When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a sizeable eight game slate on tap tonight, meaning I will be ranking the top ten bargains by priority to your FanDuel NBA lineups.
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 - Tobias Harris – PF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Harris has been extremely solid ever since joining the Pistons, and he’s looking at a very friendly matchup against the Kings tonight. Sacramento ranks 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards, and they play at a brisk pace that should help the fantasy prospects of several Detroit players. Add in a non-imposing price point, and Tobias looks like a safe pick for all formats.
2 - Bismack Biyombo – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
First off, we’ll need to see if Jonas Valanciunas is playing or not. As of Friday afternoon, he is listed as questionable. If JoVal misses his third straight game, Biyombo becomes one of the better bargains on the board tonight. Bismack has been outstanding in a starting role over the past two games, gathering 83 fantasy points in 67 minutes over that span. Even if he doesn’t keep that pace, he should easily crush his salary based on sheer volume if starting. It’s nice to know he has that upside in his back pocket though.
3 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Caldwell-Pope is my favorite “per dollar” shooting guard tonight, and here’s why: 1) He always sees heavy minutes between 36-40. 2) KCP is averaging a solid 30 FPPG over the past five. 3) The matchup suggests a breakout performance, as Sacramento is notoriously bad against the shooting guard position. 4) His salary is way too cheap considering the recent performance outlined in a previous point. Not sold yet? That’s okay; it’s your loss.
4 - Zach LaVine – SG – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
There are several decent shooting guards aside from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but if going the “value route”, I highly recommending combining KCP and Mr. LaVine. The two time slam dunk champion has cemented himself a well-established role in the Wolves’ starting lineup, seeing 33-40 minutes every game. He has hit 32+ fantasy points in two straight games, and another could be in store in a high-scoring tilt (225 over/under) against a Houston team that ranks 20th vs opposing shooting guards.
5 - Tim Frazier – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Early word suggests that Tim Frazier will start tonight, fresh off a 33 fantasy point, 27 minute performance on Wednesday. Upon hearing this rumor, I’m assuming Norris Cole is doubtful tonight, but it wouldn’t hurt to verify those two items (Cole out, Frazier starting). If Frazier is unleashed in this high-scoring matchup (219 over/under) vs Portland, he could easily outpace his minimum salary.
6 - Darren Collison – PG – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Ben McLemore is out, and Rajon Rondo is considered probable. This means Collison will still see around 35 minutes, but he’ll have less ball-handling responsibilities with Rondo likely playing. Fantasy interpretation: Collison is a decent play if you need someone in this range, but his upside seems capped with less playmaking opportunities in the “off-guard” position.
7 - Enes Kanter – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Kanter usually makes the bargain bin rankings, and I say the same thing every time. “He has excellent FP/minute potential, but the low playing time (25 or so minutes) makes him a risky, tournament only recommendation”. Well, guess what? Kanter has hit 30+ fantasy points in five of the past six games, and his price hasn’t yet adjusted for that increase. I’m still thinking he’s better for tournament usage, as the minutes have not risen throughout this hotstreak. However, he’s facing a Philadelphia team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency against opposing big men. The blowout factor doesn’t impact him either, as he could see a few more minutes in garbage time off the bench. He’s excellent for tournaments and borderline cash game playable.
8 - Jason Smith – PF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Nikola Vuevic has been ruled out once again, meaning Jason Smith will likely see a role around 20-25 minutes. He has been productive within that as of late, flexing some upside with a 41 FP outing in 28 minutes Tuesday vs Denver. The matchup isn’t exactly appealing vs Cleveland tonight, but we can consider Smith a decent tournament filler. He only needs 20 fantasy points to hit value, and he’s capable of going beyond that mark.
9 - Brandon Jennings – PG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
This pick depends on the status of Elfrid Payton. If Payton is out, Jennings is playable in most formats. If Payton is playing (even off the bench), I’ll likely pass to another value point guard selection, as Jennings’ minutes will be suspect. Over the past two games, Jennings has started, logged 51 minutes, and produced 63 fantasy points. He has been very aggressive, and that will likely be the case once more against a Cleveland team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing floor generals.
10 - Isaiah Canaan – PG – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Canaan is more of a tournament pivot away from Tim Frazier. However, if the injury situation doesn’t work out for Frazier (outlined above), Canaan can be a reasonable pivot near the same salary. He has been seeing more playing time for the shorthanded 76ers, as they are forced to go with more “small-ball” lineups. Since the barrage of injuries has hit Philadelphia, Canaan is averaging 33 minutes and 25 fantasy points over the past three.