With guys like Russell Westbrook and James Harden 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.
Michael Carter-Williams, Chicago Bulls ($4,600 FD - $5,200 DK)
The Bulls situation is a mess, both injuries and just in general. Dwyane Wade is doubtful for tonight's game, and Jimmy Butler is questionable. Michael Carter-Williams will see minutes, whether you like it or not. His move to SG on FanDuel has me intrigued, and he is cheap on both sites. The whole Bulls situation will keep some away, but with Nikola Mirotic also missing time we could see the appearance of Bobby Portis as well. Doug McDermott will also draw some interest as a low-end GPP dart throw hoping he can run hot from the field. With Wade, Butler, and Mirotic off the floor -- MCW, McDermott, and Portis all see a usage rate over 24%. Portis and MCW are the better FPPM players above 0.90. If Butler does play, he has seen a 33% usage rate with Wade off, and 1.37 FPPM. MCW would still be in play.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 31.02 - DraftKings: 35.31
Honorable Mentions: Darren Collison (FD), Nick Young
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,700 FD - $5,900 DK)
If you are on FanDuel, there isn't much to go with at power forward. At least on DraftKings there is the ability to roll with one of the double digit salary big men. Randle has shot the ball well of late, hitting over 50% of his shots in the last three games. The issue has been the lack of defensive stats, which have never been there, but also the rebounds are at a pedestrian rate. On a shortened three game slate, it is tough to avoid Randle.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 28.50 - DraftKings: 31.50
Matt Barnes, Sacramento Kings ($5,100 FD - $5,100 DK)
Apparently Matt Barnes' price tag won't really rise to a point where I won't play him. Even after two games below 25 fantasy points, he draws a matchup against the Lakers, who allow the third most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. They also rank 20th in rebounding. It's a three game slate, and outside of LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins, Barnes is your next top option. The Kings have a healthy total, and Barnes should be able to generate some peripheral stats. The Lakers rank 24th in turnovers. At $5,100 on both sites, I will lock Barnes in.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 26.56 - DraftKings: 29.44
Honorable Mentions: Tristan Thompson (DK), Gorgui Dieng