On FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a tidy, four-game Thursday slate on our hands tonight. Due to this, I will rank the top five bargains by priority to your lineups, throwing in a few more to also consider 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 - Markieff Morris – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
As you’ll come to find out, the Suns are a tremendous source of value tonight. Morris represents the best of the bunch in that regard, as he is now the focal point within this Phoenix offense. In fact, new head coach, Earl Watson, emphatically suggested that earlier this week. The proof was supplied on Tuesday, when Morris went for 54 fantasy points in 41 minutes. He has always been a high-upside scorer throughout his career, and now he’ll see the minutes/volume to make good on that ability. His fantasy prospects improve even more in a high-scoring matchup against Houston tonight, as the Rockets rank dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing power forwards. Lock in Markieff!
2 - Devin Booker – SG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Phoenix recommendation #2 … With Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight out, Booker has taken the reigns for this Suns backcourt, and fantasy splendor promptly ensued. He’s on a nice roll at the moment, hitting 30+ fantasy points in back-to-back games, yet the salary still hovers at a reasonable level despite the recent success. Take advantage of that in a great matchup against Houston (ranked 23rd in D-eff vs SGs)!
3 - Norris Cole – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Cole looks like a great value play tonight, especially if Tyreke Evans (questionable) is out. Even if Evans plays, Cole can still be considered as a value selection, as the matchup is that good. As you are probably aware, the Lakers rank dead last in defensive efficiency against point guards, and Cole has been cruisin’ with 32+ FP in three of the last four games, including some tough draws against Memphis and San Antonio.
4 - Archie Goodwin – PG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
As evidence by the game log, Goodwin has been up-and-down as of late. Still, the fact that he’s seeing around 40+ minutes as Phoenix’s starting point guard really helps his fantasy prospects. Also, it’s comforting to note that he saw 45 minutes and 36 fantasy points in the first game under this new head coach. This should be a high-scoring shootout against the Rockets tonight, and I’m anticipating a second straight quality performance from Archie.
5 - P.J. Tucker – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
People often ask me if it’s risky selecting 3-4 players from the same team. The answer: it depends. On a short slate like tonight, you can easily feel comfortable in that strategy, especially if there are numerous value selections (like Phoenix has) and the game has a massive over/under (214 total is largest of the night). On top of that, all the recommended Phoenix players are logging extremely heavy minutes for their respective price points. Tucker is no exception to that statement, as he has been producing 25-30+ FP within a 36-40 minute role as of late. The matchup tonight is very inspiring against a Houston team that ranks 25th vs small forwards.
Patrick Beverley – PG – Houston (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
You could argue Patrick Beverley in the same discussion as Norris Cole and Archie Goodwin. In fact, if Tyreke Evans ends up playing for New Orleans, I’m ranking Beverley ahead of Cole. The Houston point guard has been much more aggressive offensively as of late, proven by a solid 27 FPPG average over the past three. On top of that, his opponent, the Suns, rank 27th in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards.
Marcus Morris – SF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
Marcus Morris is a nice value filler, similar to P.J. Tucker listed above. He doesn’t present a ton of upside, but he’s cheap, logs heavy minutes, and usually hovers between the 23-25 fantasy point range. The matchup tonight isn’t too bad either, as New York ranks 24th in defensive efficiency against opposing small forwards. You could realistically pair Tucker and Marcus Morris as your two small forwards, then “pay up” at other positions.