Chris Paul is arguably the most consistent player in daily fantasy basketball so using him is an incredibly safe bet especially versus the Golden State Warriors. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s NBA contests.
Chris Paul, Clippers, $17,400 – There is legitimately no player more consistent than Chris Paul. If you haven’t been rostering Paul in cash games lately, you frankly have been missing out because the guy simply never puts up a dud. Paul has now produced at least 37.5 fantasy points in 21 consecutive games. During that span, Paul has failed to reach 40 fantasy points just twice. At this point, the matchup almost doesn’t even matter with Paul…but Wednesday is a positive one for him overall. Golden State ranks middle of the pack in terms of defensive efficiency to opposing point guards (PGs) but allows the fifth most fantasy points to the position. Oh by the way, they play the second fastest pace so Paul will have the chance to get up and down court quickly which should lead to plenty of points and assists in the form of “Lob City.” There’s no guard I’d rather build my team around on this slate. Period, end of story.
Klay Thompson, Warriors, $12,000 – At this price point, Klay Thompson averages 2.78x value which is barely acceptable for cash games. On one hand, that isn’t how roster construction works because you aim for more than 3x value from cheaper plays. Then, the key in cash formats is to pair them with the mid-tier and expensive players who seem the most likely to produce at an average to above average level in their matchup. On the other hand, the 2.78x value is misleading because Thompson dropped 32 real points (PTS) and 53.25 fantasy points in his last meeting versus the Clippers. In three meetings versus them this season, Thompson hasn’t dipped below 32.75 fantasy points and is averaging 40.1 fantasy points per game (FPPG). If he can just reach the 40.1 fantasy point plateau, or his mean this season, the output would equate to 3.34x value…and now we’re talking. Typically Thompson is best left for tournaments, but I think this matchup is simply conducive to his style, so he can be deployed everywhere.
C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers, $11,700 –Credit to RotoCurve’s Benny Ricciardi for noticing an interesting trend last week with C.J. McCollum. After flat-out putting together an inefficient outing against the Wizards, the Trail Blazers played in three consecutive blowouts one way or another. If you had only looked at his game log after that streak, it would appear he was amidst a cold streak. Ricciardi identified the trend and how it had just been poor luck then, low and behold, McCollum has snapped out of it in a big way. McCollum has now eclipsed 40 fantasy points in three consecutive games including 40.75 versus his upcoming opponent Mavericks on Sunday (in overtime). The good news for McCollum is, at this price, he doesn’t even need 40 fantasy points for value…but rather 35.1. Considering a majority of the Trail Blazers’ offense comes from the backcourt (both McCollum and Damian Lillard), he will be relied heavily upon once again in this one. His cost had been hovering around the low $13,000s for a while so this price tag feels like an absolute steal.
Derrick Favors, Jazz, $12,900 – On paper, the matchup cannot possibly get much better. Only one team allows more fantasy points to opposing power forwards (PFs) than Houston and the Rockets play at the NBA’s seventh fastest pace. Any opponent brings an uptick in pace versus Utah’s sluggish style as they literally play the absolute slowest of any team. In their only meeting this season, Derrick Favors dropped 47 fantasy points on the Rockets via a 19-12 double-double with five combined steals (STL) and blocks (BLK)…not to mention Gordon Hayward was healthy in that game. While Hayward may claim he is fine now, he is still battling plantar fasciitis which is a very painful injury. Since he is reeling and has not eclipsed 30.25 fantasy points since he has returned, more of the offense will likely have to flow through Favors. All of this is a long-winded way of saying Favors is close to a must-start so fade him at your own risk.
Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves, $11,300 – Sacramento is playing so at least one of their opponents need to be included in this article. Today, the readers get a two for one but let’s start with Andrew Wiggins. The Kings still play at the fastest pace in the NBA and allow the most points per game (PPG). In his young career, Wiggins has squared off against the Kings on five previous occasions and has scored at least 22 PTS in each. Here is his game log in terms of fantasy points (in chronological order): 48.75, 48.25, 34.5, 33 and 53.5. The final two in the list came this season so clearly he just continues to have their number (as most good NBA players do). While pretty much the whole team is in play, none are safer bets than Wiggins.
Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves, $11,100 – Why is Gorgui Dieng mentioned in this article and not Karl-Anthony Towns? The answer is because DeMarcus Cousins is DeMarcus Cousins. Although the two teams have not met since the middle of December, Towns was the one who drew the tough task of defending the All-Star over Dieng. How do I know? Dieng registered two total fouls in the pair of games while Towns didn’t play more than 24 minutes in either contest partially due to foul trouble (five fouls in the second meeting). Okay, so Towns has clearly progressed since the teams last met but foul trouble is always a side effect is Cousins suits up. Full disclosure: Cousins is listed as questionable after taking a hard foul against the Bulls so he may or may not play. Regardless, Dieng is the safer of the two and he still possesses a rather high ceiling as he fills up the stat sheet (averaging 1.2 STL and 1.2 BLK this season). Dieng can be used in cash but he is a prime tournament option as his skill set versus a horrendous defense could lead to a heroic fantasy point total.
*Stats are accurate as of Monday, Mar. 21