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NBA DFS value plays under $5K for Saturday, January 16th

We go over some top bargain options under $5K on DraftKings for Saturday’s main slate.

Atlanta Hawks small forward Cam Reddish (22) drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) and shooting guard Joe Harris (12) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

We have five games on the NBA schedule for Saturday, with the first game beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. Therefore, it is a perfect time to give you some value plays for your DFS contest. Unlike NFL DFS, where one pick can make or break your lineup or it’s tough to find quality low-tier value.

In NBA DFS, you can find quality value plays under $5K that can give you a quick 10 points off the bench, knock down some three-pointers, or stuff the stat sheet. It does not matter if you are playing a 50/50 or Double Up contest, we are going to provide you with four players that you need to consider putting in your lineup.

Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks, $4600

The second-year guard out of Duke is coming into his own this season for the Atlanta Hawks. Cam Reddish is averaging 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 28.5 minutes per game. While Reddish’s shooting splits leave a lot to desired (37.8% FG, 33.3% 3pt), the 21-year-old has been a solid value play in DFS. He has scored at least 10-points or more in three-straight games, while averaging 28.3 fantasy points per game.

On Friday night, Reddish recorded 28.8 points fantasy points (20 points, five rebounds, 1 steal) in 28 minutes played. He’ll likely start again for the Hawks as they face a Trail Blazers team, who picks and chooses when they play defense.

Dwight Howard, Philadelphia 76ers, $4300

With Joel Embiid out for Saturday night’s game against Memphis, Philadelphia will likely give Dwight Howard the start at center. In his last three games, the veteran center is averaging 20.6 fantasy points, which isn’t bad for a backup center. The last time Howard started a game was on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Even though the Sixers lost, he still managed to pull in seven points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and a block for 25.8 fantasy points.

The Sixers will need Howard’s rebounding prowess and for him to stay out of foul trouble on Saturday night. This season, Memphis is ranked 22nd against opposing centers (OPRK) and has an opponent rebounding percentage of .501.

Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers, $4300

Anthony might not be starting for the Blazers this season, but he’s still providing a much needed scoring punch off of the bench. The veteran forward is averaging 12.1 points per game and shooting 43.5 percent from three-point range on 4.2 attempts per game.

Anthony is also averaging 21.1 fantasy points a game, despite only playing 24.5 minutes. In the Blazers last three games, the 36-year-old is averaging 24.3 fantasy points. On Saturday night, he’s going against a Hawks team that is ranked 29th against PFs (OPRK) and allowing teams to shoot 32.3 percent from three-point range.

Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors, $4500

The 27-year-old wing player has played well this season for the Raptors and been one of their few bright spots. In Toronto’s last five games, Powell is averaging a solid 19.7 fantasy points per game. At the same time, he has scored 10 points or more four out of those five games.