When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a hearty nine 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 - Jon Leuer – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Leuer is an easy pick tonight. Tyson Chandler has been ruled out, meaning Leuer will start and see 35+ minutes. Within that role, he has produced 33 and 39 fantasy points respectively in the past two games. It’s not a fluke either, as Leuer has been an efficient FP/minute producer all season, and he’s finally getting enough playing time to make good on it. As if that wasn’t enough, a matchup against the faced-paced Kings (28th vs PFs) inspires even more confidence.
2 - J.J. Barea – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Chandler Parsons is out for the season. Deron Williams, Devin Harris, and Dirk Nowitzki will all miss tonight’s game. That opens up a ton of playing time and usage for Barea, who emerges as one of the best value plays of any position. You could look towards his teammate Raymond Felton as well ($3900), but Barea has historically had more success in these opportunities, and he’ll likely have the ball in his hands more often. Target with confidence.
3 - P.J. Tucker – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
There aren’t many well-priced, well-aligned options at the small forward position, so I’m taking more of the value route. Tucker appears to be one of the better picks fitting into that strategy, as he has a solid 36+ minute role for the Suns. Tyson Chandler’s absence should help his rebound rate as well, given his boost in that department (13 boards) last game. The matchup tonight is nice against a Sacramento team that ranks 26th vs small forwards.
4 - David Lee – PF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
With Dirk Nowitzki ruled out, David Lee will likely see a boost in playing time. I’m projecting him somewhere around 30 minutes tonight, which should be more than enough to surpass his value threshold at this inexpensive price point. Lee has been a very solid FP/minute producer since joining the Mavs, and more secure playing time certainly helps his fantasy cause. Perhaps he’ll have some extra motivation going against his former team (Golden State), which doesn’t exactly hurt.
5 - Wesley Matthews – SG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Matthews was already seeing a nice boost in usage with Chandler Parsons out, and he could enjoy an even higher uptick with Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki sidelined as well. Matthews is coming off two of his better games in a while, hitting 25 and 36 fantasy points respectively. He’s still very cheap, profiling as a solid filler in all formats, especially given the shaky nature of shooting guard tonight.
6 - Nikola Jokic – C – Denver (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
Jokic is technically over the bargain threshold (barely), but he’s too good not to mention in this column. Usually I label him a “tournament only” option, but he’s playable in all formats tonight. An elite matchup against the Lakers (dead last vs opposing centers) gives him a nice boost to go along with his solid 30 FPPG average over the past six games. If Kenneth Faried (questionable) is out, Jokic would become more solidified. However, I like him either way due to matchup potential.
7 - Emmanuel Mudiay – PG – Denver (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Mudiay is more of a tournament only recommendation, as his playing time and production have been all over the place lately. Still, the upside is very present, as he’s coming off a sweet 47 fantasy point (42 minute) performance vs Philly. I’m not sure if that was an inflection point for the rookie, or he’ll regress back to his 25-28 minute, 18 fantasy point norm. That’s the heart of this risk/reward proposition. However, a tremendous matchup against the Lakers (29th vs PGs) gives him a non-resistant path to try and replicate Wednesday’s remarkable numbers.
8 - Marcus Morris – SF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
I mentioned earlier my preference of taking the “value approach” at small forward tonight. P.J. Tucker was the first pick within that strategy, and I’m content pairing him with Marcus Morris as a cheap, low-risk combination. Morris always sees heavy minutes (aside from a blowout), and he has hit 30+ fantasy points in three of the past four games. His price is still low considering that recent uptick, and the matchup looks good against a Charlotte team that ranks 20th vs opposing small forwards.
9 - Darren Collison – PG – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Collison isn’t someone you’ll go out of your way to target. However, if you need a cheap, safe pick within this range, he’s a selection you can feel confident with. In other words, he’s a safer alternative to Emmanuel Mudiay, but he doesn’t quite have the upside. Collison has been seeing 32+ minutes per game with Ben McLemore out (will continue to miss time), hitting 29+ fantasy points in four of his last six. The matchup is elite against a Phoenix team that ranks dead last against backcourt members.
10 - Darrell Arthur – PF – Denver (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
This pick hinges on the status of Kenneth Faried, who is considered questionable. If Faried misses another game, Arthur will likely start and see 30-33 minutes. Even though his fantasy scores have been mixed within that role, a fantastic matchup against the Lakers (26th vs PFs) should give him enough room to post a solid line. In similar recent draws against Charlotte and Philadelphia, Arthur put up 34 and 24 fantasy points respectively.