There’s just six games tonight, but there are still some injury situations potentially creating cheap value plays. I dive in here.
UPDATE: Rubio is unlikely to play for the Suns, so Okobo should be in line for a start/more minutes. Young is going to be available to play, so a bit of a downgrade for Goodwin, but still an OK value option.
Elie Okobo, PG/SG, PHO at ATL ($3,200)
The potential value on Okobo is dependent on the status of Ricky Rubio. For personal reasons, the Phoenix Suns have listed Rubio as questionable to play tonight. Since Okobo has been playing the backup point guard minutes lately, I expect he would start alongside Devin Booker in the backcourt if Rubio can’t play. Okobo has made one start this season and scored 29 DKFP in 30 minutes. As an added boost, the Hawks are a nice matchup and rank 25th in defensive efficiency.
Brandon Goodwin, PG/SG, ATL vs. PHO ($4,000)
The Suns aren’t the only team in this game with a point guard who might not play. The Atlanta Hawks have listed Trae Young as questionable because of a hamstring injury. He’s already missed a game with the ailment and Goodwin started in his place. As the starting point guard, Goodwin was a bit underwhelming, but still managed to score 20 DKFP. The Hawks lost that game to the Brooklyn Nets by 22 points and Goodwin figures to perform better in a more competitive game.
Alec Burks, PG/SG, GSW vs. DAL, ($5,300)
After moving to the bench in favor of Damion Lee, Burks is back in the Golden State Warriors’ starting lineup. Lee is in an odd situation where he doesn’t have a contract. The two sides are still working out a deal and he’s expected to miss at least one more game. This is going to mean one more start for Burks, a role he’s averaging 31.4 DKFP in.
Ben McLemore, SG/SF, HOU at MEM, ($3,500)
Since this is a back-to-back situation, the Houston Rockets are resting Russell Westbrook. Houston has been cautious with his workload and have opted to prevent him from playing games in consecutive games to ensure he’s healthy for the playoffs. This is going to mean extra usage for McLemore, who the team named as a starter going forward. Considering how well he’s played in the starting five, this salary is much too cheap. In nine starts, McLemore is averaging 27.42 DKFP
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