Top Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargains at DraftKings For 1/6
There is a lot of value and even more money to be had in daily fantasy basketball on Wednesday night, as several star players will be sitting out a hefty 11-game slate.
The biggest ones are Kevin Durant (questionable) and LaMarcus Aldridge, but even more shall follow to help open the value flood gates. To help you prepare, let’s break down the best options at DraftKings listed at $6k or cheaper tonight:
PG: Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.8k), Jeremy Lin – Hornets ($5.4k), Jrue Holiday – Pelicans ($5.4k) and Patty Mills ($4.1k)
The Dragon continues his solid run over the last month, as he’s still a good price and can easily get you 28-35 fantasy points. He’s done just that six times in his last 10 games and has averaged exactly 28 fantasy points against the Knicks this year. He lacks upside and can go spare, but he’s relatively safe at this price.
Linsanity could be back in full force tonight, as Nicolas Batum has been ruled out and Jeremy Lamb could also be sitting out tonight. Lin would start and see 30+ minutes with or without Lamb, putting him in the discussion at point guard on DK.
Holiday is an awesome value and if Kyrie Irving ($6.5k) fit our pricing model for this column, I’d throw him in here, too. Both guys no longer have a minutes restriction and have double-double upside on any given night. Jrue looks like the better pure value and has a plus matchup in an up tempo showdown with the Mavericks.
Mills is always worth a cursory glance when Tony Parker is out and that’s precisely the case tonight. Mills wasn’t bad in his last start (19 fantasy points), but his floor isn’t the best and he lacks upside. He’s cheap and will play 28-30 minutes, though, so there are worse chances to be taken.
SG: Monta Ellis – Pacers ($5.9k), Victor Oladipo – Magic ($5.8k), Evan Turner – Celtics ($5.6k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5.5k) and Arron Afflalo – Knicks ($4.9k)
Ellis is still a very good value play at this price no matter his role, as he’s a starter and an explosive scorer. His value really shoots up if George Hill sits for the second game in a row, though, as it’d put Ellis at the controls of the Pacers offense.
That’s the story for Dipo as long as Elfrid Payton (ankle) is out, but word from head coach Scott Skiles is Victor is sticking with the first team unit even after Payton returns to full strength. It doesn’t matter whether it’s at the one or two spot, as Dipo is a very versatile and explosive offensive player.
Turner, Redick and Afflalo all deserve mentions for different reasons. Avery Bradley is out with an injury so Turner will start and thanks to a versatile skill-set, he’ll be involved heavily with Boston’s first team unit. Redick has been shooting the lights out for the Clippers so assuming they don’t blow out Portland tonight, he could be an awesome value play. The same goes for Afflalo, who has poured in 40+ fantasy points in his last two games. I doubt he does that again versus a good Miami defense, but you never know.
SF: Tobias Harris – Magic ($5.9k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.9k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.4k) and Bojan Bogdanovic – Nets ($4.7k)
Harris starts and gets good run so he remains a value. He has upside due to being a solid rebounder and the fact that he can hit the outside shot, but he’s also prone to sparing pretty hard. Porter is similar but might have a little more upside due to a better defensive presence. I’m not super high on either tonight but they’re obvious bargain buys due to role and pricing.
Morris is just a run guy who is on the floor a ton and scores at a decent rate. He has a low floor and randomly goes nuts, though, so calling him safe and predictable would be a lie.
Bojan is also not the definition of safe, but he’s on at the moment and injuries have more shots coming his way. For his price, he’s not a bad try at a bad position tonight.
PF: Cody Zeller – Hornets ($5.2k), Trevor Booker – Jazz ($4.6k), Boris Diaw – Spurs ($4k) and David West – Spurs ($3.9k)
Power forward is extremely top heavy tonight, but there aren’t many trustworthy guys beyond Anthony Davis. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to punt the position, and all of these guys warrant a look.
Zeller has a pretty solid role with Al Jefferson hurt, which gets him around 30 minutes and a shot at 25-30 fantasy points on a nightly basis. That’s all you can ask out of him at this price. Booker is cheaper but is far more difficult to trust. We know he’ll play 25-30 minutes, though, since the Jazz will officially be without Derrick Favors again tonight.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be rested tonight, so the Spurs will lean on two cheap bigs in West and Diaw. They have similar upside but I feel Diaw is the more versatile player due to his strong passing skills and outside shooting. He also may have the higher floor and they’re basically the same price. Both are in play, of course.
C: Zaza Pachulia – Mavericks ($6k), Tim Duncan – Spurs ($5.1k) and Jeff Withey – Jazz ($4.6k)
Pachulia is just wrecking these days, as he’s chipped in 30+ fantasy points in a ridiculous six straight games. That streak will certainly end very soon, but it’s possible it could continue tonight, as New Orleans is not very good defensively. He’s delivered exactly 30 fantasy points on average in three meetings with them, too, so that could be something to hang the ol’ DFS hat on.
Duncan is probably playing tonight and he flat out mashed in his last game (37 fantasy points in just 27 minutes). He’s always a good hypothetical value, but with Ridge taking a break he should be quite involved. He’s a double-double threat and at this price he could shape up to be a sweet steal.
Withey is on the road against a stingy Spurs defense but the guy is more known for defensive stats and is a good price, so I’m not overly afraid. Utah needs him anyways, as Derrick Favors is out again. I think he’ll be fine and as long as he tops 25 fantasy points you’re fine at this price.
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