WATCH: Levitan’s Leverage for Tuesday
The NBA has six games on the schedule for the second consecutive night, giving fantasy basketball players a dozen teams to choose from in the DraftKings player pool Tuesday. Half of those teams will turn around and finish back-to-backs Wednesday night in a 12-game bonanza that will send most teams into the All-Star break. Only one team will play for the second night in a row Tuesday, and that’s the Spurs, who won’t play again until Friday, Feb. 23.
As you sift through Tuesday’s matchups, you might find yourself in need of a bargain play to fill your last roster spot. If you’re searching through options with salaries under $4K, here are the players whom I think are set up to out-perform expectations.
C.J. MILES, SG/SF, RAPTORS ($3,900)The Raptors have been on fire during their five-game winning streak, and one of the keys to that success has been a red-hot bench. The “Bench Mob” has been effective in both putting games out of reach and producing good fantasy numbers during fourth-quarter garbage time. While many of the bench players’ salaries have risen as a result, Miles still is an affordable play who falls in the bargain bin.
Historically, Miles has been a streaky producer, and he seems to have found his shot lately, which could set him up for an extended productive run. He has made 14 total 3-pointers in his last three games, scoring 20, 11 and 24 points, respectively, against the Celtics, Knicks and Hornets. He had more than 23 DKFP in each of those contests and at least 17 DKFP in five of his last six. Miles has the most upside of any player under $4K on this slate, although he does come with a little risk since his game is based on his outside shooting.
TYLER DORSEY, PG/SG, HAWKS ($3,900)The Hawks let go of Marco Belinelli, which should open plenty of room for Dorsey to play expanded minutes, as coach Mike Budenholzer said the rookie will be the chief beneficiary of the vacated 23.3 minutes per game off the bench. Dorsey has been impressive lately, scoring double-digit points in four consecutive games and averaging 25.8 minutes and 20.6 DKFP during that stretch.
Dorsey has at least 16 DKFP in each of those four games, and he could be able to continue rolling in what should be an up-tempo game against the Bucks. Even if things turn into a blowout, Atlanta is sure to take a long look at its promising rookie.
ÁLEX ABRINES, SG/SF, THUNDER ($3,800)The Thunder haven’t been able to lock in a replacement shooting guard in their starting lineup since losing Andre Roberson (knee) for the season, but Abrines has made a strong case for the role. He started Sunday against the Grizzlies and knocked in four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, six rebounds and 27 DKFP in 37 minutes. That lineup didn’t have Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony because of injuries, which did open more opportunities for Abrines. Westbrook and Anthony could be out again Tuesday, resulting in another chance for the sharp-shooting Spaniard to produce.
Abrines has 15-plus DKFP in three consecutive games, and he has played at least 24 minutes in each of his last six. Even if Melo and Westbrook are back, Abrines could stay in OKC’s lineup because he offers more scoring potential than any other shooting guard the Thunder have available. In a good matchup against the Cavaliers, he should be a good value. He has a higher ceiling if Anthony and Westbrook sit, but he can be productive either way.
THON MAKER, PF/C, BUCKS ($3,700)Another player getting extra run because of a teammate’s injury, Maker has started in two of the Bucks’ last three games while they have been without John Henson (hamstring). Maker played 22 minutes in the first of those starts, producing seven points, three rebounds and two blocks against the Knicks for 17.25 DKFP. He followed that with an even better game, totaling 20.75 DKFP against the Magic on Saturday, when he had 13 points, three boards, one block and one assist.
Maker and the Bucks will host the Hawks in a favorable matchup for the 20-year-old 7-footer. He and Tyler Zeller ($3,300) should split the minutes in the middle, and Maker will have limited risk because he’s likely to log so many minutes. He usually doesn’t do a lot of work on the glass, but lately he has offered good scoring and blocks to go with a few rebounds per game.
OVERFLOWS FROM THE BARGAIN BIN(Other cheap options worth considering)
- Justise Winslow, Heat SF/PF, at Raptors ($3,900)
- Garrett Temple, Kings SG/SF, at Mavericks ($3,900)
- P.J. Tucker, Rockets SF/PF, at Timberwolves ($3,800)
- Pascal Siakam, Raptors PF, vs. Heat ($3,800)
- Jamal Crawford, Timberwolves SG, vs. Rockets ($3,600)
- Justin Jackson, Kings SG/SF, at Mavericks ($3,600)
- Malcolm Delaney, Hawks PG/SG, at Bucks ($3,600)
- Devin Harris, Nuggets PG/SG, vs. Spurs ($3,400)
- Tyler Zeller, Bucks C, vs. Hawks ($3,300)
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