February 1, 2016– DFS Basketball Best Value Picks
Marc Gasol, C ($7,700)
Gasol is dealing with a minor injury with his knee but it seems like that’s all there is: MINOR. The Spanish big man is extremely effective in the past 5 games, capping it with an almost-50 FP performance against the Sacramento Kings. Coincidentally, the Memphis Grizzlies have won 7 of its past 8 with Gasol leading the charge.
Kevin Love, PF ($7,300)
Love has been the primary beneficiary of the coaching change in Cleveland. David Blatt’s slow, half court-based offense is now replaced with Tyronn Lue’s run-and-gun style. After an initial adjustment period, the former UCLA Bruin finally got himself in the thick of things. He recorded at least 43.5 points in each of his past three games, including that wonderful performance against the San Antonio Spurs.
If he can do that against the Spurs, he can probably do better against Indiana.
The Middle Men
Myles Turner, C ($5,800)
Speaking of Indiana, it seems they really struck gold on the kid Myles Turner. Turner is not a very big rebounder at this point but he already has elite shotblocking skills (19 swats in the past 7 games) and above-average scoring touch (has at least 3 20-point-plus outings in past 10 games).
Nobody really is challenging Turner for minutes unless he gets himself in foul trouble so chances are, he’ll still probably get us 30 FP.
Jeff Teague, PG ($5,500)
Teague has been rumored to be on the trading block which means there is no better way to put the fire out than making himself valuable for the Atlanta Hawks. A match-up against the Dallas Mavericks, seventh-worst in the league in stopping opposing point guards could be the one he needs.
Gary Harris, SG ($4,600)
Harris has been playing a lot lately and that still doesn’t make him an excellent option, he is a fairly solid one, especially if you’re looking to add someone on the cheap. His 23.4 FP in the past 10 days is good enough for that salary.
Joe Johnson, SF ($5,000)
Make no mistake about it, JJ’s best days are behind him. Even without Jarrett Jack in the lineup, Johnson has only got one 20-point outing in the past 10 games. Ouch!
Even then, he is still a fairly good contributor in the assists and rebounds department while chipping in sporadic treys. He might not be able to reach 30 FP, but a mid-to high 20’s game from Johnson is a safe bet.
Other options: Jerryd Bayless, PG; Jeff Green, SF; Jabari Parker, PF
Note: All stats and salaries are from Draftkings.com
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