Hungover from Christmas and don’t want to look for NBA value plays? Don’t worry, I have you covered. These are some of my favorite salary saving plays for Thursday’s six-game slate.
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK at BKN ($5,300)
It looks like Payton has solidified his spot as the Knicks’ starting point guard. The team has been struggling to get something going all season and Payton has provided a spark in the last couple of games. Since entering the starting lineup, he’s averaging 34.75 DKFP. When considering that he was priced as high as $8,000 as the Pelicans’ starting point guard last season, the price point is much too cheap on Payton.
Marvin Bagley, PF/C, SAC vs. MIN ($5,300)
Just like Payton, Bagley is another play moving into a new role. He’s been coming off the bench since returning from a finger injury and rejoined the starting lineup last game. The results weren’t great and he only scored 19.5 DKFP, but we should expect greater production going forward. As a starter for the Kings last season, Bagley averaged 20 points and 11.5 rebounds.
Gorgui Dieng, C, MIN at SAC ($5,700)
The viability of Dieng is dependent on the status Of Karl Anthony-Towns. KAT is questionable to play, but he’s been listed as questionable for the last four games and sat out all of them. The Timberwolves have lost 11 games in a row and don’t seem to be in a hurry to bring their All-Star center back from a knee injury. In the games he’s missed, Dieng has provided great fantasy value. Dieng has made six starts, averaging 31.75 DKFP in those games.
Tim Frazier, PG, DET vs. WAS ($3,500)
Fool me once shame on you, fool me five times and I probably shouldn’t be targeting Tim Frazier anymore. He’s been pushed into a prominent role for the Pistons a few times this year and generally hasn’t been great, but this will be different I tell myself. With Bruce Brown out last game, Frazier moved into the starting lineup. Detroit got blown out and he didn’t get a full allotment of minutes, but if starting again, Frazier is cheap and draws an elite matchup against the Wizards. Washington allows the third most DKFP to point guards.
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