After a skimpy three-game slate on Tuesday, the NBA is back in full force on Wednesday with a big 11-game slate. A big slate means there are plenty of options when building out your DFS lineups. While I have zeroed into my top 10 plays below there are some others that just missed the cut including John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tristan Thompson and Taj Gibson to name a few. So with that, let’s take a look at who did make the cut for my Droppin’ Dimes plays of the day.
The grid below is a snapshot of today’s slate that shows the overall rating for each position for each team. The numbers highlighted in red are the positions that are in the top 25% of their position for the slate and indicate good plays. Meanwhile, the numbers highlighted in blue are the positions that are in the bottom 25% of their respective position for the slate and are positions to avoid.
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Hot Sheet for November 14th
Anthony Davis (NO) – If I’m paying up for a high-priced stud on this slate, I’m going straight to the top with Anthony Davis. Davis has averaged 27.7 points, 16.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 blocks over the last three games. He gets very favorable game conditions on Wednesday playing in a game with the highest Vegas total and a tight line and faces a Timberwolves team that has allowed the 2nd most points, 3rd most rebounds and most assists to opposing PFs this season.
Hassan Whiteside (MIA) – Whiteside has shown flashes of dominance this season and has even brought a little bit of consistency along with it. He has four straight double-doubles and draws an excellent matchup on Wednesday against the Nets. The Nets have surrendered the 6th most points and 2nd most rebounds to opposing big men this season. It could be a 20-20 night for Whiteside.
Julius Randle (NO) – The recommendation of Randle once again comes with the caveat that if Nikola Mirotic plays then look elsewhere. That said, if Mirotic misses another game then Randle should get another start and play about 35 minutes for his third straight game. In the last two outings, Randle has averaged 19.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per night. He would get a plus matchup against the Timberwolves in a great game environment.
D’Angelo Russell (BKN) – Russell had his best game of the season in his previous outing with 31 points including nine three-pointers. He will be looked at to pick up a lot of the scoring slack left by the Caris LeVert injury moving forward. Whether he is running the point or playing more two-guard, he will face a Heat team that has allowed increased production to opposing guards in points and assists this season.
CJ McCollum (POR) – With Damian Lillard working through an injury, I expect McCollum to take the lead role on offense on Wednesday against the Lakers. The Lakers have allowed the most points, 6th most rebounds and most assists to opposing SGs this season. McCollum has 40-point upside as he showed just a week ago against the Bucks.
Andrew Wiggins (MIN) – While I’m paying up for my exposure to the Pelicans side, I’m hitting the mid-range for my Wolves exposure to the excellent game environment in Minnesota. Wiggins is listed as questionable, but he played 38 minutes in the previous game. Even if Dario Saric and Robert Covington are cleared to play, I expect their minutes to be limited which should still give Wiggins at least 35. His salary is very reasonable for a player who should see an increase in shots now that Jimmy Butler is out of town.
Jeff Teague (MIN) – Teague returned from a long absence to play 35 minutes in his return on Monday. In that game, he put up 24 points and 11 assists and he draws an elite matchup on Wednesday against the Pelicans. The Pelicans have allowed the 2nd most points, 6th most rebounds and 2nd most steals to opposing PGs this season. Make sure he is starting before plugging him in.
Derrick Favors (UTH) – Favors has been a solid, efficient fantasy option this season. He doesn’t have big upside but if you want a solid line with about 12 points and eight rebounds out of the forward spot at an inexpensive price then do yourself a favor and roster Derrick.
Shelvin Mack (MEM) – Mack and the Grizzlies are in a pace up spot against the Bucks in Milwaukee tonight. Mack has played at least 24 minutes in six of his last seven games. In those seven games, he is averaging 13.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Not bad production for a player that is priced so cheaply in a favorable game environment.
David Nwaba (CLE) – Rostering Nwaba takes a little bit of a leap of faith that his previous game with 18 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes is obtainable on Wednesday. He should be able to get the minutes as long as Kyle Korver and Cedi Osman remain out. He is dirt cheap and can be used to fit in an extra high-priced stud.
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