With a seven-game slate in the NBA this Monday, there are plenty of bargains to be found below the $6,000 threshold on FanDuel. Before looking at individual recommendations, let's survey tonight's spreads and over/unders:
|Pistons at Cavaliers||207.5||Cavs -8.5|
|Pacers at Heat||202.5||Heat -2.5|
|Raptors at Knicks||203||Raptors -3.5|
|Warriors at Hawks||225.5||Warriors -6|
|Lakers at Bucks||210||Bucks -9|
|Celtics at Wolves||216.5||Celtics -4.5|
|Suns at Clippers||212||Clippers -15.5|
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Jared Sullinger ($6,000) doesn't get much playing time. Over his past six games he's averaging a mere 24.9 minutes per game, yet he's converted that into 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and only 1.7 turnovers per game. That adds up to 33 FDP and he's dipped below 29 FDP just once, giving him a solid floor and a decent ceiling. You could do worse than getting 5x value from a mid-tier PF.
Jordan Clarkson ($5,900) has ratcheted up his production of late, hitting at least 35 FDP in four of his past five games. He has a solid usage rate during that span (22.6%) and is playing 35 minutes per game, allowing him to rack up 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals. The Bucks have been relatively lenient vs. PG over the past few weeks, and very lenient to opposing SGs, so all signs point to another value-added performance for Clarkson.
Luol Deng ($5,700) is the flavor of the week for DFS purposes, as he's simply thriving in an expanded role with Chris Bosh (blood clots) unavailable. The veteran forward has averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in Miami's past two games -- he's unlikely to approach those numbers vs. a solid Pacers defense tonight, but should still cruise past his $5,700 valuation. Deng's outlook would be even stronger if Dwyane Wade (knee) is ruled out -- he went through shootaround and is currently a game-time decision.
Myles Turner ($5,600) draws a nice matchup vs. a Heat team in tumult, as he'll be squaring off vs. the likes of Luol Deng, Justise Winslow and Josh McRoberts. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said recently that Turner's rest-of-season will determine how high the Pacers' "ceiling" is this season, so they'll continue to keep him heavily involved in the offense. He's averaging 33.1 minutes since the All-Star break, with a massive nine blocked shots in just two games, and is a solid option vs. a Miami team that's yielded the third-most FanDuel points to PFs over the past three weeks.
The Bucks are turning Jabari Parker ($5,500) loose, and with good reason. They're currently 13th in the East, 6.5 games out of the playoff picture, and Jason Kidd basically declared Parker untouchable during the trade deadline -- they have every incentive to develop him over the final 26 games. He's averaging 44.5 minutes in his past three games, with a usage rate of 22.0%, and has tied or set a new career-high in scoring twice during that span. Oh yeah, and he's playing the Lakers' defense. Get him in your lineups.
(There are another handful of players in the $6,000-$5,001 range listed in the 'Quick Hits' section below.)
If you want a safe play at SG, Zach LaVine ($4,900) is worth a look tonight. The Celtics aren't a great matchup but LaVine has proven resilient, hitting at least 20 FDP in 10 straight games, with an average of 24.4 FDP in his past four. He's sharing a starting job with Tayshaun Prince for some reason, but should play 30+ minutes regardless of which one starts tonight. LaVine is best suited to cash games, due to his consistent but unremarkable production.
Suns coach Earl Watson praised Alex Len ($4,600) after Sunday's game, during which Len racked up 23 points and 13 rebounds as a starter. “I liked the fact that he was consistently attacking the paint,” Watson said. “He shot the free-throw line jump shot, the elbow jumpers with confidence." Watson previously said that they need Len to score in the paint and will feed him the ball "a lot," so all signs point to his role remaining robust. The Clippers aren't a great matchup but the real caveat here is Tyson Chandler (shoulder) -- Chandler is considered doubtful, but anyone considering Len should keep an eye on the Suns' injury report.
Kris Humphries ($3,900) made a surprise start on Sunday and could stick there with Tyson Chandler (shoulder) doubtful to play vs. the Clippers. He blew up for 18 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in his Suns' debut on Friday, and should be a viable option with minutes in the 26-28 range. There's some risk here with both Mirza Teletovic and Jon Leuer capable of stealing Humphries' minutes, but that's par for the course at this price point.
O.J. Mayo ($3,800) has seen his playing time steadily climb since he returned from an 11-game absence on Feb. 9 -- in the four games since, he's played 18, 20, 29 and 38 minutes. The Bucks didn't play on Sunday and they won't play on Tuesday, so Mayo should once again play big minutes. Better yet, he'll be squaring off vs. D'Angelo Russell and the Lakers' defense, which is giving up the second-most points (24.5 ppg) to opposing PGs this season. It's a perfect storm for Mayo to blow past this low valuation.
Quick Hits: Tobias Harris ($5,500) is cheap enough to be a very solid target tonight. He played 35 minutes in Detroit's last game and Stan Van Gundy has shown all season that he doesn't mind giving his key players enormous minutes. Harris is a solid option if you need a cheap SF...Jamal Crawford ($5,300) is coming off a 25-point game vs. the Warriors, and he's hit a minimum of 22 FDP in each of his past 10 games. He doesn't have explosive upside but is a consistent and affordable option at SG, especially vs. the Suns' defense...Tristan Thompson ($5,100) draws a difficult matchup vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons, but he's been on fire with three consecutive double-doubles and some defensive stats, to boot. Give TT a look if you need a cheap PF tonight...D'Angelo Russell ($4,900) has been installed as a rest-of-season starter for L.A., and should get solid minutes vs. the Bucks tonight...Kyrie Irving left Sunday's game due to illness, and Mo Williams (knee) is getting a second opinion on his injury, so Matthew Dellavedova could be in line for huge minutes tonight. He's only worth considering if Kyrie is officially ruled out, of course...Phil Pressey ($3,500) hit 19.9 FDP in his Suns debut on Sunday, playing 28 minutes off the bench. That was boosted by a fluky three blocks, and there are no guarantees that Pressey will again win the timeshare with starter Ronnie Price, but he's worth a look if you need a rock-bottom PG. Good luck tonight!