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NBA DFS value plays under $5K for Valentine’s Day

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

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center.  Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Ten NBA games will tip-off on Sunday, and the first one will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. The nine-game main slate on DraftKings won’t get started until 7:00 p.m. ET. There’s plenty of news to keep track of to get an edge on DraftKings, and we’ve identified some players you should keep an eye on.

That being said, it is a great 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, grab some rebounds, 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 three players that you need to put in your lineup.

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks, $4,900

Brunson has returned 7x value in two straight games against poor defensive backcourts, and he’ll face another on Sunday. Luka Doncic is bound to be a handful for Damian Lillard, Rodney Hood, Gary Trent Jr. Anfernee Simmons is the Portland Trail Blazers’ only reserve point guard. Simons struggles on defense, so staying in front of a physical guard like Brunson will be challenging. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brunson scored more than 30 DKFP in a third straight contest.

Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings, $3,600

Marvin Bagley III missed Friday’s game with a calf injury and is questionable for Sunday. The Sacramento Kings refuse to play Jabari Parker, so Bjelica is the only viable backup power forward. Bjelica tallied 35.25 DKFP against an Orlando Magic team that’s been very good defensively against power forwards, and Memphis Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke (calf) is listed as questionable. If Clarke can’t hold down the fort, Bjelica could be a very desirable option for cheap.

Grayson Allen, Memphis Grizzlies, $4,300

Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton are out, so wings Allen has a good shot at eclipsing 30 minutes for a third straight game. Allen has scored at least 29 DKFP in two straight games and while shooting 12-for-26 from the field. He finished as Memphis’ top scorer in his last outing, which was just his fifth start of the campaign. Tyus Jones will do most of the playmaking, so Allen has the green light and should shoot a ton against one of the NBA's worst defenses.