There’s a value center for all your DFS NBA needs when the six-game card rolls around Tuesday night.
Whether your lineup calls for a deep bargain or a moderately-priced, mid-range big man, center is the place to look to solidify your value picks in order to get other the top heavy lineup you are looking for, or a more balanced approach for the rest of your ticket.
While there will be plenty of folks willing to go big with Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins against the lowly 76ers, we are taking a cautious look at DMC on Tuesday with the possibility of a blowout and because Cousins could be slowed slightly by a calf injury. He was listed at probable early Tuesday morning.
Valenciunas is our top tab and can be rostered at both sites, especially at FanDuel, where he is 5.9k (5.6k at DK).
Jonas has beaten projections in 4 out of the last 5 games, with 30 or more FPs in three of the last four, while his price has remained pretty stagnant. He has three double-doubles in the last four games, and with Detroit F Greg Monroe listed as questionable early this morning with a knee injury, he can have another one of his best games against the Pistons.
In three games against DET this season his performance has been downright impactful. Valenciunas went 17-10 for 28.4 FPs on Dec., 31-12 in Jan. for 45.4 FPs, and 20-11 for 39.2 FPs in late January. And Monroe played in all those games.
If Lowry is out again with a back injury, that will bump overall production for the rest of the Raptors, as well.
Enes Kanter – Must consider the blowout factor here, as well, as the injury-depleted Thunder host the Lakers. He is much better value at FD at 6.9k, while DK has him listed at 7.2k . Probably don’t want to get up higher than this in our look at picking the value in the middle tonight. If you can get off Kanter and go to Valenciunas, it would be preferable, but if you must take Enes, you wouldn’t be wrong. He has crushed his projection for the most part in six of his last seven appearances.
Mitch McGary – Listed at 3.7k at FanDuel, which is crazy good for a value punt on a guy that could have extensive run after his huge game last time out, brining back almost 9x at 28.1 FPs at 3.5k. And he should get the garbage time minutes here, as well, has the Thunder remain short-handed. The Lakers are 24th against opposing centers.
Steven Adams – Adams actually let us down last time out, but considering that he had hit 33 or more FPs in three of his last five starts for as the OKC injury woes have piled up, there is no reason why he wouldn’t produce his necessary point total or more. He has double-doubles in four of his last five games.
Tiago Splitter – Tiago has been lighting up the tote board with over 30 FPs in three of his last four games. DAL is ranked 26th against opposing centers so he is worth a long consideration at DK, where the price looks good at 4.3k.
DeMarcus Cousins – DMC is probably only rosterable on DK if he does play. He is probably going to dominate Philly if he stays out of foul trouble. PHL is ranked 29th against the position and even Jordan Hill ate the 76ers up last time out. He is priced fairly at DK and will likely be in some useful lineups.
Hassan Whiteside – Whiteside has been on the downside of his resurgent season, but he could have a decent game against MIL tonight. His point production has still been okay, even though he has likely missed most projections in five of his last seven appearances. Still, we have seen Hassan’s upside and even his big game could meet the expectations now that his salary is not going any higher.
With all of this value in the middle, don’t be surprised if you use two big men at DraftKings, and most likely our top two plays – Valenciunas and Kanter – at center.