On a heavier slate, you’re going to need some value to fit into your lineup to pay up for some studs. Luckily (well not for the player obviously), we have some injuries that should open things up a bit from the Kings.
Here are some top value options at each position to consider for tonight’s eight-game NBA slate:
Cory Joseph/Yogi Ferrell, SAC vs. POR, $3,700/$3,000 — It’s sort of a toss up between these two as far as who gets the most minutes at PG with Fox sidelined. I’d lean Joseph given his track record in these situations, but expect high ownership. Ferrell would be the tournament pivot here.
Coby White/Kris Dunn, CHI vs. NYK, $4,100/$3,900 — Not as similar to the Kings’ situation given there’s no injury, but both Dunn and White have been producing off the bench for the Bulls. The matchup is strong with the Knicks’ backcourt banged up. Dunn is very much a GPP play, but has appeal; he’s scored at least 20 fantasy points in three straight and offers defensive upside.
Emmanuel Mudiay, UTA vs. BKN, $3,100 — With the Jazz on the second of a back-to-back, we could see Mudiay get some more minutes to keep Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell fresh. Mudiay saw nearly 15 minutes in garbage time vs. the Warriors last night and returned nearly 6x value. It’s a similar situation tonight vs. Brooklyn if the Jazz pull away.
Kendrick Nunn, MIA vs. DET, $4,700 — Nunn continues to start for the Heat, but is splitting minutes at SG with rookie Tyler Herro. The Heat are favored by -7.5 though and we could see garbage time minutes tonight given Detroit’s coming off a bad loss to the T-Wolves at home Monday. Nunn would just have to recapture that early season form to make due here.
Gary Harris, DEN vs. ATL, $4,500 — I love me some value with upside and we all know the type of games Harris is capable of. Problem is the Nuggets appear a bit out of sync on offense and are focusing more on defense. Plus, Denver already spreads the ball around quite a bit. But this matchup vs. the Hawks is solid and Harris doesn’t need much to reach value.
Garrett Temple, BKN at UTA, $3,700 — Caris LeVert is sidelined with the Nets, so Temple should see increased run off the bench. The veteran sharpshooter was already seeing in the neighborhood of 20-25 minutes the past five games, so a bump in usage helps. He’s more reliant on scoring, so strictly tournaments for Temple.
Joe Ingles, UTA vs. BKN, $4,500 — I’ve talked a lot about this Jazz-Nets game and I think if the script plays out with Utah up big, Ingles and most of Utah’s bench should see plenty of minutes. Ingles probably will play around 20-25 minutes anyway and the pace-up matchup vs. Brooklyn works to his strength: 3-point shooting.
Markieff Morris, DET at MIA, $4,100 — I don’t think the Pistons have ruled Blake Griffin out tonight, but chances are the All-Star will rest on the second of a back-to-back after returning from injury. If that’s the case, Morris should get a bit more usage behind Andre Drummond in the front court.
Rodney Hood, POR at SAC, $3,400 — Hood is currently probable, which has him in line to return to the starting lineup for the Trail Blazers. Prior to the injury, Hood has been consistently playing 30 minutes and the Kings are an easy draw without De’Aaron Fox. At this price, Hood has a lot of upside, having scored 20+ points twice this season.
Paul Millsap, DEN vs. ATL, $4,900 — It’s hard not to like another Nuggets starter who is priced this cheap in a great matchup. Maybe the Hawks’ pace will help Denver score some points for once. Millsap has played at least 34 minutes in back-to-back games, is a threat for a double-double and usually chips in a few assists. All this without big usage, sign me up!
Kyle O’Quinn, PHI vs. CLE, $3,000 — Chances are the “Threegional Manager” Mike Scott ($3,200) will be the trendy value play with Al Horford resting. But O’Quinn is cheaper and will garner less ownership. KOQ is usually productive when given the usage.
Jarrett Allen, BKN at UTA, $5,000 — I’ll start by saying Allen is an extreme tournament option. Going up against Rudy Gobert is arguably the toughest matchup in the NBA. But Gobert may get a bit of rest on a B2B and Allen has a high ceiling for his price.
Kelly Olynyk, MIA vs. DET, $3,900 — Olynyk is questionable, so be sure he’s playing, but his price doesn't line up with his role right now. He’s averaging over 20 minutes off the bench for Miami and the Pistons should be tired heading down to South Beach.