For bargains on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
Given tonight’s moderate 6-game slate, I will rank the top five bargains by priority to your lineups, also outlining a few more to consider.
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 - Jabari Parker – PF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Parker is a pretty easy value recommendation tonight. He has been playing more minutes lately, normally seeing between 36-40 every game. That has led to a huge jump in production, averaging 37 FPPG over the past four. Due to this, his price is slowly on the rise, but it still remains at a very reasonable level. The matchup inspires confidence as well, granted that Boston ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards.
2 - Donald Sloan – PG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
You’ll likely want to select a cheap point guard if spending up on Westbrook or Curry. Of the bargain range, Donald Sloan, Shelvin Mack, and Phil Pressey all represent decent values. I personally like Sloan the most of that group, even despite a higher price than the others. He has been seeing 30-33 minutes lately, and Joe Johnson’s absence could funnel a little more playing time his way. He is averaging a solid 26 FPPG over the past three, and his matchup against Phoenix is fantastic (28th vs PGs). If you can’t quite fit Sloan into your lineup, pivoting down to Mack or Pressey (listed in that order) isn’t a bad move.
3 - Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Fournier has been a consistent fantasy producer as of late, hitting 31 FPPG over the past five, averaging over 40 minutes per contest as well. The matchup against Golden State isn’t great from an efficiency standpoint, but Fournier will certainly get his looks given the fast-paced, high-scoring atmosphere (223 over/under) of this game. On top of that, Victor Oladipo is listed as questionable. His absence would transfer a good chunk of offensive responsibility to Fournier.
4 - Wayne Ellington – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
I’m guessing that Ellington will benefit from Joe Johnson’s absence tonight. The matchup was already great against a Phoenix team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency against the shooting guard position. Ellington’s minutes will likely rise to the 30-35 range, which should put him in line for a healthy return on investment for this near-minimum price. Feel free to deploy him in all formats.
5 - Mirza Teletovic – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Mirza has looked good ever since Markieff Morris’ departure. Over the past three games, he is averaging 29 minutes and 26 fantasy points. That’s a healthy rate of return for this economical salary, and his matchup against Brooklyn (29th in defensive efficiency against power forwards) is certainly one to attack. There is some opportunity cost at power forward tonight, which is why Teletovic finds himself further down the bargain rankings. However, if you are in need of savings at this position, Teletovic is a decent fallback from the mid-range picks like Thaddeus Young, Jared Sullinger, and Aaron Gordon.
Maurice Harkless – SF – Portland (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
It’s tough to trust players coming off the bench, especially given Harkless’ poor performance last game. However, a matchup against Houston looks like a prime bounce-back opportunity. When Portland took on the Rockets a few weeks ago, Harkless finished with 40 FP in 28 minutes. I should note that Noah Vonleh didn’t play in that game, which may have given Harkless more playing time than usual. However, this matchup really favors his playing style. On top of that, Houston loves to play small-ball, which would call for Harkless seeing more playing time to offset that approach. You can look to him in cash games and tournaments.
Enes Kanter – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Kanter is a tournament only play, and I recommend having some exposure to him while making multiple tournament lineups. Kanter doesn’t see a ton of minutes, as anything over 20 seems like a best case scenario. Still, he has strong upside despite that, as his 30 FP in 17 minutes yesterday at Dallas reminded us. The matchup against New Orleans could set up for another decent return on investment, considering the Pelicans rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing big men.