When looking at “bargains on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a tidy three-game slate tonight, meaning I will rank the top five bargains in the FanDuel player pool, throwing in a couple more to 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. 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 - E’Twaun Moore – SG – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
With Jimmy Butler continuing to miss time, Moore will soak up plenty of minutes at the shooting guard position. He’s seeing around 30-34 per game, which has translated to a solid 25 fppg over his last three starts. The matchup tonight isn’t necessarily comforting, as Cleveland ranks fifth in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards. However, the cheap price, assured minutes, and respectable volume offset that notion, making Moore one of the better bargains of this thin slate.
2 - Danny Green – SG – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Pairing E’Twaun Moore and Danny Green seems like a viable strategy at shooting guard this evening. Bradley Beal also factors into the mix, but I have been having a difficult time squeezing him into my preliminary lineups. With Manu Ginobili out, Green has been seeing 29-35 steady minutes. That has translated to a solid 27 FPPG over the past three games, representing quality value. He could be within that range considering the relatively high-scoring game environment of this matchup at Los Angeles.
3 - Tristan Thompson – PF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
Looking at the game log, Thompson has been up-and-down as of late. However, we can’t be too picky when scrounging for bargains within this three-game slate. The good news here surrounds the fact that Thompson sees around 30-34 minutes per game, and Chicago ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency against opposing frontcourt members. Most of Thompson’s appeal comes from stable playing time, as he’s the only bargain power forward seeing 30+ minutes consistently.
4 - Otto Porter – SF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
I really like Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James at the small forward position tonight, but combining them on FanDuel may hinder your remaining cap space. Otto Porter presents a reasonable solution to that problem, as he is vastly underpriced at $5,300. If you recall, Porter was dealing with a hamstring issue heading into the All-Star break. Washington was slowly easing him into action, and his fantasy production suffered, subsequently plummeting his salary. However, Porter logged 38+ minutes in two of the last three games before the All-Star break, and the extra rest certainly doesn’t hurt his situation. Expect him to see 36+ minutes tonight, which would give him an excellent chance of outperforming this artificially low salary.
5 - Bobby Portis – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Portis is a spinoff from Tristan Thompson, if the extra $900 allows you to make quality moves elsewhere. Portis doesn’t see the same playing time as Thompson, as he’s usually settled into the 20-25 minute range. Still, Portis has made good on that lately, churning out a 22 FPPG average over the past four. The matchup is middling against Cleveland, but feel free to use Portis as a “bargain filler” if it allows you to reach up to the players you really want.
Tim Duncan – C – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Duncan is more of a tournament pick, as we aren’t sure what his minutes will look like. He poured in a nice 26 FP in only 18 minutes last Wednesday, which was his first game in over two weeks. I’m guessing he’ll hover around 20-22 minutes tonight, meaning he’ll need some very efficient numbers to post solid fantasy value. There’s certainly some risk to the situation, but also keep in mind that the Clippers rank 27th in defensive efficiency against opposing big men.
Wesley Johnson – SF – LA Clippers (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Lance Stephenson is considered questionable tonight. If he’s out, Johnson becomes an even better value play. In fact, he’s not a bad bargain even if Stephenson plays, as Johnson is averaging 23 FPPG and 27 minutes over the past five games. Matching up against Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (ranked 1st in defensive efficiency vs small forwards) is concerning, which is why we’d prefer Johnson more so if Stephenson was ruled out.