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.
Devin Booker – G – Phoenix Suns – $2,200 – vs. Miami
Things with the Suns have been a little odd, curious, strange and whatever other adjective you want to use to describe what has been going on in Phoenix. However, one thing that has been a bright spot for the Suns is Booker. After being in the starting lineup for five games, and reaching double figures in the last four of them, Booker ended up back on the bench. That didn’t seem to matter though as the rookie still managed to put a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. With limited usage until the past few games, Booker is averaging just 7.3 points per game, but over the past seven games that is up to 14 points. The time is now to strike while his value is still at the minimum price.
Harrison Barnes – F – Golden State Warriors – $4,300 – at Portland
While Barnes was sidelined, it was clear that the Warriors missed him. Barnes’ value is a little bit decreased due to the injury of which he is still working his way back from, but I would expect his playing time to begin to increase. In a three game stretch prior to his injury, Barnes averaged just over 19 points a game and once his minutes increase, he will go right back to being a legit secondary option for Golden State.
Jonas Valanciunas – C – Toronto Raptors – $4,400 – at Washington
It is now six games since Valanciunas has returned, and nothing says he is back than his second double-double and his minutes restriction being lifted. Sandwiched around the double-doubles were three games where the center averaged just over eight points and nine rebounds per game. In the 20 games he has appeared in this season, Valanciunas is averaging 12.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and his production (along with his price) will likely continue to increase.