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It is another busy Wednesday in the NBA, and before you finalize your lineup at FantasyScore, we recommend checking on the status of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (knee), who are both questionable to suit up.
If Rubio sits for a third consecutive game, guard Zach LaVine ($3,200 salary, 6.4% of cap) becomes a strong sleeper candidate. He averaged 29.00 fantasy points in his past two starts, and he faces a Toronto team that doesn't defend the point guard position well.
If Gay is ruled out, forward Omri Casspi ($2,200, 4.4%) could be worth a flier. He comes at the minimum salary, and he scored 26.25 fantasy points when he started for Gay earlier in the week.
G Russell Westbrook, Thunder vs. Celtics
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap
Since Kevin Durant (foot) has been sidelined, Westbrook has been approaching 60.00 fantasy points on a routine basis. Now that Serge Ibaka (knee) also will miss time, it is scary to think that is production could reach another level. You can't afford not to own Westbrook.
G Reggie Jackson, Pistons at 76ers
$5,100 salary | 10.2% of cap
Jackson is coming off a monster 23-point, 20-assist performance against Memphis' second-ranked scoring defense, and he draws a much friendlier matchup tonight against the 15-52 76ers. He is a low-risk, high-upside option at a solid price.
C Enes Kanter, Thunder vs. Celtics
$6,000 salary | 12.0% of cap
Kanter is now the No. 2 scoring option for the injury-plagued Thunder, and he has logged at least 36.25 fantasy points in three straight games. He should keep the momentum going tonight against a Celtics team allowing the most points per game to opposing centers.
Make your team. Hit the hardwood. Win cash.
F Rodney Hood, Jazz vs. Wizards
$3,000 salary | 6.0% of cap
The Jazz are giving the rookie a chance to show what he can do, and Hood has responded by topping 25.00 fantasy points in each of his last three games. He should make a great value play tonight against a Wizards team ranked 25th in scoring defense against small forwards.
F Thaddeus Young, Nets at Cavaliers
$4,900 salary | 9.8% of cap
Brooklyn has expanded Young's role lately, and he has played more than 30 minutes in four of his last five games. More importantly, he has delivered at least 28.25 fantasy points in those four games, and he should be a safe, solid source of cap relief against a Cleveland defense that isn't particularly tough on power forwards.
C Marcin Gortat, Wizards at Jazz
$5,600 salary | 11.2% of cap
Gortat has been playing well of late, but a matchup with Rudy Gobert is going to curb his potential. Thanks in large part to the “Stifle Tower,” the Jazz are allowing the second fewest points and the fewest rebounds per game to centers.
F Luol Deng, Heat vs. Trail Blazers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap
He has become synonymous with mediocre production, failing to reach 25.00 FantasyScore points in seven straight games. For the price, you can find plenty of other options with significantly more upside.
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