Your daily fantasy basketball survival revolves around one thing — value plays. You need your value plays to do a couple of things, individually: 1) be cheap, 2) cheap enough to afford a couple of studs, 3) perform solid and hit their expected value.
Value plays can range anywhere from a player coming back from injury to a substitute filling in for an injured starter. You need value plays to win in daily fantasy basketball. If your value plays can hit the value they were expected to, and your studs that you were able to afford do what they usually do, you’re usually going to have a nice little payday.
It sounds simple, but picking your value plays on a day-to-day basis can be stressful — you don’t want to pick a player that’s only going to score 4.5 fantasy points and only get 12 minutes. Try to find the closest to a sure-thing that you can with your value. A guy that That’s what I’m here to do — find the best value plays for you. Let’s get into it.
Saturday’s Value “Scrub” Plays (DraftStreet)
Eric Maynor – G – $3,397 - Maynor has played 14 and 15 minutes in his first two games with the Trail Blazers. While his shot hasn’t fallen (1/9 in those games). At his barrel-bottom price, Maynor doesn’t need much to hit value and should have some success against a banged-up Minnesota team.
Andrea Bargnani – F - $4,276 - Bargnani just played 33 minutes in a 12-point loss versus Indiana. He didn’t do a whole lot with his minutes, but those type of minutes alone are enough for Bargs to find a spot in your lineup tonight. Expect 20-25 minutes tonight, as 33 was a bit outlandish.
Dante Cunningham – F – $7,879 - Remember when I mentioned injuries as a big factor in value plays? This is one of those situations. Andrei Kirilenko is going to be sidelined for an extended period, which will expand the roles of both Derrick Williams and Cunningham. Cunningham is much more affordable and reasonable, so that’s why he’s here.
Harrison Barnes – F – $4,014 - Barnes’ played 39 minutes and shot 7/17 for 16 points in the Warriors’ most recent loss to the Celtics. If he does half of that he’s a great value at this price.
Klay Thompson – G – $8,828 - Along with Barnes, Thompson played well in Golden State’s last outing. He’s been hot and cold, and his cold can be very cold, but he should get back on track soon, and this can be the game. His price is too low to pass up with his type of upside. Thompson should have a solid outing.
Royal Ivey – G – $2,818 - Nick Young is out. Ivey will see more playing time and is little to nothing in terms of price. He doesn’t need to do much at all to hit value at his price. Even if he flops, you didn’t lose much. Much more upside than Maynor, who is nearly $3.4K. Dorrel Wright should also benefit.
Saturday’s Studs who won’t dud (DraftStreet)
Brandon Jennings – G – $13,057 - Jennings has hit just 10-of-30 from the field in his last three games, and Monta Ellis has been hot. Jennings will be on the up soon, and at his discounted price, you should jump on the bandwagon now if you want a solid value stud.
Jrue Holiday – G – $15,943 - “What is defense?” – the Golden State Warriors’ 2012-13 team motto. That about sums this one up.
LaMarcus Aldridge – F – $14,729 - Aldridge will tear up the T-Wolves’ front court. He beasted for 25 poitns and 13 rebounds last time he played them, this one shouldn’t be much different, especially with the recent injuries. An easy play tonight. An affordable price, too.
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