The usual fantasy basketball cleats topped Wednesday’s nine-game list for the most part. James Harden thrived on his return from his one-game absence and was joined by LeBron James and Jayson Tatum among the cream of the crop. However, Spurs’ Dejounte Murray stole the show with a personal record night. We’ve chosen to highlight a trio of Wednesday’s top players, keep you up to date with recent hiccups, and anticipate one of Thursday’s most desirable DFS games ahead of the five-game roster.
Murray scored a career-high 32 points on Wednesday with 10 rebounds and 11 assists against the Rockets. The Spurs point guard is still filling out the stats sheet for the new year. In January, he averaged 24.8 points, 9.8 assists and 7.4 rebounds. Murray has three double doubles in five games in 2022. He is a serious threat to end the year as a fantastic playmaker.
The NBA’s top scorer still dominates on the pine. Miami have won three straight games without Jimmy Butler, and Herro averaged 23.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game during the Heat’s hot streak. He racked up 21 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in Wednesday’s win over the Hawks. Herro has averaged 20.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 14 appearances without Butler in the lineup this season.
Robinson was relegated to the bench in early 2022 but has reclaimed his place in the starting lineup in his last four games. He’s averaged 16 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in his last two games. With Nerlens Noel back in the rotation, Robinson’s recent production level could help him end Week 13 on a high note.
Who is not
Westbrook has been handling his turnovers lately, but his attack has struggled. The Lakers have lost back-to-back games and their point guard averaged 7.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists with 15.3 percent shots in his team’s last slide. Westbrook has gone 0 for 15 in the deepest of his last six games, so Roto League managers should be very frustrated that he has reduced their field goal percentages. Avoid paying for him in DFS while he gets the hang of it, and consider building a low-risk guard in one-season leagues if you need efficiency towards the end of the week.
Top DFS target
Anfernee Simons will miss Thursday’s Trail Balzers game against the Nuggets, so Smith will likely make his fourth start of the season. The playmaker’s three previous starts were in early December 2021, and he averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.0 rebounds. Smith has collected over 30 DraftKings points in each of these contests and will likely be one of the best value games on the slate.