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Target worth paying up for: Trae Young ($10,300) vs. CHA (12th)We’ve got to spend up somewhere on this slate, and Young’s the most expensive options. He’s coming off a pair of terrible games, so maybe that influences ownership — which is a tough ask on a slate this small. He did go for 52 DKFP in his only matchup against Charlotte this season.
Best value: Eric Bledsoe ($5,700) at DEN (9th)
Positional StrategyPG is by far the deepest position on this slate, and a handful of the top plays are only PG eligible. Could wind up being a three-PG slate for me.
Target worth paying up for: Donovan Mitchell ($7,500) vs. TOR (10th)You could argue Mitchell is the only SG option to pay up for, and he’s not even expensive. I probably won’t land on him in my build, but after a couple poor outings the price is tempting.
Best Value: Jordan Clarkson ($4,200) vs. TOR (4th)Clarkson brings cheap upside at a really thin position. I might go even cheaper and just punt at SG, but Clarkson feels like a tournament consideration to get away from the Milwaukee plays.
Positional StrategyWhile SG might not be the most thin position, the other ones at least have clear chalk plays. I could easily play this slate without rostering a SG if it were an option. So just go wherever your lean is.
Target worth paying up for: Khris Middleton ($7,600) at DEN (20th)
Best Value: Cody Martin ($4,500) at ATL (24th)Martin’s role in Charlotte’s rotation is growing, playing 30-plus minutes in three straight. He’s topped 20 DKFP in his past two games only making one FG in each. Just getting back to a normal game from the field, which is very possible against the Hawks, should return nice value.
Positional StrategyI really don’t want to roster anyone other than the plays above and Miles Bridges, who is SF-eligible. I’m going to play Middleton because I hate the rest so much.
Target worth paying up for: John Collins ($9,000) vs. CHA (21st)Collins has been dominant lately, dropping 45 or more DKFP in five of his past six. His salary is up, but this is a slate that we can afford him. Charlotte has been destroyed by talented bigs, and Collins fits that mold.
Best value: Miles Bridges ($5,500) at ATL (24th)Bridges’ scoring upside comes into play in a matchup like this, going for 30 DKFP in his previous matchup against the Hawks. He’s been terrible from the field in his past four games, so a bounce-back game there would really help his outlook.
Positional StrategyCollins is one of my favorite plays on the slate. He hasn’t faced Charlotte yet this season, and has a really high upside in this spot. Pascal Siakam ($8,700) is the pivot. He makes a lot of sense in GPPs.
Target worth paying up for: Nikola Jokic ($9,500) vs. MIL (8th)The Nuggets are in a much stronger spot as a team with Giannis sidelined, and one of the reasons is the gap left on defense. Milwaukee still has big bodies to throw at Jokic, but he should have an easier time. He had an average game with 43.5 DKFP in the game in Milwaukee, but makes for a more intriguing play this time around — particularly with three games on the slate.
Best value: Serge Ibaka ($5,900) at UTA (10th)Ibaka’s scored over 37 DKFP in both of his games since returning from injury this month, and three of his past four overall. Utah is far from the defensive team we’ve seen in years past, especially at center. Ibaka scored 24 DKFP in 20 minutes in the last matchup, but is averaging 33 minutes since his return from injury.
Positional StrategyThe other value is Dewayne Dedmon ($4,100) if you need a cheaper option, but center has plays across the board. Rudy Gobert ($7,900) and Brook Lopez ($5,100) are other plays to consider.
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