There is no greater feeling in the world than finding value. (Sorry, wife and kids.) Even if something is worth $10, but the price is discounted from $100 to $50, the juices inside the bloodstream start to percolate. For NBA DFS, the same concept arises, but finding value is also important for another reason. The game is all about roster construction, and finding good value can allow the incorporation of more higher-priced, higher-ceiling players to fit into the puzzle.
Here are some players on today’s 10-game slate that could assist in constructing a lineup of extraordinary magnitude.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Hornets PG Ish Smith (health protocols) has been ruled out Monday vs. the 76ers.
Ish Smith, Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers , $3,400
LaMelo Ball is out, as he is in health and safety protocols, so Smith will make his second consecutive start. On Sunday, he played 32 minutes and contributed 37.25 DKFP. His usage rate was 21.6%, and he scored 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out seven assists and racked up one steal. Smith averages 0.75 fantasy points per minute, but he should play well over 30 minutes and pay off his salary expectations.
Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $3,900
The Hornets are currently depleted, with four players in the health and safety protocols. As a result, Martin received 32 minutes of run on Sunday and should see a similar workload Monday. He went for 37.5 DKFP and garnered a usage rate of 19.6%. Martin averages 0.84 fantasy points per minute but, as with Smith, should play over 30 minutes and pay off his salary expectations.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs, $4,400
Devin Booker injured his hamstring three games ago. As a result, Johnson has seen elevated playing time. He would often play in the 22-minute range, but he’s received 29, 27 and 33 minutes of run over the last three games. He’s scored double figures in each contest and contributed 27, 33.5 and 22 DKFP, respectively. The Spurs play at the sixth-fastest pace and boost the FPPM to small forwards by 8.32 percentage point with a whopping 25.67 percentage-point increase to 3-pointers, a Johnson specialty.
Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers, $4,900
Since returning from a 15-game absence, Morris has played in six games, and both his playing time and results have been all over the map. He’s played 20 minutes in two of those games while scoring fewer than 20 DKFP in three. Over the last two games, though, he’s played 33 and 32 minutes while contributing 35 and 27.6 DKFP, respectively. Portland is dead-last in defensive efficiency against small forwards, they boost the FPPM by 5.52 percentage points.
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