NBA Value Bin: Evan Almighty

Happy New Year, everybody! Hope you all had a fun and safe time welcoming in 2016.

I’m sure many of you had a wild night and some of you may even be hungover, so to make you feel better I’m going to be giving you my top value plays for Friday, January 1st. Hopefully winning some big time cash tonight will settle your stomach. I also recommend a Bloody Mary and some cold pizza.

We also have a new feature on our lineup pages. When sorting by games, you’ll notice you can now select players by their individual teams rather than just the game itself. That’s something new FantasyDraft is bringing to you in 2016, as we’re always trying to make your experience more user-friendly.

Enough chit chat — let’s get into tonight’s value plays before you have to make another bathroom run.

Ramon Sessions, Wizards ($7,600)

Elfrid Payton (ankle) is questionable to play for the Magic tonight, and if he sits out, the Wizards’ backcourt gets a boost. John Wall is the big name here, but if you’re looking to save some salary, Ramon Sessions is worth a serious look. The veteran point guard is averaging 24.1 fantasy points over his last five games and has played a healthy 27.6 minutes in those contests. In fact, he hasn’t played less than 23 minutes since December 9, which makes his floor a lot higher than some of the other cheap options tonight.

Evan Fournier, Magic ($10,100)

We talked about Fournier on Wednesday, and the same strategy applies tonight. With Elfrid Payton likely to sit, or at least be limited, Fournier will take on a lot more of the ball-handling responsibilities. The 23-year-old is averaging 31.3 fantasy points over his last six games and shows no signs of slowing down, playing a plentiful 35.3 minutes during that stretch. The Wizards are 17th versus opposing shooting guards over the past two weeks, as well.

Lou Williams, Lakers ($9,400)

The Lakers take on the Sixers Friday night in a battle of the bottom-dwellers. A possible No. 1 overall pick is at stake here as both teams will see who can tank the hardest. There is a lot of value to be had in this game, but I like Lou Williams to save you salary and possibly be one of the higher-scoring options when he faces the team that originally drafted him back in 2005. Sweet Lou hasn’t quite lived up to the $21 million contract the Lakers gave him in the offseason, but he’s been very good over his last two games, scoring 28.5 and 31.0 fantasy points, respectively. The Sixers are the second-worst team against opposing shooting guards over the past two weeks and there’s no reason to think that’ll change tonight.

Others value plays to consider on Friday night:

Aaron Brooks, Bulls ($7,700): If Derrick Rose (hamstring) sits out, Brooks becomes a must-play option.

Cody Zeller, Hornets ($9,300): He’s the new starting center in Charlotte and has averaged 25.8 FPs over his last six games. Not a high-ceiling guy, but extremely consistent.

Jeremy Lamb, Hornets ($7,800): Jeremy Lin (ankle) is questionable. With Lin sitting Wednesday, Lamb scored 19 points in 22 minutes en route to 28.75 FPs.

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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