Point Guard: Jose Calderon, DAL ($5,100): With just a 25.5 FP value threshold tonight, Jose Calderon should have no problem reaching that mark in a close and high scoring game vs. a fairly weak Detroit defense — just as he did last night vs. Philadelphia. One player that would move ahead of Calderon for me if he were to draw the start, is Shelvin Mack, ATL ($3,900). Keep an eye on what’s happening in Atlanta regarding Jeff Teague’s injured ankle, and play accordingly.
Shooting Guard: Tim Hardaway Jr., NY ($4,900): With the injury to Iman Shumpert, Hardaway Jr. will see an increase in minutes which should bode well for his fantasy production. I expect he’ll play a key role off the bench in a close game vs. the Atlanta Hawks tonight and should be good for 20-25 FPs
Small Forward: Shawn Marion, DAL ($4,800): Shawn Marion had a great game last night, and should perform well enough to meet value again tonight vs. a Detroit Pistons squad that gives up the eighth most fantasy points to opposing SFs. Also worth consideration, though a little pricier is J.R. Smith, NY ($5,600).
Power Forward: Dante Cunningham, MIN ($4,700): With the multitude of injuries to the Minnesota Timberwolves front court, Dante Cunningham is pretty much the last man standing, and will draw the start at center tonight against an incredibly weak Utah defense. Cunningham represents one of the better value plays of the night, especially if you use him in order to be able to afford his teammate, Kevin Love.
NOTE: Nikola Pekovic is now listed as a GTD. If Pekovic starts, avoid Cunningham. On the other hand, Jared Sullinger is out for Boston, thus making Brandon Bass, BOS ($4,300) and Kris Humphries, BOS ($4,300) both nice plays. Of the two, I prefer Bass.
Center: Enes Kanter, UTA ($4,900): This is a situation that will need monitoring, but if Kanter draws the start tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he will represent the best value play of the night at his position and should provide great value on his salary. If Kanter doesn’t start, Tyson Chandler, NY ($5,200) is a nice play as well, and for just a little bit more.
NOTE: Kelly Olynyk, BOS ($3,800) is now in play as a punt at center with the news that Jared Sullinger will miss tonight’s game.
Thank you and good luck tonight !!!