NBA Value Bin: Delly Encounter

Wednesday should be fun for DFS contestants, as the NBA brings us an 11-game slate featuring exciting matchups between the Pistons and Rockets, Warriors and Bulls and Celtics and Raptors.

Using some of the following lower-priced players will allow you to fit the higher-priced studs into your lineup, and that’s going to be important on a night with so many options.

Here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Wednesday, January 20th.

Value Play of the Night:

Matthew Dellavedova, Cavaliers ($7,800)

Despite being the backup to starter Kyrie Irving, Matthew Dellavedova has managed to hold some fantasy value. Over his last four games the Australian point guard is averaging 19.7 fantasy points in a reasonable 24.4 minutes per contest. Those are very serviceable numbers when you consider his price tag.

The Cavs are a 12.5-point favorites over the Nets and they’ll have retribution on their minds after their 132-98 blowout loss to the Warriors on Monday. The Nets are absolutely terrible, so the point spread seems appropriate. A substantial lead would give Dellavedova plenty of garbage time minutes against a Nets’ team that’s allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing point guards over the last two weeks.

Others to Consider:

Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves ($8,100) – He’s seen a big drop in minutes over the past six games (21.1 compared to 24.1 on the season), but Dieng has a good chance of putting up solid numbers if Minnesota decides to sit Kevin Garnett in what will be the second game of a back-in-back. The Mavs are just 19th vs. opposing centers over the past two weeks.

Marcus Thornton, Rockets ($7,300) – This is a real dart toss here because there’s just no way to know how many minutes he’ll get, but it’s a gamble that could pay off. Patrick Beverley went down with an ankle injury on Monday and Thornton stepped it up, scoring 23 points on five triples in 22 minutes. Since Beverley’s injury was an aggravation of the same left ankle he hurt last week, there’s a pretty good chance he sits this one out.

Tyler Johnson, Heat ($9,800) – Johnson was a very popular play Tuesday night, but much to the chagrin of the DFS world, the Fresno State product dropped a huge dud, scoring just 12 fantasy points. It’ll take some guts to run him out there again, but it may be the type of bold move that puts you on top. Goran Dragic has no timetable for a return, Beno Udrih could be out over a week and Dwyane Wade and Gerald Green don’t look healthy. This leaves Johnson as one of the few reliable options in the Miami backcourt. I’m feeling a bounce-back night from Tyler Johnson.

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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