Nothing cures a “case of the Monday’s” better than daily fantasy NBA. That especially holds true if you are trying to fill a March Madness void following the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend. Tonight, we have a modest 6-game NBA slate to dig through; as you’ll see below, there are plenty of value candidates to consider.
If you want to click top-dollar stars like Pau Gasol, Stephen Curry, and James Harden into your lineup, you’ll need to supplement some bargain picks along the way. Here’s a few “cheapskate specials” to consider at each position:
Remember, you don’t necessarily need the bargain players to have a breakout game. Usually, 4.5 or 5x the listed salary is considered adequate fantasy production. For example, a minimum salary player ($3,500) is looking at 16-18 FP to “pay off” their salary. A $4,600 player would need 21-23 FP, and so on. Be sure to keep that in mind (along with expected playing time) when sifting through the bargain bin.
Aaron Brooks – CHI ($5,800)
While Jimmy Butler may return, Derrick Rose will remained sidelined tonight. This means Aaron Brooks will continue to run the show for Chicago. To the naked eye, this may seem like a cumbersome price point for Brooks, but he only needs 26+ FP to exceed value. He has approached/met that total in 6 of the past 8, and his minutes have been trending upward (30-37 per game).
Langston Galloway – NYK ($5,200)
The matchup vs Memphis will make most people cringe, but the Grizzlies actually rank 22nd in defensive efficiency vs PG’s over the last 10 games. On top of that, Memphis’ stout interior defense often drives volume to the perimeter … The key to Galloway’s fantasy prospects revolves around Alexey Shved’s status. If Shved (questionable) is ruled out, Galloway will see a ton of minutes, seeing more opportunities along the way.
Evan Turner – BOS ($5,800)
Isaiah Thomas remains doubtful for tonight’s game, meaning Turner will see an uptick in offensive responsibilities. Coach Brad Stevens has been encouraging Turner to shoot more, and that was evident yesterday’s 21 shot attempts. He has excellent peripheral stats as well, creating a safe floor to complement substantial scoring upside. In addition, Brooklyn ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency vs backcourt members.
Tony Allen – MEM ($4,800)
Courtney Lee is considered questionable tonight; if he’s ruled out, it would boost Allen’s fantasy prospects. We definitely have to consider the blowout factor vs the lowly Knicks, but otherwise this profiles as a favorable matchup for Allen and company. The Knicks rank 26th vs opposing SG’s, and their inexperienced backcourt should create plenty of opportunities for steals and fast break buckets, feeding directly into Allen’s strengths.
Corey Brewer – HOU ($5,500)
If Trevor Ariza misses this game (questionable), Brewer becomes a great value play. He’s a solid pick regardless, but I’d feel much more comfortable with a starting role. The matchup against Indiana appears neutral on paper, but this is actually one of the closest, highest-scoring games on the board. Check back to Rotoworld Headlines for an update on Ariza.
Jae Crowder – BOS ($5,200)
Crowder has been picking up more playing time with Isaiah Thomas out, and that should continue to be the theme tonight. He has seen an average of 32 minutes per game over the last five, hitting a 29 fppg mark over that span. For this salary level, you are looking at 23-25 FP to hit value, and I believe he’s an excellent candidate to exceed that total.
Donatas Motiejunas – HOU ($5,800)
Terrence Jones is out, and Josh Smith is highly questionable. That should leave a ton of frontcourt minutes for Motiejunas. He’s averaging 38 minutes and 32 fppg over the past four games, and those are realistic projections for him this evening. Regardless if Smith suits up, Motiejunas probably has the best floor/upside combination of any PF.
Adreian Payne – MIN ($4,100)
Volume, volume volume: that’s what this pick boils down to. As of Monday morning, Nikola Pekovic, Justin Hamilton, and Kevin Garnett are highly questionable. If all three miss this game, Minnesota essentially has Payne and Dieng to fill the PF and Center spots. That should lead to a ton of minutes for each, which could help sustain fantasy value even in this daunting matchup. Payne would likely see garbage time if this game got out of hand … Once again, Rotoworld Headlines should best friend today.
Roy Hibbert – IND ($5,300)
To be honest, I’m not liking any of the value Center picks. I’d much rather climb the ladder to reach Gobert, Lopez, or Noah instead of rummaging through the bargain bin. The only viable candidate under $6k is Roy Hibbert against a beat-up Houston frontcourt. He’s always a volatile option, but the big fella has exceeded value in three of the last four. Consider him for value if you are in a pinch.