We’ve only got five games on the main slate for Friday night on DraftKings with what should be some unappealing basketball. Still, there’s always a DFS slate and we always need to consider all the options. There are a few key injuries that should open up some potential value plays, most notably Malcolm Brogdon for the Indiana Pacers and Deandre Ayton for the Phoenix Suns. Let’s take a look at some of the top bargains to target on DraftKings tonight.
Aron Baynes, C, PHX at GSW ($4,800)
There are three names to consider when spotting value on the Suns in place of Ayton. Frank Kaminsky ($3,900) and Dario Saric ($4,900) are also in play, but Baynes has clearly been ahead of the two the past couple games. Baynes has played almost over 30 minutes in back-to-back games and has a combined 44.25 fantasy points as a result. His usage was up over 20% in both contests as well. This matchup vs. the Golden State Warriors should be bountiful regardless of how the Dubs looked on Christmas vs. the Houston Rockets.
TJ McConnell, PG, IND at MIA ($4,300)
If Brogdon is still out — he’s a game-time decision tonight — then the Pacers should lean heavily on Aaron Holiday ($5,400). Unfortunately Holiday is a bit priced up, so we’d have to look down for more value. McConnell has been serving as backup PG off the bench and at least double-digit points and four assists in four of his past five games. I like McConnell’s ability to fill up the stats sheet in limited minutes, it shouldn’t take much for him to return value at this price.
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, GSW vs. PHX ($4,500)
Cauley-Stein was overshadowed by the massive game by Damion Lee on Christmas Day. Willie has actually been pretty consistent for the Dubs recently and has been a great value play in DFS. WCS has at least eight points and five boards in five straight games, generally playing around 30 minutes per contest. The Suns are thin in the front court without Ayton and if Golden State carries some momentum into tonight, I like some of their cheaper options on DK.
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL at ATL ($3,100)
If you want to go super cheap, I think the Milwaukee Bucks will destroy the Atlanta Hawks tonight. That would give their bench players an opportunity to play extended minutes, which bodes well for Korver. The pace of this game should be up and I think Korver will get more shot attempts as a result. The Hawks allow opponents to shoot 36.2% from downtown and really Korver would only need to hit 3-4 outside shots to return value. Shouldn’t be hard in a revenge spot for one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history.