DraftStreet Lineup Tips: NBA Wednesday 3/13/13

draftstreet-lineup-tipsWednesday is hump day. It is also a good day to win on DraftStreet. My goal (writing this on Tuesday evening) is to help you do so. As is my wont, I will give you a pair of players – one a power play and another a bargain play. One will help you maintain and the other will allow you afford the day’s power play.

The key on Draft Street is to try to find a few bargains that will nicely outperform their contract, so that you can get a few big-contract players. Working the middle will only provide wins when the big players go bust. Let’s take a look at a pair of players you should consider.

 

Power Play: Russell Westbrook – G

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz

(Draft for $18,397 on Draft Street)

Beware the Westbrook scorned. The Thunder point guard produced decent numbers on the exterior against the Spurs in Monday’s loss (25 points, six rebounds, and six assists), but was widely panned for taking too many shots (27 field goal attempts) and not sharing the ball with Kevin Durant, who only took 13 shots. Westbrook seems to listen to criticism and he may take his frustrations out on the Jazz who have lost seven of their last nine games.

Westbrook played decently in the loss to the Jazz in Utah on Feb. 12. He had 22 points and five assists, but seven turnovers. The last time Utah visited Oklahoma, the  6-3 guard had a massive game: 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and seven steals. He should share the ball more with Durant after the criticism, but be mad enough to put a hurt on Utah at the same time.

 

Bargain Play: Rodney Stuckey – G

Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors

(Draft for $9,686 on Draft Street)

In his six years with the Pistons, Stuckey has gone from a player with a lot of potential to a decent starter to a reserve player. He may be able to turn the clock back (just as we turned the clock forward last weekend) since he is getting playing time with Brandon Knight (ankle) out for a few games. As a starter in 14 games this season, Stuckey has managed just 10.9 points and 3.3 assists, but he did provide 15 points, four rebounds, and two steals in the loss to Utah on Monday.

Stuckey had a nice game in Detroit when the Warriors visited on Dec. 5. In 31 minutes, he provided 17 points and nine assists. If he can come close to those numbers on Wednesday (and I think he can), then he should be an excellent bargain for Draft Street players who are trolling the bottom of the salary chart for good deals.



Perry Missner

Perry Missner

Perry Missner is a veteran fantasy sports writer. He has been writing about daily fantasy sports for over two years. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and writes for RotoWire. He lives in Lafayette, LA with his wife and daughter.
Perry Missner
About Perry Missner

Perry Missner is a veteran fantasy sports writer. He has been writing about daily fantasy sports for over two years. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and writes for RotoWire. He lives in Lafayette, LA with his wife and daughter.

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