When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a surprising seven game slate, which is uncommon for a Thursday night. Because of this, I will be ranking the top five bargains by priority to your lineups, listing a few 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. 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 - Lance Stephenson – SG – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Despite being questionable for last night’s contest, Stephenson ended up playing and putting up one of the better fantasy lines of the night (24 pts, 11 reb, 7 ast, 47 FP vs Minnesota). With Memphis still reeling from injuries, Stephenson will continue to be the Grizzlies primary ball-handler, translating to extreme fantasy potential. The matchup against Milwaukee helps as well, considering the Bucks rank 27th against the shooting guard position. Lock him in with confidence.
2 - Shelvin Mack – PG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Mack has been playing extremely well as of late, looking more comfortable as the games go along. Now that Gordon Hayward is fighting through injury, Mack has been asked to take on more offensive responsibility. He has surpassed 31 FP in three straight games, and he’s a relatively safe bet to achieve that tonight against a Phoenix team that ranks dead last against opposing point guards.
3 - Nikola Mirotic – SF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
Pau Gasol is out, and Taj Gibson is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Nets. That means more playing time, usage, and rebounding for Mirotic, who has a fantastic matchup against a Brooklyn team that ranks 25th against opposing frontcourt players. Mirotic didn’t contribute much last night, but a bounce-back effort seems very likely considering the present circumstances.
4 - Bobby Portis – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Needless to say, Bobby Portis will assuredly benefit from the Bulls frontcourt injury situation, with Pau Gasol out and Taj Gibson doubtful. Portis should see at least 30 minutes in this contest, with potential for even more. The rookie has shown the ability to contribute when given extended minutes, and tonight’s matchup (Brooklyn ranks 29th vs PFs) will certainly help his cause.
5 - Rodney Hood – SG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Rodney Hood is a good play on the surface, as Phoenix ranks dead last against opposing shooting guards. If Gordon Hayward is ruled out (questionable), he will become a great play. As I tweeted out last game with Hayward absent, Hood’s usage rate climbs from 22.4 to 26.1 with Hayward not on the floor. That, plus the great matchup, makes Hood a priority pick tonight.
Otto Porter – SF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Prior to this week, Porter was in a fantasy wasteland, his production dipping with Markieff Morris joining the team. However, Porter’s minutes and production are starting to ascend, hitting 35, 27, and 29 fantasy points respectively over the past three. His price is still cheap, and he’s taking on a Philadelphia team that ranks 27th against opposing small forwards.
Hollis Thompson – SF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Robert Covington and Jerami Grant are both out for another game, meaning Thompson will start and see around 35 minutes. He has been decent within this role, despite not showcasing much upside. Still, he’s a decent, cheap filler who can supply around 20 fantasy points, allowing you to reach up at other positions.
Bismack Biyombo – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
This depends on the status of Jonas Valanciunas, who is considered questionable as of Thursday early afternoon. Biyombo put up 33 FP in 25 minutes while occupying the starting center position on Tuesday, and he would be poised to do some damage if granted that role once again.