It’s Saturday night and we have a five-game slate over on FanDuel. Tonight’s slate is definitely lacking firepower and we really only have one exciting matchup, as the Spurs and Thunder will square off in Oklahoma City. Outside of that, three of the five games have point spreads of nine or more points. With that being said, we still need to put a roster together and luckily there are a ton of value plays in this small slate!
Here are a few value plays, $5,500 or less, at each position that will allow us to free up some salary we can afford our stud players.
Milos Teodosic (LAC): $4,000 vs. ORL
Teodosic is coming off a down game on Friday night in which he put up 10.4 FD points in 18.5 minutes. Prior to that, Teodosic averaged 22.5 FD points across a five-game stretch and saw minutes in the upper 20s in every one of these games. Due to that, I think we can chalk up last night’s performance as an outlier. He also gets a terrific matchup against a Magic team that ranks 29th in FD points allowed to PGs and 27th in overall defensive efficiency rating. At a $4,000 price tag, he represents an interesting pivot off more popular options like D.J. Augustin and possibly Shelvin Mack.
D.J. Augustin (ORL): $4,800 at LAC
Right now, the Magic are dealing with injuries to Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon. On the offensive end, this opens up a ton of opportunities for players who have been less involved to step up. In the first game without Fournier and Gordon last night, Augustin put up 23.9 FD points. While this isn’t a huge fantasy total, Augustin’s minutes have been secure, and he should be locked into 30 minutes in tonight’s game. He has also flashed some upside this season, exceeding 36 FD points twice over the past three weeks. This is also a plus matchup, as Austin Rivers ranks 86th out of 100 PGs in DRPM this season.
Dwayne Wade (MIA): $4,900 vs. WAS
Wade has been playing some solid basketball since his trade back to Miami. The past three games have been no exception, as Wade has averaged 26.7 FD points over that stretch. I always prefer to target Wade in home games with a close spread and tonight’s game features a four-point spread, so it checks both boxes. Since we can safely lock Wade into 25+ minutes, I really like him in a matchup against Bradley Beal, who has a DRPM of -0.45 this season. Wade offers a safe floor with 30+ FD point upside on a cheaper price tag.
Ben McLemore (MEM): $4,600 at DAL
If you’re looking for a cheap tournament option at shooting guard, McLemore represents a strong option for a depleted Grizzlies team. They’re going to be without Marc Gasol, Chandler Parsons, Mario Chalmers, and Andrew Harrison tonight. With these injuries over the past four games, McLemore has put up 30.1 FD points per game and he should be one of the top options in the Grizzlies offense tonight. He also gets a great matchup against Wesley Matthews, who is ranked 88th out of 107 SGs in DRPM. He should exceed 30+ minutes in this matchup and will be a popular option in tonight’s five-game slate.
Mario Hezonja (ORL): $4,800 at LAC
After being outplayed by Jonathan Simmons last night, Hezonja is in a great spot to bounce back against the Clippers in tonight’s game. While Simmons got a huge price bump, Hezonja is still sitting below $5,000 and he played 33.5 minutes in last night’s game. The Clippers are also ranked 26th in FD points allowed to the SF position this season. He should have relatively high ownership, but when we factor in price, I really like Hezonja as the top small forward option on tonight’s slate. He’s in a great spot to produce tonight.
Jarell Martin (MEM): $4,500 at DAL
With all the injuries I mentioned for the Grizzlies and Marc Gasol resting tonight, Martin stands out as an elite value play. If we take their injured players off the court, Martin has a 30.8% usage rate and averages 0.85 FD points per minute over the past two weeks. He also has a fantastic matchup against the Mavericks, who rank 24th in FD points allowed to PFs and 30th in total rebounding. This is a spot where Martin can easily exceed 30+ FD points on a relatively cheap price tag. He is a lock for me in both cash games and tournaments tonight.
Marcin Gortat (WAS): $3,900 at MIA
Gortat represents an interesting pivot play off of Deyonta Davis tonight. Gortat’s minutes and production have been all over the map over the past three weeks, but he should see an uptick in playing time against Hassan Whiteside in this game. In a matchup against the Heat earlier this week, Gortat played nearly 23 minutes. While his fantasy production has been down, his price is below $4,000 which is entirely too cheap for a starting center who will play 20+ minutes. It’s important to note that Whiteside is a strong defender, but Gortat’s minutes floor and price tag are too good to pass up.