Fantasy Basketball 2013: Strong Plays For December 11th
Want the secret to daily fantasy success for Wednesday night? Play everyone from the Timberwolves/Sixers game.
All of ‘em.
I could honestly just take the majority of players from this game and feature them in the column, but there are still eight other games on tap, so let’s get to the plays that are catching my eye.
Tony Wroten, PG ( @ MIN)
FPPG allowed to PG: 40.35
C’mon. You knew I was going to start with this game. Wroten is an absolute must-start when Michael Carter-Williams is sidelined. And guess what? MCW will not be active for this game. Wroten has been a dominant fantasy asset when on the court. In seven starts this year, he is averaging 18.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 17.7 shot attempts per game. I like his matchup tonight, as the Wolves and 76ers are the two highest-paced teams in all of basketball, so points will not be hard to come by. Also, Minnesota is coughing up 40.35 fantasy points per game to point guards, which is inside the bottom-10 in the league. As long as the 76ers can keep this game relatively close, which is possible since Minnesota struggles in back-to-backs, Wroten should contribute in every category.
Nikola Pekovic, C (vs PHI)
FPPG allowed to C: 44.87
Okay, just one more. Pekovic should be absolute money tonight in a dominant matchup. The big man is heating up, having scored at least 18 points and five rebounds in each of his last five contests, including three double-doubles. Meanwhile, the 76ers probably have the softest interior in the league, allowing opposing centers to haul in 13.52 rebounds and swat three shots per contest. He’ll be cheap and he’s on a tear, so why not use that to your advantage in the best matchup possible?
Harrison Barnes, SF (vs DAL)
FPPG allowed to SF: 39.82
I’m a big fan of Barnes’ game, and many intelligent basketball minds believe that he will be the best overall player on the Warriors roster. Yes, even ahead of the glorious Steph Curry. Over his last five games, Barnes is logging a healthy 36.2 minutes per game and he continues to contribute in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Meanwhile, this should be quite the high-scoring affair, as both Golden State and Dallas rank sixth and seventh in points per game (103.4 and 103, respectively). Only four teams are allowing more fantasy points per game to the small forward position, and they also a handful of steals, assists and rebounds. I like Barnes to stuff the stat sheets in a game that has a high over/under.
Josh McRoberts, PF ( vs ORL)
FPPG allowed to PF: 43.19
This could be one of those revenge games for McBob tonight, as the Magic traded him away last season. A good source of rebounding, steals and points, McRoberts is logging a healthy 31 minutes over his last five games, and if he can play 30 minutes against the Magic, I like his odds of producing. Orlando is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards, but are also surrendering the fifth-most points in the paint per game (37). The Magic are also allowing opposing power forwards to net 21.44 points per game, which is the third-most in basketball. There is clearly a ton of opportunity for McRoberts to exceed his value tonight, and this game should remain close.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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