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 definitely a mixed bag. Kris Dunn and Taurean Prince both came through for us, but Patrick Beverley struggled and Shawn Long got into foul trouble immediately. Not the way you want things to go, but you’ll take the positives at least.
With all that said, let’s get on to my four favorites for tonight.
Cory Joseph – PG – Toronto Raptors – $9,800
Value isn’t exactly the most enticing option tonight, but you get what you get. One play that does stick out to me is Cory Joseph.
One thing I am not afraid of is Kemba Walker defense. Another thing I am not afraid of is Charlotte Hornet team defense. We just watched Malcolm Brogdon put up a big game on this team last night, and Joseph seems to be coming into his own.
His box scores are all over the place, which should help keep his ownership levels at a lower position than they should be tonight. He brought me a lot of success on Monday, and I’m banking that he’ll put up a respectable game tonight.
Andre Iguodala – SF –Golden State Warriors – $8,800
I think that this game is going to be close and the focal players should all see a good amount of playing time. Then again, I felt that way when the Cavs visited the Spurs and we all know how that one ended up. I do think things will be different tonight, because while the Cavs have been struggling, the Warriors have actually been making the best of their situation.
With no Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala has stepped up, seeing not just higher minutes, but also higher overall production. He doesn’t really need a lot to hit value, just around 26 FantasyDraft points, which he did last night with relative ease.
In a close game with the Warriors fighting to hold the top spot, he will be needed, and as a result, should be in your lineups tonight.
Skal Labissiere – PF –Sacramento Kings – $8,400
Dave Joerger mentioned after the Kings last game that it was the last stand for his veterans. I am not one to believe coaches most of the time, but I do think this should be genuine. That could mean the likes of Tyreke Evans, Arron Afflalo, Anthony Toliver and Kosta Koufus could spend the rest of the season with their feet up. It could mean the same for Darren Collison, who by no means is a young player like Buddy Hield.
While I’m expecting the ownership to flock to the Hield, I think the forwards/centers will be ignored. Willie-Cauley Stein sees a ton of minutes, and he’s always in play, but he’s priced out of this article.
Skal Labissiere could be the most volatile of this unit, but he’s got huge upside at this price. In a lot of ways, except for the talent at this point in the year, he’s a lot like a VERY RAW Rudy Gobert. He plays with a ton of fight and if he can put some size on in the offseason, he’s going to be interesting in 2017-18.
He’s a guy with 30+ point upside, who just put up an absolute stinker on Monday, and will go very low owned tonight. While I don’t like him as much as WCS, I think he makes an interesting option in tournaments tonight.
Rodney Hood – SG – Utah Jazz – $9,100
It’s never my favorite thing to consider putting Rodney Hood in my lineup, but what is a man to do? The Kings haven’t been good at stopping shooting guards in the vein of Hood, which is why he’s been able to have some success against them in the past.
That price though. There is no way he should be at this price. I think that is collectively what everyone is going to think, meaning his ownership should be very low as well.
I do like him more if Gordon Hayward is out, but he’s not a complete and total write off in this situation. I think he’s got 27-33 fantasy points written all over him, and that’s enough for me to at least consider him tonight.
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