Welcome back to another edition of Seeking Value in the FantasyDraft Locker Room. There are eight games on tonight’s slate, and there is plenty of action to go around, which should help us uncover some pretty nice value options.
I’m going to throw out two guards and two forward/centers to help you round out your lineups tonight. With all that said, let’s get on to my four favorites.
Kris Dunn – PG – Minnesota Timberwolves – $6,400
I would have to say that I like tonight’s value options significantly more than last nights. Perhaps it’s the fact that these guys are highly likely to actually play.
The Wolves have finally decided to move Dunn into more of a shooting guard role, having him play off Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones. He’s seen at least 24 minutes in three straight games, and in his most recent two has finished with 33.25 and 28 FantasyDraft points respectively.
I expect the game against the Pacers to stay close, and I think we’ll see Dunn check in with those same minute totals. While the Pacers have come along defensively throughout the year, they are by no means world beaters. The price is too low for a guy that could end up 5x value tonight.
Shawn Long – SF –Philadelphia 76ers – $8,400
The Sixers always seem to come up with some out of nowhere, but productive fantasy talent. To think, it could be ruined by Tiago Splitter, as well as Jahlil Okafor. I wouldn’t put too much stock into the first one, but Okafor could hurt his fantasy value.
The Sixers have been really cautious with Okafor’s knee, which has resulted in him missing the last few games. During that time, Long has been able to put up back to back games where he was able to exceed 30 FantasyDraft points. The matchup couldn’t be better here against a Brooklyn Nets team that is literally bad at everything.
If we think he’s going to see around 20 minutes tonight, he’s got a huge ceiling in this matchup, and could see lower ownership as a result of fantasy players preferring the minutes of Richaun Holmes instead.
If we get word that Okafor is out again tonight, I’m going to be heavy on Shawn Long. NOTE: Jahlil Okafor has been ruled out.
Taurean Prince – SF –Atlanta Hawks – $9,500
I couldn’t believe Prince’s price when I saw it. It was tough for me to digest. Then I thought about it awhile, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it drives some players away from him tonight.
This is likely the best matchup the Hawks have seen with their shorthanded team. They are getting a huge bump in pace, and it’s a Suns team that honestly just isn’t very good. We could sit here and worry about blowouts and all of that, but without Paul Millsap, the Hawks aren’t very good either.
Prince is going to have to soak up the minutes with Thabo Sefolosha, Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore all missing tonight. He hasn’t been the most consistent option we’ve seen, but I think he can break 30 tonight.
This is a good situation for him, and I will certainly have a good amount of him in my tournament lineups tonight.
Patrick Beverley – PG – Houston Rockets – $9,800
Let’s wrap things up with someone who should be in the highest scoring, and most exciting, game of the night: Houston vs. Golden State.
Beverley is coming off one of his worst games this year: a 9.5 FantasyDraft point outing against Oklahoma City. Before that, though, he was flirting with the 30-point mark. We’ve seen Beverley put together some big games, even exceeding 40-points on a number of occasions this year.
This game has a total of 233 tonight. That’s a lot of fantasy goodness. Beverley should be able to do enough to get close to the 30 mark again, and the upside is considerably more than that if he can really pull it together. He’s got the most stable role of anyone else on this list, and I think he’s a guy worth using in your lineups.
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