Wednesday brings just four NBA games and a slew of injuries. It’s that time of year, but it’s especially bad for some of these teams. Names like Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, John Wall, and Aaron Gordon are all sidelined, and guys like Al Horford, Klay Thompson, and Kyle Kuzma could join them by game time. It’s a mess. But where there’s injuries, there’s opportunity for others. It’s time to line up The Replacements.
SF/PF Kevin Durant GSW $11.4K vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Warriors are a mess of injuries right now. Curry is out another week, Draymond Green is out, and about half the rest of the team is questionable. And that’s why you sign Kevin Durant. KD has put up 67, 61, and 69 fantasy points the last three games with at least 37 points in every game. He is putting this Warriors offense on his back, and against a tired and beaten up Lakers team, Durant is about the most obvious DFS play ever.
PG Lonzo Ball LAL $7.6K vs Golden State
Ball is such a unique player, but the guy racks up fantasy points and fills up the box score. Ball hits double digit points most games. He’s also had six or more assists in six of his last ten games and at least six rebounds in all but two of them. On top of that, he’s had at least three stocks (steals plus blocks) in six of the ten games. This dude still can’t hit a free throw to save his life, but he sure can rack up fantasy points. He’s at 35+ fantasy points in six of the last eight games, and he should be golden against Quinn Cook and Golden State’s backups.
PG/SG Terry Rozier BOS $7.1K vs Washington
Continuing our theme of ragged lineups, Terry Rozier looks like a must start with the Celtics missing just about every other guard on their roster. Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart are out, and DraftKings has already smartly boosted Rozier’s price, but not enough. In Rozier’s last four games without Kyrie Irving, he’s averaged 18 ppg and over 40 fantasy points, and that includes a 49 and a 59 point game, the latter of which was a triple-double. Rozier is an obvious play but a good one. He has huge upside.
PG/SG Tomas Satoransky WAS $5.7K vs Boston
Remember how all of Boston’s guards are out? That helps the other team too. Satoransky has been better than ever lately, with at least 31 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s especially racking up the assists of late and has a decent chance at a double-double here. He continues to be a solid value with John Wall out.
SF/PF Markieff Morris WAS $5.4K vs Boston
Morris led the Wizards in scoring Tuesday night, and that was the third time in four games he’s surpassed 33 fantasy points. He has taken a bigger offensive role with Porter struggling a bit and Wall still out, and you know he’s eager to show his twin brother Marcus who’s the better player in a sibling and team rivalry. Boston’s bigs are all banged up too, so Morris should have his way.
PG/SG Brandon Jennings MIL $4.4K vs Orlando
Maybe Monday night was a complete and total fluke, but we’re going to have to find out the hard way. Jennings played his first game in years off the bench for the Bucks and racked up 16 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds, coming just two boards away from a shock triple-double. That was good for 46 fantasy points, and that for a player that wasn’t even available to play on DraftKings. He is now, and though he’ll never score 46 again Wednesday night, he has a clear path to playing time with Brogdon and Dellavedova out and a great matchup against Orlando’s terrible guards. He’s a must-play at this price.
PF/C Bam Adebayo MIA $4.3K vs Sacramento
Hassan Whiteside is out Wednesday night, so you know what to do. Adebayo has performed well in backup minutes for Miami, and he’s had a few huge games when given starter minutes. He struggled against the Blazers Monday, going 1 for 10 from the field, but those minutes aren’t going anywhere, and Bam should bounce back against a team lacking in big men options.
SG/SF Garrett Temple SAC $3.9K vs Miami
We’re out of money, so we’re going to take a gamble on Temple, who scored 31 fantasy points in two of his last three games – and only 7.5 in the other one. You never know what sort of minutes Temple will get, but that marks four times in the last nine games that Temple has hit 27 fantasy points. His floor is very low, so look for someone like Sterling Brown or Tyler Zeller if you need more safe points, but Temple is an upside bargain play in a plus matchup.