Winning in tournaments requires getting not just good efforts from your roster, but some extra high point production. Sometimes this requires differentiation in roster and other times it’s just identifying the high-ceiling plays for the slate.
For our purposes, we’re going to focus on the high-ceiling plays by position, and salary tier (top end, mid tier and low end), for tonight’s games, a take-it-easy four-game slate. These are plays that could go for about, on average, six times what their salary is. (Ex. $6,000 * 6 = 36DK points equals value.)
Let’s line em up! Ask any questions on Twitter @JasonWalker_72.
Russell Westbrook ($10,700) – Highest ceiling of the night and on a short-slate, it behooves one to find exposure to that kind of ceiling. With some decent value on the board tonight, potentially, due to injuries around the slate, you could make Westbrook work even at nearly 11K.
Tyler Johnson ($5,100) – Johnson’s salary has risen to a think-about-it level, but he’s nearly locked into mid 30s minutes with both Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih probably missing the game tonight. The matchup against the Bucks isn’t great and neither is the total, but that game is going to get the stink eye from the people and, again, you can’t beat the minutes he’ll get here, so that’s a good tourney play.
Joe Young ($3,100) – Joseph to his friends, I’m sure, but Young had a terrific game backing up Monta Ellis with both George Hill and Rodney Stuckey out, which is possible again tonight. He has a good offensive touch and looked comfortable running the offense, allowing Monta Ellis to play some shooting guard with him the last time out.
Kevin Durant ($9,900) – He’s still a 50DK point guy with Westbrook getting his and the Nuggets won’t have much to answer with for those two, so with the Nuggets with a top five worst defense, Durant should get some easy sledding tonight to score.
Danilo Gallinari ($7,100) – Gallinari is a heavy user in this offense and the only sure thing, minutes wise, for Michael Malone. He’ll need that assurance as the Thunder roll into town. Gallo will get his shots and given the pace of the game, he’ll get enough to make value tonight.
John Henson ($4,000) – There’s not much value on the forward front, so we’ll go to Henson, who has been playing well off the bench recently. With Greg Monroe only getting 26-29 minutes per game, it’s left room for Henson, who can get some good peripherals when given the minutes. The matchup is not tasty against the Heat, but at 4K, he won’t need much.
Hassan Whiteside ($7,500)- I’m not crazy about his salary here, but he’s a solid tournament play due to people wanting to pay up elsewhere and saving at center, as per usual. Whiteside has a solid ceiling to shoot for and a fair matchup against the Bucks.
Enes Kanter ($4,500) – Rostering bench players will be less favored and Kanter has some 1st team All-NBA garbage time numbers. With the Thunder always a threat to roll over a team, Kanter has a window to 25-28 minutes and at a DKPPM, that’s good value.
Myles Turner ($3,500) – Turner had a 40-burger off the bench in relief of Ian Mahinmi, who missed the last game. If Mahinmi misses again, Turner is a good offensive option against a mess of a Phoenix Suns frontcourt. Vogel would rather see his young guys get some minutes (Joe Young, Turner) in a game like this against the Suns vs. grinding his vets down.