by Ray Kuhn
We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.
There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.
Jose Barea – G – Dallas Mavericks – $4,600 – vs. Sacramento
On a night with just four games, you have to dig a little deeper, and Barea is worth a look. The potential is there for him to go off as he did against the Nets two weeks and put up 32 points, and he also has performances of 23 and 26 points in that same time frame. Barea has a set role with Dallas, but his performance does fluctuate based on playing time. On the season, Barea is averaging 10.2 points with two rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Barea’s price has risen some recently, but he is still a value play with the potential for a big scoring day.
Derrick Williams – F – New York Knicks – $2,200 – at Atlanta
Williams has a set role in the Knicks’ rotation, but his playing is performance dependent. And that makes him a true value play and flier. The forward, who scores his points in bunches, is averaging 7.8 points per game but he has the potential to reach double-digits quite quickly. Yes, there have been three duds in Williams’ last 10 performances, but at the price it’s worth a shot.
Greg Monroe – C – Milwaukee Bucks – $7,400 – at Chicago
There really is not much here to chose from at the center position tonight. If you are not going to spend up the extra $2,100 for DeMarcus Cousins, then Monroe is your man. In the two games of his past nine that Monroe failed to reach double-digits in scoring, he picked up 10 and 11 rebounds so all of his value was not lost. On the season, Monroe is averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and makes for a solid and dependable option who should be able to fit in just about all roster configurations.