For these 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:
1 - Avery Bradley – SG – Boston (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
We will see a massive price increase on Bradley very soon, so take advantage while you still can. Bradley has been enjoying more playing time and overall shot attempts with Marcus Smart out of the lineup, and that should continue against a bad Philadelphia defense tonight. In other words, he should be one of the first picks in your FanDuel lineups.
2 - Kosta Koufos – C – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
DeMarcus Cousins is listed as doubtful tonight, meaning Koufos should receive more minutes with substantially less competition for rebounds. He has manufactured some decent performances with Cousins out earlier this season, and you only really need 20-25 fantasy points out of him anyway. He’s a safe bet to cross that threshold against a Milwaukee team that ranks among the worst in rebound rate.
3 - Jarrett Jack – PG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $6,400)
Jack technically isn’t under the $6,000 value guideline I discussed earlier, but he still deserves mentioning in this situation. There are plenty of fine mid-to-upper range point guards within this slate (Rondo, Walker, Thomas, Westbrook, Knight), but Jack is significantly cheaper with the outside chance of replicating their performances. He has posted 30+ FP in five of the last six games, including a 48 FP outburst at Golden State. His opponent today, Oklahoma City, likes to play at a fast pace, which could ultimately help Jack fall into a high-scoring game.
4 - Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Fournier has been a pretty solid value play this season, and he comes to the forefront once again without many other cheap shooting guards jumping off the screen. He is usually seeing a full helping of 36+ minutes, and Victor Oladipo’s bench designation should give him more shot attempts with the first team. That gives a nice little boost to his already impressive 29 FPPG baseline.
5 - Bismack Biyombo – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Toronto Center Jonas Valanciunas is hurt, and Biyombo stepped in to play 31 minutes with 22 fantasy points in his stead. Following that serviceable performance, Biyombo should be in line for similar minutes against a smaller Cleveland front-line that is missing Center Timofey Mozgov. He should put up decent enough numbers to give you around 20 fantasy points once again. I think Kosta Koufos (listed earlier) is the better cheap Center, but if the $400 difference makes or breaks your lineup, Biyombo should provide similar output.
6 - Tristan Thompson – PF – Clevleand (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
As I just mentioned in the previous write-up, Timofey Mozgov is out for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson has been taking his place, going for 38 FP in 40 minutes and 26 FP in 34 minutes over the past two games. The latter is probably a more accurate representation of what to expect, which is a decent floor, but relatively tame upside. Still, the high minute totals look promising.
7 - Otto Porter – SF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Porter was tearing it up last week, then he had a disappointing performance in a tough matchup vs Paul George and the Pacers yesterday. Don’t let that discourage you, as Porter should get back on track in a high-scoring tilt with the Hornets tonight. Before last night’s game, Porter had hit 30+ FP in three straight games, and there’s reason to believe he can eclipse that mark tonight.
8 - Markieff Morris – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Morris is essentially the “upside version” of Tristan Thompson, wherein they are both Power Forwards at essentially the same price. Foul trouble, illnesses, and blowouts have hindered Markieff’s fantasy lines so far this season, but he got back on track with 34 and 40 FP performances over the past two games. The 34 FP mark came Sunday against New Orleans, the same team he’s playing tonight.
9 - Robert Covington – SF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Covington has looked good over the past two games, posting 33 and 29 fantasy points respectively while seeing around 35 minutes per contest. The higher than normal minute totals have to do with an injury to Nik Stauskas, who will be sitting out again tonight.
10 - Thabo Sefolosha – SF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Thabo is a fine cheap play who is coming off easily his best game of the season: 39 fantasy points vs Boston. If Kent Bazemore (questionable) is ruled out, Sefolosha’s minutes will be anchored around 30 in this game, giving him some room to hit value in a great matchup vs Minnestoa. Don’t expect another fantasy outburst, but it’s nice to know that Thabo has it in him.