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DraftKings Preview: Best Value Plays 1/27

Cody Taylor offers some relatively cheap players to consider when picking you DraftKings team.

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With eight games set to tip off tonight, there are plenty of options for you to choose from when building your DraftKings lineups. Each Wednesday, we’re helping you build your rosters by highlighting the players who are relatively cheap and poised to play well given their recent success or upcoming matchup.

The key to winning on DraftKings is to have several of these cheaper players on your team so that you can go out and target some of those higher-priced guys. With LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (among others) in action tonight, you’ll need some cheaper options in order to afford those guys.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter our DraftKings league before 7 p.m. ET tonight. It is $3 to play (or FREE for new users) and it has a $30,000 first-place prize. Here are six bargain players to keep an eye on tonight – all of whom will cost you less than $6,000:

PG: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics  $5,100

Smart has been playing extremely well for the Celtics as of late. He’s turned in back-to-back outings with at least 30 fantasy points and faces a great matchup tonight against a Denver Nuggets team that ranks 24th against opposing point guards.

He’s going to give you production from all over the floor, as he’s averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season. He hasn’t been starting recently for the Celtics, but is averaging 30.6 minutes over his last five games. With many of the league’s top point guards in action tonight, you may want to consider Smart in your other guard slot or at your utility position.

Honorable Mention: Dennis Schroder – $5,100

SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons  $5,700

With so few top players at shooting guard available tonight, this could be a position you opt to go cheaper on. Caldwell-Pope has been a guy that we’ve relied on heavily this season. One reason in particular is he’s playing a ton of minutes this season: Caldwell-Pope is tied for second in the league with 37.5 minutes per game.

Considering where his price tag is at, Caldwell-Pope has been very consistent this year. Out of 12 games during the month of January, he’s scored fewer than 20 fantasy points just two times and has scored at least 25 fantasy points in six-straight games. He faces a favorable matchup tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers as they rank 24th against opposing shooting guards.

Honorable Mention: J.R. Smith – $5,400

SF: Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets – $5,600

Ariza has been one of the hottest players in the league over the past week or so. He had 32.3 fantasy points last Friday, 44.8 fantasy points on Sunday and 52.3 points on Monday. He scored 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field on Sunday, and followed that up with a season-high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting on Monday. He’s seeing a bigger offensive role with Dwight Howard sidelined with an ankle injury and has clearly taken advantage.

Ariza is shooting 61 percent from both the field and from three-point range over his last three games. DraftKings rewards bonus points for each three-point basket made, and Ariza has hit 19 such shots during his hot streak. He should be a player to target for one of your forward slots until he cools down.

Honorable Mention: Kent Bazemore  $5,600

PF: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder – $5,700

We went with Ibaka last week and he came through for 22.5 fantasy points. Ibaka has been consistently in the 20-25 fantasy point range as of late and he’s scored fewer than 20 fantasy points just once since January 10.

He’s coming off of a 41.8 fantasy point performance last night against the New York Knicks after scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds, two blocks and two assists. The Thunder take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight and Ibaka recorded 33.3 fantasy points the last time these two teams met on January 15. Ibaka seems like a safe bet to roll with given his success against the Timberwolves this season.

Honorable Mention: Ersan Ilyasova – $5,500

C: Spencer Hawes, Charlotte Hornets – $4,600

With Cody Zeller sidelined with a shoulder injury, Hawes has made the most of his starts over the last three games. As a starter, Hawes is averaging 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game while shooting 46 percent from three-point range.

There are only a few of the top centers in action tonight, so if you choose against one of those guys, Hawes could be a very cheap option for you. He’s averaging 31.4 fantasy points during his time as a starter, which is great production considering his $4,600 salary.

Honorable Mention: Nikola Jokic – $5,000

UTIL: Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns – $4,800

Goodwin has taken the starting job in Phoenix and run with it. He’s coming off of a season-high 26 points last night against the Philadelphia 76ers. He also added six assists, six rebounds and two steals, which was good for 45 fantasy points.

During this three-game span as a starter in place of Brandon Knight, Goodwin is averaging 37.7 fantasy points per game. It’s clear that he should be in your lineups as long as he’s starting. Keep an eye on Knight’s status throughout the afternoon and adjust your lineups accordingly should he return tonight. If Knight is unable to go with a groin injury, look at adding Goodwin.

If you are taking our advice tonight, let me know how your team did by reaching out to me on Twitter, @CodyTaylorNBA.

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Cody Taylor is an NBA writer in his fourth season with Basketball Insiders, covering the NBA and NCAA out of Orlando and Miami.

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DraftKings Sunday – FREE $1,000 Contest

Basketball Insiders’ Tommy Beer gives you his lineup for tonight’s FREE $1000 Draft Kings contest.

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Are you one of the millions of Americans exceedingly frustrated by your failing fantasy football team?

If so, switch it up this Sunday and give fantasy hoops a shot.

DraftKings provides the perfect opportunity today via their FREE $1,000 contest

Here are the best values available today, and the lynchpins around which I’ll build my Sunday squad.

PG – De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings – $5,800:
Once the Kings announced on Saturday that they would be resting starting point guard George Hill, Fox became a no-brainer in all DFS formats. Fox has been splitting time with Hill at the point but has still managed to average 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per contest. Extrapolated out, that equates to 19.9 points, 6.7 dimes and 5.9 boards per-36 minutes. In his first career start, Fox will likely set a career-high in minutes played. He should be very heavily owned in cash games and tournaments.

PG – Jarrett Jack – New York Knicks: $4,100:
Jack was a DNP-CD in each of the Knicks first two games, but with New York struggling, coach Jeff Hornacek decided to shake things up and inserted Jack into the starting lineup Friday night vs. the Nets. Jack responded with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal in 26 minutes, helping to propel New York to its first victory of the season. Ramon Sessions, who had started each of New York’s first three games, never got off the bench. Jack likely won’t match the 26.3 fantasy points he produced in his first start, but at just $4,100, he’s worth the minimal investment.

SG – Tim Hardaway Jr. – New York Knicks – $4,900:
Make no mistake, Hardaway Jr. has been absolutely ice cold to start the season. He is shooting a putrid 26.5 percent from the floor, including 22.2 percent from downtown. As a result, his DraftKings price has plummeted. THJ started the season at $5,800 and has now dipped below $5k. As a result, this is a prime buy-low opportunity. The encouraging news is that Hardaway remains a focal point of the Knicks offense. He’s averaging 12.3 field goal attempts in 32 minutes a night. Kristaps Porzingis is the only Knick averaging more shots and more minutes. Hardaway is bound to break out and start knocking down shots; he’s a career 42.4 percent shooter. Cleveland presents an excellent opportunity, as the Cavs have been sieve-like defensively over the first two weeks of the season, ranking 26th in the NBA in Defensive Efficiency.

PF/C – Aaron Gordon – Orlando Magic – $7,100:
Air Gordon has been a beast in his first few outings this season, averaging 23.7 points (on 59.5 percent shooting), 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and just 1.0 turnover over his first three games. Gordon’s DFS cost will start to climb, so it makes sense to nab him at this affordable price point.

PF/C – Skal Labissiere – Sacramento Kings – $4,400:
Much like the aforementioned De’Aaron Fox, Labissiere benefits from Sacramento resting one of their veterans on Sunday. Zach Randolph, the Kings starting power forward, will get the day off. As a result, Labissiere should be poised to step in and step up. Skal started on opening night when Z-Bo was sidelined, and posted a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing ten boards. In addition, Labissiere has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games.

PF/C – Jarrett Allen – Brooklyn Nets – $3,300:
Quincy Acy, who is averaging 14.8 minutes per game this season, has been ruled out of Sunday’s matchup against the Nuggets due to a left groin strain. Allen should be the primary beneficiary from Acy’s absence and see an uptick in playing time. Allen is an admittedly risky roll of the dice, as he will likely log fewer than 20 minutes, but saving money at center allows you to invest funds at other positions. The hope is that Allen will supply steals and blocks (the rookie is averaging nearly blocks and three steals per-36 minutes) when on the floor.

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DraftKings Friday Contest – Win $50,000

Sign up for your chance to win big money tonight on DraftKings, and see if you can beat my lineup.

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There aren’t many better ways to spend a Friday night than watching basketball games and getting rich off of them.

At DraftKings, that’s exactly the opportunity you have with their daily fantasy prizes. Today, NBA fans can enter the $575 thousand Friday Fall Festival game. Just be sure to enter before 7 p.m. ET to make sure your lineup is eligible.

Just to get you up to speed, here are the stipulations for tonight’s contest.

– $575,000 in total prizes

– Only $5 to enter

– $50,000 to first place

– Over 35,000 entries win money guaranteed

– Simply select a team of 8 players to join

– Limited spots

– Must enter by tonight at 7 PM EST

Like I said, what’s better than sitting down watching basketball while also getting rich.

In the spirit of competition, I’ve decided to field a lineup (minus a few players, because I can’t give away all of my secrets) and I’m challenging you to enter to see if you can beat me.

Considering this is a slam dunk lineup, I’ll let you in on my thought process for a pick-by-pick breakdown:

Lonzo Ball, point guard, Los Angeles Lakers — $7,100

You have to have a Big Baller Mentality to get money, right?

Lonzo is off to a scorching hot start to his NBA career, averaging a near triple-double. That’s points galore on the DraftKings system.

Despite struggling with his shot so far to start the year, Lonzo continues to make plays and put up gaudy assist and rebound numbers. Regardless of who is checking Lonzo tonight for the Toronto Raptors, expect him to orchestrate another impressive performing Lakers offense on their home court.

Klay Thompson, shooting guard, Golden State Warriors — $6,800

To start this 2017-18 season, Klay Thompson has been on absolute fire.

Averaging 21.2 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, Thompson is clearly feeling himself so far this year. Not to mention he’s currently connecting on 47.6 percent of his shots from downtown. At the moment, the rim looks 10 feet wide to this Splash Bro.

But what makes Thompson such an intriguing play tonight is that amid this current three-game homestand, the shooting guard is donating $1,000 for every point he scores to California wildfire relief. That alone makes Thompson that much more willing to let it fly.

Considering the one-for-all all-for-one nature the Warriors display at all times, I don’t think his teammates will mind feeding the rock to Thompson knowing his buckets are going to a cause even more than their win total.

Paul George, small forward, Oklahoma City Thunder — $7,700

Four games into the new Big Three experiment in Oklahoma City, Paul George has yet to really find his way.

His averages are down across the board, and his shooting percentages don’t resemble that of a four-time All-Star.

But tonight, that changes for George. Going up against the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second in three games, George gets another chance going at the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler.

George will get his shots; he took 20 in the last meeting between these two teams, and I wouldn’t expect a player of his caliber to continue his slump much longer.

Nikola Jokic, power forward, Denver Nuggets — $8,400

The Joker is one of the NBA’s true unicorns and he can fill up a box score (and your fantasy point total) in the blink of an eye.

His impact on every level of the court is no secret, and with the Atlanta Hawks and their putrid lineup acting as his opponents for the night, his high price tag is warranted.

No Hawks big will be able to keep up with Jokic on the block or follow him out to the perimeter. After starting the season slow by not reaching double-figures in the scoring column for his first two games, Jokic registered 29 and 18 points in his last two contests, respectively.

With a porous defense to prey on, The Joker will have your DraftKings lineup getting the last laugh.

LaMarcus Aldridge, center, San Antonio Spurs — $8,200

While Kawhi Leonard has been on the bench to start the season for the Spurs, the LaMarcus Aldridge Renaissance has been in full swing.

Posting numbers that resemble his days in Portland, Aldridge has been on an absolute tear and currently holds a 46.1 fantasy point per game average.

Already possessing two double-doubles, a 30-point game, and reaching the 20-point plateau four times, Aldridge will assuredly continue his hot-streak tonight against an Orlando Magic team despite their 3-1 record, is giving up 112.1 points per game to their opponents.

Aldridge looks the part tonight as your DraftKings lineup anchor.

Gary Harris, shooting guard, Denver Nuggets — $4,900

Using the same logic as with the Jokic selection, Gary Harris looks to be in the position tonight to take advantage of a weak opponent.

In the early goings of this season, Harris hasn’t quite taken that leap some were projecting. But the year is early, and Harris is still hitting his shots at a more than efficient clip.

With Harris’ shooting ability from beyond the arc (currently 47.6 percent) and the lack of elite wing defenders Atlanta possesses, the 23-year-old two-guard is a smart play tonight.

Not to mention, with the double play of Harris and Jokic, you can be rooting a little extra for the Hawks’ defense to collapse on the big man right before he makes a sweet dish to his shooting guard on the perimeter.

Now, like I said, I can’t give away all of my secrets so you’ll have to piece together your NBA knowledge to fill out the remaining two spots on your roster with some bargain players.

Since this is all in good fun, I want to know if you beat me. Tweet me your lineups @DennisChambers_ and we’ll see who is the true DraftKings champion.

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– FREE with your first deposit of at least $5
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DraftKings Preview: Best Value Plays 4/13

Cody Taylor shares his list of top bargain players (under $6,000) on DraftKings tonight.

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Each Wednesday, we help you build your DraftKings lineups for the upcoming night of action. The point of these articles is to highlight relatively cheap players who are poised to do well given their recent success and upcoming matchup.

Tonight features 14 games on the schedule as most teams wrap up their regular season. With nearly every team in action tonight, you will have plenty of options when building your DraftKings rosters. Everyone wants superstar players in their lineup, but in order to afford those players, you’ll need some of these value plays on your squad as well.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter our DraftKings league before 7 p.m. ET tonight. It’s FREE for new users! Here are six bargain players to keep an eye on tonight – all of whom will cost you less than $6,000:

PG: Seth Curry, Sacramento Kings – $5,000

With the Kings shutting down five of their top scorers for the rest of the season, look for Curry to continue to see plenty of playing time. Curry is coming off of his best game in the NBA in which he recorded 20 points, 15 assists, three rebounds and three steals on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Curry’s career night was good for 54.3 fantasy points. Since March 25, Curry has seen a much bigger role with the Kings as he’s averaging 28.7 minutes per game after playing sparingly before that. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from three-point range during that time frame.

Honorable Mention: Tim Frazier – $5,900

SG: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers – $5,000

Before you laugh at this selection, consider what we know going into Bryant’s last game. It’s been reported that Lakers head coach Byron Scott plans on letting Bryant play as much as he wants and Scott stated on the record that he’s instructing other players to “get KB the ball.” Knowing the type of player that Bryant is, he’ll want to play big minutes and go out with an impressive performance. Field goal percentage isn’t factored in for DraftKings’ scoring system, so Bryant can shoot it as much as he wants without negatively impacting your team.

He has flashed some vintage Kobe performances a couple of times already this month, as he dropped 35 points on the Houston Rockets on Sunday and he scored 34 points against the Boston Celtics back on April 3. The Utah Jazz desperately need a win tonight (as well as a Houston loss against Sacramento in order to make the playoffs), and Bryant would love nothing more to player spoiler one last time in front of the home crowd at Staples Center. It’s also worth noting that Utah will be without their defensive anchor Rudy Gobert. This is the final time you can have Kobe in your lineup and he may be a steal at $5,000.

Honorable Mention: Evan Fournier – $5,100

SF: Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks – $5,100

Bazemore has been arguably one of the best fantasy players over his last four games for the Hawks. Over this stretch, Bazemore is averaging 17 points, eight rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, which has translated to 41 fantasy points per game.

Bazemore has proven this season that he can contribute on both ends of the floor and make his presence felt in a variety of ways. On April 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored only seven points, but added 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks, which was good for 36.5 fantasy points. The Hawks should continue to play their starters with playoff seeding on the line heading into the final night of action.

Honorable Mention: Maurice Harkless – $4,600

PF: Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets – $5,300

Williams is another starter who you can count on playing since the Hornets are still fighting for playoff seeding. Some of the league’s best players could be getting some rest tonight with playoff positions already locked up, but Williams seems likely to play as he normally would.

Williams has been very consistent over his last six outings, as he’s scored at least 24 fantasy points in each of those games. The Hornets are up against the Orlando Magic tonight, and Williams went off for 26 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block the last time the Hornets and the Magic faced off on March 16.

Honorable Mention: Jabari Parker – $5,900

C: Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers – $4,700

Plumlee has been very productive over the past several weeks. Since March 1, Plumlee has scored fewer than 20 fantasy points just twice (in a span of 21 games). He’s a guy who comes in at price lower than $5,000 and he seems likely to give you at least 20 fantasy points.

He has proven that he can do a little bit of everything, as he’s averaging 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in five games during the month of April.

Honorable Mention: Jonas Valanciunas – $5,000

UTIL: Toney Douglas, New Orleans Pelicans – $5,500

The Pelicans have been ready for the offseason for quite some time now given all of the injuries they have endured this season. Douglas has been a direct beneficiary of those injuries, starting in 17 out of the Pelicans’ last 18 games.

Douglas has turned in four-straight outings with at least 30 fantasy points and has been one of the team’s leading scorers in each of those games. Look for that production to continue as the Pelicans face off against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that ranks 26th against opposing point guards.

If you are taking our advice tonight, let me know how your team did by reaching out to me on Twitter, @CodyTaylorNBA.

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