We’ve got a seven-game main slate set for Saturday on DraftKings and there are a few value spots we can target right away. There are also going to be some injuries we’ll have to wait on, so monitor the status of Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Other than that, it should hopefully be pretty cut-and-dry, though is that ever the case? Let’s take a look at some bargain fantasy basketball options on DraftKings for Saturday.
Coby White, PG/SG, CHI vs. LAC ($4,600)
So Lou Williams didn’t play Friday and the Clippers are also without PG Patrick Beverley. This should make things much easier on offense for the Bulls. White has been getting inconsistent minutes, but lately he’s playing more, going over 25 minutes in three straight games. White has the speed and 3-point shooting that gives him a high ceiling. I also think few lineups will look at the Bulls since the Clips play good defense.
Ben McLemore, SG/SF, HOU vs. DET ($4,600)
This is more of a play to take advantage of Russ resting, so keep an eye out for that news. Either way, McLemore has been playing a lot for the Rockets of late, averaging 30.2 minutes per game in his past six. He should get more usage if Westbrook rests, but really Houston’s offense allows McLemore to take plenty of outside shots. If Russ is out, McLemore is an OK cash play. If Russ plays, I’d still consider McLemore as a GPP target.
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL vs. CLE ($3,600)
The Cavaliers are an awful defensive team and can’t defend the 3-point line, mostly because all their guards are young. Matthews has been around the block a couple two three times, and while his shot volume isn’t high, he’s hitting 3’s at a high percentage (39.4%). I think the Bucks will easily beat the Cavs, so if that’s the case, Matthews could see some more run in garbage time. If it is a beatdown, we can assume Matthews got a decent amount of 3s and we’re looking good for value.
Patrick Patterson, SF/PF, LAC at CHI ($3,500)
Speaking of rest candidates, Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played a full back-to-back set all season. The Clippers are going up against the Timberwolves on Friday, so there’s a chance Leonard sits Saturday. If that’s the case, Patterson should slide into the starting lineup and see more playing time. The Bulls are a poor rebounding team, so this matchup should help Patterson return some value at a low price.
Jerami Grant, PF/C, DEN vs. OKC ($4,700)
You didn’t think I’d let you go without a narrative did you? Grant will face his former team, the Thunder, on Saturday. But the real reason we should be looking at Grant is the status of Paul Millsap, who is questionable to play due to a quad injury. Grant would start in place of Millsap most likely and could see upward of 30+ minutes in a revenge spot. Sign me up.