NBA Value Bin: Starvin’ for Marvin

Friday’s NBA DFS slate features nine exciting games for users to choose from. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler and Paul George all play tonight, which makes it necessary to save salary in a couple of spots if you want to roster at least two of those superstars.

There are also some players whose injury statuses you want to monitor as it gets closer to tip-off. The Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki (knee) is questionable, as are the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley (ankle), the Jazz’s Derrick Favors (back), the Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb (toe) and the Spurs’ Tony Parker (hip/rest?). Dwight Howard, Hassan Whiteside, George Hill, Goran Dragic, Nicolas BatumBlake Griffin and the Heat trio of Dwyane Wade (shoulders), Luol Deng (eye) and Hassan Whiteside (hip) have already been ruled out.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top NBA DFS value plays for Friday, January 22.

Value Play of the Night

Marvin Williams, Hornets ($9,200)

Marvin Williams is having what is arguably the best season of his career. He’s putting up career marks in rebounds (6.4), blocks (1.1), FT% (91.7) and 3-pointers made (1.6). That’s pretty incredible for what’s been a mostly underwhelming 11-year career for the former No. 2 overall pick of the 2005 Draft.

On Friday, he’ll get to face the Orlando Magic, losers of eight of their last nine games, including an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The Magic are ranked 28th vs. opposing power forwards over the last two weeks and should offer plenty of stat-stuffing opportunities for Williams, who is averaging 24.6 fantasy points in his last three contests.

Other Players to Consider:

Donald Sloan, Nets ($9,300) – Sloan continues to put up solid stats by virtue of there not being any other good point guards on this team. He’s averaging 25.8 FPs since taking over as the starter and should again log big minutes against a Jazz team that is ranked 28th vs. point guards over the last two weeks.

Justise Winslow, Heat ($7,800) – Whiteside is out and so are Wade and Deng. Gerald Green could also sit too, which leaves Miami with a very short bench. The rookie played a season-high 35 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to the Wizards and could be asked to do it again. He also scored a season-best 25.5 FPs in that game, and it would be a huge win for owners if he could do that again.

Amar’e Stoudemire, Heat ($6,000) – Same gist as Winslow, but at an even cheaper price. It’s a risky move because he hasn’t played more than 20 minutes in any game this season, but for the bare minimum, Stoudemire’s not a bad punt play in GPPs.

Myles Turner, Pacers ($7,700) – Turner could actually start this one with Ian Mahinmi (ankle) out, and if he does, he’ll undoubtedly play substantial minutes. He logged 29.8 minutes over his last two games while averaging 34.9 fantasy points, and could be on the verge of a breakout. If he can reach the 20-minute mark tonight, value should easily be met.

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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