When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a moderate 6-game slate, meaning I will rank the top five bargains in the FanDuel player pool, adding a few more to also consider in certain situations. We will be examining the "main slate", consisting of games starting 6:00 ET and later.
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. On top of that, the trade deadline is today, so we have even more headlines to monitor than usual ... 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 - Jordan Clarkson – PG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
When looking at point guard this evening, I’m locking in Derrick Rose (excellent matchup) and then looking for value. Jordan Clarkson and J.J. Barea represent the two best options in that regard, firmly cemented on my daily fantasy radar. This Chicago-LA Lakers tilt projects as the highest scoring game of within the (207 over/under), and J-Clark has been cruisin’ with 35+ fantasy points in three of the past four games. This is a winnable matchup against Derrick Rose and the depleted Chicago backcourt.
2 - J.J. Barea – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Deron Williams is currently listed as questionable. If he’s out, J.J. Barea becomes an excellent value commodity, assuming he inherits the starting point guard role. He has been very good in that spot several times this season, and a matchup against Philadelphia only enhances his fantasy potential. Gameplan: If Williams does not play, I’m going with Barea. If Williams is in, I’ll shell out the extra cap space for Clarkson.
3 - Myles Turner – PF – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Turner continues to start, see heavy minutes (30-36), and produce, yet his salary is still in bargain territory. He has an enticing matchup against Orlando tonight, as the Magic rank 21st in defensive efficiency vs power forwards. Turner has hit 28+ FP in two of his past three games, and that’s a reasonable projection for him tonight.
4 - Louis Williams – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Kobe Bryant is probable tonight, despite dislocating his finger on Friday. There’s a reasonable chance he could be limited in some capacity tonight, which would call for Lou Williams to pick up some slack. Williams has been a decent fantasy commodity even with Bryant fully healthy, producing 38 fantasy points against Cleveland just before the All-Star break. He has a decent matchup against a Chicago backcourt that is much less intimidating without Jimmy Butler.
5 - Matt Barnes – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
Jeff Green and Courtney Lee have been traded, and Marc Gasol is injured. That opens up a role of 30-35 minutes for Matt Barnes, which should be enough for him to post a solid return on investment. Barnes produced 25 fantasy points in 33 minutes last game, which is all you really need from him as a SF2 value filler. Consider that his baseline with extended playing time tonight.
Robert Covington – SF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
You could essentially flip a coin between Covington and Barnes as your SF2 play this evening. Both project very similarly for their nearly identical price points. I’m obviously giving the slight lean towards Barnes, as Philadelphia has the potential to get blown out on the road (10 point underdogs), which would strap Covington’s minutes. The Philly small forward admittedly has more upside, making him the better tournament pick of the two.
Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Fournier is a plausible pivot off Lou Williams for a similar salary. He has seen 42+ minutes in each of the past four games, stabilizing his fantasy production to a solid 31 fppg over that span. However, there is a small catch. Indiana ranks in the top five against small forwards and shooting guards this season, and Orlando coach Scott Skiles tends to be fluid with his rotations. Either way, there’s a chance Fournier could hit value on heavy playing time alone, but you need to be aware of the inherit risk.