The value on Thursday night’s four-game slate likely won’t open up until later on in the day. We have a few injuries we’re tracking, most notably Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap for the Nuggets. They’ll give us a few more options, but let’s take a look at some initial plays that can save us some salary.
Bryn Forbes, SG/SF, SAS vs. CLE ($4,000)
Forbes generally returns value when he can get his shot off and drain 3-4 three-pointers. That shouldn’t be too hard for the Michigan State product Thursday night vs. the Cavaliers. Cleveland allows opponents to shoot 38.1% from downtown (27th in the NBA), plus the Cavs allow teams to shoot 49.2% from the field. Forbes is streaky, but has a high ceiling at this price point.
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI at BOS ($4,000)
I originally figured the return of Josh Richardson would cut into Thybulle’s minutes, but he saw 26 in the Sixers win over the Nuggets on Tuesday. The rookie is gaining confidence and hitting outside shots, draining 8-of-12 3’s in the past two games. The Celtics are a tough matchup, particularly for a guard. But still, ownership should be low and that’s what we’re looking for in value in GPPs.
Monte Morris, PG/SG, DEN vs. POR ($3,900)
This is very much an anticipatory play if Murray is sidelined. Morris would likely start or at the very least see a lot of run off the bench. He played 30 minutes and started the second half Tuesday after Murray exited. He didn’t do much with the minutes, but Portland is an easier draw than Philly.
Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, DAL at DET ($4,000)
Finney-Smith is a cheap starter for the Mavericks who should see a decent amount of run Thursday night. Unless Dallas blows out the Pistons, DFS could see upward of 30-35 minutes. He played 35 in a tight game against the Kings on Sunday and turned in close to 30 DKFP. He’s averaging around 20 DKFP per game in the past 10 days, so that’s right around 5x value at this price point.