For "bargains" on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
There are several fine options under that salary threshold for this full Friday slate of games. Because of this, I will be ranking the value plays in terms of priority to 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:
1 - Jameer Nelson – PG – DEN (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Emmanuel Mudiay will not play once again, meaning Jameer Nelson will continue to be the starting point guard for Denver. He has achieved 39, 23, and 22 FP respectively within that role, which represents solid value and upside for more. In fact, Nelson’s minutes were reduced on a back-to-back (plus the fact that Randy Foye got hot), and he still maintained value. He’s one of the most reliable cheap plays on the board tonight, and the matchup looks decent against a Utah team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency vs point guards (struggling overall with Gobert out).
2 - Omri Casspi – SF – SAC (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Casspi has been a fantastic value play as a starter, and that shouldn’t change in a high-scoring draw at Minnesota tonight. He is seeing a ton of minutes, anywhere from 38-41 over the past three games. His salary still doesn’t fully account for the increased playing time, and this is certainly a situation to take advantage of in all formats. Plug him in!
3 - Jon Leuer – PF – PHX (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Leuer (and most of the Phoenix starters) fell victim to a massive blowout at Golden State last game, limiting their minutes and fantasy production. That’s actually a good thing for DFS purposes, as Leuer is much cheaper because of the anomaly in playing time. He should be back within his 30+ minute role this evening, and the Pelicans rank 27th against opposing frontcourt players this season. He’s a top-flight value play within this slate.
4 - Jeff Green – SF – MEM (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
It appears that Jeff Green’s minutes are more stable than fellow small forward Matt Barnes. That’s why I’m looking his way, despite both of them being in the “new” Memphis starting lineup. At this current price point, you are looking for 21-22 fantasy points from Green, something he has achieved in two of three games as a starter (narrowly missed it with 19 FP last game). Seeing 35-40 minutes should help him achieve that total tonight.
5 - Rodney Stuckey – SG – IND (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
This one depends on some injury information, so keep that in mind. Indiana’s starting SG, Monta Ellis, is listed as questionable tonight with a sore knee. If he can’t play, Stuckey will likely soak up majority of his minutes (and shots), even if he doesn’t directly start in his place. That would be especially good news considering the matchup against a Brooklyn team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs shooting guards. If (and only if) Ellis is out, Stuckey represents the best value SG.
6 - John Henson – PF – MIL (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Greg Monroe is out again, and Henson has started in his place the last two games. However, he has essentially split the playing time, seeing only 24 and 21 minutes respectively. Henson has been known to fill the stat sheet when seeing extra playing time, and he could make it happen against a fast-paced Golden State team. I’m viewing him more as a tournament play, as paying up to Jon Leuer is a safer cash game strategy.
7 - Raymond Felton – PG – DAL (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Felton has carved out a nice role for Dallas, playing “combo guard” between the PG and SG positions. He has hit value in seven games while easily seeing 30+ minutes along the way. On top of that, the once feared Memphis defense currently ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs backcourt members this season. I’d rather have Jameer Nelson as a cheap PG for a little less salary, but keep Felton in mind for tournaments.
8 - Kent Bazemore – SG – ATL (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
If Rodney Stuckey doesn’t work out as a value shooting guard, pivoting to Bazemore of Caldwell-Pope (more on him later) seems like a reasonable strategy. Bazemore has reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup for Atlanta, hitting 66 fantasy points in 65 minutes within that role over the past two games. The matchup against Boston doesn’t look great from an efficiency standpoint, but the Celtics fast-paced style could really help Bazemore sustain value.
9 - Gorgui Deing – C – MIN (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Dieng got the start on Wednesday with Kevin Garnett resting. He produced a solid 34 FP in 36 minutes at New York. Garnett is expected to be back in the lineup tonight, but don’t completely write Dieng off just because he’s coming off the bench. He should still see 30+ minutes tonight, which could translate to some reasonable value within this fast-paced, high-scoring game vs Sacramento.
10 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – DET (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Caldwell-Pope is easily coming off his best game of the season, lighting up the Celtics for 31 real points (41 FP) on Wednesday. The only problem with KCP comes with his fickle offensive game, as he sometimes falls into the background if Detroit doesn’t necessarily need him. Still, he has hit 40+ FP in two of the past three games, playing with a ton of confidence at the moment. Even if he doesn’t return that type of upside, I don’t believe he’ll put up a fantasy performance that hurts your lineup.