When we are talking about bargain plays on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
Let me just tell you that there are plenty of fine option under that salary threshold for this Wednesday slate of games. Because of this, I will be ranking the value plays in terms of priority to your lineup.
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:
TOP TEN VALUE PLAYS
1 - Ryan Anderson – PF – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Ryan Anderson is a fine play as is, given he has topped the 33 FP threshold over the past two games. However, superstar Anthony Davis is considered questionable tonight with a hip injury. His absence would mean more minutes, shots, and subsequent fantasy points for Anderson. If Davis is ruled out, Anderson gets bumped from a “good play” to a “great play” deserving of lineup consideration in all formats.
2 - Marcus Morris – SF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Morris has been extremely steady this season, averaging a solid 29 FPPG. Despite that, his price still holds at a moderate $5900. Be sure to cash in on that tonight. Part of Morris’ consistency revolves around his playing time, where he ranks in the top five overall for minutes played. He has capable scoring upside to go along with a well-rounded stat stuffing possibility (rebounds, assists, steals) to check in as one of the most reliable bargain plays on the board … Oh, and his opponent, Sacramento, ranks 24th in defensive efficiency against small forwards.
3 - T.J. McConnell – PG – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
How about this: you can get a starting point guard, playing 33+ minutes a game and surpassing 34+ FP in three of the last five – all for just $4,900. Granted, this price tag is a little higher than we are accustomed to with McConnell, but he still has significant profit potential considering. His opponent, Toronto, ranks in the middle of the pack in defensive efficiency against point guards.
4 - Jerryd Bayless – PG – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
You’ll need to double-check the status of Michael Carter-Williams before inserting Bayless into your lineup. Carter-Williams has missed the last several games, and Bayless has been the primary beneficiary by averaging 24 FPPG over the last five. He has been seeing 30+ minutes as well (sometimes nearing 40), posting adequate production for the near-minimum designation. As the proverbial cherry on top, Denver ranks 28th in defensive efficiency against the point guard position.
5 - Thaddeus Young – PF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Thad Young is a guy I have been using quite frequently in my lineups, and he has rewarded me time and time again. After a slow start to begin the season, he has put up FP totals of 29, 29, 31, 25, and 37 respectively over the past five games. That’s some pretty nice production considering the $5700 price point. His playing style falls in line perfectly for an up-tempo matchup against Houston, and the Rockets actually rank dead last in fantasy points allowed to opposing power forwards.
6 - Dewayne Dedmon – C – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
We’ll need to wait on some injury news for this one. Nikola Vucevic has missed the last several games, and he is considered questionable tonight (remember, this article was written early Wednesday morning). Dedmon has been decent in the starting role, hitting fantasy totals of 21, 21, 31, and 18 – which is all you really need for this cheap price point. The matchup is fantastic as well, given the Lakers rank 28th in defensive efficiency vs the Center position this season. If Vucevic is out, fire up Dedmon with confidence.
7 - Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Fournier has been seeing a ton of minutes and shots as Orlando’s full-time small forward. Granted, he has struggled in a couple of tough matchups, but has otherwise been pretty solid, even flexing some upside with back to back 40+ FP games a week ago. Now, he has a juicy matchup against the Lakers, which looks like a prime opportunity to revisit that upside.
8 - Julius Randle – PF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Randle broke out for a 54 FP performance vs Dallas to begin the month. Since then, he has been decent at times, but hasn’t even come close to sniffing that upside. Perhaps a fine matchup against Orlando’s suspect frontcourt defense could bring him back in the fantasy spotlight. Either way, I believe Randle will have a solid game, it’s just a matter of organizing and prioritizing the value power forwards this evening (Anderson and Young rank slightly ahead of him).
9 - Eric Gordon – SG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Gordon isn’t likely to “blow up” and be the reason you win a FanDuel tournament. However, he has been very consistent with his production, hitting 30+ FP in each of his past three games. Along with that, he plays nearly 38-40 minutes every game, as New Orleans backcourt rotation remains thin with injuries. If you are looking for a moderately priced, safe commodity at shooting guard, Gordon is your guy.
10 - Khris Middleton – SF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
I would rather have Marcus Morris for virtually the same price, but riding with Morris and Middleton in the same lineup may not be such a bad idea. Middleton has been a bit more sporadic this season, but he has also seen a nice allotment of playing time between 34-39 minutes every game. Scoring and rebounds cover the bulk of Middleton’s production, and playing an up-tempo Denver team with suspect defense certainly helps his cause.
Kent Bazemore – SG – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Bazemore has been surprisingly good as of late, hitting 28+ fantasy points in each of the past three games (including 38 vs Washington). I’m not exactly sure how sustainable that is, given that he’s only seeing around 29-30 minutes a game. If we look at his historical numbers, the 1.00 FP/min efficiency will likely regress at some point in time. However, we have to also consider the matchup at hand, as New Orleans ranks as one of the worst teams in backcourt defense. If you are looking for stability, I’d rather go with Gordon/Fournier at shooting guard, but don’t rule Bazemore out for tournaments.
Jared Sullinger – PF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
To be quite honest, I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with Sullinger. He’s only seeing around 20-25 minutes a game, but routinely pouring in 30-35+ fantasy points (over the past three). Obviously that rate is unsustainable moving forward, so I would consider Sully more of a tournament option. However, the producing at that level for three straight games speaks for something, and now the Celtics will take on Indiana, who ranks in the bottom ten for frontcourt defense.