NBA VALUE RECAP
As we are all going through withdrawal now that the NFL season is over, we have four games courtesy of The Association to distract us. The games tip-off at 3:30pm ET and with everyone rested, we should see some solid performances.
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Jrue Holiday – NOP at SAC – $8,400 – The Sacramento Kings are middle of the road at best against opposing point guards and even though Holiday’s price continues to escalate, this is a reasonable spot to utilize him, particularly when the common strategy will be to go cheap at this position. In five of his last ten game he has topped 52 DraftKings points and that milestone is definitely in play once again.
Darren Collison – SAC vs NOP – $6,300 -The seventh year guard actually started his career in New Orleans once upon a time, and with his multi-position eligibility he will be a very popular option in his return. Despite the overall fantasy numbers, Jrue Holiday is actually a good defender, so my strategy is going to be to utilize Collison in the H2H and 50/50 games and let others roll with him in tournaments since there is a decent chance that Holiday can keep him in check and from reaching his upside.
Other Options – Ricky Rubio ($6.700)
Ish Smith – DET at TOR – $4,000 – Smith has been seeing a steady 20 minutes per game in February and he’s been producing 1.2 DraftKings points per minute. He is a fine option at this price point because most gamers do not like to take backups. Ish is a career 40.8% shooter and over his last half dozen games he has been on fire, making nearly two-thirds of his field goal attempts.
Other Options – Reggie Jackson ($5,700), Cory Joseph ($3,500)
DeMar DeRozan – TOR vs DET – $7,800 – DeRozan will likely be guarded by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which is not an easy matchup, but at this price point he is a fine option in all formats. One benefit of his recent injury layoff is that he is fresher than most.
Other Options – Dwyane Wade ($7,000)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – DET at TOR – $5,200 – It looks like the heavy minutes this season have been taking a toll on KCP, but we know he has the ability to reach the 40 fantasy point plateau if everything goes his way. In this abbreviated game set, we can consider him as a viable option.
Ben McLemore – SAC vs NOP – $4,000 – Let’s just pretend that Ben McLOLmore did not really drop 47.8 points on Atlanta Friday night. If Ty Lawson and Garrett Temple are still out on Sunday, McLemore should be able to approach 18-23 DraftKings points, which is not terrible for his current price tag.
Other Options – Courtney Lee ($3,900), Buddy Hield ($3,900), Langston Galloway ($3,000)
Kawhi Leonard – SAS at NYK – $9,000 – Leonard is going to be very popular on Sunday as one of the few expensive options in the player pool. As long as his quad injury is not bothering him, he should be in the mix for 40-50 DraftKings points in this Madison Square Garden matinee.
Andrew Wiggins – MIN vs CHI – $7,300 – Even though he will be guarded by Jimmy Butler (if healthy), Wiggins should see around 20 field goal attempts in this matchup, and for the rest of the season with Zach LaVine out of commission.
Other Options – Carmelo Anthony ($7,400)
Matt Barnes – SAC vs NOP – $5,300 – The soon to be 37 year-old, 13 year veteran, should see all the minutes he can handle with the Kings currently decimated by injuries. He will split time between both forward positions and is a fine option in all formats.
Other Options – Marcus Morris ($5,100), Tobias Harris ($5,200)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs CHI – $10,400 – This is a lofty price point for KAT, but much like Andrew Wiggins, he should see extra opportunities as the Timberwolves try to compensate for the loss of Zach LaVine’s offense. Though he has only topped 59 DraftKings points once in his last ten games, he reached that rarified air in six of his 15 January games.
Other Options – DeMarcus Cousins ($11,100)
LaMarcus Aldridge – SAS at NYK – $6,900 – This is a nice price point for a player who has readily available access to 40 fantasy points. Most people shy away from the Spurs, so even on this four game slate, we can use that to our advantage.
Jon Leuer – DET at TOR – $4,300 – Stretch fours have done a number on the Raptors this season and this is a sneaky place to roll with Leuer as he should be in line to flirt with thirty fantasy points.
Other Options – Gorgui Dieng ($5,000), Tobias Harris ($5,200)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC vs NOP – $11,100 – The Pelicans have no answer for Boogie, however, this is a hefty price. We don’t need to force him into our lineups, but there is a high likelihood that he messes around with a triple double.
Anthony Davis – NOP at SAC – $10,800 – Coming right back in the same game, we have a phenomenal matchup here for The Brow, well phenomenal as long as Cousins doesn’t snap him like a twig.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,400)
Jonas Valanciunas – TOR vs DET – $5,500 – This is a sweet play since so many gamers still think that Andre Drummond is a “lock down” defender. Jo-Val is one of the best bargains on the entire slate and it will be a shock to see him on more than 20-25% of tournament rosters.
David Lee – SAS at NYK – $4,700 – David Lee has ceded minutes to Dewayne Dedmon over the last half dozen games, however, he is no stranger to New York and should be fired up and ready for some high usage when he is on the floor against his former team.
Other Options – Dewayne Dedmon ($4,600), Guillermo Hernangomez ($4,300), Lucas Nogueira ($3,600)
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