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Fantasy Basketball Value Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Bargain Plays for February 8

Zach Thompson breaks down his top DraftKings value plays for Monday’s eight-game NBA slate, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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The NBA fires up another full night of Monday night basketball after the NFL wrapped up its 2020-21 season with a thrilling Super Bowl on Sunday night. The Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards are on the second game of a back-to-back while the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs will turn back around and finish a back-to-back on Monday.

As we start another week, make sure to stay dialed into @dklive on Twitter throughout the day and download the DK Live app to stay up-to-the-minute with all the latest news and fantasy impact leading up to tipoff since so many players have an uncertain status for this slate. As you pick out the right stars to pay up for, you’ll also need some bargains to help your lineup stay under the salary cap. Check out my favorite bargains for your DraftKings lineup listed below.

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SF/PF Patrick Williams, Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards, $5,100

Otto Porter Jr. (back) and Wendell Carter Jr. (quad) have already been ruled out for the Bulls, and Lauri Markkanen ($6,600; shoulder) is doubtful. With so many options out in the frontcourt, look for Williams to keep getting plenty of run in what should be a great spot against the Wizards, who play with the fastest pace of any team in the NBA and have given up more points per game (121.2) by a comfortable margin.

Williams has been starting all season for Chicago but his workload has been trending up. He hadn’t logged more than 30 minutes in any contest until three games ago; and since then, he played over 30 minutes in three straight contests, producing 23.25 DKFP, 35.75 DKFP and 33 DKFP. His minutes have ticked up, but he has also seen his usage rate increase, as well — he has a 19.9% usage rate over those three games. If he keeps getting that much run and that much usage, he should be a great play at this price against the Wizards.


SF Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs, $4,500

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a big fan of Toscano-Anderson and has been hyping him heavily over the past few games. He called him a “fantastic competitor” and “one of our smartest players, in terms of just having a feel for the game at both ends.” It’s obvious from his quotes and his usage of Toscano-Anderson that Kerr trusts the 27-year-old Oakland native; and for at least the next few games, the local boy will continue to carry a substantial workload.

With Draymond Green ($6,800) pressed into action at center with Kevon Looney (ankle) and James Wiseman (wrist) out, Toscano-Anderson has logged 27, 40 and 34 minutes over his past three games. He had 16 points and 25.5 DKFP in the first of those games, filling in after Looney suffered his injury against Boston. He also looked sharp in two games in Dallas against the Mavs, producing 14 points and 35.5 DKFP on Thursday, then following that up with 10 rebounds and 21.0 DKFP in the rematch Saturday. For as long as Wiseman and Looney are sidelined, Toscano-Anderson should be a solid value option due to his multi-category production and smart play in Kerr’s rotation.


PF/C Frank Kaminsky, Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, $4,300

Kaminsky has been a solid cheap play for the Suns lately and has even stepped into a starting role for Phoenix in their last two games. He only played 19 minutes against the Celtics on Sunday but quickly produced nine points, nine rebounds and 23.75 DKFP. He had a very similar fantasy output in his first start of the season on Friday, producing 15 points, five rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes against the Pistons to log 23.25 DKFP.

Frank the Tank has now reached at least 20 DKFP in four straight games and continues to be very productive on a per-minute basis — he has at least 1.0 DKFP per minute in six straight contests. Kaminsky has shown he has a good ceiling, producing 44.0 DKFP in the one game where he logged more than 22 minutes this season — but that came in a lopsided win over the Warriors and definitely looks like an outlier. Still, his solid production in an expanded role makes him a solid value play against the short-handed Cavs’ frontcourt that will remain without Kevin Love (calf) and Larry Nance Jr. (finger)


PG/SG Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors, $3,900

The Spurs won’t have Lonnie Walker IV (illness) for the first of their back-to-back games against the Warriors in San Antonio. While Derrick White ($5,100) moved into the starting lineup and played well in Walker’s place, don’t miss that Mills also picked up extra work off the bench. The veteran logged 29 minutes against the Rockets, but only had 18.25 DKFP since he shot just 3-for-10 with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

However, we’ve seen Mills explode for big games when his shot starts dropping, and he should be set up for the kind of workload that makes him a strong play from under $4K. He has at least 18 DKFP in nine of his past 11 games and is a relatively safe cheap play with so much work coming his way in the second unit for San Antonio.


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