When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
Today’s slate starts a little earlier than usual, beginning at 3:30 ET. There are seven total games on the docket, and I will be ranking the top five bargains by priority to your lineups (and a few more for good measure).
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 - D’Angelo Russell – PG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Russell is yet again a superior value play, despite his recent dud of 12 fantasy points in 30 minutes on Friday. It’s time to forgive, forget, and plug him back into your lineups. Russell could be looking at a monstrous usage rate, as Lou Williams is out, plus Jordan Clarkson and Kobe Bryant are highly questionable. Even though there’s severe blowout risk in this matchup, we have seen that the point guard position is one of the softer spots to attack this Golden State defense. Russell will be doing that early and often, trying to keep the purple and gold from getting bullied on their home court.
2 - Robert Covington – SF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor have both been ruled out for a second consecutive game. They missed Friday’s contest against this same Miami team, and Covington responded with much more playing time and overall usage, hitting 40 fantasy points in 41 minutes. It’s time to double-down on the Philadelphia forward, who is looking at the same matchup today, this time facing the Heat in South Beach.
3 - Alex Len – C – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
There’s several different routes you can take at Center tonight, which seems to be the theme as of late. You can spend up on Hassan Whiteside, who is looking at a fantastic matchup against Philly. However, if you can’t quite squeeze him into your lineups, pivoting down to Len isn’t a bad backup plan. After all, Len is still far too cheap for his salary, coming off an impressive 51 fantasy point outing on Friday. Even though Memphis seems tough against opposing frontcourt players, the absence of Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright makes the draw much less intimidating.
4 - Harrison Barnes – SF – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
There’s some blowout concern for all the Golden State starters, but Barnes’ price point is far too cheap to pass up. Andre Iguodala is doubtful tonight, meaning Barnes should see more playing time and usage. On top of that, the matchup literally could not be any better against a Lakers team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency against opposing small forwards. If you need another cheap option to complement Robert Covington at small forward, look no further.
5 - Richaun Holmes – PF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
You could make a case for Holmes’ teammate Jerami Grant ($5,000), but I’m siding with the cheaper option of the two. As mentioned earlier, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor have been ruled out, and Holmes produced a solid 30 fantasy points in 25 minutes against this same Miami team last game. The Sixers will ask 25-30 minutes from him again, and his high rebound rate should sustain him for this near-minimum salary.
Jabari Parker – PF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Mirza Teletovic – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,600)