After a brief holiday break, our favorite players from 26 teams take the court once more, providing us options aplenty in a 13-game NBA slate.
December 26 2015– DFS Basketball Best Value Picks
Andre Drummond, C ($9,200)
I like Drummond here because against a small Boston Celtics team that is the ninth-worst in stopping opposing centers, he has the potential to dominate. Interestingly, the NBA’s leading rebounder had one of his mediocre performances versus the Celtics last December 16, but he was still good for 37.5 points. If he can get it up to the 42-45 FP range, I’ll be a happy man.
Chris Paul, PG ($8,700)
I don’t care if it’s the second night of a back-to-back and a road game at Salt Lake City, someone who drops 48.2 fantasy points a night for the past 10 days is a must-add at that price.
The Middle Class
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF ($6,700)
After missing one game last week with knee tendinitis, The Greek Freak returned against Philadelphia and impressed with a 44.25-point performance. Giannis did a solid job in a previous Toronto Raptors matchup last December 11 on the road (32.25 FP), so I’m hoping playing at home could spike that up to around 37-40.
Kenneth Faried, PF ($6,000)
The Denver Nuggets are missing players left and right but somehow, Faried’s playing time is still hovering around the 28-30 minute mark. In a perfect world, that should be enough to get the Manimal going as the November 18 Spurs matchup indicated. Faried played over 28 minutes but still good enough to put up 30.3 FP. An encore wouldn’t be so bad now, would it?
Randy Foye, PG ($4,100)
Foye is here for one reason: opportunity. Emmanuel Mudiay and Jameer Nelson are both nursing some kind of injuries and won’t be available for the road matchup versus the Spurs. Of course, San Antonio’s defensive acumen should theoretically stifle a team missing three starters but a 25-28 FP game from Foye will not be out of the realm of impossibility.
Garrett Temple, SG ($4,700)
Will Temple continue his string of three consecutive games of 20 points (that’s reality points by the way)? If he’s going to accumulate minutes to the high 30’s and low 40’s, he’s probably a good bet to do it again. At that salary, you can do so much worse than hinge your hopes on a shooting guard averaging 35.3 FP in the past three games.
Other value options: Nikola Jokic, C ($4,200); Chandler Parsons, SF ($5,000); Bismack Biyombo, C ($5,300); Joe Johnson, SF ($4,700)
Note: All salaries and stats are from Draftkings
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