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DraftKings Preview: Best Value Plays 2/24


Wednesday in the NBA is typically one of the busiest nights of the week as most teams are in action. There are 10 games set to tip off tonight, leaving you with plenty of options when building your DraftKings lineups.

The key to winning in DraftKings is having some cheaper players on your rosters who will perform well and allow you to afford players like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and John Wall among others. We’re here to help you set your lineups by highlighting several players who seem poised to do well given their recent success or upcoming matchup.

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 $10,000 first-place prize. Click here to draft your team. Here are six bargain players to keep an eye on tonight – all of whom will cost you less than $6,000:

PG: Mario Chalmers, Memphis Grizzlies – $4,300

If you decide against selecting one of the top-tier point guards tonight, Chalmers is worth a look if you want a cheaper option. Chalmers faces a favorable matchup tonight against a Los Angeles Clippers team that ranks 28th against opposing point guards.

Chalmers has been pretty solid over his last five outings as he’s averaging 22.3 fantasy points per game. He’s coming off of one of his better performances as of late after scoring 17 points, four rebounds and two steals on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. If you’re looking for a cheap option at guard or the point guard position, Chalmers could be your guy.

Honorable Mention: Tony Parker – $5,100

SG: E’Twaun Moore, Chicago Bulls – $5,400

There are not many top options tonight at shooting guard, so this may be where you want to go with a cheaper guy. Moore has pretty much been a lock to play big minutes ever since Jimmy Butler went down with his knee injury.

He’s started the past 11 games in a row, and is averaging around 32 minutes per game as a starter. He’s also recorded 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the starting lineup, while shooting 50 percent from three-point range. Moore tied a season-high with 24 points on Sunday against the Clippers, and has been playing very well as of late. Moore has a great matchup against a Washington Wizards team that ranks 29th against opposing shooting guards.

Honorable Mention: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – $5,100

SF: Marcus Morris, Detroit Pistons – $5,400

Morris has been very consistent over the past month or so. Since January 27, Morris has scored at least 20 fantasy points in 11 out of his last 12 outings. The Pistons play the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, and the Sixers rank 22nd against small forwards, which gives Morris a great matchup

Given his consistent play, Morris should be an option to keep an eye on tonight. On the season, he’s averaging 13.5 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, which translates to 25.5 fantasy points per game. With a couple top names in action tonight at small forward, Morris could be an option for your utility or forward slots.

Honorable Mention: Tobias Harris – $6,000

PF: Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets – $5,700

Williams has been a very solid option this season at power forward. On the season, Williams is averaging 25 fantasy points per game. The Hornets play the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, who rank fifth against power forwards, but Williams still managed 24.5 fantasy points against the Cavaliers when the two teams last met at the beginning of February.

Honorable Mention: Tristan Thompson – $5,500

C: Zaza Pachulia, Dallas Mavericks – $5,900

We’ve relied heavily on Pachulia this season, and he’s performed well most of the time. Pachulia has been so reliable this season in fantasy because he can still rebound with the best of them in league and make up for low-scoring games.

Pachulia is averaging 10 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, and is a prime candidate to earn the bonus points DraftKings hands out for double-doubles. He currently ranks inside the top 20 in the league in double-doubles with 23.

Honorable Mention: Nikola Jokic – $5,600

UTIL: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder – $5,500

If you need a forward tonight, you may want to consider plugging in Ibaka into your lineup. He’s averaging 31 fantasy points over his last three games and has looked good for the Thunder.

We encourage you to give these players a look as you build your starting lineups for tonight. Be sure to enter our DraftKings league with a $200,000 prize pool, including $10,000 to the first-place team.

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About Cody Taylor

Cody Taylor

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