NBA Daily Fantasy 3/11: Low-Salary Players to Avoid
Tuesday’s NBA games have a lot of those low-salary players that make you say, “Ugh, is he going to get me at least 25 FPTS?” Daily fantasy players will be looking for those one or two cheap guys so they can afford Kevin Durant or Kevin Love.
Given the matchups today and how the salaries break down, tonight is a night where mostly mid-tier salary plays are your best bet. The low salary guys simply don’t have good matchups because of opposing defenses, the opposition runs a low number of possessions or they have been seeing fewer minutes.
Here I’ll break down which guys to stay away from and I’ll give you my one low-salary player to start.
(All salaries via DraftKings)
Courtney Lee $3,600 – Yes, Lee’s salary is down to $3,600 and yes he’s still starting. But there’s good reason for it. Lee has been playing roughly the same minutes as Tony Allen (mid-to-high 20s). In the previous matchup on Jan. 28, Lee barely eclipsed the 20 FPTS mark, logged 31 minutes, shot an efficient 5-of-9 from the floor, recorded three steals and Memphis won by 17. Essentially, Lee and Memphis overachieved in all those areas compared to what should happen this time around. Allen was also injured in the previous game.
Kyle Singler $3,800 – To be fair, I’ve been off on Kyle Singler. I thought after Singler was implemented into the starting five that he would start seeing an increased role and increased minutes. Well, he got the increased minutes, but the role hasn’t increased. The simple fact is that the Pistons get so little movement without the basketball that their starting five is arguably the most underachieving in the entire league. Singler has been logging roughly 35 minutes per game as a starter. But he’s averaging 0.6 FPTS per minute on the year, and that is pretty inefficient. Granted the Pistons are playing the Kings and they are pretty bad defensively, but with Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith in the lineup taking away potential stats, there’s just little reason to play him.
Jeff Adrien $3,800 – Quite frankly, I have no idea why Adrien stopped getting minutes. His production was very noticeable from a fantasy and a basketball perspective, and he did a great job filling in for the suspended Ersan Ilyasova against the Pelicans. He scored 45 FPTS in 30 minutes. But his playing time has descended and he only got five minutes against the Magic. Until we see a more reliable sign, there’s no point in risking Adrien.
Kris Humphries and Brandon Bass $4,500 – Yes, Indiana is on a cold streak. Humphries posted a double-double for 38.5 FPTS and Bass had 26.75 FPTS of his own against Indiana on March 1. But do you really think the Pacers’ cold streak is going to continue when they return home after having their three-game road trip (does three games count as a trip?)? This is a situation where people will be recently biased, especially toward Humphries. You never know how the minutes will go with Boston’s big men, the Pacers are 11-point favorites and Indiana is 2nd in FPTS allowed to PFs and Cs. Fade them.
Anyone on Chicago or San Antonio under $4,400 – Remember the last time these two teams met? It was the second ESPN game on a Wednesday night, and while these are two likely playoff teams that play great defense, the slow tempo and questionable offense made me miss watching a Bucks vs 76ers game. The Bulls were victorious in San Antonio 96-86, thanks to all five Bulls starters scoring in double figures.
At the same time, the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter. San Antonio was essentially using its JV players to go with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, while Boris Diaw, Marco Belinelli, Cory Joseph and Patty Mills came off the bench.. This time around, expect a more traditional rotation and the more traditional FPTS outputs while factoring in Chicago’s defense.
As for the Bulls, Mike Dunleavy was only a real fantasy threat when Jimmy Butler was out and if he had a good matchup. Neither are the case tonight. Kirk Hinrich isn’t a horrible play given his consistency, he’ll get his minutes and the Spurs’ worst position in FPTS allowed is PG. However, you’re getting a very limited ceiling.
Low Salary Guy to Start: Will Bynum $3,800 – While Singler doesn’t have good efficiency, Bynum does at 0.95. Bynum has had games recently where he’s played over 30 minutes. Six of his last 10 games he’s posted at least 27 FPTS. Going against the defensively-weak Kings and that the Pistons are home favorites, he’s your best low-salary play.
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