There are six games of basketball today and plenty of chances to win. The $10,000 Wednesday Swish is up for grabs as usual, but the Wednesday Swish Free Roll also offers something for the more conservative player. Whichever contest you enter, here are some selections to help you get started.
George Hill $5,500
George Hill has been a revelation for the Jazz. The 30-year-old is currently averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He’s also doing it while putting up ridiculous shooting percentages and a 27.4 PER. Statistically he rates as one of the league’s 10-20 best players so far this season and he’s only priced at $5,500.
Hill has scored 34.5 in his last three games since returning from injury. Against a Rockets team that is lacking defensively and plays at a reasonably fast pace, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why Hill wouldn’t continue his form.
Matthew Dellavedova $4,400
Matthew Dellavedova hasn’t been an exciting fantasy prospect by any stretch, but he has been consistent and he has a great match-up today. Delly has consistently put up fantasy scores in the 20’s, and playing his old team Cleveland – who are also bottom five in defense against Point Guards – he has a great opportunity to reach the top end of his scoring range.
I also like Patrick Beverley ($3,700) if you need to shed some extra cash.
Rodney Hood $5,000
Rodney Hood can be an inconsistent player, but he has the potential to put up strong fantasy numbers. At a $5,000 price-tag, he usually makes for a good tournament play because he’s ceiling is in the mid to high 30’s. In this match-up against the Rockets, it seems more likely that he reaches that ceiling.
Hood enjoys playing against the Rockets, and in their last meeting he had 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, which was good for 33.3 fantasy points.
James Harden ($11,500)
James Harden had a bounce-back game against Portland (38 points, 10 assists), finally adjusting to the way defenses were beginning to play him. Although Harden has maintained incredible numbers, he has struggled a little bit in the past week as he had to adjust to defenses playing him for the pass. The key to Harden breaking the slump was being more aggressive, and if he comes out again today and does that you can expect another great fantasy score.
The way Harden collects stats it’s very rare that he’s a bad play. On a day without too many elite options at the guard positions, he seems like a great place to spend.
Jamal Crawford ($3,700) might also make a nice play. If the Clips starters blow Brooklyn out early and spend a lot of time sitting, then guys like Crawford will see the benefits.
Gordon Hayward ($6,300)
Gordon Hayward has made a nice return from injury and has recently found some of his best form. In his last 5 games he’s averaging just over 34 fantasy points per game, but three of those five performances have been scores over 36.4. Hayward is still under-priced, and in a good match-up against the Rockets he seems like the smart play.
LeBron James ($9,200)
I’m not usually one for the narrative play, but today I’m going to indulge it. Coming up against the Greek Freak, who is one of the league’s rising stars, I feel like LeBron will want to assert his position in the hierarchy. LeBron James will not let himself be outplayed by a rising super star wing, and that will mean big numbers for the King. I suspect LeBron to come out and dominate this game and show Giannis and everyone else that there’s no one who can match him.
John Henson ($3,500)
This may only be an outlier, but John Henson had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks in his last game, on the way to scoring 37.9 fantasy points. Henson had started five games before the last one, but his minutes have gradually increased as the Bucks have moved away from Plumlee and Monroe. If Henson has finally earned solid minutes then he could be an excellent play at minimum price.
Anthony Davis ($10,800)
Anthony Davis is in great form once again, with three scores over 58.6 in his last three matchups. It seems like nothing can slow him down. That seems especially true of the Lakers, who are a bottom six team and defending the power forward position. At the moment, Davis seems like a great way to spend your elite dollars.
Clint Capela ($5,900)
Since Clint Capelas minutes increased he has been a force to be reckoned with. Capela has been on an absolute tear in his last 7 games, averaging over 30 minutes per game and putting up 16 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Capela hasn’t scored under 27.9 fantasy points in that stretch, and he also put up a high of 39.1 (against the Jazz who he’s playing again today).
Capela put up a then career high of 20 points against the Jazz, and is coming off another career high after scoring 21 in his last game. Gobert may be an elite defender, but in their last matchup Clint had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to go with his season high Moneyball score.
Either one of these centres makes for a great play, but I lean towards the slightly cheaper Capela.