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Fanduel: Finding value players on bad teams

While their teams may be struggling, these players are worth placing in your lineups.

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Looking for a way to escape the endless pit of despair that is the Charlotte Hornets right now? Daily fantasy can save you, unless you're a masochist and pick only Hornets players because you want your basketball life, both real and fantasy, to represent the Commonwealth wasteland of Fallout 4.

If you must continue picking Hornets players, at least the team's dismal record of late won't affect your fantasy night. While I wouldn't necessary advise picking any Hornets outside of Kemba Walker at this point (and maybe Nicolas Batum) there are plenty of better options to go with right now. Like those two, there are a number of good fantasy options playing on struggling teams, and they're worth a look. Here are a few:

Brandon Knight - $6,800

The Suns have fallen into the pit, and are severely banged up. With Eric Bledsoe out for the season, Brandon Knight is now the sole member of the backcourt with the ability to score 20 points or more on any given night. His usage is going to be up the rest of the season, and with his value still under $7,000, he comes with value.

Tyreke Evans - $7,200

Those who just watched the Hornets game against the Pelicans recently caught a glimpse of Evans, who is now the starting point guard with Jrue Holiday coming off the bench. That opens up a lot on the fantasy end, as Evans can both score for himself and create for others. His 15.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.6 rebounds make him a well rounded option.

Lou Williams - $6,000

Putting up the scoring numbers Nick Young believes he does, Williams is having a prolific January, averaging 22.5 points a game in his last 10 games. If you are looking for a pure scorer, pick Williams while he is hot.

Khris Middleton - $6,900

Middleton's start to the season was a bit of a disappointment after signing a $70 million contract this summer, but he's living up to it now, averaging 22.7 points a game in his last ten, and shooting 42.6 percent from the 3-point line for the season. Like Lou Williams, he doesn't offer a lot more beyond scoring, but he does it efficiently.

Karl Anthony-Towns - $7,200

Towns' value has dropped in recent games, which makes him a bit of a gamble. Still, he's an almost certain double-double on any given night, and with games against Phoenix and New Orleans this week, he has a chance to put up good numbers against struggling teams


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