Moving right along this week, and we are to Wednesday! Glad to be back with another decent sized slate in the Association as tonight we have 9 of those games on the docket to choose from. Last night went pretty decently with the likes of guys like DWade, Kemba, Wilson Chandler, Gary Harris, Batum, and Barton, as I provided all of these player options in the SDSlackChat and more, so if you aren’t a member of this chat, you may want to join us! Lots of great minds in there bouncing player options off each other and giving great reasons why! Now, let us get to this core-4 article!
Eric Bledsoe ($7,400)– I can see Bledsoe’s ownership being a bit on the down-side tonight with the Bucks on a B2B, but this doesn’t at all mean he should be shied away from. Bledsoe had a sub-par game last night vs the Wiz (who have actually been really good against the PG spot since Wall injury), in which I could also see suppressing his ownership as well tonight, as there are TONS of higher-priced options tonight that I believe will catch the eyes of most at first glance before they even get to him. Nonetheless, Bledsoe is still carrying a pretty hefty 25.3 usage rate over his last 5 games while traveling, with a 118.1 OFFRTG, as well as a very nice 17.1 PIE. He has also accounted for at least 43.3 FPs in 3 of his last 5 games on the road, with all of those 5 games reaching at least 36 FPs as well. Detroit has been fairly bad against the PG spot lately, as they are ranked as the highest allowing FP totals to the PG spot over their last 10 games on average, as well as the 5th most over their last 5 contests as well. In 2 games vs DET this season so far, Bledsoe has seen some of his highest usage rates with an average of 31.0%, while also averaging 30.9 mpg, with 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.0 spg, and 1.5 bpg. With the steals and blocks alone, some of you FanDuel guys should definitely be looking into Bledsoe tonight.
Andrew Harrison ($5,700)– Harrison is eating up the minutes lately, and with no Tyreke Evans, I don’t see that trend stopping any time soon here. Harrison has now gone for over 30 fantasy points in 4 of his last 6, while also seeing at least 28 minutes or more of court-time in his last 5 of 6 contests as well. Carrying a modest and admirable 23.7 usage% of his last 3 games. Harrison has been one of the more consistent players for the tanking Grizz here lately, as they have been decimated by injuries and just been bad overall, BUT they do host the Suns tonight and we all know how bad the Suns are defensively. The Suns are allowing the 3rd most FPs on average to the PG spot over their last 10 games, and we all know Elf is just not a good defender period, so with that said, I like the price here on Harrison and I honestly don’t see his ownership being that high with the scarcity of a blow-out, and the Grizz slower pace than usual NBA teams. It does also help to point out that 3 of his last 4 in the Grindhouse have posted at 38.3, 38.5, and 29.8 (vs PHO) fantasy point totals.
Frank Kaminsky ($4,400)– Majorly beneficial to watch and see if Zeller does happen to sit tonight, as he did end up leaving last night’s game with some swelling in his knee, in which I can only imagine is pretty decently painful. So, with that said, if he does sit, along with watching the status of guys like MKG and also Dwight Howard who had a small injury stint in last night’s game before half-time, this could be a very nice spot for Kaminsky. He is super cheap, has seen at least 23 minutes or more in his last 3 games, and has had some decent success against BOS this season. In the 2 games earlier in the season, Kaminsky played an average of 21.2 mpg, saw a very nice 25.4 usage rate, while averaging 11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 0.5 apg. Seeing as how his price is so low, he wouldn’t actually have to do near as much to meet value, and “hopefully” if a few players happen to sit, or just Zeller, he could see a few added minutes even with Willy Hernangomez in the fold. Either way, I think he is a reliable punt play tonight, as we know BOS does tend to struggle a little down low against other Forwards.
Andre Drummond ($9,600)– Here is mainly where I will be paying up tonight (yes, I’ll have a smidge of AD because you can’t fade him right now, but it’s not a great match up folks). Drummond should be able to own this frontcourt of the Bucks, especially on a B2B. Bucks have struggle mightily against bigs this season, and we all know it, and it’s not a secret, and he will probably have some ownership to boot, but oh well. Hess carrying a 21.4 usage rate in home games so far this season, which is genuinely a bit higher than your average NBA center. Also, it was pretty interesting to note that in the 3 games these two teams have played this season, Drummond saw an average of 31.4 mpg, while carrying astonishing averages in points at 21.3, with 17.0 rebounds per game, as well as 3.3 assists per game vs MIL. So, I will have some Drummond tonight.
That will do it for me tonight! Once again, if you are not in the SDSlackChat, GET IN! Let’s chat later this afternoon about the slate tonight and see who else we are liking on this nice slate!