Bradley Beal offers the safest production at shooting guard as the Wizards travel to Indiana this evening. Beal is projected 35.10 FanDuel points to lead the position ahead of Dwyane Wade. Wade’s recent injury struggles cause unrest for owners leaving him as a questionable name at the top of the position. Owners can find playable value from the lower tier with Monta Ellis and Marcus Smart, though production will be sacrificed on a night where the budget should not be stressed.
James Harden lived up to lofty expectations as he was one of the few Houston players to find a rhythm against Miami. Harden played a team high 42 minutes while collecting his 15th triple-double of the season. He was the game’s top scorer with 38 points on 10-21 shooting (14-16 FT). His impact is seen on both ends of the floor as he finished with 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Owners who paid the high price were rewarded as he led all point guards with 68.4 FanDuel points.
Khris Middleton is only four games back from his season debut, and as such has been limited to a role off the bench. He is slowly being worked into the rotation with 26 minutes of action in last night’s win over the Nets. His offensive presence has provided a huge life for a stagnant second unit as he scored 20 points on 7-13 shooting while also recording 7 assists. Middleton is performing better than expected in a quicker time frame; his 9.09 value was the top mark for the position on Wednesday.
Kyle Korver continues to thrive versus the Pacers with two of his best performance as a Cavalier coming against Indiana. Korver was the bench’s top option on Wednesday as Cleveland came away with the home win. He scored more than the rest of the combined bench with 22 points on 8-12 shooting and 6 three-pointers. His impact beyond the scoring is generally limited, but his 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block resulted in a 9.0 value that ranked second among shooting guards.
High Tier Pick ($8,500 – $7,000)
Bradley Beal – $7600 – 35.098 Points
Bradley Beal stands in as the number one High tier option with a 31.75 fantasy average each night. The Wizards will be facing the Pacers on the road this evening. Indiana has been average against the position as they rank 15th versus opposing shooting guards. Beal has taken a major step with his scoring this season, reaching his full potential on a more consistent basis. The Wizards’ offense primarily runs through John Wall, but Beal has proven a capable option on the end of passes or as an individual contributor. The Pacers’ inconsistent defensive performances offer a promising opportunity for Beal this evening.
Middle Tier ($7,000 – $5,000)
Marcus Smart – $5800 – 23.533 Points
Marcus Smart plays as one of the top value options with an average of 24.27 fantasy points per night. The Celtics will take on the Bulls at the United Center this evening. Chicago has been poor against opposing shooting guards with the 26th ranking defense in the league. Smart plays as an effective combo guard for Boston, filling in as a facilitator or scorer when necessary. His greatest contributions come on the defensive end, though that can often result in limited value in a Daily respect. Chicago has seen a slide on the defensive end which will open increased opportunity for Smart tonight.
Low Tier ( -$5,000)
Monta Ellis – $4200 – 20.088 Points
Monta Ellis is one of the better Low tier options available this evening with a 17.27 fantasy average this year. Indiana faces Washington at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight. The Wizards offer a difficult matchup as they rank 2nd against opposing shooting guards. Ellis offer strong value for the Pacers as a combo guard off the bench. He can fill in at the primary ball handler when Jeff Teague is on the bench, or as a spot up shooter on the perimeter. His overall production has been inconsistent, but he provides safe potential with an ability to produce in a number of ways.
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