NBA Value Bin: A Thorn in Your Opponents’ Side

Tonight is your big chance to win a trip to see Kevin Love and the Cavaliers play the Milwaukee Bucks. But to be crowned the champion of the Kevin Love Experience (*Jimi Hendrix not included), you must also have the best lineup.

Saving salary is necessary to allow yourself to get the big stars on your roster, but you don’t want to sacrifice value when doing so either. Here are Friday’s top value plays on FantasyDraft.

Andre Iguodala, Warriors ($8,800)

There’s no question the Warriors are the best team in the NBA. They’ve followed up their championship season by beginning 2015-16 with a 5-0 record. They are demolishing teams, winning by an average of 20.8 points per game and making their opponents look like the Washington Generals.

With all the winning, there’s been a lot of garbage time, and it’s limiting the starters’ minutes. This helps Andre Iguodala. Since he’s part of the second unit, Iguodala has managed a healthy 27.2 points per game and is just one of four Warriors to have played in at least 21 minutes in all five games. His minutes have actually seen a slight increase in the second half of games (13.8 minutes compared to 13.4 in the first half).

Friday night’s game should be another blowout when the Denver Nuggets come to town.

The Nuggets will be playing the second game of a back-to-back and looked pretty bad putting up just 84 points on 38.9 percent shooting in Thursday’s loss to the Utah Jazz. With the Warriors favored by a whopping 17 points, expect garbage time to come early, and Iguodala should be able to score enough and garner enough defensive stats to return value on his $8,800 salary.

Marcus Thornton, Rockets ($8,000)

Marcus Thornton has been a revelation so far this season and is underpriced yet again on Friday night.

Rockets’ coach Kevin McHale was forced to tweak the lineup last week when Terrence Jones suffered yet another freak injury. The strange ailments Jones has endured in his young career have piled up, and you can now add a cut inner eyelid to the list. He wasn’t expected to miss more than a game or two, but the injury has lingered and his eye is still swollen shut. Without any practice under his belt, the team has ruled him out for Friday’s contest and Thornton should again reprise his role as the Rockets’ default “power forward”.

At first it seemed like a strange move to put the 6’4″ shooting guard in the frontcourt, but his play has made McHale look like a genius. The six-year veteran has flourished in the role, averaging 17 points, four rebounds and three treys, which has led to 27.16 fantasy points per game. The Rockets have won two of their three games with Thornton in the starting lineup, so he’s likely to stay there for as long as Jones remains sidelined.

Tonight’s matchup against Sacramento is as good as it gets; the Kings are 29th in the NBA when it comes to shutting down opposing power forwards. (They’re 30th vs. shooting guards, which is his real position.)

Other Solid Value Plays

Langston Galloway, Knicks ($9,000) – 23.70 FP per game; Bucks are 27th vs. opposing guards.

Tyler Johnson, Heat ($6,000) – Gerald Green (weird off-the-court issue that no one is revealing) will be out again; Johnson is averaging 22.3 minutes over last three games.

Otto Porter, Wizards ($9,600) – Has scored at least 26 FP in three of four games; Celtics allow 24.8 ppg to opposing small forwards — third-most in the NBA.

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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