Welcome back to another edition of Seeking Value in the FantasyDraft Locker Room. There are nine 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.
Dewayne Dedmon– C –San Antonio Spurs – $6,000
Value is certainly going to be interesting tonight. The Spurs have basically already rules half of their active roster out tonight against Dallas.
This leaves the likes of Dedmon to get a ton of minutes at the center position tonight. He’s actually put up some really strong games when given the opportunity this year, and there is nothing that really scares us about the Dallas Mavericks. They are an awful basketball team. I don’t care whether he is matched up with Dirk or Noel or Mejri, Dedmon should be able to hit 3x value tonight, and there is a legit opportunity for him to hit 4-5x value as well.
I really would have liked to go with David Lee, but he is already priced up to the point where I really don’t want to pay $3.6K more for someone who could really end up with the same amount of raw points tonight.
Emmanuel Mudiay– PG –Denver Nuggets – $7,400
It looks like Jameer Nelson is going to miss, and I am going to be shocked to see Will Barton play again this year, so it looks like we will be back on the Emmanuel Mudiay train for another night. It really isn’t the worst thing. I mean, I know he didn’t have a good year at all, which is why he’s on the bench, but all that matters is that he’s getting it done now.
If I am going to play against the Pelicans, the point guard position is most likely the position I am going to try to do it with. After all, do you really want to play guys that need to score in the paint against Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins? It’s not a profitable strategy in the short or long term. His price is fair, and he’s another candidate to hit 4x tonight on a nice slate of basketball.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – Detroit Pistons – $9,800
Sigh. That’s really all I can come up with the describe KCP down the stretch. Basically, for the last year and a half, he was a guy who saw little movement in his price, but was always consistent. He was an easy cash game staple. Now, he spends most of his time in the single digits or low teens. It’s been some of the worst regression I think I’ve ever seen.
So now that I’ve painted such a pretty picture of him, you are probably wondering why he is on this list. Well, you’re not going to find many guys in his price range that has the potential to hit 50 FantasyDraft points. The matchup with the Rockets is ideal, except for the fact that Detroit is so bad. If KCP’s shot is on point, he has sky high upside against a bad defensive team.
I think most will be off of him once they see his price tag, but I’ll have a few shares hoping that in these last few games he can show some upside.
David Bertrans – SF – San Antonio Spurs – $6,000
So, in full disclosure, I almost just wrote up four Spurs for this article. They are resting all of their starters except Tony Parker right now, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see if that changed. Bertrans could end up being one of the Spurs with the lowest ownership. I think people will gravitate to Lee, Mills, Anderson and Simmons, and Bertrans could be the odd man out.
Maybe I am just biased. I don’t think I am though. I think Bertrans is a pretty solid bet for 3x value, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him finish around 4x. This could be a night where you might need that because there is a lot of value right now, and it’s like to increase moving forward. You’re not going to feel comfortable about doing so, but I think it’s going to be worth the risk.
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