suits him just fine. He’s getting 32.5 minutes over that five-game span, and as long as he stays at this price, he should be a solid play with a safe floor against any opponent, even tough ones like the Miami Heat.