For "bargains" on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a medium 6-game slate tonight, considering the games starting at 6:00 ET and later. I will outline the top five value picks within these games, providing a few more additional selections to consider.
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 - Gorgui Dieng – C – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Kevin Garnett is doubtful once again, meaning Dieng will resume his starting role and heavy workload. Gorgui has hit 36 and 45 fantasy points respectively over the past two games, and his playing time has spiked due to that recent success. I’m thinking he’ll see around 30-36 minutes in this game, which should be more than enough for him to post some sweet value against a Portland team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing Centers.
2 - Aaron Gordon – PF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
The power forward position isn’t exactly inspiring tonight, and I’m looking towards seeing which value plays fit within my priority picks in other spots. Gordon is one of those bargains that blends well in most lineup configurations. He’s starting now, seeing 28-33 minutes a game. Last Friday, he posted 26 fantasy points against the same Celtics team he’ll face tonight, and I’d consider that an accurate projection in this situation.
3 - P.J. Tucker – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Tucker has been one of the more consistent players for this injury-plagued Phoenix team. He sees 33-36+ minutes in every game, which has translated to a 28 FPPG average over the past four. That’s a reasonable baseline to expect tonight in a fast-paced matchup against the Mavericks. Tucker is a really nice SF2 value play in all formats.
4 - Langston Galloway – SG – New York (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
This pick depends on the status of Jose Calderon, who is questionable today. My guess is Calderon will sit, as groin injuries are usually not worth playing through. Of course, you’ll want to confirm that before finalizing your rosters. If Calderon does in fact miss this game, Galloway will start and see 30+ minutes once again. He’s a solid contributor who can fill up the stat-sheet, which should help him out in this fast-paced, high-scoring draw against the Warriors.
5 - Marvin Williams – PF – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
As I mentioned earlier, power forward is pretty muddy today. Marvin Williams is a decent filler in a very nice matchup against the Lakers, so he is looking like a nice cash game filler. The Charlotte frontcourt will continue to be short-handed, especially with Nic Batum joining Cody Zeller on the sideline. Williams has been trading good games with bad ones, hitting 35+ FP, then falling back in the teens routinely. The great matchup against LAL should inspire him to get over the 30 FP plateau.
Zach LaVine – SG – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
LaVine is a value play that parallels Langston Galloway. In other words, if Galloway’s injury situation doesn’t work out, you can safely pivot to LaVine at virtually the same salary. Kevin Martin is doubtful once again for Minnesota, which should propel LaVine to around 30 minutes off the bench. He has held that role for three games, hitting 36, 40, and 22 fantasy points respectively through that span. The latter probably represents a more realistic projection, which isn’t too bad considering the cheap price.
Archie Goodwin – PG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
There are some great point guards demanding your attention today (Curry, Lillard, Walker), which makes Goodwin more of a tournament pivot. Most people will probably write him off, as he burned many DFSers with 11 fantasy points in a blowout at New York last game. If this game remains competitive, we could see some of Goodwin’s upside he flexed over the past week, especially considering Dallas ranks 25th against opposing point guards.