With four games on the docket in NBA action on Thursday night, there’s plenty of action to be had as the evening kicks off with the Portland Trail Blazers traveling to take on the Houston Rockets. There are plenty of decent value options to throw in your DFS lineups, so we’re going to take a look at some of the best players who won’t eat up huge chunks of your salary cap.
In NBA DFS, you can find quality value plays under $5K that can give you a quick 10 points off the bench, grab some rebounds, or stuff the stat sheet. It does not matter if you are playing a 50/50 or Double Up contest, we are going to provide you with three players that you need to put in your lineup.
Jae’Sean Tate, Houston Rockets, $4,900
Tate is coming off one of his bigger games less than a week ago when he scored 13 points in 32 minutes played, good for just under 31 fantasy points in the Rockets’ 103-102 win over the Pistons last weekend. He hasn’t fared quite as well over his last two appearances, but he hasn’t dipped into single digits which is promising.
He’s made Houston’s starting lineup the last four games in a row, and has averaged about 17.63 fantasy PPG in that time. The former Buckeye will look to impress against the fifth-place Blazers as he’s been turning heads all season long, outperforming expectations in his rookie season. At such a low price tag, he’s a great value pick for possibly a couple dozen fantasy points, averaging 19.3 FPPG so far this season.
Gabe Vincent, Miami Heat, $3,100
Coming off a slight ankle injury, Vincent played 12 minutes in the Heat’s 82-109 loss at home to the Nuggets, with only three points on the night. However, he’s only a couple weeks removed from two monster games against the 76ers when he combined for a total of 71 fantasy points, dropping 45 points on Philly between the two games.
The last few games have seen him dip a bit, but going up against a short-handed Clippers team who will be without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George due to COVID-19 protocols could prove to be beneficial. Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler are both expected to miss tonight’s game for Miami, which could open the door for Vincent to get more minutes and, in turn, more scoring opportunities. With a salary of only $3,100, he won’t hurt your salary cap and could turn in a decent performance as well.
Alex Caruso, Los Angeles Lakers, $3,600
Caruso had a decent performance last night in the Lakers’ 106-107 loss to the 76ers, as he turned in 10 points and two assists in only 16 minutes played, logging 16.75 fantasy points. That’s about right on par over the his last 10 games where he’s averaged just over 16 fantasy PPG. For the most part recently, he’s been outperforming his season average of 14.7 FPPG, with only one recent game coming in under that with a 7.25 performance.
Don’t count on Alex Caruso for a dazzling 50+ point game or anything, but at a salary of only $3,600, you can expect him to play around 20 minutes which could bode well for any Lakers players against a struggling Pistons team who find themselves 4-14 and 14th place in the Eastern Conference.