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. Bolded names are the players worth using. Unbolded names are there for comparison or analysis.
I really was not expecting to write about Rajon Rondo for the rest of the season, but here I am. At $5,400 on DraftKings, and $5,500 on FanDuel -- I am okay with using him against a horrendous backcourt defense of Denver. They rank 29th against point guards, and have allowed the second most fantasy points per game. With Michael Carter-Williams out and Isaiah Canaan not playing in four straight games, Rondo should see 25-28 minutes of action again. Do note that the six steals over the last two games has inflated his fantasy production.
Lou Williams in Houston has opened up some minutes and usage for the Lakers backcourt guys. Jordan Clarkson has 33 field goal attempts over the last two games, and has played 27/29 minutes. I am a bit more intrigued with him on DraftKings, and his shooting guard eligibility. Jameer Nelson, Reggie Jackson, and Rondo are guys I am more interested in on FanDuel. Jackson is of course just GPP only. Brandon Ingram, who is SG/SF on DraftKings, and SF on FanDuel is one of the top values on the night. He shot a very impressive 67% from the field against the Spurs, and has played 35+ minutes in the two games since the break.
Gary Harris has played very well since the break, scoring 30+ fantasy points in each game. His shot has been falling, especially from three (48%). This Chicago-Denver game has a big 222 total, while the Nuggets with with a 109 total. This is a very targetable game, and Chicago has been middle of the road against shooting guards over the last ten games. If you need to dive down cheaper, Tony Allen has a great matchup against Phoenix, ranking 26th. Allen isn't going to get it done with scoring, but his defensive stats are always a big plus. The Suns rank 28th in turnovers, and Allen has been around 24 fantasy points in both games against the Suns this season.
I touched on Ingram above, who is SG/SF depending on the site, and is a front court guy to target for value. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the same game is a bit more expensive, but is in a great spot. The Lakers allow the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards this season, and rank 20th in rebounding. If Marvin Williams misses tonight's game, expect MKG move to power forward at times. Frank Kaminsky is also a much better value on FanDuel, sitting at $5,900, compared to $6,900 on DraftKings.
With Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott out of town, Nikola Mirotic has been the better power forward play over Bobby Portis. He has 18 rebounds in two games, which is encouraging. He also shot over 50% in both games. Playing 29 and 37 minutes in those two games seems to be a safe bet for tonight. Denver is also allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards in the last ten games. Chicago has a big 112 total tonight, and after the Warriors-Wizards game, this is the next highest game total.
Tyson Chandler has dropped in the depth chart, allowing younger guys to see more minutes. Alan Williams is a high risk - high reward option tonight, who is foul prone. He also draws a tough matchup against Memphis, who allow the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing centers. On a six game slate at his price, I might mix him into a few tournament lineups, but nothing more. Marc Gasol could lead the youngster into a lot of bench time with fouls.