Saturday’s NBA schedule provides us with a solid eight-game slate. In this article, we will identify some values plays to mix and match with the top-tier players.
Let’s take a look at the schedule and see what we can find. The following recommendations are specific to FanDuel’s pricing and scoring system.
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Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, $7,500 – Mike Conley lands a very nice up-tempo matchup with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The Nuggets are currently playing at the fourth-fastest pace in the NBA, while the Grizzlies are team that is known to slow things down and limit the possessions for their opponents. There should be a decent amount of scoring in this one, as the NBA odds currently have this game with a solid over/under of 203, with Memphis favored by one. Conley has been consistent as of late with at least 30 fantasy points in four out of his last five contests. He’s a great mid-tier point guard play on Saturday.
Trey Burke, Utah Jazz, $5,500 – The Jazz are thin right now due to a flurry of injuries. Trey Burke is locked into extended minutes and a much higher usage rate due to these injuries. Burke has played at least 32 minutes in four straight games. In these four games, he has not produced less than 24 fantasy points. The matchup is solid as well (Minnesota is not a very good defensive team), therefore Burke should have a great opportunity to exceed his value threshold on Saturday night.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $9,600 – Jimmy Butler is becoming one of the league’s superstars right before our eyes. On the season, Butler is averaging 39 minutes of playing time, 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. The Bulls will be playing way up in pace on Saturday night, as the Celtics rank as the second fastest team in the NBA. The Bulls have a team total of right around 105, so if Boston can keep this game close, Butler has a great chance for another monster game.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, $6,300 – Prior to last night’s game, Oladipo had nine straight games with at least 32 minutes in playing time. This streak came to an end against Brooklyn because the Magic were down by over 20 points in the fourth quarter. Oladipo did, however, finish with 27.1 fantasy points in just 29 minutes of action. Assuming the game with Charlotte remains closer, he will get back to his 30+ minutes of playing time and should continue his solid run of production. Victor’s playing time combined with his solid price makes him a great play on Saturday night.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6,100 –Wiggins appears to be taking over control of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ offense. Wiggins has at least 37 minutes of playing time, 21 actual points and 31 fantasy points in four of his last five games. At his current price point of $6,100, all we need is slightly above 30 fantasy points to achieve value. The Saturday night game with Utah has a decent over/under of 199 with Utah favored by two. Wiggins appears to be a safe play with a ton of profit potential against the Jazz.
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Hornets, $4,700 – Gerald Henderson is making the most of his opportunity for extended playing time due to all the injuries on the Hornets roster. Henderson has produced over 23 fantasy points in three straight games, and it hasn’t been all based on scoring the ball. The Hornets guard has been filling up the stat sheet, which is encouraging for his future prospects. Henderson will continue to be DFS relevant until Stephenson returns, and he will to get an even bigger boost with Al Jefferson sidelined (double-check the NBA starting lineups here before setting your rosters). He makes for a fine play at a good price this evening.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, $10,100 – Aldridge returned from injury on Tuesday and logged 41 minutes of playing time, therefore the concern of any potential minutes limit should be eliminated. Aldridge was very solid in this game with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The POR/ATL game has an appealing over/under of 202.5 with Portland favored by 6. Aldridge is a nice option to spend up for on this eight-game slate.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, $6,900 – At first glance, a matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies is something we tend to avoid for DFS purposes, but this one is a little different. Yes, Memphis does possess one of the league’s best team defenses; however they struggle mightily versus opposing power forwards. Memphis currently ranks 28th in terms of defensive efficiency against the power forward position. Faried bounced back nicely with a very impressive 54.3 fantasy point performance against the tough defense of the Chicago Bulls on New Year’s Day. At $6,900, Faried is a perfectly fine power forward option on Saturday.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, $9,100 – Marc Gasol continued his consistent play last night against the Lakers. Gasol finished last night’s game with 38.5 fantasy points, which extended his streak of at least 36 fantasy points to six games. The matchup on Saturday for Gasol is just about as good as it gets; Denver is the second worst team in the NBA at defending the center position. The entire Grizzlies team is in a good spot against the Nuggets due to a huge bump in game pace (Denver is the fourth-fastest team in the NBA). Gasol is my number one ranked center on Saturday.