3 NBA Value Plays
In the NBA Contest of the Week, you need good values. Here are three value plays that will bring you to the top of the pay zone.
Lauri Markkanen, PF, CLE – $6,000 per game
Lauri Markkanen has been back in the starting lineup for a week, and he has gone back to performing well, especially in the absence of Evan Mobley. Early in the season before Markkanen suffered from COVID-19, he was looking like a quality player for the Cavs. Markkanen is a solid contributor for the Cavs offense who has been consistent when on the floor. He has a decent scoring upside but is still struggling on the defensive end. He has averaged around d 29 fantasy points a game, which is solid for his salary price, and a bonus is that he has increased his rebounding, which he struggled with in Chicago. Lauri does not have the upside that the other two players on this list may provide, but he is a steady, consistent player whose floor is worth his cost.
Dillon Brooks, SG, MEM, – $6,200 per game
The thing about Dillon Brooks is that you are entirely relying on his scoring to produce fantasy points. Brooks provides little to no defense, but a positive is that he does not turn the ball over much, especially with his usage rate increasing while Ja Morant is recovering from injury. Brooks has averaged around 19 points a game, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds while having a decent field goal percentage. Brooks’ role will only increase while the Grizzlies rely on other players to score and take the team to wins. With his workload increase, I expect his points per game to increase to around 20, whereas it now sits just over 18. Brooks has not had a crazy statistical performance yet, but with the problematic matchups approaching, the Grizzlies may have to put some trust in Brooks to perform well to win.
Terry Rozier, PG, CHA – $6,000 per game
This season, Terry Rozier has found his stride and is looking like the number one scorer on an already stacked offense on the Charlotte Hornets. Since November 22nd, Rozier has become an elite-level scorer averaging close to 30 points a game. You must ride the hot streak as a fantasy player even though the Hornets have stacked offensive weapons in Ball, Hayward, and Bridges. Rozier is fearless and will make sure he gets buckets while making a significant impact on both ends. Rozier has averaged well over 35 fantasy points since November 22nd. He had a game with nearly 50 fantasy points, which for the Contest of the Week is a massive upside player for the salary cost of $6,000.
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