Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon is a Prime Pickup and a DFS Bargain
Stay with me. I know the temptation to dive into Fantasy Baseball studying is strong, yet this week offers strong options for both regular Fantasy Hoops leagues and DFSers. For Daily Players, you will find useful targets under every header. Of course, DFS usage will depend on how prices change during the upcoming week and what individual matchups you can further exploit.
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Dewayne Dedmon, C, Hawks: He’s a bargain on Fanduel ($5,400) right now and enters the week with three straight games of double-digit rebounds, a fact that is more impressive considering Dedmon is averaging just under 24 minutes per game. A career high in usage (17.5 percent) and strong numbers in True Shooting (62.7 percent) and rebound rate (18.8 percent) assures Dedmon’s ownership in CBSSports.com leagues will be higher than its current 59 percent.
Kelly Oubre Jr., F, Wizards: A strong candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, Oubre is shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 48.8 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14 points and 4.1 rebounds this month. Sitting at 52 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues, Oubre has become a sneaky good play in DFS formats despite coming off the bench.
Marvin Williams, F, Hornets: Let’s forget Saturday’s scoreless effort happened. Prior to his 28-minute journey into the Black Hole of Scoring against the Heat, Williams had a stretch of production that included consecutive games of 30-plus Fantasy points, making him a nice low-end DFS option at Fanduel ($4,300). He’s owned in 42 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and would benefit from a possible trade of Kemba Walker.
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T.J. McConnell, G, 76ers: As long as J.J. Redick (leg contusion) is out, McConnell is a good option in deeper leagues. He’s shooting 53 percent from the field, 43 percent from beyond the arc and has added 5.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game in his last five outings.
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Dillon Brooks, F, Grizzlies: Shoot 54 percent from the field and hit half of your treys, the world loves you, a blissful experience Brooks has felt this month. Brooks is also getting extensive minutes and merits DFS attention with a $3,900 price tag at Fanduel. He’s someone to keep in mind when the Grizz meet a suspect Sixers defense on Monday.
Tyrone Wallace, G, Clippers: Injuries mean opportunity and Wallace has made the most of his, averaging 24.9 Fantasy points per game in his first seven games, featuring a 41.2 FP night against the Warriors on January 10. Wallace is only $4,400 at Fanduel and has room for upside as he continues to average 31.1 minutes per night.
Wayne Selden, G, Grizzlies: Selden had scored a combined 25 points this season. That is, prior to his 31-point explosion in Saturday’s loss at the Pelicans. Make of it what you so desire, but with Memphis inching closer to pulling the plug on their season, players like Selden will get their chance to shine. If you have $3,500 at Fanduel to speculate with it on Tuesday, keep Selden in mind as we find out if Saturday was just a career in one night or something larger.
Derrick Rose, G, Cavaliers: Perhaps the only bright spot of Saturday’s 148-124 loss to the Thunder was the play of Rose, who scored 12 points and added a pair of boards and three assists in 21 minutes. Back from his sabbatical, Rose should see more minutes as the second team QB and with the Cavs are showing signs of implosion. A healthy Rose might have a solid run left in him.
Most Fantasy-Friendly Game of the Week
Timberwolves-Warriors on Thursday night features two of the four best-rated offenses in the league, with Minnesota ranked fourth (112.9) and Golden State, well, first at 115.2. Wolves point guard Jeff Teague is a value play, averaging 30.2 FP per game while sitting at a modest $6,100 at Fanduel.
Best of the One-on-One Matchups This Week
Devin Booker’s game continues to evolve, evidenced by the 4.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists the Suns guard has averaged this month. He’ll face a similar do-all 2-guard on Tuesday when Victor Oladipo and the Pacers play the role of hosts. Oladipo has also had a productive January, averaging 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists while also scoring 23 points per night.
Best Fantasy Matchup to Exploit
Look for Pistons forward Tobias Harris to thrive at the Cavs on Sunday. Harris is having the best offensive season of his career and draws a Cleveland defense that is 28th in defensive rating while also ranking 25th in opponents field goal percentage at 47.1 percent.
TEAMS PLAYING FOUR GAMES THIS WEEK
Hawks, Hornets, Bulls, Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Suns, Kings, Spurs
TEAMS PLAYING THREE GAMES THIS WEEK
Nets, Celtics, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Knicks, Trail Blazers, Raptors, Jazz, Wizards
TEAMS PLAYING TWO GAMES THIS WEEK
Winner: Fresh off Saturday’s horse-whipping of the Cavaliers, the red-hot Thunder are at home for games against the Fantasy-friendly Nets (Tuesday) and 76ers (Sunday) while a visit from the Wizards on Thursday could be a shootout featuring Russell Westbrook and John Wall. OKC also has a Saturday afternoon meeting against a Pistons team that enters the week having allowed at least 110 points in five of their last eight games. Steven Adams will have solid DFS value, coming into the week with a reasonable $7,000 salary at Fanduel while recording five games of at least 30 Fantasy points this month.
Loser: The Magic, who have allowed triple digits in 13 of their last 15, host the Kings (Tuesday) before taking their 5-20 road record to the Pacers on Saturday. Keep Victor Oladipo in mind for the latter contest, as he has made the defense of the Magic disappear to the tune of 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 4.5 steals in the previous two games against Orlando.
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