NBA Value Bin: The Price Is Right

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After you’ve chosen which game you’re gonna play, it’s important to get the most value out of your lineup. Here are some of Wednesday’s top value plays in daily fantasy basketball.

Ronnie Price, Suns ($6,000)

Price is a total punt play here. He’s currently the Suns backup point guard, but due to the chance of a blowout, there’s a high probability he gets in some decent garbage time minutes vs. the Kings. Sacramento will be without superstar DeMarcus Cousins, who’s already been ruled out with an Achilles injury, and because of that Vegas now has Phoenix as eight-point favorites.

Price was inexplicably overused by Byron Scott in LA last year, but he’s not TERRIBLE. In four games he’s averaging 13.8 minutes, and if that gets around 20 for tonight’s game, he could easily get over the 20-fantasy point threshold. He had 15.5 FPs in just 11 minutes of play during Friday’s win over the Blazers.

Nik Stauskas, Sixers ($6,800)

Last year’s No. 8 overall pick is still under-priced, and that’s something DFS players need to use to their advantage.

Stauskas missed the Sixers’ first game of the season with a knee injury but has come on strong over the past two, racking up 19.25 and 24.0 fantasy points, respectively. More importantly, he saw his minutes increase from 21 in his debut, to 28 on Monday night — a good sign that his injury is behind him.

Robert Covington returned from his own knee injury on Monday but reportedly aggravated it in practice. There’s a good chance he’ll sit out Wednesday which will give Stauskas more opportunities on offense. It’s early, but Philly’s opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks, are the fourth-worst team vs. opposing shooting guards.

Kosta Koufos, Kings ($7,800)

The Kings handed Koufos a four-year, $33 million deal this past off-season with the hopes that DeMarcus Cousins could move over to power forward and that they’d still get decent production from the center position. So far, it’s worked, as Koufos has managed a respectable 8.3 points, 7.5 boards and 1.0 blocks in his eighth NBA season.

As already mentioned, Cousins will be sitting this game out, which means more minutes for the former Ohio State Buckeye. He’s averaged 21.25 fantasy points in just 24.3 minutes per game, and he should top that tonight with the Kings being a man short in the frontcourt. Not only is he expected to play a lot more, but the Suns are 26th in the NBA when it comes to defending the center position. I prefer him over the much pricier Willie Cauley-Stein.

Seth Klein

Seth is a DFS writer at FantasyDraft, as well as a writer for TheFantasyFix and Razzball. You can find his player rankings at FantasyPros. Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Seth is a lifelong New York sports fan. Seth has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him on Twitter at @SethDaSportsMan.

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