For "bargains" on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
For this modified Thursday Night slate, I will be outlining the top five value plays, ranked in terms or priority to your FanDuel 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.
1 - Bojan Bogdanovic – SF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Usual starter Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be out for a while, meaning Bogdanovic will continue to see starter minutes for the Nets. He took that role and ran with it last game, piling up 31 FP in 38 minutes. He should hit value at 20 FP while seeing that much playing time. It’s nice to know he has upside beyond that as well. Playing a Philadelphia team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency vs small forwards doesn’t hurt either.
2 - Omri Casspi – SF – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Casspi somewhat mirrors the previous write-up of Bogdanovic, wherein he has run with the recent promotion into the starting lineup. Casspi has hit his 22 FPPG average in seven of the past nine games, flexing upside for 28, 36, and 37 within that stretch. He’s still very reasonably priced despite that, and coming off his best game of the season in what was a seemingly tough draw vs Utah. Head Coach George Karl loves him, and he’ll continue to see meaningful minutes as a starter. Casspi’s opponent tonight, the Knicks, rank 24th in defensive efficiency vs small forwards.
3 - Joakim Noah – C – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Noah isn’t seeing a ton of minutes, but he has been very efficient with his playing time. He is averaging 21-23 minutes and 24 FPPG over the past five games, which is good enough to be considered as reasonable value for this price point. There’s an outside chance he could see a few more minutes against the Clippers big front line, but that’s not something we can necessarily bank on. Still, taking a chance on Noah’s lower minute totals isn’t too concerning, considering he has met value in the past five games.
4 - Joe Johnson – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Johnson isn’t necessarily a must play due to his volatile nature, but the shooting guard position is pretty barren tonight. Joe is coming off his best game of the season, piling up 22 points and 8 assists (5 rebounds) in a shootout with Houston. Perhaps some of that confidence can spill over to a date with Philly tonight, a team that ranks in the bottom ten for backcourt defense. Johnson isn’t necessarily a lineup fixture tonight, but he sees a ton of minutes, has a good matchup, and the opportunity cost of the position is very low.
5 - J. J. Redick – SG – LA Clippers (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
When looking for a cheaper shooting guard option, J.J. Redick represents the best of that bunch. His game log screams inconsistency, but Redick is a streaky shooter who is feeling it right now. I’m not a huge fan of chasing points in general (Redick came close to a career-high last night), but it certainly doesn’t hurt when you are talking about a shooter of this nature. As I mentioned earlier, there aren’t many inspiring, cheap shooting guard options, and I’m leaning Redick over similarly priced players like Korver, Afflalo, and Waiters.
Nerlens Noel - PF - PHI (if starting)
Taj Gibson - PF - CHI (if starting)
Shane Larkin - PG - BKN (tournament only)