Nothing cures a “case of the Monday’s” better than daily fantasy NBA. I’m not sure if tonight’s slate can top some of the epic performances witnessed yesterday, but we have a solid 10-game slate to dig for some of those high upside candidates.
If you want to click top-dollar stars like Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and DeMarcus Cousins 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.
Dennis Schroder – ATL - $5,000
Schroder has been producing at a high clip over the past several weeks, averaging 29 fppg in eight games. Kyle Korver will not play tonight, which could open up more minutes at SG for Schroder. Don’t expect him to replicate the 42 FP monster from yesterday, as Jeff Teague will likely reclaim the starting gig tonight. However, there’s some decent rationale to selecting Schroder off the bench, especially in a favorable matchup against Sacramento.
Beno Udrih – MEM - $3,700
If Mike Conley sits out, Udrih becomes one of the better value selections of the day. He would immediately step into a role of 30+ minutes in a nice matchup vs Denver. He’s a somewhat efficient producer, averaging .78 FP/min on the season. That would translate to 25 FP when considering 32 minutes of playing time. That’s an exceptional baseline for a near-minimum salary pick … Check on Conley’s status throughout the day.
J.R. Smith – CLE - $5,500
LeBron James is considered questionable tonight. If he sits, the offensive void will likely be filled by Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith. Expect Smith to see more shot attempts, which could translate to one of his better games (30+ FP) over what has been an inconsistent stretch as of late.
Tony Allen – MEM - $4,600
Allen is a decent cash game filler as we scrounge deeper into the bargain bin. He’s seeing a steady 28-32 minutes per game, translating to a solid 25 fppg over the past six. Denver ranks 26th vs opposing SG’s, and they utilize a fast-paced offense that could easily feed into Allen’s open-court playing style.
Gerald Henderson – CHA - $5,700
Henderson has been stepping up for Charlotte with Al Jefferson out/limited. It appears that will be the case again tonight, as Jefferson may play, but won’t step into a full complement of minutes. That means more shot attempts for Charlotte’s role players, and Henderson could respond with his third straight 30+ FP outing.
Jeff Green – MEM - $5,000
When Memphis traded for Green this season, apparently that deal didn’t include his upside. However, he makes for a solid cash game pick in this price range, considering a pleasant home draw vs Denver. He’s unlikely to put up a fantasy score that hurts your team, but he won’t exactly help you take down a large tournament either. He’s a mediocre cash game filler at this price level, safer than other similarly priced options.
Brandon Bass – BOS - $5,700
Bass may be a bit pricey for some (relative to other bargain picks), but the contextual factors line up in his favor tonight. He’s seeing 33+ minutes a game (6 straight), which has led to a 29 fppg average. The matchup vs Philly couldn’t be much better, and this creates a promising return on investment opportunity.
Marvin Williams – CHA - $4,300
Cody Zeller is listed as questionable, but early reports indicate he’s less than 50-50 for tonight’s outing. Check Rotoworld Headlines for an update. If he’s out, Marvin Williams will start and see heavy minutes once again. He’s not a high FP/min producer (.64), but a hearty complement of 33-35+ minutes would be more than enough to sustain his value for this bargain salary.
Justin Hamilton – MIN - $4,100
Keep an eye on the playing status of Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Garnett. If both are out, Minnesota will essentially have three big men to cover two position. That should mean substantial minutes for Hamilton, who has impressed with a 32 fppg average over the past three games. He’s a high upside pick if starting for the shorthanded Timberwolves.