There are many great value plays among the 11 games the NBA has to offer tonight. They may not be the biggest names, but finding value from lower-priced players will allow you to roster an extra stud or two. Wednesday marks the first time in while where I have seen so many players worth rostering that come with cheaper price tags. This makes it even more important to select the right ones, because your competitors will likely be thinking the same thing.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top NBA DFS value plays for Wednesday, February 3rd.
Value Play of the Night
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets ($8,400)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a highly skilled defender — one of the best in the NBA. Unfortunately, those on-ball defensive talents haven’t translated to fantasy. For his career, the former No. 2 overall pick has averages of 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.7 blocks, so him being the Value Play of the Night has less to do with his fantasy game and more about the opportunity he has on Wednesday.
The Hornets could be without a number of their top players tonight, including Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb, which would create plenty of fantasy potential for Kidd-Gilchrist. He was initially thought to have a minutes restriction, given that he was returning from surgery to repair a torn labrum, but that quickly went out the window; the 22-year-old played 33 and 27 minutes his first two games back, and he decimated the Lakers on Monday, racking up 19 points and 12 rebounds while Batum watched from the sidelines.
He isn’t likely to put up big steals numbers and definitely don’t count on him going 2-for-2 from the 3-point line again (he didn’t attempt a single three in 2014-15), but he’ll have lots of chances to score and rebound and is a double-double threat. Plus, he’ll be the man tasked to guard LeBron James, which means he’ll get all the minutes he can handle. The kid’s got alligator blood.
Other Players to Consider
Mario Hezonja, Magic ($6,000) – The rookie has averaged 25.2 minutes over his last four games, scoring 14.9 fantasy points in those contests. He also dropped a career high 17 points on Sunday vs. the Celtics. Meanwhile, Evan Fournier played just 21.2 minutes in that same span. Fournier is an impending FA, too. Could there be a changing of the guard in Orlando?
Tyler Zeller, Celtics ($6,000) – Zeller came out of nowhere to score 31 fantasy points on Tuesday. The 16 points, 10 rebounds and 31 minutes played were all season highs, so chances are this game was a fluke, buuuut for the minimum salary, he could be worth a flier with the possibility that Brad Stevens goes with the hot hand again. The Pistons are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing centers over the last two weeks.
Shane Larkin, Nets ($7,800) – Monday’s 8-point, 14-assist game is likely going to be the best we’ll get from Larkin this season, but for $7,800, why not see if he can carry that momentum into Wednesday night’s affair with the Pacers? It’s not like he had been terrible before that big game either — he averaged 19.9 FPs over the previous four, and 25.8 if you exclude last Friday’s 2.3-point dud.