NBA Value Bin: Dedmon Blocking

Wednesday’s here, and with it comes an exciting 11-game NBA slate for us to select players from when assembling our lineups. You can’t roster your studs without saving salary elsewhere though, so read up and see who my top value plays are for tonight.

Dewayne Dedmon, Magic ($9,200)

Once you get past the high-priced F/Cs, Dedmon is a great place to save salary. The Magic will host the Lakers, who are coming off a 101-88 shellacking at the hands of the Miami Heat. The Lakers have just one win this season and don’t look to be turning it around any time soon.

Dedmon will once again start for the injured Nikola Vucevic (knee), and he’s been excellent in his place, averaging 24.17 fantasy points in those three games. The Lakers are also the third-worst team against opposing centers.

Ish Smith, Pelicans ($9,200)

Jrue Holiday started Tuesday, which means he’ll sit Wednesday as part of the Pelicans’ plan to rest him in the second night of back-to-back sets. When Holiday rests, Smith performs well, averaging 35.13 fantasy points over two games. If Anthony Davis (hip) is also absent, look for Smith to have more offensive responsibility. The Pelicans’ opponents, the Atlanta Hawks, are just a middle-of-the-road team against opposing point guards.

Cory Joseph, Raptors ($6,400)

The Raptors will face the Sixers tonight as part of a back-to-back set, and there’s a pretty good chance DeMarre Carroll sits this one out. Carroll has missed the past two games as he deals with plantar fasciitis in his foot, and rest is the only thing that can help him recover right now.

Cory Joseph has seen a spike in minutes over those two games (25 minutes per) and that makes him a great value/punt play versus a Sixers team that has been the second-most favorable matchup for opposing point guards this season. The former Texas Longhorn is averaging 19.67 fantasy points over his last three contests.

Josh Smith, Clippers ($7,300)

The Clippers and Mavs are owners of the highest over/under on Wednesday’s slate. With a 213.5-point total, there’s sure to be tons of scoring in this one.

Josh Smith has been an afterthought in the Clippers’ offense, but with a seven-point spread and with the Mavs playing in the second game of a back-to-back, it’s very likely we’ll be seeing some garbage time in this one.

Smith has played very well against Dallas in his career, averaging 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 24 games. He’ll look to continue his dominance against a Mavs’ squad that has surrendered the most rebounds to opposing power forwards.

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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