NBA Value Bin: Rush’n Attack

There are just three games on Monday’s schedule, so it will be very important for DFS contestants to target the right players when setting their lineups.

One or more of the Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will be rostered in every single lineup, and guys like John Wall, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are sure to be as well. With that being the case, it’ll be imperative to fill in a couple of your other spots with some lower-priced guys who have the potential to return decent value on your investment.

Here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Monday, January 11th, including a Warriors’ guard whose name led to my Nintendo-inspired headline.

Boris Diaw, Spurs ($7,700)

The Spurs play their first game of a back-to-back tonight, which means there’s a chance Coach Popovich sits or limits some of his stars. The game is also expected to be a blowout, with Vegas pinning the Spurs as 14.5-point favorites over the Nets.

While there are cheaper punt options (Patty Mills, Jonathon Simmons), Boris Diaw is the safest of them all. Even when the Spurs regulars are getting their full complement of minutes, Diaw manages to chip in across the board. The 12-year vet has averaged 20.4 fantasy points over his last seven games, and that’s a good bet to be his floor Monday night, making him one of the few Spurs backups who is immune to putting up a complete dud.

Donald Sloan, Nets ($7,300)

It was Donald Sloan, not Shane Larkin, who shone for the Nets on Saturday, blowing up for 15 points and 10 assists in just 23 minutes. I truly believe Larkin is better than Sloan and will continue to get more minutes than the journeyman guard, but momentum from the previous game could carry over into tonight’s contest.

Sloan did start the second half of Saturday’s game, but I expect Larkin to be back in the starting lineup tonight, especially with interim coach Tony Brown making his Brooklyn debut and most likely sticking to the basics. That’s actually a good thing if you’re rostering Sloan though, as the aforementioned 14.5-point spread could mean this game gets to garbage time pretty quickly, offering more minutes for the Nets’ backups.

Brandon Rush, Warriors ($7,700)

It’s only a matter of time before Harrison Barnes is back in the Warriors starting lineup, but for now, Brandon Rush will continue to trot out with the first team.

The veteran guard has started 19 consecutive games for the World Champs, and has produced quite well of late, averaging 23.3 fantasy points over a recent four-game stretch. The Heat have allowed the third-most 3-pointers to opposing shooting guards over the past two weeks and with 63.3 percent of Rush’s points coming from the 3-ball, this is a matchup worth exploiting. Also, the Heat take just 27.7 percent of their shots from underneath the basket — good for 18th in the NBA — which means a smaller, faster-paced game, and that will allow the 6-foot-6 Rush to stay in the lineup and log heavier minutes.

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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