January 27, 2016– DFS Basketball Best Value Picks
Karl-Anthony Towns, C ($7,000)
The 2015 No. 1 overall pick is on fire lately, averaging 48. 25 fantasy points over the last four games. His last game against a very capable Cavaliers defense is very impressive (26 points and 12 rebounds, 50.25 FP in 30 minutes) and a matchup with the fast-paced OKC Thunder promises another stat-filled night for the rookie.
Isaiah Thomas, PG ($7,800)
Thomas has been very consistent this season where his below-30 FP performances twice in the past 10 games is due to blowouts and not struggles. Boston will be playing Denver, 7th worst in the league in stopping opposing point guards. If Denver can keep it close, expect some real fireworks from the diminutive guard.
Other options: DeAndre Jordan (should again be leaned heavily upon without Blake Griffin)
The Middle Men
Ersan Ilyasova, PF ($5,500)
Ilyasova is largely solid in his past 10 outings, with a couple of 14-point stinkers. However, that is unlikely to happen against Philadelphia, who struggles in stopping opposing four-guys like Ilyasova.
Trevor Ariza, SF ($5,600)
In case you missed it, Ariza has been on a tear the past three games hitting threes like a madman. The lanky small forward has made 19 long balls on 31 attempts during that span that was capped by a 52.25-FP versus New Orleans. Houston will be battling a San Antonio squad that should be coming out bare-fanged after a 30-point drubbing in GSW’s hands but I will still roll the dice on Ariza if he can keep the hot shooting up.
Other options: Rudy Gobert (at least 44.75 points in 3 of past 5 games); Nerlens Noel (Okafor and Sampson out)
Archie Goodwin, SG ($4,800)
Two words: MUST ADD.
Jerami Grant, SF ($4,400)
Grant should benefit from the absence of Jahlil Okafor and JaKarr Sampson due to the flu which seems to be rampant in the Sixers locker room. If we can get mid-20’s scoring from the youngster, which is highly probably, that’s going to be some big time help for your squad.
Other options: Alex Len (has been collecting double-doubles lately)
Note: All stats and salaries are from Draftkings.com