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NBA DFS value plays under $5K for Tuesday, February 16th

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

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Justin Jackson celebrates after a three point score against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter at Ball Arena.  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There will be only six games in Monday’s NBA slate, and a slew of injuries to bench players could make finding cheap plays difficult. Quite a few teams could be short on reliable players, and we’ve identified a few options on DraftKings who could take advantage of their newfound opportunities.

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.

Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,100

There are a lot of players under $5K who are injured, so I’m making an exception for Portis. He’s scored more than 27 DKFP in two of his last three games off the bench and the Toronto Raptors are extremely thin at power forward. OG Anunoby is out, so Stanley Johnson will have to back up Pascal Siakam. Stanley is a physical defender, but his 6’7” frame will put him at a massive disadvantage against 6’10” Portis. If Portis is as aggressive as he has been lately, he could be a double-double threat.

Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder, $4,700

Oklahoma City’s best three point guards have been ruled out and its only other primary ball handler is in the G League, That means the Thunder will be forced to start Luguenz Dort and Jackson in the backcourt for Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Jackson has scored more than 32 DKFP in each of his last two starts and touched the respectable Milwaukee Bucs with a season-high 22 points on Sunday. He shouldn’t have a problem producing again against one of the worst defenses in the NBA.

Zeke Nnanji, Denver Nuggets, $3,100

Nnanji has benefited from garbage time in two of his last three games but the knee injury Paul Millsap suffered over the weakened could make him a legitimate rotation player for a little while. The rookie has moved past Isaiah Hartenstein on the depth chart and only JaMychal Green stands in his way. Nanji only has to get to around 15 points to return significant value at this price point. He’s averaging 20.5 DKFP per game in contests he plays at least 19 minutes in, and the Boston Celtics rank 24th against opposing power forwards on DraftKings.