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Fantasy Basketball Value Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Bargain Plays for December 1

Garion Thorne breaks down his top DraftKings value plays for Friday’s NBA slate.

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Where does the time go, people? One day it’s opening night in the NBA, the next it’s the start of December and there’s snow on the ground (at least in Toronto). Soon we’ll be ignoring our families with all-day games on Christmas. It’s crazy how fast it happens.

We’ve got a six-game slate. Let’s dive in and find some value.

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PF/C Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics, $4,100

There’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to Covington’s viability, but everything begins with the status of Joel Embiid ($11,600; illness). The reigning MVP missed Philadelphia’s loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday and he was absent from the team’s shootaround on Friday morning — making Embiid’s questionable tag seem even more dubious. If Embiid was to sit again, it would obviously open up an incredible amount of usage in the 76ers’ rotation. It would also open up a spot in the starting five. Marcus Morris Sr. ($3,800) filled that void against New Orleans, yet the veteran logged just 17.2 minutes of work. Instead, it was Covington who saw the largest increase in workload, as the wing racked up 12 points, seven rebounds and 26.25 DKFP in 29.6 minutes. Paul Reed ($4,700) is another name to keep an eye on, though Covington appears to be the best combination of opportunity and price tag.


SG/SF Grayson Allen, Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets, $5,100

Are the Suns cursed? It’s starting to feel like the Suns are cursed. As we all know by now, Phoenix has yet to play a game this season where all three of Kevin Durant ($9,900), Devin Booker ($10,000; ankle) and Bradley Beal (back) have been available. In fact, Durant’s been alone for a majority of the team’s contests, and that could be the case once again on Friday. Booker is technically listed as questionable against the Nuggets, yet the All-Star did not look like himself in Wednesday’s loss to the Raptors. Booker went to the locker room on multiple occasions, and while he still played 32.3 minutes in Toronto, he finished just 2-for-12 from the field with a season-low eight points. If I had to guess, I think the Suns play it safe with their superstar. Such a scenario would create massive opportunity for the likes of Eric Gordon ($5,900) and Jordan Goodwin ($4,800), yet Allen is my favorite asset to target. Allen was second on the team in usage rate (22.9%) the last time both Booker and Beal were sidelined and, in his last four starts, the Duke product is averaging 37.1 minutes of action. That’s a hefty role.


PG Derrick Rose, Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks, $4,900

We’ve mentioned a couple former MVPs already in this article, yet Rose is the only one who qualifies as a value — though his $4.9K salary is a season-high. In Wednesday’s win over the Jazz, Taylor Jenkins finally turned to the veteran in the Grizzlies’ starting five, and the returns were immediate. In 27.0 minutes, Rose scored 14 points, dished out nine assists and was a team-best +20 in terms of plus/minus. That all resulted in 32.0 DKFP for the 35-year-old. With Ja Morant still suspended and Marcus Smart (foot) still injured, Rose should get another shot on Friday against the Mavericks, who are sneakily an amazing matchup in DFS. To wit, Dallas comes into tonight’s tilt sitting eighth in the NBA in pace (100.8) and 25th in defensive rating (117.3). What more do you need to know?

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