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Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) drives to the basket while guarded by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Sneaky NBA DFS Picks For February 11

Mike Shara

Now that the dust has settled from a crazy trade deadline, there will be some interesting roster shifts happening in the NBA, starting today. Some teams’ rotations will look different – with some players that used to be good value plays being bumped down in their teams’ rotations (generally on good teams) and some players getting a slight boost in value because they may have a new window towards playing time (generally on bad teams). Keeping those shifts in mind, let’s have a look and see if we can’t unearth some bargains tonight. With 7 games on the slate, we should be able to find something…

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ZACK COLLINS, C, San Antonio ($3,500 on DraftKings)
The Spurs signed Collins to a three-year contract before this season started, knowing full well that he was recovering from surgeries to his left leg that would delay a return to action. The 24 year-old has been added to San Antonio’s active roster for the last two games and has provided good results for them, averaging 7.5 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in about 15 minutes of playing time thus far. His minutes went up in his second game, and the Spurs traded away Drew Eubanks yesterday and Jock Londale has been battling concussion symptoms, so the backup center role looks to be his going forward, which was probably San Antonio’s design all along. He’s cheap, he’s a smart player and he’s got fresh legs. A nice buried treasure with a good matchup tonight.

LAMELO BALL, PG, Charlotte ($9,000 on DraftKings, $8,400 on FanDuel)
The Hornets already played a pretty tight rotation before Gordon Hayward went down with an injury a few nights ago. Backup point guard Ish Smith was traded to D.C. and Cody Martin is out tonight with an achilles injury. Tonight Charlotte faces a bad Detroit team that might be missing All-World rookie Cade Cunningham again, is on the second half of a back-to-back and just traded away two rotation players yesterday. Ball’s minutes have generally taken an uptick lately and the recently named All-Star has had two games in his last five where he’s recorded over 60 DraftKings points. He’s projected for an ownership rate above 40 % tonight, but there’s a reason for that. This game looks like as good a bet as any for him to pile on stats again and he’s especially inexpensive on FanDuel.

COBY WHITE, PG, Chicago ($4,400 on FanDuel, $5,400 on DraftKings)
The Bulls’ rookie sensation Ayo Dosunmu is questionable tonight with concussion symptoms and you have to think Chicago will be extra careful with letting him return to the starting lineup. Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball are already out for sure, which has meant increased responsibility for White. While he didn’t exactly explode vs. Charlotte on Wednesday, he did play 38 minutes. If he gets that level of playing time again tonight against a Minnesota team with a lot of injury questions among their guards, he could net even greater returns. Especially for the absurdly low price on FanDuel, a starting point guard on a playoff team with a lot of room to roam seems like a prudent investment. 

JERAMI GRANT, PF, Detroit ($5,400 on FanDuel, $6,000 on DraftKings)
He’s now played six games since returning from a long injury absence, and is starting to look like himself again – last night vs. Minnesota he shot 53% from the field, got to the free throw line 7 times and blocked a couple of shots. He’s been on the potential trade block for the past two weeks, but now that he knows he’ll be staying in Motown at least for the rest of this season he should be able to settle in and play his game going forward. He’ll likely have a 40% ownership rate today, and that could (should) affect your decisions, but his arrow is pointing upwards and Cade Cunningham’s presence in the lineup doesn’t seem to affect his production particularly, either. Teammates Cory Joseph and Frank Jackson might be nice cheap buys if Cunningham is out again, too. The Pistons recently dumped two rotation pieces, so there are minutes to be had.

OSHAE BRISSETT, PF/C, Indiana ($3,700 on DraftKings)
Indiana might have the most difficult active roster in the NBA to try to guess at right now.  They have several players (mostly big forwards) injured or at least questionable. They just traded away their best big guy in Domantas Sabonis and the key pieces they got back were…more guards. It does make Brissett’s role pretty clear, though. He’s the only true power forward who’s healthy for sure and he’s easily now their most experienced big as well. On Tuesday vs. Atlanta he saw 28 minutes off the bench and averaged more than a DFS point per minute in that span. Cleveland’s frontcourt provides a more formidable challenge tonight, but the Pacers’ dearth of options means Brissett’s pathway to playing time remains smooth. The newly acquired Tristan Thompson shouldn’t present much of a threat to his status, either, but you may want to wait until 6:59 pm to click on Brissett just in case. Keep an eye on newly-acquired Pacer Buddy Hield, too – at $4,700 on FanDuel, he could be a volume monster tonight. 

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