When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a slim four game slate on tap tonight, meaning I will be ranking the top five 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 - Bradley Beal – SG – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
This is a fantastic spot for Beal. The price is unbelievably low, he has an elite matchup against the Lakers, and he’s starting to pick up steam following his absence earlier this month. Beal poured in 38 fantasy points against Minnesota on Friday. Even though some of that was boosted by multiple overtimes, it’s nice to see that he’s healthy enough to put forth some high usage and heavy minutes. Target with confidence in all formats.
2 - J.J. Barea – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Even though Devin Harris will likely return tonight, starter Deron Williams will remain sidelined. That’s good news for Barea, who should retain the starting point guard gig. Within that, he’ll see around 30 minutes. He poured in 32 fantasy points in 32 minutes while starting against Golden State on Friday. While his efficiency may take a hit with Dirk and others back in the mix, the matchup (Sacramento ranks 28th vs PGs) makes up for that.
3 - Wesley Matthews – SG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Matthews has seen a steep usage increase with Chandler Parsons out for the season, hitting 34+ fantasy points in two straight games. There’s a very good chance he keeps things going against a Sacramento team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards. This is certainly a high-scoring game to target, and Matthews (along with Barea) make for great values to open up the rest of your lineup.
4 - Jordan Clarkson – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
If you have the funds to upgrade Matthews to Clarkson, go for it, as I believe Clarkson has more upside of the two. However, if that’s not possible, you can fall back on Matthews while feeling pretty confident. The appeal with Clarkson comes from the fact that D’Angelo Russell is considered doubtful. That doesn’t necessarily make Clarkson an “automatic play”, as he has been up-and-down even with more playing time as of late. However, he’s worth a look on this short slate, especially considering that Washington ranks 22nd vs opposing backcourt members.
5 - Myles Turner – PF – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Myles has been a daily fantasy roller-coaster lately, but he should be approaching the peak with a great matchup vs Houston (ranked dead last vs opposing power forwards). Turner has been seeing around 30 minutes per contest, which certainly gives him enough time to flex some upside in this fantastic draw. He’s one of the more reliable power forward bargains. I’m looking to pair him with Julius Randle at $6,600.