The NBA Trade Deadline goes today, so be sure to keep up on the latest trades. There are almost certainly going to be more values that open up as trade go down. For now, here my favorite salary saving plays for tonight’s five-game slate.
Thaddeus Young, PF, CHI vs. NOR ($5,500)
I am surprised that the price tag hasn’t risen more on Young. After Lauri Markkanen got hurt, he moved into the starting lineup and he’s pretty consistently had success. Young is averaging 27.96 DKFP as a starter and he finds himself in a favorable game environment tonight. Playing against the Pelicans, this game has a 231.5-point total and is expected to be one of the highest scoring games of the night.
Tomas Satoransky, PG, CHI vs. NOR ($5,400)
As is tradition, the Bulls have listed Satoransky as probable for tonight’s game. This is nothing new and Chicago has made a habit of listed half its roster as questionable ahead of every game. Satoransky should be good to go tonight and the injury shouldn’t impact him. Just like Young, he’s going to be benefiting from playing in an uptempo game environment. The Pelicans allow the eighth most DKFP to point guards and Satoransky has been on a pretty good run lately. He’s averaging 30.75 DKFP in his last five games.
Mitchell Robinson, C, NYK vs. ORL ($4,600)
The Knicks are loaded with veteran big men. It seem fairly likely that at least of their big men will be traded and even if they don’t, it stands to reason we are going to be seeing more playing time from the young guys down the stretch of the season. New York is well out of the playoff picture and should be looking to play their prospects. This should mean more playing time for Robinson over guys like Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. Robinson hasn’t had nearly the role I thought he would have this season, but he’s still a great fantasy producer when he’s on the court. He scores over a fantasy point per minutes, so he could be a monster if the Knicks start playing him closer to 30 minutes per game in the second half of the season.
Derrick Favors, C, NOP at CHI ($5,000)
Favors has been on a cold streak lately. His production has suffered since Zion Williamson debuted and this is an excellent spot for Favors to get back on track. The Bulls are second to last in the league in rebound rate, which has led to them getting crushed by big men this season. Chicago allows the second most DKFP to centers. We also might see Favors play a couple extra minutes since Zion was listed on the injury report with a toe injury. Williamson is going to play, but the Pelicans have been extremely cautious with him all season.
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