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DraftKings NBA: Value Plays for the Week

Dave Loughran

Dave Loughran

Dave “Loughy” Loughran is a successful Daily Fantasy Sports player who is also no stranger to the seasonal fantasy world. While educated at Temple University, he always managed to prepare his fantasy content before, during and after class. A stat junkie, Loughy digs deep, unearthing statistical gems to help fantasy enthusiasts thicken their pockets. Dave appears on the Shane Dennis show on KFH FM Radio Wichita every Thursday at 7:25ET to provide his weekly fantasy football analysis. Follow him on Twitter @Loughy_D.

DraftKings.com Value Plays for the Week

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POINT GUARD:

Randy Foye, PG/SG, DEN ($5,200): Foye has performed well over his last two games with Ty Lawson back in the lineup, as he is shooting well over 50% in that span with four three-pointers in each. Lawson's playmaking ability allows Foye to get open looks playing off the ball, and that's something he wasn't capable of doing while running the point in Lawson's absence, as he shot only 39% from the field over the 14 games that he missed. He'll get an excellent home matchup with the Lakers on Friday, who've surrendered the most fantasy points (40.7 FPPG), rebounds (6.4 RPG), steals (2.1 SPG) and second most points (23.1 PPG) to opposing shooting guards this season, so expect him to get hot in what should be a track meet at the Pepsi Center (229 O/U).

A Look Ahead: Foye should enjoy playing off the ball where he isn't relied upon to facilitate now that Lawson is back. He makes for a viable shooting guard option with upside so long as his salary remains in the lower to mid $5K range on DraftKings.

WORTH A LOOK: Ray McCallum, PG, SAC ($3,300)

SHOOTING GUARD:

Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, LAL ($4,600): Bazemore has been fantastic since joining the Lakers, as he has produced 26-plus DraftKings points in four straight contests and six of eight games since being shipped to Los Angeles. He's playing heavy minutes in the starting lineup, and doesn't appear to be slowing down, which should make him an appealing play against the Nuggets where there will be no shortage of points in this west coast shootout. Bazemore has tallied fourteen or more points all but once over eight games as a Laker, and although there's nothing overly exciting about those slightly above average totals, he is priced at $4,600 and has managed to accumulate enough peripheral statistics along the way to warrant him a start in all formats.

A Look Ahead: Bazemore will continue to serve as a viable value option at the shooting guard/small forward position as long as Mike D'Antoni doesn't become bored with his new toy. The rotation in Los Angeles is constantly in flux, but Bazemore seems to have earned himself the keys to the starting lineup, and should continue to log around 30 minutes per game going forward. The Lakers next four games following Friday's tilt with Denver are home and home series with the Oklahoma City Thunder and then the San Antonio Spurs, so it may be advisable to look elsewhere until this difficult stretch of games passes us by.

WORTH A LOOK: Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG/SF, CHA ($3,00)

SMALL FORWARD:

Wilson Chandler, SG/SF, DEN ($5,700): Much of Friday's more appealing value plays are in the Denver/Lakers game, and Chandler is no different. He is a very capable scorer and will earn ample opportunity to do so against the Lakers, who coughed up an incredible 142 points to the Clippers in regulation on Thursday night. Chandler appears to be finding his stroke, with 21-plus points in each of his last two games, and we can expect this trend to continue Friday night, as the Lakers are ranked bottom five in nearly every fantasy relevant statistical category against opposing small forwards over the last two weeks. Los Angeles and Denver are the second and third fastest paced teams in the league respectively, which should manufacture robust fantasy totals everywhere in the highest projected scoring game on Friday. Chandler's $5,700 price tag warrants him consideration in a game where 30 DKPTs (DraftKing Points) is likely his floor.

A Look Ahead: Chandler's production has fluctuated rather heavily this season, yet he has become entrenched in the Nuggets' offense, attempting 12-plus field goals in each of his last four starts (15.8 FGA/G in that span), while playing an average of 33 minutes per game over that stretch. His salary is more than exploitable, so continue to monitor him going forward, as he possesses big game potential so long as the minutes are consistent.

WORTH A LOOK: DeMarre Carroll, SF/PF, ATL ($4,800)

POWER FORWARD:

Jeff Adrien, SF/PF, MIL ($3,600): Adrien has been a silent stud since coming to MIlwaukee, as he has made the most of his opportunities in a limited role off the bench. He is averaging only 20 minutes per contest through six games as a Buck, however, Adrien has tallied 20-plus DKPTs all but once, while collecting double-digit rebounds in four of his six appearances. He's producing well over one DKPT per minute and is someone to keep an eye on going forward, as increased playing time could be in his future if he manages to maintain this pace. Adrien is nothing more than a GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool/Tournament) play at this point, as the unpredictable minutes distribution in MIlwaukee makes him a volatile play. However, he has been a lock for 20-24 DKPTs and will afford you ample cap space throughout the remainder of your lineup, as he sits at a negligible $3,600 on Friday night.

A Look Ahead: Adrien's value is unpredictable, but it's hard to imagine Larry Drew not acknowledging his elevated play and excellent rebounding rate in a limited bench role. Continue to monitor his production, as he could serve as a viable bottom barrel value option on a nightly basis if these numbers keep up.

WORTH A LOOK: Amar'e Stoudemire, PF/C, NYK ($4,300)

CENTER:

Timofey Mozgov, C, DEN ($3,800): Mozgov isn't averaging big minutes as a Denver Nugget, but that should be a non-factor Friday night against the Lakers. Through two meetings and only 49 total minutes played against Los Angeles this season, Mozgov has poured in a phenomenal 43 points on 16-22 shooting, with 16 rebounds and six blocks for an average of 39.75 DKPPG (DraftKings Points Per Game). He has tormented the Lakers, and should do so again on Friday, as they have allowed the most fantasy points (49.7 FPPG), rebounds (16.3 RPG) and assists (3.2 APG) to opposing big men. At $3,800, Mozgov will require a mere 22 DKPTs to meet value against a porous L.A. frontcourt. He should do so with ease, regardless of playing time.

A Look Ahead: Mozgov is more of a situational play at this point, as his minutes appear to be heavily dependent on how he matches up with the opposition. He could see extended playing time against the 7-foot Pau Gasol on Friday, as the remainder of the Nuggets frontcourt is undersized, but will rarely see consistent minutes on a game to game basis.

WORTH A LOOK: Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS ($4,400)