Welcome back to another edition of Seeking Value in the FantasyDraft Locker Room. There are six games on tonight’s slate, and there is plenty of action to go around, which should help us uncover some pretty nice value options. With all that said, let’s get on to my four favorites.
Zach Randolph – PF – Memphis Grizzlies – $9,800
Can’t say that I really love a ton of the value options tonight, so I’ll try to balance some safety in this article with some upside, as well as dropping in a few risky plays with upside. After saying all of that, I really don’t know where Zach Randolph fits in all of that. He’s priced reasonably, perhaps a bit high. I think on most nights that would be enough to keep DFS players from him. After all, he needs almost 30 FantasyDraft points to really work out for you. As unbelievable as it might sound, he hasn’t really been doing that a lot, especially lately.
Marc Gasol missed last night’s game, which resulted in Randolph starting and saw a few extra minutes, as well as almost hitting the 30 FantasyDraft point mark we just spoke of. I like the matchup against the Kings tonight, regardless of whether Marc Gasol sits or not. Randolph still possesses enough of an upside that I think he could work through an inexperienced Kings front-court to produce a quality outing.
J.J. Barea – PG –Dallas Mavericks – $7,800
Another risky play tonight is J.J. Barea. I could have easily gone with Ish Smith here, but I think he’ll see more ownership than Barae, but I think Barea could have some sneaky upside. The pace of this game works to Barea’s advantage considerably.
The big downside here is the four-way time share at the point guard position with Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry and Devin Harris. Barea isn’t likely to see more than 25 minutes on the floor tonight, but he’ll see a good deal of it against a less than impressive second unit of the Thunder.
If he gets into one of those modes where he is hitting threes and distributing to open shooters, he has double-double upside even in that limited amount of time. I highly doubt we’ll see high ownership on him tonight, and ultimately this is nothing more than a punt of a tournament play, but if everything falls into place, he could be your ticket to success.
Tyreke Evans – SG –Sacramento Kings – $8,800
Keeping with the risky trend of tonight, I really like Tyreke Evans. It’s amazing that he’s only getting minutes in the early 20’s, because he is capable of just so much more. Occasionally, he shows you exactly that. He’ll take his measly 20-25 minutes and turn out a game closing in on 40 FantasyDraft points, but it isn’t really easy to predict when it is going to happen.
What we do know tonight is that the masses, if playing a guard from Sacramento, will almost assuredly gravitate to Buddy Hield over Tyreke Evans. I don’t hate it, but Evans is going to get his. The matchup also isn’t great against the Grizzlies, but they haven’t been a shutdown defensive team this year. With his price where it is at, I think I’ll take the risk for the reward of Evans’ upside tonight.
Mindaugus Kuzminiskas – SF – New York Knicks – $8,400
Kuzminiskas is one of those plays that is reliant on the status of someone else. That someone else is Carmelo Anthony, who is winding down yet another disappointing season in the Big Apple. There were reports of Anthony seeing reduced court time, and that has been accentuated by the fact that he’s now developed an issue with his knee. If Carmelo Anthony sits again tonight, which I’m guessing he does, Kuzminiskas should see another opportunity to show what he’s got.
He hasn’t done anything overwhelming, but a 23 and 26 FantasyDraft point performance at his price isn’t the worst thing in the world. The Pistons aren’t a great basketball team, and this is a situation where I could see Kuz coming through with 25 points if the minutes are there.
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