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.
T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia 76ers ($5,600 FD - $5,100 DK)
T.J. McConnell has a special place in my heart regardless of his solid DFS value, given he is a University of Arizona guy. He has a 0.96 FPPM over the last ten games, and despite a low usage rate, he can generate fantasy points through his assists. He has a 33 fantasy point ceiling over the last ten, and a 21 fantasy point floor. Averaging 10-7-4 over the last ten is certainly reliable for his price tag. Isaiah Thomas is one of the worst defensive point guards in the NBA, and Boston ranks 21st against point guards as a team. McConnell has averaged 25 fantasy points per game in two meetings against Boston this season, but was only playing 26 minutes per game. He has averaged 30 over his last five.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 27.20 - DraftKings: 30.72
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies ($4,700 FD - $4,500 DK)
Last time I wrote up Tony Allen he sat out against the Brooklyn Nets for rest. He steps into tonight in a good spot again, and will be a decent value play at a weakened shooting guard position. The Pelicans rank 29th in rebounding, and actually haven't been that bad turning the ball over this season, ranking just seventh. However, Allen is averaging 2.6 blocks + steals over the last ten games, to go with eight points, and six rebounds. Allen is averaging over 20 fantasy points per game over the last ten games, and is projected for around 25 fantasy points tonight. I will be looking his way for some salary relief.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 21.84 - DraftKings: 24.08
Honorable Mentions: Jameer Nelson, George Hill
Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,500 FD - $5,400 DK)
Alright, Jason Kidd, don't screw this up. Greg Monroe has seen 31 and 26 minutes over the last two games off the bench. For one, Monroe is a solid FPPM player (1.20), but the minutes are always an issue. We have him projected at 25 tonight, which isn't always the case with the rotation. However, I an willing to roll the dice here. Milwaukee has a 111 total, and Brooklyn is a bottom five defensive team. They are also bottom five in rebounding. Monroe is averaging 14 and 6 over the last ten games, with 1.5 steals per game. His usage rate has been around 23% in that span. His DraftKings price is certainly intriguing, and I do feel like he has one of the higher ceilings of the cheaper centers tonight.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 28.25 - DraftKings: 30.00
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers ($5,600 FD - $6,100 DK)
Jahlil Okafor is back tonight, but will come off the bench for Nerlens Noel still. Noel is my preferred play, and sits in that mid-range. He is a great cash game option, given his ability to hover around 30 fantasy points when given the minutes. Noel's defensive stats are also a bonus, averaging 3.1 blocks + steals per game over the last ten. Noel has a 1.11 FPPM over the last ten games, and is shooting 60% from the field. Boston ranks bottom ten against centers, and are bottom five in rebounding. Noel is also going back to Massachusetts, where he was born just outside of Boston.
DFC Projection: FanDuel: 31.20 - DraftKings: 33.30
Honorable Mentions: P.J. Tucker, T.J. Warren, Juancho/Guillermo Hernangomez, Steven Adams