Happy Hump Day! We’ve got a whopping 12 NBA games to pick from tonight, and with teams like the Lakers, Hawks and Jazz dealing with back-to-backs, we can pick some values from the benches of tired teams for your DraftKings lineups. We’re already running through some lower-cost options, but more could be available later on in the day with injury news coming in, so be sure to follow @dklive on Twitter and download the DK Live app to stay up-to-the-minute with all the latest news leading up to tipoff. We’ll let you know who should see an uptick in minutes.
There are plenty of high-profile, high-priced options that are worth considering at the top of the salary structure, but you’ll need to balance out some of those hefty salaries with some cheap plays as well. Check out these four players who seem primed to outproduce their minimal salaries based on form, matchup and expected workload.
SF/SG Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks, $4,200
We already know Donovan Mitchell (concussion) will miss this game, and plenty more Utah Jazz players should be fatigued coming off a comeback win over the Knicks on Tuesday night. Jordan Clarkson ($5,900) is a prime candidate to fill Mitchell’s shoes, but he’s far too pricy at $5.9K to consider a value. Enter Ingles, who has been hitting around 20.0 DKFP with consistency and has played over 30 minutes a few times this season. Ingles has always been a key member of the Jazz offense, and should get trotted out for plenty of run against a team that struggles to defend the shooting guard.
PG/SG Raul Neto, Washington Wizards at New Orleans Pelicans, $4,300
Editor’s Note: Wizards PG/SG Raul Neto (groin) is questionable to play tonight vs. the Pelicans.
Another player filling in for an injured star, Neto didn’t start in place of Russell Westbrook (rest) on Tuesday, but managed to pick up most of the slack for him. Neto posted 24.3 DKFP and played over 22 minutes, garnering a usage rate of over 20% for a third-straight game. The Wizards like to get the ball into Neto’s hands when he’s on the floor, and he should be on the floor plenty on the second night of a back to back, having had his minutes managed last game coming off of injury.
PG/SG Brandon Goodwin, Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets, $3,000
Editor’s Note: Hawks PG Rajon Rondo (ankle) has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Nets.
At minimum salary, all you’re looking for is about 15.0 DKFP, which is around what Goodwin delivered against the Clippers on Tuesday night. Trae Young ($9,200) carried an injury designation into that game, and is now playing on the second night of a back-to-back, which opens up the door for more minutes for the backup point guard. That should be Goodwin here with Rajon Rondo ($4,300) banged up, though there’s a chance he could suit up Wednesday. Keep an eye out for news on Rondo, but if he doesn’t play, I’m confident in firing up Goodwin here against a horrid Nets defense which can’t contain anybody.
PG/SG Dwayne Bacon, Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings, $3,500
Can I interest you in a sub-$4K player who should see over 20 minutes against the worst defense in the NBA? Bacon checks all of those boxes, getting 24 minutes per game for an Orlando team battling injuries at guard and facing the team ranked dead-last in the NBA in defensive efficiency. When he’s been on the floor over the past three, Bacon’s seen a usage rate of at least 24%, and he’s taken no fewer than seven shots. He won’t need to do much to get you 5x here at this price, and I think it’s attainable.
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