After a wild 11-game slate on Wednesday, things calm down a bit with a tricky three-gamer on Halloween. Here’s your cheat sheet for each position:
Target worth paying up for: Jamal Murray ($6,600) at New Orlean Pelicans (30th)
With Trae Young (ankle) off the slate, and Jrue Holiday ($8,800) potentially rusty in a return from a knee injury, there aren’t many spots we can trust at PG. Murray hasn’t been spectacular this year, but the Pels rank dead last in DKFP allowed to PG, leaving some upside.
Best value: DeAndre Bembry ($4,700) vs. Miami Heat (9th)
Young’s by far the biggest absence on the slate, and means there will be a ton of usage to go around in Atlanta. Bembry’s salary takes a $1,200 jump, but should still be worth it. He’ll be doing some ball handling, and like all the Hawks, he has more scoring upside.
It’s an ugly slate at PG. If Justise Winslow ($6,700) winds up sitting out with a back injury, some much-needed value would open up on the Miami side of the matchup against Atlanta.
Target worth paying up for: DeMar DeRozan ($7,100) at Los Angeles Clippers (17th)
Lou Williams ($6,800) has to be in consideration, but with Kawhi Leonard ($9,500) returning, his ceiling becomes limited. DeRozan has a little more upside, coming alive after a dud of an opener against the Knicks. He also plays more than Lou-Will, who played a surprisingly low 28 minutes without Kawhi a night earlier.
Best value: Will Barton ($5,000) at New Orleans Pelicans (15th)
Barton is questionable with a toe injury, but if he plays without restrictions, he’s in a great spot. With the lack of star power on this slate, we can afford more expensive value plays. Barton’s scored over 30 DKFP in three of four games this season, and he is the perfect play for the pace the Pelicans want to play.
The guard options on this slate are pretty bad, but the Young injury helps some. Kevin Huerter ($3,400) is a great value that should see high ownership. Outside of the players named in the article, you’re on your own for some GPP dart throws.
Target worth paying up for: Kawhi Leonard ($9,500) vs. San Antonio Spurs (4th)
Amazingly, Kawhi hasn’t played more than 32 minutes in any game this season, and he got the night off in Utah on Wednesday. He should be fresh for a revenge matchup against the Spurs. Leonard’s averaging just under 60 DKFP in his last two, and he is easy enough to pay up for.
Best value: Kenrich Williams ($3,800) vs. Denver Nuggets (19th)
Williams would take a small step back if Holiday does play, but not enough to take away his value for just $3,800. Averaging 23 DKFP, Williams is a solid piece of the Pelicans’ rotation that we can trust anytime he’s under $4,000.
Most of the viable SG plays are also SF eligible, so you can fit as many of the values as you need. Again, Winslow’s status could really unlock some plays on the slate.
Target worth paying up for: Brandon Ingram ($7,900) vs Denver Nuggets (19th)
Ingram is the other forward to pay up for, off to a terrific start to his stint with New Orleans. Ingram’s averaging 52 DKFP, and over 60 DKFP in his last two outings. Like the rest of the Pelicans, Holiday’s expected return could limit him, but Ingram’s proven to be matchup proof, with more upside than anyone on his team.
Best value: JaMychal Green ($3,300) vs. San Antonio Spurs (29th)
Green had a huge game in Kawhi’s absence in Utah, going for 37 DKFP in 27 minutes. He’s not going to be able to score 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting with Leonard back in the lineup, but his salary also didn’t spike after the big game. On a short slate, he’s a strong value consideration.
You can also consider using the PF position on another PF/C play. John Collins ($8,300), LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,200) and Montrezl Harrell ($6,400) are all viable plays on this slate.
Target worth paying up for: Bam Adebayo ($7,600) at Atlanta Hawks (26th)
While I like the ability to use all the names above at PF, I want to lock Bam in at center. The Hawks rank just 26th in DKFP allowed to centers, and Bam scored 44.5 DKFP in this matchup on Tuesday. He’s as safe a play as you can find on this slate.
Best value: Jahlil Okafor ($3,400) vs. Denver Nuggets (23rd)
With Derrick Favors (knee) unlikely to play, we’ll see more Okafor again. Okafor’s topped 15 DKFP in two games in a row, but he carries virtually zero downside to roster at this price. Denver’s interior defense has been worse than expected this season.
Bam and Okafor are both center eligible only, so it’ll be popular to roster both. Differentiate yourself by fading one, and use the PF spot if you want a third center in your lineup.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:Trae Young (ankle) OUT
Justise Winslow (back) QUESTIONABLE
Will Barton (toe) QUESTIONABLE
Jrue Holiday (knee) PROBABLE
De’Andre Hunter (mouth) PROBABLE
Derrick Favors (knee) DOUBTFUL
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