For "bargains" on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
With just a five-game slate on Christmas Day, I’ll rank the top seven value plays according to priority for your lineup.
Just a quick note that these player picks were organized early in the day. For the NBA, there is usually a plethora of news trickling out through the afternoon, which could open up some more value plays. Be sure to keep posted with the NBA Headlines & Injuries section, as the wonderful contributors over there will break down the DFS consequences of every piece of news.
Now onto the bargain plays:
Beno Udrih – PG – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
This recommendation depends on Goran Dragic’s status, as he is currently listed as a game-time decision. Dragic and his fellow backcourt teammate, Tyler Johnson, did not play last game, and Udrih stepped up for 27 FP and 34 minutes in their absence. So here is the contingency plan: If both Dragic and Johnson are out again, Udrih becomes a top-flight value play. If just Dragic is out, Udrih is still usable for the extremely cheap price point, but the upside may be capped. If Dragic is in, completely remove Udrih from consideration.
Lou Williams – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Williams had a rough outing on Wednesday, snapping a seven game streak of exceeding his 22 FPPG season average. I’m willing to say the last game vs Oklahoma City was an outlier, as the Lakers were drubbed in a blowout loss. Lou should get back on track against the Clippers, and he’s the value shooting guard I feel most confident in, considering the shorter slate.
Luol Deng – SF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
There isn’t much in terms of value for small forwards today, so Deng is a pseudo-value by default. Miami is playing up in pace against New Orleans, who ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs the small forward position. That all bodes well for Deng, who will assuredly continue to see his 36 minute starter role. Pairing him with a top-end pick like LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard, then stabilizing elsewhere seems like a great strategy.
Taj Gibson – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Joakim Noah will be out for a few weeks, and Taj Gibson was the direct beneficiary of his early exit last game. Even though Bobby Portis will probably factor into the mix (he’s a tournament play), Gibson’s playing time is much safer – around the 30 minute mark. He should be a quality candidate to produce 25+ fantasy points in that role, which is exactly what you need from him.
J.J. Redick – SG – LA Clippers (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
I believe Lou Williams has more upside, considering that the Clippers have plenty of scoring threats, and Redick usually only plays 25 minutes. Still, Redick has been over 20+ fantasy points in five of the past six games, including a couple nice 30+ FP efforts. The matchup looks favorable enough to inspire a solid performance, but beware of the looming blowout factor.
Tony Parker – PG – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Parker is an intriguing play today. He’s not 100% necessary by any means, especially if the injury situation works out for Beno Udrih. However, if Goran Dragic plays, and Udrih is erased as a value nomination, I’m planning on pivoting to Parker, then going cheaper somewhere else. His opponent, Houston, ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency against point guards, and playing up in pace should help his fantasy cause. The price is moderate considering his ability.
Andrew Bogut – C – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
I’m thinking Bogut is more of a tournament option, as you never really know what his role will be any given game. If he sees 25+ minutes, he should be a solid source for value. However, there’s also a chance Golden State plays “small ball”, pinching Bogut for 10-15 or so minutes (similar to the NBA Finals vs Cleveland). That’s the risk/reward situation we are looking at here.