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Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

Mike Barner

Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. He currently focuses on the NBA. Before RotoWire, Mike wrote for KFFL.com.

As the NBA prepares for an off night Thursday, Wednesday brings 14 games on the schedule. With so many options to choose from for your Yahoo entry, letís get right down to business and examine the players that can hopefully help you finish in the money.

GUARDS

Ben Simmons, PHI vs. POR ($48): Simmons is not only the best rookie in the NBA, but he is one of the best players in the league in general right now when it comes to DFS value. He is averaging 45.7 Yahoo points per game overall, but has been even better lately as he has scored at least 50 Yahoo points in three straight games. Heís pretty matchup proof, so get him in your lineup.

Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN at CLE ($20): Dinwiddie is rolling as a starter for the Nets, scoring at least 34.1 Yahoo points in three straight games. The Cavaliers struggle to defend opposing point guards as they have allowed the eighth-most Yahoo points per game (45.9) to the position. Dinwiddie scored 38 Yahoo points when these teams met earlier this season, making him a great option at this price.

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Guard to Avoid

Eric Gordon, HOU vs. DEN ($25): Gordon did a great job filling in for the injured Chris Paul, but has seen a reduced role since Paulís return. No longer a member of the starting five, Gordon averaged only 28 minutes off the bench in his last two games. He failed to score more than 23.9 Yahoo points in either game as a result, so stay away from him Wednesday.

FORWARDS

Paul George, OKC vs. GS ($39): George is on a hot streak, as he has scored at least 41.4 Yahoo points in four of his last five games, three of which he scored at least 51 Yahoo points. Although his 26.2% usage rate is his lowest since the 2012-13 season, it still puts him within the top-40 in the league. This should be a high-scoring affair against the Warriors where George can thrive.

Denzel Valentine, CHI at UTA ($13): Valentine has started each of the last three games, scoring at least 34 Yahoo points twice. He logged a season-high 38 minutes Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers and put up an excellent all-around line with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and five three-pointers. With the Bulls struggling to score, Valentine should get plenty of run and provide significant value at this cheap price Wednesday.

Forward to Avoid

LaMarcus Aldridge, SA at NO ($40): Aldridge has struggled by his standards of late as he has scored 39.2 Yahoo points or less in four of his last five games. He gets no easy task against the big Pelicans frontcourt Wednesday, so this might not be the night to pay up for him.

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CENTERS

Marc Gasol, MEM vs. DAL ($36): Gasol continues to lead the way with Mike Conley (Achilles) out, scoring at least 48.9 Yahoo points in two of his last three games. His 28.1% usage rate puts him in the top-25 in the league and he is one of the best passing centers in the game. The Mavericks donít have a lot of quality size up front, so this could be a big game for Gasol.

Julius Randle, LAL at SAC ($18): Randle is only averaging 21 minutes per game this season, but has played at least 28 minutes in three of his last four games. He came away with at least 29 Yahoo points in two of those games, cashing in his extra minutes. Wednesday brings a matchup against a Kings team that struggles to defend opposing big men, making Randle a viable cheaper option.

Center to Avoid

Jusuf Nurkic, POR at PHI ($29): Nurkic is struggling to produce right now as he has scored 28.5 Yahoo points or less in six of his last seven games. He has the tough task of trying to defend Joel Embiid Wednesday, so foul trouble could be an issue. At this price, heís not worth the risk.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51 .