NBA Value Bin: Pelican Relief

Daily fantasy contestants have seven NBA games to choose from Monday, so it’s not all bad. (Just don’t tell that to the Golden State Warriors *ahem*.)

With stars like Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, LeBron James and the newly healthy Jimmy Butler available to roster, it’s important to save money elsewhere.

Here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Monday, March 7.

Norris Cole & Toney Douglas, Pelicans ($9,400, $6,300) – Eric Gordon just can’t seem to stay on the court. On Saturday, the oft-injured guard re-fractured the same finger that had previously kept him out for 16 games. The Pelicans will now turn back to Norris Cole (who is also nursing an injury) to shoulder more of the load. Coach Alvin Gentry said that Jrue Holiday will move to the starting lineup, but that shouldn’t affect Cole’s minutes too much. In fact, it should provide him more open looks if he starts next to Holiday. Cole is a game-time decision with that back injury, but he did go through practice this morning. Whether Cole plays or not, Toney Douglas is also worth a look, though he’s really more of a true punt play if Cole suits up. If Cole sits out, Douglas would start, making him a lot more appealing. The Pelicans’ opponents, the Sacramento Kings, are 22nd vs. opposing point guards since the All-Star break and are 27th on the season.

Mike Dunleavy, Bulls ($8,400) – For the Bucks, this will be the second game of a back-to-back and their third game in four days. They’ll be worn down, and that’s a good time to take advantage of their No. 27 ranking vs. small forwards since the All-Star break. Mike Dunleavy made his season debut just 12 games ago, and he’s quietly put up solid value in that span. It took a few games to shake off the rust, but he’s averaging 20.2 fantasy points in his last eight contests. Nikola Mirotic returned from his appendectomy/hematoma removal Saturday, so that should cut into Dunleavy’s minutes a little, but not enough where he’ll lose much appeal in DFS.

Darren Collison, Kings ($9,000) – Collison continues to come off the Kings bench — though that may not be his ideal outcome — but it hasn’t affected his play. Over the last 12 games, the seven-year vet is averaging a solid 26.6 fantasy points and continues to play big minutes (30.4 mpg) despite his backup role. The Pelicans have been the third-worst team in fantasy since the All-Star break when it comes to defending opposing point guards.

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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