On FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
There are plenty of fine options under that salary threshold for this 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 - C.J. Miles – SF – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Miles has been in and out of the starting lineup, depending if the opponent plays with big or small rotations. Well, the Wizards frontcourt is depleted with injuries, so they don’t have much of a choice except running out a small rotation. That means Miles will start and likely see solid minutes within that. Throw in an awesome individual matchup (Wizards rank 27th vs SFs) and a cheap price point to make Miles a great value in all formats.
2 - Jeremy Lin – PG – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Lin has been seeing a healthy 30 or so minutes per game, floating between the starting SG and backup PG spots. His fantasy potential looks good tonight, facing a New Orleans team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency vs backcourt members. Fellow guard, Jeremy Lamb has been ruled out tonight, which makes Lin’s minutes very safe, with the upside for even more playing time in this tasty matchup.
3 - Avery Bradley – SG – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Bradley hasn’t necessarily been inspiring as of late, but his price has fallen because of that. His salary is now the cheapest it has been in a long time, and he’s seeing 38-40+ minutes in every game. That gives him a nice floor/upside combination against a Phoenix team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards. Bradley is a safe bet to reach value tonight, worthy of an SG2 pick in all formats.
4 - Devin Booker – SG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Even though the matchup against Boston is mediocre, there are several things working in Booker’s favor tonight. First off, Alex Len and Ronnie Price have been ruled out, which solidifies Booker’s minutes (within small rotations) around 32-36+. In that role, he has averaged 27 FPPG over the past five games, representing great value.
5 - Jrue Holiday – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
Tyreke Evans is listed as questionable tonight, and Jrue Holiday would be the biggest beneficiary if he sat out. Norris Cole would see more playing time as well, but the real focus would fall on Holiday, who would presumably run the show for New Orleans. He has been a great FP/min producer to begin with, and more ball-handling responsibilities (plus playing time) would make him a very nice pick in all formats. If Evans plays, Holiday is more of a “tournament only” option.
6 - Amir Johnson – C – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
The Center position isn’t very inspiring tonight, so looking for value may be the recommended strategy. Johnson was amazing on Wednesday, posting 48 minutes against the Pacers. Don’t expect anything close to that tonight. Even if we throw that game out (clearly an outlier), Amir still looks like a solid play, given his 27 FPPG average in six games prior to the fantasy explosion. Of all the Boston frontcourt players, his minutes seem the safest, and playing up in pace vs Phoenix won’t hurt his cause.
7 - Tristan Thompson – PF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Thompson is a fine value filler at the power forward position. He usually sees 33+ minutes in every game, and he actually posted a surprising 36 FP in a tough matchup at San Antonio last night. Thompson generally doesn’t carry that type of upside, but a matchup against Houston (dead last vs PFs, 29th vs frontcourt players) could keep the hotstreak alive. Either way, I don’t believe Thompson will post a fantasy performance that hurts your lineups.
8 - Enes Kanter – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Kanter is another cheap Center option who is playable in all formats. He may be more of a tournament consideration, as the playing time is somewhat of a concern. However, Kanter is a fantastic FP/min producer, and he could see some extra time if this game turns into a blowout (13 point spread). Also, the lower opportunity cost at the center position means you can take a chance on a cheap, risky, but high-upside pick like Kanter.
9 - Drew Gooden – PF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, and Otto Porter are all out tonight, increasing the need for Gooden within Washington’s rotation. He has played 27 minutes in each of the past two, averaging 21 FPPG in those games. He’s a decent pick tonight for a near-minimum price point. However, there is some risk that Jared Dudley could log heavy minutes at the PF spot, leaving Nene and Gooden to split the Center minutes. Either way, he’s not a bad PF2 filler if you need some value.
10 - Beno Udrih – PG – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Even though he’s starting, Beno is more of a tournament consideration in my opinion. He should see around 25-29 minutes tonight, but Tyler Johnson will also assume some of the point guard duties with Goran Dragic ruled out. The only thing helping Beno’s cause is matchup potential, as his opponent, the Nuggets, rank 26th vs point guards.