by Will Overton
This Tuesday is a bit busier than normal with six games on tap for the NBA tonight rather than just three. That’s good news for DFS players as a six game slate in my opinion is a really good number. We’ve got a whole bunch of the usual superstars going tonight for you to load up on, but that means finding the value with your other roster spots to afford the big boys. Here are three value plays I like tonight:
Trevor Booker, F – Utah Jazz @ Sacramento Kings – $3,000
The injury to Rudy Gobert in Utah has shaken things up a bit for the Jazz and their fantasy value. Derrick Favors took a jump in value and now Trevor Booker and Trey Lyles are teamed with making up the minutes lost by Gobert. I actually like Lyles upside more, but Booker seems like the better short term play. Last Saturday Booker had a double-double against the Indiana Pacers and he seems like he may be a threat for that every game if he’s getting 25 MPG. Booker should also be good for at least one block and a steal tonight.
Will Barton, G – Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic – $4,200
Even without starting, Will Barton hasn’t slowed down his offensive outpouring in the least. Barton continues reaching double digits in points, six straight games of it now, and is averaging 15.6 PPG his last five. He’s also a consistent source of rebounds, threes and steals right now for the Nuggets. Again going back to the list five games, he’s averaging 7.0 RPG, a strong number for a shooting guard coming off the bench. The Magic’s perimeter defense isn’t great and Barton has a chance to exploit that tonight and could be looking at 30 fantasy points for a really good price.
Andrew Nicholson, F – Orlando Magic @ Denver Nuggets – $2,200
Staying on this same game, a game that could have a whole lot of fantasy value in general, I like the ultra cheap flier on Andrew Nicholson. The Orlando Magic’s rotation has been in flux a bit lately, especially the frontcourt, and Nicholson has started logging more significant minutes, 25.2 MPG his last five games. Nicholson is good for spreading the court a bit with his shooting touch, 1.2 3PG this season, and he’s still big enough to bang inside for the boards, pulling down six per game in his last five games. Look for the Magic to try and create some matchup problems tonight with Nicholson and hopefully you’ll be able to get double-digit points, some boards and a couple of threes.