NBA Value Bin: Rocket Fuel

A big slate awaits NBA DFS enthusiasts on Wednesday, with 11 games to choose from. On a night like this, selecting the right salary-saving players will be the key to vaulting you to the top of your contest’s standings.

There are also a lot of key players nursing injuries, so be on the lookout for updates regarding the health of players like Anthony Davis, Rudy Gay, Evan Fournier, Michael Carter-Williams and Kenneth Faried.

Without further delay, here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Wednesday, March 2nd.

Jamal Crawford, Clippers ($10,500) – The 16-year vet (crazy, right?) has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 12 games and faces an Oklahoma City team that’s surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards since the All-Star break. If you go off his current price, Crawford has only reached value in four of his last eight games, but that’s okay; even if he doesn’t quite get there, he’s a sure bet to get close to it (he’s averaged 27.4 fantasy points during that span). With an over/under of 220 points, you’re gonna want to have a few players from this game in your lineup and J-Crossover offers a higher ceiling than most of the other cheaper options.

Patrick Beverley, Rockets ($8,400) – The Rockets and Ty Lawson agreed to a buyout on Tuesday, leaving Patrick Beverley and Jason Terry as the two remaining point guards on the roster. Beverley has actually been pretty damn good of late, averaging 26.6 fantasy points in five games since in the All-Star break, so it’s not like this pick is totally based on opportunity. Lawson wasn’t playing a whole lot, with just 10.4 minutes in those five contests, but they have to trickle down somewhere, and Beverley is likely to see 2-3 extra minutes because of it. A plus matchup also looms for the Rockets point guard — the Pelicans are 26th vs. the position over the past two weeks.

D’Angelo Russell, Lakers ($10,800) – Anyone expecting a repeat performance of Tuesday’s game where the rookie poured in a career-high 39 points, should curb their enthusiasm. However, his current price doesn’t reflect his 14-of-21, eight 3-pointer shooting display, and it may be the last time we see him below $11K this season. Of course, Kobe Bryant (rest) is expected back and that means less usage for Russell, but Lou Williams also injured his hamstring on Tuesday and could sit this one out. Regardless of which guards don the purple and gold, Russell will make plenty of contributions to the box score.

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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