NBA DFS Value Vault: January 24
Published: Jan 24, 2022
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF IND ($4,000) – Lamb has been the first man off the bench for Indiana since returning after missing two games with knee soreness as the Pacers continue to be shorthanded. The swingman has scored 14 points in consecutive games, but his performance on Saturday is more attractive based on the shot volume. Of course, if Lamb had made more than one of his seven three-point attempts the night would have gone differently, but by adding seven rebounds, he still got to a nice 7x return.
Herbert Jones, PF/C NO ($4,700) – Getting a fair number of minutes is nothing new for Jones as he is averaging 29 per game this season, but the rookie has been busier as of late. In his last four games, Jones is averaging 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in 33 minutes. At a minimum, we should get a 5x return from Jones as he appears to be finding his footing in the NBA; and on the offensive end specifically.
Tyler Cook, PF CHI ($3,800) – After missing almost three weeks with an ankle injury, Cook has two games under his belt with the shorthanded Bulls in the starting lineup playing 25 and 27 minutes respectively. Cook hasn’t shown much offensively with just six combined points, but he has come through with 16 rebounds over the two games (seven and nine). At this point, it’s still only enough for a 4x return, but the minutes are there and Cook is as cheap as it gets.
Rudy Gay, PF/SF UTA ($4,100) – Utah will be on the second end of a back-to-back game tonight against Phoenix, and I would expect them to be shorthanded. Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic will both be listed as questionable, and there should be some concern regarding their status. Gay generally plays closer to 20 minutes per game, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see his role increase tonight, and with the Jazz missing a few key pieces (we also have to wonder about Mike Conley tonight as the Jazz have been treading carefully with him in these situations), that will likely increase. The forward started off hot offensively on Sunday, and we know that he can score if given the chance and Gay is also good for some rebounds as well.
Goga Bitadze, C IND ($14) – When he’s in the starting lineup, you can’t argue with the results from Bitadze, and this isn’t something to overthink (I know, famous last words, right?) In three of his last four games, Bitadze has finished with between 32 and 34 fantasy points, and the center is coming off a 16-point, 11 rebound performance on Saturday against Phoenix, and it’s right in line with what we have seen from Bitadze when given the chance. Admittedly, it is a small sample size, but it’s hard to argue with it for the price.
Landry Shamet, SG PHO ($10) – With Cameron Payne ruled out tonight, there are few more shots up for grabs in Phoenix’s backcourt. Shamet generally flies under the radar from a DFS perspective, but he already has a steady role with some volume and has made shots in bunches in the past at times. On a short slate tonight, we also don’t have too many minimum priced options either.