With guys like Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis dropping 60+ fantasy point games, they will be staples in the lineups for many of us. But... To grab those players, value is crucial in NBA, just like any other DFS sport. Value opens up through injuries, site pricing, and rotational changes. We are staying on top of that for you here, talking about the best value at each position. A reminder a nice landmark for Fantasy value is 5x, but having a few plays with only a 3x isn't terrible either.
Michael Carter-Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls ($4,800 FD / $4,800 DK)
On such a short slate, we might have to find ourselves using some less than ideal options in order to pay up for the top options. Michael Carter-Willliams has found himself with a fairly reasonable role on the Bulls with Rajon Rondo's spot with the team diminishing. Despite not being a super high floor player, Carter-Williams has scored 24 plus DK points in three of his last five games. Williams should be in for a high paced game tonight with a lot of scoring. He's certainly viable as a tournament play.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 25.20 / DraftKings: 28.84
Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks @ Minnesota Timberwolves ($5,900 FD / $5,600 DK)
There's no mistaking the Dallas Mavericks for a contender in the West, but luckily or us, Deron Williams is finding ways to be fantasy relevant. Williams is slowing down on the pace he set for himself a few weeks ago, but based on the minutes he's getting and the type of role he has in the offense, the 30+ DK point games should continue to happen more often than not. Against this Timberwolves backcourt, Williams has a shot to really build something solid tonight, in terms of assists and shooting efficiently. Coming off a bad game, Williams should be low owned, and with the recent, more positive sample size he's shown us, you can expect a positive outcome.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 29.12 DraftKings: 33.28
Buddy Hield, New Orleans Pelicans @ New York Knicks ($4,100 FD $4,400 DK)
As it goes with shooters sometimes, they're going to be inconsistent, especially as rookies, but Buddy Hield has begun to get more minutes and more opportunity of late, and he's cashing in. Hield has 30 plus DK points in two of his last three games, all three of those games were against solid defensive teams. Hield has at least five three point attempts and has played at least 23 minutes in each of his last five games. He's certainly not a sure thing, but tonight, he's viable in tournaments.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 22.62 DraftKings: 25.52
Dwyane Wade, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls ($6,600 FD / $4,900 DK)
With limited options at shooting guard tonight, we take a look at Dwyane Wade. Wade certainly doesn't have the upside or play the minutes he used to. But, he does have a reasonable floor for this type of slate. Wade has at least 24 DK points in each of his last ten games, and has above 33 in four of those games. As mentioned with Michael Carter-Williams, this should be a fast paced game, and maybe you get a bit more upside out of the Bulls players than normal.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 28.52 DraftKings: 31.00
Andrew Wiggins, Dallas Mavericks @ Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,400 FD/ $6,500 DK)
Andrew Wiggins has had a strange start to his career, and it's tough to gauge what he'll eventually become, but as a scorer, he's already making waves. Wiggins plays around 37 minutes a game, and with the ceiling for shot attempts he has, he's a great play tonight in an upside role. The Mavericks don't really have someone to throw on Wiggins, and he should be able to get a reasonable amount of shots off. He's stumbled in two of his last three games, but that sample can safely be ignored.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 30.78 DraftKings: 34.20
Nikola Mirotic, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls ($4,500 FD / $4,700 DK)
Nikola Mirotic has been much better over his last two games, and has finally be able to get back into a bigger and more prominent role offensively. After struggling to score early in the season, Mirotic has at least 11 points in seven of his last 10 games, and has at least seven three point attempts in each of his last three games. Mirotic is obviously going to be an erratic player in terms of DFS, but in this matchup, he's a nice tournament play.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 22.88 DraftKings: 24.96
Gorgui Dieng, Dallas Mavericks @ Minnesota Timberwolves ($4,600 FD / $5,700 DK)
Much like the Timberwolves season, Gorgui Dieng hasn't had as much upside as he did last season, though he's still got a ton of potential. Dieng has played 40 minutes in each of his last two games, and has played at least 38 minutes in three of his last four. Dieng has at least 29 DK points in six of his last seven games, and has at least eight rebounds in five of his last six games. Against the Dallas front-court, Dieng should be able to hit value once again.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 31.45 DraftKings: 34.41
Joakim Noah, New Orleans Pelicans @ New York Knicks ($4,900 FD / $4,900 DK)
Joakim Noah has found himself in a solid role for this New York Knicks team. While inconsistent, Noah is still a great rebounder, and still has a really high upside in that respect. Noah has three games with 16 plus rebounds in his last seven games, and while he hardly scored in double figures anymore, his price makes him worth it anyway.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 28.42 DraftKings: 30.45