Welcome back to another edition of Seeking Value in the FantasyDraft Locker Room. There are ten games on tonight’s slate, and there is plenty of action to go around, which should help us uncover some pretty nice value options.
Last night was just a bunch of guys who teased us with good performances, only to struggle in the second half of their respective games. Value was extremely tough to come by to be sure. Let’s hope tonight is different. With all that said, let’s get on to my four favorites!
Nemenja Blejica – PF – Minnesota Timberwolves – $8,800
It’s been a whirlwind to figure out who is going to come through for the Timberwolves in terms of value. We’ve seen the team dominated by Ricky Rubio, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins at various points since Zach LaVine went down.
Fortunately, things have started to balance out, and Blejica seems to be the unanimous sixth man. He’s come through for us a lot lately, but his price hasn’t come close to catching up to his upside.
This matchup against the Celtics really plays to his strengths, and with how the Celtics play down the stretch, it almost ensures that Belly will be there when it’s wrapping up. He’s got double-double upside in a game like this where I think he’ll see more time than Gorgui Dieng.
I’m expecting to see between 25-30 FantasyDraft points from him tonight.
Jordan Crawford – SG –New Orleans Pelicans – $8,500
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. A wise man once said that. I don’t think that wise man played daily fantasy, because he probably wouldn’t want to go back to the well with someone who just burned them.
That’s not the right mentality to have. The game wasn’t close, and Crawford actually appears to be too valuable to the team to be risked when there is nothing at stake. I would have to assume that things will be much tighter tonight against the Miami Heat, and as a result, his minutes should be more consistent.
The Heat aren’t a great matchup, but truthfully, way too much emphasis is put on that mentality. He’s a guy who shoots the ball playing good minutes for a team that has a questionable bench beyond him. I like him for around 25 FantasyDraft points tonight. There is some upside for more, but I just think it’s that much more.
Buddy Hield – SG – Sacramento Kings – $9,100
If you think the Jordan Crawford play is too risky for you, why not look at the Kings rookie, Buddy Hield? It was a slow start in Sacramento for Hield, but now that he seems to be the shooting guard of the future there, he is seeing time. The matchup here is great. Phoenix not only plays at a fast pace, but they do it all while playing no defense at all. Those things tend to go hand in hand.
Tyreke Evans is currently questionable at the time of this writing. If he should miss, not only would Evans make sure his minutes stayed in the low-to-mid-30’s, but that the usage would increase as well.
He’ll be around $11k before long as the Kings begin to try to develop him more and more. I can see management telling him to take more shots sooner rather than later. He’s one of my favorite values tonight.
Kosta Koufus – C – Sacramento Kings- $7,400
Perhaps the least sexy name on this list is probably Kosta Koufus. I don’t know what happened, or if I am remembering incorrectly, but I swear I remember him putting together big games for the Grizzlies back in the day.
Anyway, those days are gone, and all we have is what we have now. He’s seeing a pretty steady role for the Kings, and he basically just has to show up to hit value.
It isn’t a situation where I think he’s going to have a monster game or anything, but there isn’t anything wrong with picking a value play that has a relatively safe floor and still some room for upside. Some of the options on here tend to be boom or bust, but Kosta really just feels like a comfortable old shoe.
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