NBA Value Bin: Swoop Beverley’s Skills

Wednesday’s NBA slate is a little smaller than usual with “just” nine games on the docket, but there’s still plenty of value to be had. Let’s take a look at a couple of point guards who can offer up big stats while also saving you a little dough.

Patrick Beverley, Rockets ($7,800)

Patrick Beverley was inserted into the Rockets’ starting lineup three games ago, and he’s done well, averaging 21.9 fantasy points in that span. On Wednesday, he’ll get to face a Pelicans team that has been excruciatingly bad versus point guards, ranking dead last in the league against the position.

Not only are the Pelicans handing out fantasy points to point guards like they’re Christmas presents, they’ll also be facing the Rockets on the second game of a back-to-back and will need to travel to Houston to do so. The team got good news when both Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole made their season debuts on Tuesday after sitting out the first month with injuries, but Evans’ 31 minutes and Cole’s 23 minutes doesn’t bode well for their endurance in their second game back. Jrue Holiday will sit this one out with Ish Smith taking his spot in the lineup, which means they’ll be a man short in their backcourt. Beverley is known for his defensive prowess, and he should be able to take advantage of a worn down Pelicans’ backcourt, racking up multiple steals in the process.

With an appetizing matchup and the largest over/under of the night (211.5), Patrick Beverley is a must-roster player for DFS owners trying to save a little salary.

Ramon Sessions, Wizards ($7,000)

We all got to witness the previously winless Sixers defeat the now 2-15 Lakers on Tuesday night, and boy was it ugly. Kobe Bryant officially announced his retirement from basketball this week and he let it be known that he’ll go out shooting…and very poorly, at that. The future Hall of Famer made just 7-of-26 shots (4-of-17 3-pointers) in the Lakers’ embarrassing defeat in Philly. The team shot 37.1 percent as a whole and are shooting a pitiful 41.1 percent on the season — dead last in the NBA.

I don’t expect those numbers to get any better when they play their second game in two nights and their fourth game in five days. When a good team is in the midst of a rough schedule, it can wear on them greatly, but when a team as bad as Lakers have to endure this kind of attrition, well, it’s something you must take advantage of. Vegas has the Wizards as 10-point favorites (and growing), which means it’s a good time to lock on to their reserves, because we know there’ll be a lot of garbage time.

Ramon Sessions has assumed the team’s backup point guard role with Gary Neal (groin) missing the last two games and has posted 16.75 and 14.75 fantasy points. The Wizards are also playing in a back-to-back and starter John Wall logged 41 minutes in their win over the Cavs on Tuesday, so coach Randy Wittman may use an easy matchup against the Lakers as an excuse to limit Wall’s minutes, which obviously bodes well for Sessions.

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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